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OPTIMISTIC DISEASE FACILITY

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optimistic decease facility

Jan Hendrik Brueggemeier was commissioned to design the soundtrack for the film Optimistic Disease Facility: A documentary film about the fine artist Boris Lurie, a co-founder of the art movement NO!Art and Nazi concentration camp prisoner. Directed by Naomi Tereza Salmon.


(c) Buchenwald and Mittelbau- Dora Memorials Foundation – English with German subtitles – 58′ 37” – DVD, PAL

From the NO!art website:

“The life and work of Boris Lurie creates a radical, brusque, and at the same time a poetic cosmos. In New York where Lurie lives within his collages, the experience of the Nazi concentration camps seeps through everything. Apartment studio and laboratory all reflect a very personal artistic view of the past which surrounds him in the present.

After meeting the artist Naomi Tereza Salmon (who lives and works in Germany), at Buchenwald during the retrospective exhibition of his works in 1998/99, he gave her permission to document his apartment, studio and storage space. A dialogue developed, covering a range of issues, mainly about the past, about living in New York, about the Palestinian issue, including discussions on Stalin and capitalism.

The film is a result of this encounter, laconically trying to capture the authentic situation, and was made as a low budget project. Considering the fact that Lurie is the founder of the No!art movement, the making of the film is inspired by its manifest, which presents an opposition to american mass culture and to the commercalizing process of art, putting in question the scene of mainstream and pop art, creating a genuine ideological and fundamental aesthetic approach of its own.

The music, which was composed specifically for this purpose by the German music and internet performer Jan Brüggemeier (pingfm – internet radio broadcasting), serves as an adhesive as well as an interpretative component. An examination of the metaphysical space, focusing on the encounter between the two artists and the experiences of each of them with their immediate surrounding takes place. The film offers no answers but presents the questions which arise in it in a clear way for the viewer to reflect on them.”
source: http://video.no-art.info/salmon/optimistic.html

More information about Naomi T. Salmon

NO!Art website

Naomi T. Salmon’s website

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SCHILLERMOB – Thrilling Figures: Lawless Sound Thieves and Picture Robbers


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From May until June 2005 John Heck (Tape-beatles), Jan Hendrik Brueggemeier (pingfm), Daniel Ziethen and Sebastian Rallo conceived and executed a row of workshops on STREET-ART and AUDIO/VIDEO-Collage with Thuringian teenagers from 14 to 18 years old at the Cops+Robbers Festival in Weimar.

Departing from the call of the French Revolution (“fraternité, liberté, egalité”), today the word “free” is influenced by the commercial sense meaning “gratis”, or “free in price”.

Theft as a form of illegal appropriation appears in problems in current production techniques and the production of culture in the areas of media and music. The discussion about rights of usage in media development (music downloads) plays as much of a role here as contemporary music techniques, for example sampling different sound fragments to make a new piece of music.

Schiller’s robber figures are an interesting parallel in this respect, since they also decided to lead an ostensibly illegal way of life. Their motivation for this came from idealism and love of freedom however. Subsequent to this is Schiller’s idea of the importance role of aesthetics in society as a regulator.

Aesthetics are however always something to be shared, to be adopted, borrowed, taken, stolen and copied. This implies that every artwork is theft, adoption or predation of intellectual images and ideas. It does not become criminal through theft, but through assertion of ownership. The increasing commercialisation and exclusivity of common goods such as culture and language make Schiller’s artistic autonomy appear utopian.SCHILLERMOB flyer front
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BAUHAUS LAB 2009

In 2008/9 was Jan Hendrik Brüggemeier the artistic co-director and co-initiator of the EU culture project “bauhaus lab”.

“bauhaus lab” is a international network of interdisciplinary laboratories on new artistic strategies and modes of interdisciplinary co-operations.

In full appreciation of the ideas behind the historical Bauhaus movement and their lasting impact on today’s affairs, the bauhaus lab project wants to further explore the present conditions for an innovative artistic practice across disciplines and national borders:

# where is the working place of the artist today?
# which are the interdisciplinary coalitions to be shared today and why?

