As we approach the end of this two year
project, we agreed it fitting, to meet on board MS Stubnitz to look at parts of the
project evaluation and the final report. We also wanted to use the
opportunity to meet with Fair Tunes to check out how they could be
involved in the new partnership despite the fact that they did not get any continued funding -
which we did not expect. The occasion was also an opportunity to plug in with the Stubnitz crew
in their great new adventure and massive trans-european mobility of a
48 strong crew of teachers and learners from the continent to the
In its impressive new surroundings in
Londons East End Docklands, the MS Stubnitz had its fair share
of problems, firstly, to physically sail into the docklands area
known as London Pleasure Gardens , where a new pontoon crossing
bridge had been erected especially for the impending Olympic Games
, allowing only the smallest of gaps for the 2500 ton ship (90cm on
each side) and the grace of the wind (the main engine is switched
off as tug boats manoeuvre the “dead ship” through the dockland
Hosts for the Stubnitz visit were the
Bloc organisation and a two day electronic music festival, with a
line up which included Steve Reich, Amon Tobin and Shackleton were
planned . However, after only a few hours of opening, the event was
closed down at the request of the organisers due to security errors
leading to dangerous overcrowding, leaving some 20 thousand
disappointed guests out in the rain...
Light installation at the cancelled Bloc Festival
The Stubnitz, after undergoing a small
financial disaster because of the cancelled festival and loss of
income to “pay the gas home”, together with its crew of
volunteers is miraculously still in London , without official
funding and “without perspective” , yet still making cultural
events after twenty years.
Meanwhile, from the legacy of “
Grundtvig D.I.Y. - Do it Yourself! - Self Empowerment Through Skill
Sharing” Czentrifuga , Kulturpark 3000 and WSPN in Poland
reconstitute together with new learning partners “Association
Spiral Tribe” in France and Druckerei Reitschule in Bern (with perhaps more partners
to be verified) as the “D.I.Y. Skill Sharing Network” with a
first meeting already planned in September 2012 . One network is
imagined to merge organically into the next as old and new partners
become introduced amongst themselves, share and utilise each others
skill sets and the knowledge that is “learnt by doing”. to be
5th Grundtvig D.I.Y. Meeting 7-9.11 2011 Premarts, Berlin
Hosted by Kulturpark 3000 e.V. , representatives from SWM, Fair Tunes, Archway Studios and Non Grata dropped in. The main idea behind this meeting was that all the partners collect ideas and materials together for the upcoming Grundtvig D.I.Y. manifestation in Tartu, Estonia at the "Liquidation of Art Academies" festival.
At the same time a chance for Czentrifuga to collect more ideas and impressions about the other partners organisations and how to best combine the essential elements in our collaborative ongoing screenprint D.I.Y. manual "Cosmic Hospital"
In this sense, the bare white walls of the Premarts Gallery in Kreuzberg were a perfect backdrop for us to hang prints or video project information representing the different partners as well as a backdrop and an opportunity for brainstorming together with the visiting partners and the people visiting the gallery exhibition.
Source Material Gabba instigatated an ongoing sketch making "Skizzos" workshop which is a good and easy way to get people involved by simply placing a few pencils and paper to hand and then to see how the resulting spontaneous collective ideas are cut and pasted together , transformed and amalgamated as physical product through the magic of screen printing!
Al from Non Grata introduced us to an Estonian connection who specialises in PDF to book production. Now, some few months after the meeting, you can see some great results by Beat and Damien from Czentrifuga. Heres a link to some of the posters and manual pages in progress from the ever expanding Grundtvig Art catalogue!
Grundtvig D.I.Y. / SWM Gizycko at WiatrakArt Gradzkie
Poland 16 – 22.07.2011
The 4th Common Meeting of the Grundtvig D.I.Y. European Learning Partnership was organized from 16th to 22 July 2011 by SWM- Stowarzyszenie Wspólnota Mazurska [Giżycko] and WatrakArt [Grądzkie] in Poland.
