utopia

THE BIG GOLDEN ZEPPELIN



On the pile of rubble of information, speculation and desires, not finished lines of thought, stories only incompletely told and anecdotes from a post modern approach to the subject of airship travel, or put in other words: in the light of failure, accidents and fantasms … the fact still remains that these airships managed reasonably well to establish a regular global air service for a couple of years and once airborne with an absolutely stunning scenic view.”

Friedrich Liechtenstein and Jan Hendrik Brüggemeier take it from there, and throughout the show they develop this fragile but grand airy castle of splendour: The Big Golden Zeppelin. But this time in order to come back the Zeppelin must be bigger than its predecessors and golden.

Amusing as well as touching and during the performance one is tempted to think from time to time: … why not?

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CONSTRUCTION SITE UTOPIA



In 2005 Jan Brueggemeier was the curator of the “Utopiebaustelle”.

The “Utopiebaustelle” utopia construction site, a temporary building on the Theaterplatz in Weimar, acted as a contemporary art and theory platform for the Cops&Robbers festival from 09.05.2005 to 11.06.2006.

200 years after the death of the poet Friedrich Schiller, the Cops & Robbers festival aimed to find a contemporary approach to his classical works in a dialogue between young artists and theoreticians.

“Cops&Robbers” is the name of the childhood game which represents the situation in the adult world and also contains a reference to three decisive works by Schiller: the infamous “Die Räuber” (The Robbers) (1779/80), the famous “Über die ästhetische Erziehung des Menschen in einer Reihe von Briefen” (On the Aesthetic Education of Man in a series of Letters) (1793/94) and the widely unknown fragment of a drama “Die Polizey” (The Police) (ca. 1799-1804).

Two excerpts from the programming:

.# 01 Utopia Reversed

Disappointed by the French Revolution, Friedrich Schiller turned to the aesthetic, hoping to find a better world through aesthetic education. Matteo Pasquinelli, a media theoretician from Bologna, will transport the question of utopia and how it can be approached into the 21st century. Under the title of “Neurospace”, he described where art, critical reflection and responsible behaviour start. Serpica Naro, for example, will report from her medial activist coup at the Milan Fashion Show this year. André Gattolin from the “Liberation” French daily paper will present a French collective called “AntiPub”, which looks into the dominance of advertising in public spaces. Andrea Natella and Sara Massaccesi from Rome will offer an introduction to the modus operandi of “guerilla marketing”. Paolo Pedercini, a computer game developer from Milan, will present his work “molleindustra” which has already been described as a “political computer game” by the BBC.

Thursday, May 26, 20-22h

Introduction and presentations with Matteo Pasquinelli, Bologna/London: An Assault on Neurospace: New forms of art and activism hitting the global mind; Paolo Pedercini, Milan: Molle Industria: Gaming as a new radical language; André Gattolin & Robert Johnson, Paris: The Antipub movement: From underground to “no ground”

Friday, May 27, 20-22h

Presentations and final debate with: Alex Foti, Milan: San Precario: The Italian icon of flexible revolt; Zoe Romano, Milan: Serpica Naro: Subvertising the fashion industry; Alex Foti + Zoe Romano: May Day 005: Euroradicals fighting precarization across Neuropa: Sara Massaccesi, Rome: Guerriglia Marketing: brand economy encounters social conflict

# 02 Blaulicht by Cornelia Erdmann / inauguration Construction Site Utopia

Cornelia Erdmann’s “Blaulicht” installation created an unmissable publicity action, attention grabber and landmark for the opening and all other police festival events. The container castle was transformed into a real utopia construction site scenario: covered with hundreds of blue lamps, the festival head-quarters pulsed in a flickering blue glow like Las Vegas. The rotating lights in police style can be found on every construction site.

website: www.schillerfestival.com (offline)

The Utopia Construction Site was financed by the government appointed representative for culture and media.

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INTERVIEWS

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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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