With the support of the Culture programme of the European Union (2007- 2013) and on initiative of the Cultural Directorate of the City of Weimar, the bauhaus lab project is a co-operation between the following partners:

In the course of this project and in the frame of the 90th anniversary of the Bauhaus the results of the research are presented to the public in various formats and further collaborative co-operations with external partners will be fostered across Europe and beyond.

Besides the numerous activities of the project partners the contemporary scenography festival Crash!Boom!Bau! at the Theaterhaus Jena forms the flagship of the project co-operations.

The point of departure is the work of the theatre workshop at the Bauhaus school “Bauhaus Bühne” (bauhaus stage), that used to present his work in 1920ies at the city theatre of Jena (todays Theaterhaus Jena and location of the festival).

The festival wants to highlight contemporary scenography as the melting pot assembled out of diverse interdisciplinary artistic trends and drives.

Project website: http://bauhauslab.weimar.de (archived website)
Crash!Boom!Bau! website: http://bauhauslab.org/festival (archived website)

logo design: Helmut Voelter

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INTERVIEWS

A-Z

Carol Becker – audio (English)

The interview with art theorist and former Dean of the School of Art Institute Chicago Carol Becker is part of the chapter “The meaning of museum in the 21st Century” which was a contribution to the HRN Magazine #1 Are Museums just digging in the Past? questioning the role museums play today in various contemporary societies.

Buchenwald Memorial Foundation staff – audio (English)

The interviews form the chapter “The Buchenwald Memorial – about current-history memorial work in Germany” which was a contribution to the HRN Magazine #1 Are Museums just digging in the Past? questioning the role museums play today in various contemporary societies:

  • Rikola-Gunnar Luettgenau, Director of the Buchenwald Memorial, Curator of “Topf & Sons: The Engineers of the ‘Final Solution’, the Builder of the Auschwitz-ovens”
  • Ronald Hirte, Author of the online-project “Found Objects – a picture-catalogue” of the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora Memorials Foundation and fellow of the „Media of History / History of Media- promotion-program at Bauhaus-University Weimar

Chuck D, Public Enemy – audio (English): “New (digital) services for the genre instead of ourselves.”

A conversation about independent music distribution in the age of the Internet and how Public Enemy appoeaches it. Chuck D is a musician, author, producer, and label owner. He helped create politically and socially conscious rap music in the mid-1980s as the leader of the rap group Public Enemy.

Further web references: Chucks digital record label SlamJamz, social website for classic Rap & HipHop: www.HipHopGods.com, social website for female Rap & HipHop artists: www.SHEmovement.com


– text in English: pdf

Kodwo Eshun – audio: radio feature “Music journalism as the third deck of the DJ” (German moderation / English interview)

Kodwo Eshun is a music journalist and cultural theorist. He is author of “More brilliant than the sun – adventure in the sonic fiction”. The interview is departed form his book and ideas about black avangrade popular culture in general and the relationship of electronic popular music and its relationship to machines in particular. The interview formed the basis for the radio feature.


– text in German as published in testcard on black music: pdf (not yet linked)

Spiros Mercouris – audio (English)

Born in Athens (1926). Studied Law at the University of Athens. Active in the Resistance during the German/Italian occupation. Member of the resistance organisation “Democratic Defence” during the colonels’ junta (1967-74) in Greece. Organised the tour of Melina Mercouri against the dictatorship in 14 countries of Europe. Took part in activities against the junta throughout Europe and United States with speeches, interviews and by organising political and cultural events. Co-founder of the political party PASOK. Organiser and general co-ordinator of the first Cultural Capital of Europe “Athens 1985”. Honorary President of the Network of Cultural Capitals and Cultural Months of Europe. President of the non profit organization Horizons – Actions. Member of the Board of Directors of the Melina Mercouri Foundation.