SWM Stowarzyszenie Wspólnota Mazurska [Association Masurian Community] is an association which was established in 1991. In the nineties our activity was dedicated to the topic of “confrontation with our ethnic identity as Masurian”, and our aim was the protection of our cultural heritage. In 2007 a generation exchange took place, since then we match our aim with the challenges of todays world. Our informal partner is “WiatrakArt” Grądzkie [Kasia, Zyga, Karolina and Antek Waraksa], an art collective that is occupied mainly with poetry. Their means of expression are music, painting, icon writing and theatre performance.
We are committed to enhancing and deepening the quality of participation in culture. We pay close attention also to the publishing activities in the sphere of science and organic development in the Masuria region. The SWM aims are pursued through the organization of "events" in the field of culture and art (the organization of concerts, exhibitions and other artistic activities), and wide-ranging environmental education and action to protect the environment. An important element of our business is cooperation and exchanges with other NGOs, who, like us, believe that the arts and education are able to fix the world....
Because the ‘little blue house’- our Jazz club and gallery space in Giżycko and also the seat of the SWM association, has been rendered un-usable since a fire in the beginning of 2011, we decided to move the location of this Grundtvig D.I.Y. fourth meeting to our friends Wiatrak Artystyczny in nearby Grądzkie in the magical heath and wild pasture next to the Wiatrak (Windmill).
The Topic of the fourth meeting was „Fish in the Water“. Our region is essentially related with (still) wild nature and water (terrain of thousand lakes) and that is why we are looking for a prominent symbol of our region, which is settled in its natural environment. Theres no no clearer and simple sign than the fish. Primacy in its primeval surroundings. A metaphor….
The purpose of the meeting was to present our Masuren organizations to our new European partners and introduce them into our work and agenda. The main ongoing activities were in the form of laminate workshops and participation, preparation and implementation of the concerts and theatre performances.
The meeting was attended by
Unter Druck e.V. Kultur von der Strasse e.V./Czentrifuga - Berlin, Germany
Gabba, Coost, Beat, Peter Rampazzo
Academia Gustviana Selts - Pärnu, Estonia
Al, Taje, Meeli, Ville and Cädly
Motorschiff Stubnitz e.V. - Rostok, Germany
Aaron, Silly, Bördiy
Kulturpark 3000 e.V. - Bad Salzuflen, Germany
Stephan, Alice, Kito,Margita.
Slam, organizacna jednotka obcianskeho zdruzenia "Fleda" - Turany, Slowakei
Two large "pioneer" tents (the old Eastern European communist
version of boy scouts) were built around a central point in the are of the windmill festival. The one tent served as workshop room and the other as a
little mobile D.I.Y. gallery space. Pieces of work were exhibited by
Czentrifuga. The setting for the meeting was the Wiatrak Poetry festival which has
been taking place annually for 16 years and presented by the Waraksa family featuring artists from across Poland and neigbouring regions.
A small camp was provided for the Grundtvigians in the meadow in front of the windmill with a field kitchen and electricity supply. The kitchen was supplied with provisions and beverages every day and every afternoon there was a warm supper. The participants also prepared warm dishes on their own, which served for a tasty culinary exchange of experiences ( and the unforgettable "Schmorgurken" of Bördi and Silly !]
The temporary encampment was also equipped with provisional shower cabin, two ‘washbasins’ and one ‘WC shed’ with running water. During the building of this , an underground pipe burst which meant digging some several meters down to isolate and fix the problem and resulted in the creation of a small but deep pond directly next to the main public way to the windmill event location.This new landmark served as a scenario for an interesting and at the same time quickly improvised performance by Coost [see: film ‘Fish in The Water’].
The majority of the participants decided to spend the night on the campsite. Some also took advantage of nearby rooms in the little guest house in the village. That was for the benefit of charming night walks and for integration of the Grundtvig teams also. Peter Rampazzo and Christoph designed and prepared a fire installation using 3 cubic meter of prepared wood. The practical lessons in chopping wood, campfire, fire lighting and fire keeping (to the dawn) also took place. The campfire served as central point for the Grundtvigsmeeting, where all people meet, eat and discuss together and where main culture and thought exchange took place.
