Measuring Narrative with Water (2023)

Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat
ᗰEᔕᑌᖇIᑎG ᑎᗩᖇᖇᗩTIᐯE ᗯITᕼ ᗯᗩTEᖇ
by and with Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat
dramaturgical doula Bouchra Lamsyeh
source text and photographs Knud Heckscher
recorded voices Hanne Foighel and Rita Efrat
additional video material shot by
Hanne Foighel, Leni Huyghe, Simon Halsberghe, Ula Sickle, Nilus Efrat and Gabriel Schenker
screen support
Sabrina Seifried
produced by Messidor
with the support of
The Flemish Community, Morpho, Arts Centre Nona, Beursschouwburg, Kunsthal Extra City, Arts Centre Buda
and Kunstenwerkplaats
Between 1920 and 1922, Knud Heckscher, Sirah Foighel Brutmann’s great-grandfather, traveled from Copenhagen to Bangkok, where he worked for a Danish-British-Siamese electricity company. During these two years, he meticulously reported his daily life that  includes a series of 107 letters and a collection of black and white pictures.
In 2020, Sirah received these letters and pictures in inheritance.
These materials are the departure point of Sirah and Eitan work for ᗰEᔕᑌᖇIᑎG ᑎᗩᖇᖇᗩTIᐯE ᗯITᕼ ᗯᗩTEᖇ , as they reveal the complex personality of Knud and the nauseating environment in which he was navigating back then.