Utopia wohnt nebenan

2015 / 2019, Gemeinschaftsprojekt mit Gerald Fiebig, Sound produziert für ORF Kunstradio, Uraufführung 27.12.2015, 22:30 min

„25 Jahre nach Ende des Kalten Krieges ist vielerorts wieder eine große politische Distanz zwischen Westeuropa (z.B. Österreich) und Osteuropa (z.B. Rumänien) auszumachen. Allein schon an den historischen Wahlverwandtschaften zwischen den Städten Wien und Timişoara lässt sich festmachen, dass dies ein Zerrbild ist. Für das Stück Utopia wohnt nebenan bewegen sich die Autor_innen durch die beiden Städte, inspiriert vom situationistischen Konzept der psychogeographischen Erkundung. Ausgangspunkte des ‚Umherschweifens’ sind jeweils die Stadtteile Innere Stadt und Josefstadt (die es aufgrund der gemeinsamen Geschichte in Wien und Timişoara gibt). Aus den dabei gesammelten Fieldrecordings und Fotografien komponieren sie die Klang-Bild-Landschaft einer utopischen Stadt, in der der Gegensatz von West und Ost außer Kraft gesetzt ist. In die Komposition eingewoben sind O-Töne mit Zeitzeug_innen, die sich an solidarisches Zusammenleben in ihrer Heimat in Wien bzw. Timişoara unter schwierigen sozialen und politischen Bedingungen in unterschiedlichen Phasen des 20. Jahrhunderts erinnern. Die Zitate werden anhand gemeinsamer thematischer Motive in einen dialogartigen Bezug zueinander gesetzt, die den Blick auf den „Überschuss des Möglichen im Wirklichen“ (Ernst Bloch) der realen Geschichte von Österreich und Rumänien eröffnen. Die Sprecher_innen sind Friederike Brenner (geboren 1923 in Mödling bei Wien) und Johann Kassnel (geboren 1932 in Jahrmarkt bei Timişoara).“ (Gerald Fiebig)

„25 years after the end of the Cold War, the political distance between Western Europe (e.g. Austria) and Eastern Europe (e.g. Romania) seems to be increasing again in many respects. But this distorts the fact that there is a lot of shared history, which already becomes evident when looking at the parallels between the cities of Vienna and Timisoara. For their piece „Utopia lives next door“, the authors move through both cities, inspired by the situationist concept of psychogeographical examination of urban environments by means of „dérive“ the deliberately drifting walk through a city. The starting point of the excursions are the quarters Innere Stadt and Josefstadt – due to the shared history, both Vienna and Timisoara have districts with these names. From the field recordings thus collected, the authors compose the soundscape of a utopian city in which the difference between West and East has been erased. Woven into the composition are voice recordings from interviewees recalling instances of lived solidarity under difficult social and political circumstances in Vienna and Timisoara during different phases of the 20th century. Based on shared thematic motifs, the quotes are arranged into a quasi-dialogic relation to each other that offers a glimpse of the possibilities that were at hand, but were missed in the actual history of Austria and Romania. The speakers are Friederike Brenner (born in 1923 in Mödling near Vienna) and Johann Kassnel (born 1932 in Jahrmarkt near Timisoara).“(Gerald Fiebig)


Muster / Patterns

Nature is determined by disorder as the driving force, which results in order. The strongest form of order is a pattern.

Part One
Patterns are regularly recurring structures, which are generated from modules in predefined order and repetition. As individuals and social creatures, we are naturally affected by patterns. The heartbeat has a rhythm, which is a motion pattern; as well as the breath. The genetic code resembles a pattern. Metabolism in general is determined by patterns: nutrient uptake, transport, transform and excrete – as well as the course of nature: spring, summer, fall and winter – birth, growth, reproduction and death.
We surround ourselves with patterns: wall papers, patterned textiles, music, dance, customs, behaviour. We feel save with patterns, because they are predictable.

Part Two – the machinery
Patterns also help individuals to fit into society harmonically and to make a contribution to its success. This fact makes us similar to machines. They just work, because power units and gear wheels follow certain patterns and in so doing keep moving.

Part Three – perpetuum mobile
We are a part of a system, which consists of individuals, who function according to patterns. If one part is failing, it is replaced by another working element – a principle, which keeps a system in permanent movement.

„After all, rhythm is the repeated pattern itself – the code and the looping. And we all dance to that. We dance to a choreography that is pre-programmed into the interface. This choreography has power: it is the planned moves of control.(…) But really we are just making the same old moves that everyone else on the dance floor is pushing out of their (seemingly) free flowing limbs. We dance, and we are part of the choreography of control.“ (Renee Carmichael/ fleeimmediately.com )

Hint: You may feel uncomfortable by watching the pendulums. But art as an expression of life isn’t always convenient. Sorry!

„After all, rhythm is the repeated pattern itself – the code and the looping. And we all dance to that. We dance to a choreography that is pre-programmed into the interface. This choreography has power: it is the planned moves of control.(…) But really we are just making the same old moves that everyone else on the dance floor is pushing out of their (seemingly) free flowing limbs. We dance, and we are part of the choreography of control.“

Renee Carmichael/ fleeimmediately.com