Grundtvig D.I.Y. at Divo Institute Kolin Czech
Europe Days 6–9.05.11
The Divo Institute house is conceived
as a living museum, each room has its own particular styling, with many paintings
and installations made by Sonja and Mark ortheir invited guests. From the ten partners, Czentrifuga, Fleda, Slam, Kulturpark 3000, Divo, Non Grata managed
to take part.
Sonja from the Divo Institute produced
a great blog to hype the occasion elephantinatent.blogspot.com.
Hopefully the video clip we made about this meeting explains the
significance of Elephants and all things Europe (Since then Peter Rampazzo from Interflug Galaktika recognised the connection with Hannibals elephant
invasion of Europe.) Czentrifuga invited streetartist,
screenprinter and subculture all rounder Urs “Mad Cows” from Bern, to coordinate a stencil making workshop and various stencils
were produced throughout the day in the beautifull Divo garden. The
large elephant cut-out shown in the video above was a spontaneous site
specific idea made from cardboard , conveniently found in the trash
from Divos brand new kitchen!
In keeping with theme of large animals
Mark from the Divo Institute gave an informal workshop “Dance with
the Dinosaur” - a reflection on curating alternative projects in
large institutions. "be aware of the possibilities and
loopholes, occupy and use holes in the system". He talked about
his long experience in the squat scene in post -wall Berlin and then
later, throughout Europe in "off-spaces" (non-commercial,
non institutional, art spaces) One of Divos next projects will be
setting up - a temporary autonomous space in Prague National Gallery
in Oktober, installations, art, music, meeting, performance and
party, the first time anything like this has been done in this
Audio/ Video documentary presented by
o.s. Fléda from the last Grundtvig meeting on Stubnitz in Hamburg
... the brutal, comic truth about a Partnership still looking to find
Opening of the ”Around Background”
(open for public)
Photo exhibition of 80´s Czechoslovak
underground music scene with a presentation by Lenka Zogatová (o.s. Fléda)
Concert: Urband (CZ)
violin/guitar/double bass and vocal trio.
Dragan (Czentrifuga) made a great field
recording and mixdown from this, you can
Followed by Djs Miki Disc - Jockey (CZ)
& Cindy Wonderfull (USA/Berlin)
The meeting was more of a series of
many smaller exchanges, which seems to be the way the partnership is
developing. New patterns and new alliances emerge – friendly
organisations sitting in, taking part in the discourse, bring new
ideas and proposals for other ideas outside of the existing Grundtvig
parameters. “Our organisation is an organism” Stephan (Kulturpark
3000) More tips, tricks and words of wisdom from Gabba (Czentifuga)
"wann du immer auf alle wartest kommst du zum nix" which
also reinforces a more de-centralised, less rigid, process of
interaction and exchange.
Gabba presented the first finished
pages from the Grundtvig D.I.Y. Manual „Cosmic Hospital“ .It was
an opportunity for the Partners to easily see how to create page
designs. Screenprinting does not lend itself to a lot of fine text
print so, in this sense, the manual is more about visual
representation of ideas, together with minimal, essential texts,
logos or slogans. The idea is to incorporate all the interesting
visual elements (fotos, drawings, graphic design etc) that express
best the individual Partners and what they do. Partners are asked to
think of a sentence or a phrase that describes their organisation.We
look forward to having a beautiful artefact to show to future
generations and make old Mr Grundtvig chuckle from his grave!
Five members of Non Grata dropped by en
route from Paris to Piotrkow Trybunalski (Poland) as part of their
intensive Diverse Universe Performance Festival tour. Although Aaron
from the Stubnitz could not attend (busy sailing the Stubnitz ship!)
we talked some more about the idea of the ship coming to Tallinn.
