By Siobhan O’Leary
Commuters at a certain subway station in Berlin might be feeling a bit paranoid this week thanks to a project dreamt up by Argentinian artist Mariano Pensotti. Pensotti arranged four Berlin writers — including Tilman Rammstedt, winner of the Bachmann Prize — at different points on the subway platform at the Hallesches Tor station, armed with their laptops and with four large screens projecting their observations about passers-by. According to the Tagesspiegel, this performance of “literary surveillance cameras” is part of a festival called “Ciudades Paralelas – Parallel Cities”, a co-production of the HAU Berlin and the Schauspielhaus Zurich. The authors describe their subjects, often in completely random and amusing terms (e.g. “The tall man with the brown jacket used to want to be a jockey. Until he found out what that was.”), while casual observers on the platform have a bit of fun guessing who is being described.