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LOL 100 – The Life of Forum leaders in 100 Objects – is starring 30 students from the Thomas-Mann Gymnasium in Berlin’s Märkisches Viertel. They share their research and show insights into the lives of some of the people who run Germany’s newest, largest and most controversial cultural institution. They systematically combed through flats, scoured bookshelves, looked under sofas, peered into fridges, pulled back shower curtains and rifled through sock drawers to find the 100 most interesting and significant objects. The young researchers interviewed leaders about these finds and heard stories about love, loss, addiction, heartbreak, joy, childhood, travel, failure, success – stories about life.

Inspired by the BBC series The History of the World in 100 Objects, LOL takes 100 one hundred objects as a starting point for personal stories. The students turn the gaze of ethnological researchers and direct it towards the Humboldt Forum’s management team. Experience how 30 students present their view of the Forum and its leaders with lots of entertainment and glamour!

LOL 100 – The Life of Leaders in 100 Objects was conceived and directed by Canadian performance artist and author Darren O’Donnell, whose socially engaged work with children, young people, refugees and senior citizens has been shown worldwide and in Germany by the Ruhrtriennale, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Fidena Festival, Theater Rampe, Schwankhalle, Kampnagel, Mousonturm, Schauspiel Frankfurt and Zeitraumexit.


A performance in the context of Humboldting! A school research project

One school! Thirty pupils! Five years! Twenty thousand objects! Ten international artists and artistic projects!

Thirty young researchers from the Thomas Mann Gymnasium in the Märkisches Viertel will spend their youth exploring every corner of the Humboldt Forum. Together with international artists, they will present their research results to the public every six months.


Canada Council for the Arts
Australia Humboldting
Thomas-Mann-Gymnasium Berlin
Schriftzug der Regierung Kanadas