Also taking part in the discussions and the stencil workshop were
three members from the Küme art association in Turkey: Zeynep
Pehlivan, Burak Baskin from Ankara and Hakan Pehlivan who teaches at
the faculty of arts at the university in Kayseri.
To help make the Partnership more
transparent amongst ourselves Stine (Czentrifuga) asked "What
does every Partner do (an example) in the context of social
interaction.This also links up with our Grundtvig Manual work in
Iza from Stowarzyszenie Wspólnota
Mazurska explained about how the long running Jazz Club "Galeria"
in Giżycko had a fire. This building is one of the oldest in the
town. Those present offered support in case they need help with the
reconstruction or benefit actions.
With a ten Partner network its
problematic to get each organisation present at meetings because of
conflicting commitments, also, theres often a chaos factor due to
travel delays. It seems that we need minimum three months advance
notice about a future meeting to have a chance to get everyone
present. In this sense, it makes sense for the Partners who still
have to act as host that they look now for setting future dates for
meetings? We forgot to take care of the attendance (mobilities)
protokol which makes for unnessessary and tedious backtracking work
afterwards. Czentrifuga has already made an
exhibition and performance in Zurich thanks to getting connected through the Partnership, it looks like they will be taking part at the Prague National
Gallery in Oktober. In fact its quite tricky to keep track of all the
many smaller exchanges that are happening , so many different
dialogues ...things are going positively viral!
Stephan(Kulturpark 3000) has recently
participated in making the final report for another Grundtvig
Partnership. Some points he mentioned:
European Shared Treasure – This EU
database gives a comprehensive overview of all the Grundtvig Learning Partnerships
. Czentrifuga sunsequently uploaded a logo (thanks Simone!) and the Grundtvig
D.I.Y. project description.
It's more sensefull to spread out the
travelling (mobilities) evenly over the two year period.
Every partner should fill out a final
report at the end of the two years, which is
17 July 2011Gizycko /Gradzkie (Poland) This is
an opportunity for both meeting and holiday combined! . We are invited to stay in Gradzkie at Kasia and Sigas
beautiful farmhouse /windmill for
the week following the Grundtvig activities to enjoy the
Masuren countryside, swimming, horse riding and the amazing local corner
Here's the suggested itinerary from Stowarzyszenie Wspoinota Mazurska:
Fr.15 July Arrival
Sa. 16 July Wiatrak (Windmill) Poetry
Festival . This magical event happens for more than 15 years now.
So.17 July Grundtvig D.I.Y. Meeting
Oktober 2011 Kosice (Slovakia) This is
an opportunity for the Partnership to meet
and also present our organisation at
the “Spots” conference . This meeting is in preparation
for the European Capital avtivities “Project Kosice Interface 2013” The main themes for the conference :
-Decentralisation of culture, taking
culture from the city to the outskirts
(for example the large Romany
communities in this area).
-Long term transformation of the city
-Developing creative industries.
-Support for civil society participation
September 08 2011
Berlin : 20 Years Unter Druck e.V / 10 Years Rohkultur (Czentrifuga
Unter Druck e.V. is
the parent organisation of Czentrifuga. This will be both a
celebration and an awareness day event held on Leopold Platz,
Wedding, Berlin. We could use this chance for a small meeting in case
anyone would like to come over or maybe even take part? Ideally
we would like to use the “Grundtvig Tent” for this?!
Grundtvig D.I.Y. on MS Stubnitz
Baakenhafen Hamburg 4 - 8 Januar 2011
MS Stubnitz is an ex fish trawler and
factory ship built in Stralsund, in former East German in 1964.
The ships homeport is Rostock on the Baltic coast and in 1992 the
ship was bought for its scrap value by a group of European
artists and designers who began the slow process of
reconstruction which has led to Stubnitz becoming a fully functioning
moving cultural platform , having visited more than than ten
European ports and having hosted thousands of live events,
exhibitions and seminars. A perfect setting for the second Grundtvig
Ninety nine per cent of our Learning
Partnership was represented, beginning with the initial "settling
in" (the ship has around forty cabins for crew and guests) and
informal discussions about the next days activities. Also, as the
Stubnitz ship is very much a do-it-yourself project .. coordinating
the help with cooking and cleaning!
