Teaser - Episode 3: Universal Mother


When does a child start to narrate its own story? How does the reciprocal communication between child and parents create certain kinds of identities? What kind of cultural ideas shape identitities of children and parents? So far I have interviewed both of my parents and the

mother of my sister‘s husband, who is a single parent in Shiraz, Iran. I started to research inherited trauma, since the mother of my grandmother commited suicideafter World War II and because my mother‘s father died very young. Also, my mother is a very good story teller and I always wondered how her narrative skills created such strong images that still obscure my world view.


I also started researching various creation myths and the possible impact they might have (had) on different societies. In this regard I also looked into the Western glorification of „production“ and its entanglement and contradictions with reproduction (and the roles of mothers).


In order to understand more, I want to find out about the entanglement of religion and its relation to territory in Persia (and also Europe) and female roles in this process. I think it would be good to at least hint towards queer families and their potential to reshape connections between family roles, morality and neoliberal production (maybe also relate it back to not so specifically gendered deities).


Continuing this work I would like to pursue the following questions more intensively:


Why are oral traditions the subject of science, but not of legitimate epistemology in itself, which contexts do I refer to here?

In psychoanalysis, the development of the relationship between mother and child is crucial for dealing with basic conflicts that later lead to a „healthy“ or „unhealthy“ psyche. This early childhood development is considered important for life as a whole and it is not uncommon for the resulting „clinical pictures“ to be traced back to the relationship with the mother. What social and gender-political significance does this evaluation of the mother-child relationship have?

When does a child begin to tell its ‚own‘ story? Are there any ‚own‘ stories at all?

What role does „oral tradition“ play in differentiation from epigenetics in the intergenerational inheritance of (collective) traumas?

What role does intensive communication between child and parents play?

Which cultural ideals form the symbols of mother, father and child?

In contrast to oral traditions, creation myths, and thus also stories of births, are collective cultural assets. To what extent do concrete narratives with role attributions of individual family members still have an indirect influence on politics and territorial rule today? I would like to place the connection between Christian mythology and colonialism and the roles of mothers in the context of other creation myths and their resulting policies.

Is the small familythe nucleus of capitalism, as claimed by the artist Terre Thaemlitz?

What do (re-)production, product orientation and concepts of creation have in common? What cultural mix-ups take place?




*This page contains information on one of three episodes that are still in preparation. In the sense of practical research, they are each "exposés" and teasers to be expanded. They are already legitimate as cinematic questions. The visualization of the process is programmatic.