the Germans are the people who face the most prejudices around Europe.
German in the recent history had spread most of these opinions, and
the need for others to use them, themselves. During the last 50, 60 years
other nations kept these opinions alive. Peoples' mind and languages have absorbed
this opinion. Meanwhile the German themselves have tried to find a response
to what they have been themselves in the past. So what is the conclusion
of this subjective experience? Although people all around do think they
have some communal knowledge, it are Germans who have gained the most
contemporary knowledge about the recent history.
I didn't say they are more smart, it's just there is discussion, there
is consciousness, there is a more active mind towards the current situation.
More active then what? More active then almost all other European countries we
have visited so far. More active then at home.
During the last years we have traveled Germany many times but specially
this year we have traveled with main objectives. We checked the art scene
to see how does this related to ours? We have seen the demonstration against
the policy that makes life tougher for average and poor people. It seems
in Germany more people have the will to demonstrate. While in Holland
one big meeting was organized, in Germany, in dozens of cities every Monday
demonstrators came together for month.
We saw hundreds and hundreds of windmills. Pretty odd for Dutch people,
known for windmills but it is relatively hard to trace them in Netherlands.
We had some practical objectives, Pentiment, Tacheles, Womex, SOAHC, 48 Stunden. In order to find nuances and opinion based
on true information, as traveling is able to offer we have skipped any
relation with football, we avoided any conversation based on television
information and we have used the language as good as possible. Goethe
wouldn't have liked it otherwise. Although he did not become the greatest
German of all times, at least he made it due to genuine quality work,
in stead of an PR campagne, as with the highest ranked writer
in the Netherlands.
The social study we do is related to melancholy. Maybe because we have
seen so much, specially in eastern Europe. Melancholy is longing to the
good things from the past. But as we have noticed, often these people
have a strange form of melancholy. The desire to the past is not so strong.
There is just an extreme lack of possibilities to think about future.
So melancholy is not so strong in the city. We visited Berlin several
times. The cities still develops, and always gives you a temporary image.
A city, otherwise like Amsterdam or Paris, that adepts on new people and
events. An open experience.
We have also visited Hamburg to see the city with the great lake and it
must be said, it was a big friendly visit.
We went to see Werner Tubke's painting in the Panorama museum in Bad Frankenhausen
and passed the old small cities that have survived modernization, because
at the times of this modernization decision making these cities were in
a country that couldn't keep up with the modernization that later seemed
partly useless. And now these unchanged cities are very attractive for
tourists and people who want to leave the cold place called home for just
too long time.
So, since we are subjective, and thinking about the exact text of the
country report about Netherlands, our home country, we have related this
complete country report of Germany with the perspective and being the
bigger brother of Netherlands. And since Netherlands is a little confused,
without self-confidence and in need of good advise, why not check out Germany?
Meanwhile in 2009 we started a serious new selection of the mobile global exhibition Show Your Hope. A selection called the world in Berlin. Updates via our newsletter.
impressions we had throughout the years
: Pentiment Summer Academy, Hamburg
Objectives : MGE exhibition
you see Rik van Iersel and Harrie Gerritz inside the work of their
partner Eu Nim Ro.
relation with 80 questions : MGE exhibition and Pentiment
: Brandenburger Tor, Berlin
Objectives : investigate possibilities
relation with 80 questions : Tacheles friends visited
the egde of recent history
Objectives : Tacheles
with 80 Questions : finding our livingspace for some days.
is a huge squathouse where artists started upgrading this neighborhood.
Now it is in a difficult situation since city devoloppers would
like to get the best pieces for the chepeast price, while meanwhile
individuals have ben taking care of themselves.
: 48 Stunden NeuKoelln
Objectives : presentation
kilometer : approx 312.000
Great exhibition with funny short presentations and interested audience. The election results were excellent.
Related link: Coaching Culture Gallery
Related link: 48 Stunden
: Panorama Museum Bad Frankenhausen
Objectives : see good art
Tubke made this 1500 square meter painting about the farmer war
in 15 24 (or something like that). Marvelous skills and quality
in this huge painting.
: East Germany
Objectives : check nostalgia
with 80 Questions :
: The World in Berlin
Objectives : creating an internation selection with Berlin based artists
kilometer : starting on 300.000
Related link : Sam Gregorian
: The World in Berlin
Objectives : presenting an internation selection with Berlin based artists
Related link : Tacheles
Objectives : music contacts