There were three organised
meetings. At the first , there were also small delegations from FSK (www.fsk-hh.org)
the Hamburg free culture radio station, Jean-Hervé Péron from the legendary cult experimental “krautrock”
band Faust together with his colleagues who organise the
long-established Shiphorst Avant Garde Festival
(www.avantgardefestival.de). Also, present was Thierry Jaussoin
representing the Lebanese avant-garde and experimental music
association Acousmatik System / Stubnitz in MED
This was a good opportunity for both
Grundtvig DIY and the drop-in guests to explain a little more
about their respective organisations. Some memories from the last
(first) Grundtvig meeting were refreshed and for Ville Karel (Non
Grata) it was an opportunity to meet and greet the partners for the
first time. We also checked the steel container on the Stubnitz
“Vordeck” to think about if we like the idea to fix it up and
use it as a mobile object for the partnership.
At a second, smaller meeting in the
“Offiziers Messe” we discussed website functionality preparing us
for the final meeting where Noel (Stubnitz/Czentrifuga) presented our
new Do-It-Yourself cms Web-zine idea , that all partners can use and
develop, but first we had to agree on a domain name. Imagining end of
February for the “launch”, this meant the name should be decided
soon. A few names and ideas were discussed
and, as no particular idea stood out , “Grundtvig D.I.Y.” which
is a shortened version of our official partnership title became
defacto the name for the Partnership. Noel proposed to give every
Partner their own password and login information for the new website but his process
didnt work out, mainly because of distractions due to preparation
work for the coming activities and workshops so, instead, it was
decided that every partner be given this info per email, giving
everybody the chance to change passwords by themselves if necessary.
Towards the end of the Grundtwig two
years period it is hoped that all partners will have had the chance
to try the website functionality and upload infos themselves. As
envisioned in our collective project description, there should be a
“Web Report“ section on the website , which every hosting
partner could make themselves and also a blog. (One year later, here it is!) Also important: to
keep everybody updated between meetings so that workflow can be
maintained which we hope the website will help to achieve.
So far there are two folders of fotos
on this site - from the first Berlin meeting and also @ Stubnitz.
Thanks to Gabba, Marko (Czentrifuga) and Nina (Slam).
Open Workships on Stubnitz
-Czentrifuga Sticker Design Workshop:
Results (Products) were presented at the next meeting in Kolin.
-Czentrifuga Screenprinting Workshop:
Stubnitz-calendar being one of the results.
-Bastel Workshop: Costumes and
accessoires from recycled plastic (for the following days
-Stubnitz AV Workshop: This was split
over two days , where partner members and interesetd members of the
Rostock public were given the possibility to help in the process of
live audio video production , including live camera and video mix
plus a general overview how the A/V production works. The second part
of the workshop on the following day, gave the participants the
chance to check the previous days documentation and see how the post
production and archiving functions .
The Stubnitz crew also presented their
newly re-launched website and on-line archive (http://ms.stubnitz.com).
Actions speak louder than words and
site-specific improvisation and smaller group interactions seem to be
the natural direction in which the Partnership is heading with a
“work in progress” philosophy.
–Focus: It's difficult to keep the
concentration focused in larger groups, especially as the main
language spoken is English and not everyone attending understands
whats being discussed. In this sense, we concluded that its not essential that everyone attend, just one or more persons that can speak
for their respective group and communicate the results of the
meeting(s) back to their organisations.
–Timing: its important that the host
partner is not busy with setting up an event or busy with other
commitments. The host should allow time for this in their schedule
and set the agenda so that it suits them the best. Also, its
important to watch that none of the Partner artists have commitments to rehearsals, performance
or whatever, at the same time when the meeting is set.
When setting the agenda its good when
the host can allow/suggest a time when its possible that the Partners
get a chance to visit other projects or some local sight seeing etc.
