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Life-worlds /

Utopia of Modernity: Zlín /

Kafka /

1968|1989 /

An Initiative of the
Kulturstiftung des Bundes

Sounds. Radio - Kunst - Neue Musik

At the end of June 2010 the exhibition catalogue for “Sounds. Radio – Kunst – Neue Musik” was published. The final Zipp project in the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) sought to present radio as an artistic medium in a way that made it a tangible experience, an approach that was an enormous popular success. Authors, artists, radio dramatists, sound collectors and musicians explored German-Czech lifeworlds. Five works for radio created in this framework formed the heart of the exhibition and are enclosed with the publication as a CD. In the archive section of the catalogue these works are complemented with descriptions of historical and contemporary reference pieces. An interview recalls the history of the experimental studio in Bratislava from the 1960s to 1980s – through to the boom of the “post-communist sounds” in the 1990s. Experts add to the audio material with discussions on the history and contemporary situation of the medium of radio in terms of the relationship to the visual arts and new music, interspersed with an original score by Rolf Julius.

“Sounds. Radio – Kunst – Neue Musik”
Marius Babias and Katrin Klingan (Eds.)
150 pages with colour illustration and original score by Rolf Julius, folded softcover, German/English and booklet with 5 radio pieces (German) on a CD, 19.80 Euros
ISBN 978-3-86560-826-0,
Cologne: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2010.

Further information on the exhibition is available here.

Transit 68/89

„Transit 68/89“ traces an historical arch spanning from the protest movements of the 1968ers in East and West through to the upheavals of 1989, seeking to gauge their formative power in a time following the alleged “end of history”. The landscape traversed is one of transborder cultural encounters and the myths and misunderstandings accompanying them. The actors with their ideas, positions and self-presentations themselves take centre stage. The publication is based on the journals created as part of the project “68/89 – Art.Contemporary.History”. The winner of several awards for their design (see below), these journals are brought together in a single volume that embarks on a unique time journey through German-Czech-Slovak cultural history in the years of revolt and new directions.

Jürgen Danyel, Jennifer Schevardo, Stephan Kruhl (eds.)
623 pages, hardcover, bilingual (German and Czech)
ISBN 978-3-940938-64-0
Berlin: Metropol Verlag, 2009.

Introductions, Project résumé by Jürgen Danyel and tables of content (German/Czech) (pdf)

Further information on the project is available here.

A Utopia of Modernity : Zlín

For the anthology A Utopia of Modernity : Zlín renowned architects, historians, sociologists, and cultural experts analyse the Baťa phenomenon and link historical analysis with consideration of the city’s present state and prognosis on its future development. Numerous plans, photographs and film stills highlight the outstanding aesthetic quality of the model city. A series of photographs by the Dutch photographer Bas Princen presents contemporary Zlín from a hitherto unknown perspective.

Editor: Katrin Klingan (Ed.) in cooperation with Kerstin Gust
Date of publication: 18 Nov 2009
English, 300 pages with numerous images
Softcover with flaps, 17 x 24 cm
Euro (D) 28.00/ISBN 978-3-86859-034-0
Publishing house: jovis

Further information on the publication is available here.

Preview of the publication

Zlín - Model Town of Modernity

With essays of renowned architecture historians the catalogue describes the complex development of Zlín and the Baťa-company from an architectural, urbanistic and socio-historical perspective. Maps, images and historical documents complete the picture of a city, that Le Corbusier described as a "brilliant phenomenon".

Winfried Nerdinger (Ed.) in cooperation with Ladislava Horňáková and Radomíra Sedláková
208 p., with 40 coloured and 120 b/w images, broschur with gate-folded covers 17,1 x 24,1 cm, in German language
ca. EUR (D) 38,00/ISBN 978-3-86859-051-7
Berlin : jovis, 2009.

Further information on the exhibition is available here.


State theatre Dresden and the Prague Theater Festival of German Language

Vùng biên gió’i -
A theatre project with experts from Dresden and Prague

by Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel (Rimini Protokoll)

Pham Thanh Van
Pham Anh Thu
Do Thu Trang
Cao The Hung
Phung Hang Thanh
Nguyen Van Loi
Nguyen Hung Son
Karl-Heinz Kathert

Directed by: Helgard Haug and Daniel Wetzel (Rimini Protokoll)
Stage: Simeon Meier
Stage Assistant: Marc Jungreithmeier
Research: Sebastian Brünger, Karolína Svobodová
Music: Michael Weishaupt
Light: Marc Jungreithmeier, Rolf Pazek
Dramaturgy: Sebastian Brünger

Theatre program for download (pdf) in German and Czech.

Further information on the theatre play is available here.

Franz Kafka Edition (FKA)

Franz Kafka: Oxford Octavo Journals 5 & 6. Facsimile edition
Edited by Roland Reuß and Peter Staengle

Two volumes, together with Franz Kafka Journal 7
ISBN: 978-3-86600-047-6
ca. 150 pages facsimile, inclusive CD-ROM
An edition of the Instituts für Textkritik

With the two octavo journals which Kafka kept in August and September 1917 and in part took up again later, the historical-critical Frank Kafka edition presents a further volume from the collection of the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

Like the four Ox8 already edited, these journals are fully written in pencil. Besides scrapped story plans and openings, fragments of dialogue, autobiographical notes and remarks on read books, they comprise numerous pages with Hebrew exercises as well as, under the title “On Jewish Theatre”, the opening of Kafka’s reworking of an essay by his friend Jizchak Löwy.

The edition makes available for the first time the two journals in their authentic form and thus serves two objectives: the facsimile conserves the entries written in pencil, the material existence of which is under grave threat; and the diplomatic transcription of the handwritten texts provides the basis for analysing Kafka’s writing process and the interconnections between the manuscripts.

The historical-critical edition of all of Franz Kafka’s manuscripts, printed material and typoscripts is edited by Roland Reuß and Peter Staengle.

In contrast to all hitherto editions of Kafka, the entire surviving corpus of his work is documented, with all texts presented faithfully to the original versions. The Franz Kafka edition (FKA) refrains from intervening in the wording of the manuscripts. The transcription reproduces all of Kafka’s deletions and variations as well as deciphering his stenographic notes. The generalising and standardising of differences in the text are excluded as are modernising or unaccounted for corrections and alterations.

The edition is published in Stroemfeld-Verlag.

Further information on the Franz Kafka Edition is available here.

Journals 68/89

The first journal CROSSING 68/89 is devoted to cultural transfer between East and West in the 1960s and 1970s, the reciprocating influences and interaction as well as the personal encounters defying the barrier of the Iron Curtain.

The issue MISUNDERSTANDING 68/89 revolves around the ideological and personal misunderstandings of the “68er” in East and West, the propagated myths and overinterpretations of these events as well as the conflicts between those actively involved in 1968 and their children.

The journal PERFORMING 68/89 is devoted to the fate and further development of the cultural blossoming of the 1960s after the failure of the political projects of ’68. Focus is placed on the subtle repercussions of the art of the seventies, the Prague underground, the influence of the creeping “normalization” on mass culture, the crisis of pop culture in the West and the eternal start of Czech pop music.

After traversing the long path from “1968” through to the ‘years of lead’, the 1970s, the journal TRANSFORMING 68/89 brings the project to the exciting events of autumn 1989. Which links between these two salient events are recognizable? Taking place between them was a change of generation and the bitter experience, shared by many in the East and the West alike, that socialism had proven resistant to reform. Would 1989 complete what had begun in 1968? Which role did the actors from 1968 play in the collapse of communism? And what do the events of 1989 represent for outsiders?

Further information on the project is available here.



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