Das Kunstpavillon im Alten Botanischen Garten
where we will be considering the ramifications of the
colonisation of our subconscious... in the shade of the gardens and along the cool walls of the
only remnant of the once sumptuous glass palace... NOT TRUE
.... in the meantime we've been and it's not a remnant at all... the archway one can see in the picture below is... however, the Pavillon itself dates from the early thirties...
view at the turn of previous century
Quite obviously notthe remant of the Glaspalast as surmised earlier, it had all the trappings of the Nationalist-Socialist architecture that was to sprout like mould all over Germany in the thirties... And continue in the Soviet Union until quite recently... Heavy moralistic bombast with steadfast simplicity, supporting heroic figures from every day life... As such the space inside is quite atttractive to spatial interventions, but the context is such as not to be pushed aside... Personally I found the inclusion of three "Stolpersteine" with names of NS victims who lived in the houses opposite a good solution to a prickly problem... One we were aquainted with, since Antwerp until recently also did not have any Stolpersteine in the street... Not so much because of the resurgence of right wing politics ( another similarity with Munich) but because of the reticence by the Jewish community to have German boots walk all over the names of victims... Not the only culture that takes exception to the soles being directed toward the living or the dead... Here they were functioning in the ground as they should, but surrounded by black granite or marble, as a frame, and becoming a work to be considered at a respectful distance...
( the whole aspect of keeping Jewish culture alive where most Jews themselves perished is a complex issue... Some of our crew were surprised to find that Dachau, which they ' knew from hearsay' was so close to the city... Along with other aspects and interesting discussion to be had about keeping memory alive..( see also preparation-page)
The picknick took place at a confortable distance,- as ' acte de présence' rather than a direct reference... Buy obviously the theme of the picknick, the fourth of July American Revolution Declaration of Independence of 1776 was in these times of Trump, a meaningful manifestation, even if, on the face of it, just another gaggle of park revellers hanging about... The reading of the declaration quite intentionally included the more revolutionary bits... Aside the normally quoted ( and by now) platitudes, in which the natural right to overthrow the government if it does not function as representative of the people still rings today, perhaps even in the autonomous black block ears as well as those, like myself, who would like to see Trump's impeachment rather sooner than later...
After an investigation of the Pavillon building, we considered the role of the group SPUR, that was at the time instrumental in helping to create an independent artists movement, and which in those early years exhibited in this, may we say appropriated/expropriated building...
More on this later, we just scratched the surface of a possible investigation with the reading of an open letter of protest to the american government, which seemed appropriate, even today...
SPUR manifest (Nr. 1 issue)
and more specifically some interesting aspects of post-war Munich
Glaspalast after fire in 1931
and it seems in the general sphere of things
(recent resurgence of interest)
we became aware of the group SPUR
which had somehow slipped our minds, even though
I had been researching all sorts of things
former spassgeurillero & tupamaro Kunzelmann who had been SPUR member when they fell out with the Situationist International....
anyway, what his role was in the split with SPUR still has to be investigated,
but iI did come across an interesting bit of Debord-correspondence in which
a whole lotta stuff converges:
the relations SPUR/SI, Kunzelmann himself, the planned conference at Antwerp and the publication of texts by Rudi Renson of the Belgian section (and my former landlord) as well as references to brussels in the european strategy of the thinking at the time...
(with certainly no permission from the debordiana site)
sous-titre : Revue de l’Internationale situationniste pour la Région Centre-Europe.
Directeur : R. Vaneigem.
Adresse : Boîte postale n°…, Brussel, Belgium4.