Also, not every partner organisationcan be represent for the entire
programme of activities so its important to fix one main day for
important Grundtvig matters with one main meeting for example and also the
chance to get involved with at least one or more of the skill sharing
In keeping with Grundtvig
recommendations, it was again confirmed ,that Czentrifuga care for
the ongoing management (including website) of the Partnership and to
check that the Grundtvig requirements are being taken care of, for
which each partner allocates a % from its budget.
This point was not talked about
although. It become more and more important that we find a way to
evaluate how the Partnership is working (or not). Instead of filling
out a standard questionaire, perhaps its better to find a more
creative and intuitive way to adress this point. For example, make a
kind of game out of this – a multiple choice questionaire perhaps? Also, we imagine our screenprintworks to represent and
describe some of our collected experiences.
Czentrifuga has initiated working on a
collective screenprint magazine / manual “Cosmic Hospital”. As
the idea develops and pages are prepared all Partners will have a
chance to join in the process either at meetings, via internet or
through smaller group travels and interactions over the next months.
Divo Mark suggested the idea to buy a large tent in which we can
collectively present the partnership through exhibition, music and
performance. Its essential to seek to make exchanges with local
public and present our achievements to the public (sharing our
knowledge and skills) and something like a large tent could be used as
a platform to present what we do and include interested local people, groups and organisations. Of course we are still in the process of reaching a common
understanding between Partners, but its good to focus on this point
now for when we make future activities. The idea to use the industrial
metal container we spotted on the Stubnitz for this purpose would require more
funding so we decided to keep that idea as a seperate issue for
Next Meeting(s) 2011
May 7 Kolin /Czech Republic, hosted by
July 18 Gizycko/Poland.hosted by
Stowarzyszenie Wspolnota Mazurska,
Autumn 2011: As Košice / Slovakia
with the possibility to make a stop en route at Zilina where its
possible to meet an interesting local D.I.Y styled organisation
("Stanica-Zarecie" – www.stanica.sk).
Košice is an interesting location as, like two of our Partners,
Giżycko and Dublin, its near to the EU Border. This area is
particularly interesting as there is a large Roma population, and one
gets a feeling of being out of time or in a different world...
There was a lot of music and
performance over these “Manifesto” days . The production of a live event helps give
a basis and form to the Grundtvig meetings and promote chances for immediate "zusammenarbeit".
The Stubnitz ship can hold around 700 people and has four areas in
which to make events. The Stubnitz crew
documented the events as usual and the Slam organisation and their
invited guests were busy with their own documentaion - the
comic and brutal truth behind a new partnership in the process of finding an identity! The 14 minute film was later presented at the next meeting in Kolin and now
here in this blog!
7+8 Januar 2011 "Grundtwig D.I.Y.
first kick off meeting for our “Do It Yourself! - Self Empowerment Through Skill Sharing”
learning partnership took place at Czentrifugas homebase in
Kreuzberg Berlin on the 23rd and 24th September 2010. Nine of the ten
partners (roughly 30 people) managed to attend.
, the most productive talks were off-record, ranging from informal to intense ,
and held within smaller ad hoc groups throughout the two days. The
fundamental points were, however, adressed collectively within one
main meeting, later to be summarised in a protocol which was later
mailed to each of the ten partners . As most of the partners were
meeting each other for the first time, each partner explained a
little about their respective organisations.
main language spoken in the meeting was English which was by no
means a perfect solution but the main points were eventually
translated and disseminated amongst the participants (for example for
the Polish and Czech people attending, it was no problem for them
to communicate amongst themselves in their native languages as they
are quite similiar)
fundamental points of order were adressed in this meeting,such as the
fact that the Grundtvig organisation requires a documented
evaluation from each of its projects. Stephan Kruhl, representing
Kulturpark 3000 and also the partnerships Grundtvig application
advisor commented that during the forthcoming two years , one aim
of the partnership should be to find a way to do an evaluation
that is appropriate and fitting to the nature of the partnership.
