Darren O’Donnell is a director, performer and the founder of Mammalian Diving Reflex, a Canadian artist collective. Together with Mit Ohne Alles, the young artistic production office of the Ruhrtriennale, he is developing „Millionen! Millionen! Millionen!“, a piece based on many encounters of youth from the Ruhr region and asylum seeking youth from all over the world. One of these teen asylum seekers is Donald.
A day after his 18th birthday Donald was taken from a home for asylum seeking youth without warning nor without being provided any information about his next destination. A few hours later he had been moved to a facility in Duisburg, a controversial location, recently protested by the neighbours who want nothing to do with these suffering people. When we met Donald the next afternoon to take him out for a birthday drink, he was happy to report that he had spent the day helping the German authorities at the facility communicate with Albanian families; maybe there was some money in it for him. The next day, again without warning, he was shipped to Trier, and spent the night cold and hungry sleeping in a large tented compound with thirty other men. He finds the fact that he has to sleep with all of his belongings – to ensure they're not stolen – very stressful. He doesn't know why he was moved, or when the next move will happen, nor where he will ultimately end up.