What kind of potential crime does the one commit who’s attempt it is to actually solve a crime? What pleasure can it be but also what kind of danger contains the search for traces, in other words r e a d i n g those traces? What kind of guilt or even deliquency surrounds us as readers?
Tatort:Aufklærung is an outcome of a 3,14-year period of working on the idea of Wild Reading. This “Tatort” here (german for “crime scene”) creates a virturealistic scene where a crime could have happened, is happening, or yet about to happen. How do we read this scene which evocates the image of an oversized toy plane made of wood, gaffertape, strings, paper, whipped cream and chrome-paint. What do the handwritten notes “1732”, “Auftrieb”, “Sturzflug”, “orientieren” etc. tell us about the Aufklärung or the so called crime scene? What kind of crime are we looking at? Who is or has been commiting the crime? Each term of the title evokes it’s own stories. What are the connenctions between them? Can we see Aufklärung as a crime itself? One potential meaning of the term Aufklärung can be the action of securing evidence of an occured crime. An other (similar?) meaning that flashes up may be the philosophical job that brings light into obscure processes, themes or scenes of perception. A connection of both acts could be seen in a rather reflexive motion but what are the impacts of such reflexes? What happens to a philosophy (or the action of securing evidence) that becomes aware of it’s criminal potential?