An evaluation form is suggested as it is easy way to get feedback
and establish a project overview, giving the partners the possibility
to comment on different subjects and help to prepare for upcoming
was agreed that there should be a meeting at each partners location
and there was an agreement on three future General meetings-
2011: MS Stubnitz in either Hamburg or Rostock
2011: 3 cities link up : Kolin - Brno -
2011: Gyzyzko (Poland) Poetry Festival
are some examples of our collective brainstorming and about how we
all imagined the future in terms of mutual cooperation.
(Czentrifuga) “We should enjoy this partnership, We should use the
time, the funding, the potential of all partners to make an impact –
social, artistic. It is an opportunity, it is a pleasure – we
should enjoy it”
+ Beat (Czentrifuga) “Downsizing our Berlin operation in
anticipation of pursuing a more mobile network”
(MS Stubnitz) - “Each Partner selects one (or more?) art
project(s) (music, video, paint, print, poetry multimedia
or..?) which will then visit /tour the other partners'
(Kulturpark3000) ”We should use the opportunity of this
partnership, the funding and time, to create – according to aims
and objectives of this partnership – follow-up projects and raise
new, additional funding for these projects”
(MS Stubnitz) “Establish sub groups/blocks - specifically, a
"Cash Block" Those in the partnership proficient and/or
interested in looking for other forms of funding and
sponsorship...Governmental, private, corporate...." This
prompted the question: What other "Blocks" or "Sub-Groups"
can be established?
(Czentrifuga) “How about taking on new partners that we will meet
on our travels ? is there a (Grundtwig) procedure for this ?”
(Kulturpark3000) “It's not possible to integrate new members into
an ongoing partnership – (they would have no chance to get funding
through their National agencies )But we may cooperate with any
partner we want to and can integrate those partners into a new
learning partnership in 2012”
suggested the possibility of linking up with Thierry Jausson who is
connected to the MS Stubnitz and is based in Egypt working with
the North African experimental music scene and is coordinating
selected projects to perform and make live production on
(Fair Tunes) soon to be travelling to Algeria to set up a
community based recording studio facility "we would all learn by
(Czentrifuga) in contrast to inner city, urban culture ,
remarked on the "soft power" which is afforded
by places such as the remotely situated Gyzyzko on
Polands Eastern border ,where nature is an integral part of the local
(Czentrifuga) Our Gyzyzko Partner is already making
art/cultural exchanges with Kaliningrad. There are already
discussions about relaxing the Polish/Russian border in this region
to allow for communication between the peoples of this area.....Maybe
as end-festival we sail the MS Stubnitz to Kaliningrad for
(Archway studios) also mentioned his connection to the Irish
countryside and the possibility of not only visiting Dublin but also
linking up with remote "soft power" organisation(s)
This could be interesting to compare and contrast activities
on the extreme Eastern border (Poland) and the extreme West (Ireland)
discussed different ideas about setting up a shared Mobile Culture
Center, something that is transportable , a small container perhaps
or even something that fits in a rucksack, or perhaps exists only on
the net. It
was agreed that Czentrifuga take care of the administration of the
the formalities, protocol and hand shakes were complete, the partners had
time to see some of the Berlin sights and witness and participate in
the Czentrifuga event the following day.
Czentrifuga @ Mariannenplatz Closing Event
"Es Gibt Kein Zurück"
public event was to be the last in the Kreuzberg location, it was a
fitting end to an intensely productive time and from the downsizing
of this large project was formed another (Grundtvig D.I.Y.).
there were two screenprint exhibtions , a "kunst markt",
five live acts, four Djs, three art installations plus a performance
from Gogo Trash and SP38 whereby the audience were encouraged to participate in an ufo landing
ritual . Impressions from the event are summarised in the
accompanying video clip, and also on the Czentrifuga online foto
archives (thanks to Gabba and also Marko Krojac
(who also volunteered to cook for this meeting..yum, yum!)