(c) Anan Fries

Anan Fries

  • Digital Arts

At the beginning of the 19th century, the passenger pigeon was one of the most common bird species in the world, boasting roughly three to five billion specimens. The last specimen, Martha, died in captivity in 1914. Alas, human kind managed to drive the species to extinction in just a few decades. “R.I.P. – Redemption” celebrates the existence of this extinct species. The bird lives on in an online sanctuary at HAU4. Martha philosophises with the audience via chat about mortality, humankind and the current mass extinction.


R.I.P. Redemption is a spin-off of “Resurrect In Peace (R.I.P.)”, a performative funeral for the extinct bird that Anan Fries realised last year in co-production with HAU.

Concept, artistic direction, text: Technical artists: Ambrus Ivanyos, Gabor Papp

A commission by HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Production: Hairygaze. Supported within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.