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: (offline)

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

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The New Media panel of the final HERMES conference (5-8 Oct 2006): Heritage and New Media – Contributing towards Integration and Regional Development.



The background of this workshop is the evaluation of the concrete work of the “Heritage Radio Network” over the passed two years.

Main concerns of this workshop are:
– What are possible models of online journalism on a European level?
– Which coalitions can be shared in the cultural field?
– If there are modes for a European journalism, how does one address a European target group?
– Which media, which formats and which languages are favored here?

The Panel is conceived and organised by Jan Hendrik Brueggemeier, coordinator of the Heritage Radio Network.


The Heritage Radio Network is a part of the EU-project HERMES. “HERMES” stands for Cultural Heritage and New Media for sustainable Develpoment. It was funded by the Interreg III B (Cadses). The Classic Foundation Weimar has been the HERMES leadpartner. website:



Anna Riepe (policy consultant, Brussels / B)
EU cultural politics as a black box? Some insights to policies and funding

Douglas Arellanes (Media Development Loan Fund // CAMP, Prague / CZ)
Criteria and examples of sustainable (new) media work in Europe

Thorsten Schilling (German Federal Agency for Civic Education, Berlin / D)
European Journalism for journalists and who else?

~~ first resume and short coffee break ~~

Pierre-Yves Tribolet (European Broadcasting Union, EBU)
Cultural bridges built by Public radios. How does it work backstage?

Uta Thofern (Deutsche Welle, Bonn / D)
Deutsche Welle in the age of Internet and new media

Hatto Fischer (Poiein kai Prattein, Athens / GR)
From ‘GO ON’ to Heritageradio – a simple reflection of the development of audiences via Internet

~~ second resume and short coffee break ~~

Dirk de Wit (Initiative for Audiovisual Art, IAK, Brussels / B)
What is the next level? – evaluation of the HRN

~~ final discussion round ~~

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From 2013 onwards Jan has been the coordinator of the peer-reviewed Journal: Unlikely – Journal for Creative Arts.
Unlikely is a transdisciplinary journal, which aims to open unexpected spaces for artistic exchange and scholarly conversations across mediums, disciplines and continents. It offers artists working in practice-led research the chance to participate in and explore a range of practical and theoretical contemporary art concerns. An experiment in form, Unlikely engages its audience and contributors in a two-stage process of live event, presenting creative practitioners’ works, followed by peer-reviewed electronic publication. Unlikely works with an international editorial board and a large panel of peer-reviewers.

From 2010 – 2015 Jan was a member of the Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University in Melbourne.

In his PhD thesis (title: “From Sound to Waves to Territories“) Jan investigates different aesthetic scenarios of the Anthropocene from a Media Arts and practice-led perspective. For more information please have a look at the website:

Currently Jan is a associated researcher for the areas of new media and new modes of communication at the Athens based NGO Poiein kai Prattein (to create and do) dedicated to the arts, cultural policies and urban planning.

In 2006 he contributed to two mayor studies as well as curated the new media section of the European Culture Capitals & Months-Network travelling exhibition “A Journey throughout the World – 20 Years of Cultural Capitals”. Both studies were conducted by Dr Hatto Fischer. Jan Hendrik focussed on the area of online practices of museums and media projects by the European Cultural Cities:

In 2004 he based his final MFA project on a series of conducted interviews with media practitioners on their relationship to free media, networking and urban culture and used his findings to demonstrate that this differs from the usual approach taken by local authorities wishing to improve the image of the city without heeding the need for a vital communication. 
For more information please see the “neture series“.

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