Project public preposition
lob der menschheit / human praise
Year 2020
Institution GEGENWARTEN I PRESENCES: Kunst Stadt Chemnitz
Place Chemnitz /DE
Curators Florian Matzner, Sarah Sigmund
Technique Temporary Installations
Thanks Frédéric Bußmann, Ulf Kallscheidt, Florian Matzner, Martina Schönherr, Sarah Sigmund
Simulation Archive Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf /DE

lob der menschheit / human praise, Chemnitz, 2020

The public project lob der menschheit / human praise after Berthold Brecht, developed for Chemnitz, attempts to a so called  'litmus test' at two locations in Chemnitz City Centre - Brückenstraße and the Central Railway Station. Since August 2018 Chemnitz has gained international response on public riots in the dedicated areas for the project by right wing attacks against refugees. Public safety was under contest! - for the idea to turn urban space into a choreographic public stage, so that other urban/local actors can intervene, supplement or even comment. From all participants are expected to show a degree of respect and self-responsibility - the urban stage is just right for this. These thoughts are the basis for the idea to include further artistic positions with performances in the context of lob der menschheit / human praise.   At the Central Station, the media façade is to serve as a second urban foil to display the contents of the Berthold-Brecht- Poems in excerpts, fragmentarily inserted into the urban image - admonition, intervention being both stimulus and excitement at the same time - Brecht's fragments are expanded by text excerpts from other authors, such as Hannah Arendt, Paula Irmschler and Jacques Lacan.