The interview is an excerpt from the HRN Magazine #3 – Europe still under construction – after 20 years of European Cultural Capitals which was meant to reflect on the concept and implementation of Cultural Capitals a closer look needs to be taken at which points this ‘complex concept’ has failed its ambitious aims, which mistakes have been done and where problems have arisen, if at all with the local population and last but not least how were they designed to be Cultural Capitals.

Sodja Zupanc Lotker – text (English)

Sodja Z. Lotker is a dramaturge and the artistic co-director of the PQ11. Togther with the architect and artist Oren Sagiv she developed the Intersection Project of the PQ11. This conversation took place in the context of the CRASH!BOOM!BAU! festival at the Theatehaus Jena and looks into current trends of scenographical work.
– text in English: pdf

Robert Palmer – audio (English)

Robert Palmer is the Director of Culture and Cultural and National Heritage at the Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg, France. He has worked in the cultural sector for more than 30 years, and prior to joining the Council of Europe in 2006 was an expert independent adviser to governments, cities and regions in more than 20 countries on cultural development and regeneration, cultural tourism, festivals and arts policies, and a consultant to cultural foundations, cultural networks, arts organisations, and intergovernmental bodies such as the European Cultural Foundation, the European Commission and UNESCO. He has been very involved in European Capitals of Culture and was the Director of two – Glasgow (1990) and Brussels (2000) and published a study for the European Commission, which evaluated 20 capitals of Culture. During this career, he has been the Director of Drama, Dance and Touring at the Scottish Arts Council, and the first Director of Arts for the City of Glasgow.

The interview is an excerpt from the HRN Magazine #3 – Europe still under construction – after 20 years of European Cultural Capitals which was meant to reflect on the concept and implementation of Cultural Capitals a closer look needs to be taken at which points this ‘complex concept’ has failed its ambitious aims, which mistakes have been done and where problems have arisen, if at all with the local population and last but not least how were they designed to be Cultural Capitals.

Bart Verschaffel – audio (English)

HRN Magazine #3 – Europe still under construction – after 20 years of European Cultural Capitals which was meant to reflect on the concept and implementation of Cultural Capitals a closer look needs to be taken at which points this ‘complex concept’ has failed its ambitious aims, which mistakes have been done and where problems have arisen, if at all with the local population and last but not least how were they designed to be Cultural Capitals.

Bernhard Waldenfels – audio (English)

Bernhard Waldenfels taught philosophy at the Ruhr University, in Bochum, Germany. He has written books about phenomenology, dialog theory, the “life world,” structures of behavior, and order and normativity.

Hildegard Westerkamp – audio (English)

Hildegard Westerkamp is a composer, radio-maker and one of the initiators of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, has been a long-term activist in terms of acoustic awareness.

The interview is an excerpt from the HRN Magazine #2 on UNESCO and was meant to highlight the connection between acoustic ecology and world heritage, the acoustic awareness in a visually dominated world and Westerkamp’s motivation to start the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology in 1993.

THE NETURE INTERVIEW SERIES

Please see for further reference the neture series and check out the nEture catalogue.

TO3K – audio (English)

T03K, ulti-media-Performer from Amsterdam, one of the driving forces of the Webcast-Station DFM radio television International and of the free Radio, Radio 100 (defunct).

– text (English): pdf

Tetsuo Kogawa – audio (English)

Tetsuo Kogawa, Tokyo, performance-artist and Professor for Communication Studies at the Tokyo Keizai University. He was one of the initiators of the Micro-Radio movement in Japan

– text (English): pdf
– text (English): 2nd interview with him at Transitwelle event in Munich: pdf

Franco “Bifo” Berardi – audio (English)

Franco “Bifo” Beradi, Bologna, political activist and theorist as well as an initial member of Radio Alice and telestreet.it

– text (English): pdf
– text (English): 2nd interview with him at NEURO festival in Munich: pdf

Daniel Guischard – audio (English)

Daniel Guischard, Weimar, architect and product designer

– text (English): pdf

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