CHRISTIAN F. SCHILLER & ALEMANKLAE
23.11.2021 OPENING AND SET UP
If I were to remain silent, I'd be guilty of complicity. (Aristotle)
Just as the Spanish Flu helped fuel the rise of the Nazi Party 100 years ago (Pandemics Change Cities: Municipal Spending and Voter Extremism in Germany, 1918-1933, Kristian Blickle), Covid 19 is fanning the flames of right-wing and reactionary thinking across Europe and the whole world. Fear and suspicion of the “other”, the “outsider”, have seemingly become officially sanctioned by governments closing borders in response to the pandemic, validating the concept of Blood and Earth on which Nazi ideology was based. The universal values of respect for human life and diversity are under threat as never before. Now, as Zbigniew Preisner rightly said, one must act, one must not remain silent! Silence is tantamount to support. And here the role of art that reacts to the current situation is crucial.
The project aims to draw attention to this growing threat with an installation and a series of events to be held in outdoor locations around the city. The light canopy on Andreas Hofer Platz will be transformed into a representation of the tin drum from Gunter Grass's anti-fascist novel of the same name. This installation, which will be visible from many different areas of the city will serve as a beacon, embodying active public action, as opposed to "deadly silence", and a focus for the other activities.
First at the opening of the installation at Andreas Hofer Platz, then once a month for the duration of the project, thousands of flyers, drum sticks and metal cans will be distributed to passers-by. At the same time local artists will stage interventions, such as poetry readings, film projections and concerts. The interventions will involve ordinary people on the street in the artistic process, encouraging social reflection and opposing "deadly silence".
LICHTTROMMEL AUF A PUNKT H PUNKT PLATZ
OPENING: 23 SEPTEMBER 2021, 6PM, ANDREAS HOFER PLATZ | OPENING SPEACH: Roman Grabner, Universalmuseum Joanneum PERFORMANCE: chfs | alemankale
INSTALLATION: k.ada | SCHLOSSER | stefan lozar
AUFBAU: stefan lozar | martin huth | nemi vitija