A recent travel report published in the German newspaper Die Zeit (20th August 2015) by journalist Julius Schophoff portrays the Norwegian touring art festival Salt at Sandhornøy (see site). What the article says and what the website shows is a beautifully arranged festival site amidst an arctic landscape – impressive wooden architecture nearby the sea; sauna and strange northern sunlight that brings the author into a mood to defend the natural beauty of that place against all possible intruders and exploiters. Weiterlesen
Though it has been a rather spontaneous short trip to Auerstedt, I really enjoyed being at the festival site and taking part in that huge dynamic of people. What fascinates me still back in Munich is the region’s complex memory landscape: it is there where Napoleon fought. It is there where the GDR finally collapsed some 25 years ago. Weiterlesen
How to present what I had in mind about my research project? A week ago, our course at the Rachel Carson Center organized a joint exposition of final research projects. The outcome was a really stimulating show of different art pieces and media: my fellow students produced films, elaborated detailed presentation sheets, and put up photographs. I chose to build a small “show case” (a sort of “diorama”) which sought to give a shape to the complex relationships between festival management schemes and the air of unleashed freedoms and unrestricted forms of life. My impression is that the resonance among my colleagues was widely positive; and yet: I should have brought with me some impressions from a real festival site. Though this was not the aim of my project due to different formal restrictions, I still feel the urgency to participate in a festival by myself and record what I experience on the backdrop of the discourses I had written about previously.
Fortunately, I may express at this point my many thanks to the Auerworld Festival nearby Jena that had invited me to come (see site). I hope I can manage it in time to organize a transport and be there already this weekend.