[artinfo] dictionary of war

florian schneider fls at kein.org
Mon May 22 15:33:50 CEST 2006

June 2006 - January 2007

DICTIONARY OF WAR starts on June 2 and 3, in Frankfurt/Main.

The new war, post-modern war, permanent war -- almost every major
military operation over the past 15 years has evoked a new debate about
the new character of war. After 9-11 state of war has turned into a
normality. Five years of global war have turned the world upside down,
in a way that the extent of the ongoing changes cannot be fully
conceived yet.

On June 2 and 3 the first edition of DICTIONARY OF WAR will take place
as a collaborative platform for creating concepts on the issue of war.
At four public, two-day events in Frankfurt, Munich, Graz and Berlin 100
concepts will be invented, arranged and presented by scientists,
artists, theorists and activists.

The aim is to create key concepts that either play a significant role in
current discussions of war, have so far been neglected, or have yet to
be created. DICTIONARY OF WAR tries to make the creation or revaluation
of concepts transparent into more or less open processes in which one
can and need to intervene in various ways.

"At least, when we create concepts, we are doing something." The idea of
DICTIONARY OF WAR refers to the theory of creating concepts proposed by
Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari: Concepts do not fall from heaven but
must be invented, created, produced; concepts refer to problems without
which they would be meaningless. It is not about definitions, anecdotes,
original opinions or entertainment, but rather about finding out about
the tools with which to attain new ideas.

The Frankfurt edition of DICTIONARY OF WAR features contributions by:

The artist group "Apsolutno" from Novi Sad; the sound artists "Battery
Operated from Montreal; the artist Shu Lea Cheang; the London based
architect Celine Condorelli; writer Dietmar Dath from "Frankfurter
Allgemeine Zeitung";  choreographers Kattrin Deufert & Thomas Plischke
aka "Frankfurter Küche";  filmmaker Azza El-Hassan from Ramallah; Berlin
based curator Anselm Franke; the swedish artist duo Carl Michael von
Hausswolff and Thomas Nordanstad; the artist group "International
Festival" from Brussels and Stockholm; Beirut based media activist Manse
Jacobi; the austrian musician Christof Kurzmann; filmmaker Angela
Melitopolous from Cologne; military researcher Simon Naveh from Tel
Aviv;  DJ Hans Nieswandt from Cologne; John Palmesino, co-founder of the
"Multiplicity" group; romanian artist Dan Perjovschi; dutch theater
director Jan Ritsema; art theorist Irit Rogoff, professor at Goldsmith
College London; sociologist Saskia Sassen, professor in Chicago; author
Nicolas Siepen from Berlin; Paris based filmmaker Eyal Sivan; Rob Stone,
London based therorist; the Frankfurt based philosopher Matthias Vogel;
New York based architect Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss; London based architect
Eyal Weizman; architect Ines Weizman from London; Berlin based writer
Raul Zelik; filmmaker Zelimir Zilnik from Novi Sad.

The concepts are introduced in alphabetical order by their concept
persons in half-hour long presentations or performances.

The event starts on Friday, June 2 at 4 pm in Staedelschule Frankfurt am
Main, Dürerstrasse 10 and will be continued on Saturday from 2 pm on.
The entrance fee for both days is 10 Euro.

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