utopia reversed

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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