The open theatre project, created by the townspeople, asks what the city’s future will be like, several performances based on expert’s visions and prognoses.Future from Wittenberg.

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WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY...
The big anniversary of the Reformation has sparked a new dynamic in the town. The post-reunification lethargy seemed to be over, a new confidence developed. We might look forward to the immediate future optimistically.

 What do Wittenberg’s citizens expect from the future of their town?

But what can we expect? If you trust the Economic Report of the State of Saxony-Anhalt, the number of economically inactive people in the district of Wittenberg will be reduced by up to 30% by the year 2025. What does this number mean and how does it affect our future? Or is the future just flogged to dead?

In our project, this central question is explored in relation to the city and Wittenberg’s region. Contrary to scientific practice, we will not explicitly ask scientifically trained experts for information, but the local experts: citizens of Wittenberg. We search for visions and answers together.

Aim of the project is to perceive the future as determined and shaped by ourselves. Dealing with the subject of the future based on personal perceptions of the participants, the project will strengthen the identification with Wittenberg and finally give motivation to engage in future-oriented processes in the city and their own future in the region.

Participant of the project is potentially every Wittenberger. The openness of the project helps to motivate people from all generations and all cultural and social backgrounds to participate and to draw a broad and meaningful picture. In particular, adolescents and young adults are to be addressed and won for participation.

As direct participant and expert in the show we worked with 25 protagonists. We had a "full house" at our presentation. Even before the show we were asking the question about Wittenberg’s future  in public: on the one hand, through our open office in the KulturBotschaft and the other by media partnerships.

In further phases of the project of about six weeks, the material will be supplemented. The citizens of Wittenberg perform their expertise itself.

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Wittenberg Rhizom at the KulturBotschaft

Water #1-5

Where is it coming from?

Trickling and bickering water everywhere at the KulturBotschaft, where the atmosphere

seems enchanted as though it were a magical garden.

Inspired by Wittenberg’s „Jungfernröhrwasserbrunnen” (a fountain that serves as a

technical monument built in 16th century)
, a series of  Videos and live

preformances fill the dark.

Together with sound art and work

Memory work and future work meet Luther

A sound installation is created with four mobile and eight stationary loudspeakers.

Based upon a discussion 13 women are having about Martin Luther similar to „musique

concréte Martin Luthers 13”. Which questions the thesis “ The less you believe in God

the greater your fear of death.”

The exhibition „Wittenberg Rhizom“ started November 2014, located at Jüdenstr. 5, 06886 Wittenberg.

This exhibition comprises a variety of works such as sound art, fine arts,  dance and conceptual art.

Nine international (America, Germany, Chile, China and mainly Tiawan) artists joined for four weeks to work on

a cross-cultural project about their encounter with „Europe’s city of reformation“. Resulting to an extremely

creative process that examines contemporary reformation.

This artist group called „Rhizom-Gruppe“ choses to remain anonomyous. All members are art graduates from

prestegious  universities around the world, each leading successsful solo careers till they met in 2013 deciding

to create a new form of cooperating.

For this purpose, an experimental form of working was created. They themselvs call it rhizomatic. According

to Wikipedia „Rhizome is a philosophical concept developed by Gilles Deleuze and Félix

Guattari in their Capitalism and Schizophrenia (1972–1980) project. It is what Deleuze calls

an "image of thought", based on the botanical rhizome, that apprehends multiplicities.“

 

 

Tolerance

The “Year of Tolerance” during the Luther Decade in the course of 500 year anniversary of Reformation in 2017, the KulturBotschaft was committed to the side of metaphysical seekers and religiously uncommitted citizens. Through the provision of infrastructure and mediation, it supports the idea of global ethics and intercultural world citizenship. Religious and political opinions get a forum, but they are only tolerated as long as they respect other beliefs and face each other respectfully.e.g.… ".Reformation. Power. Politics"

Reformation - Image and Bible


Future from Wittenberg. What the experts say.


With an open civic theater project we ask: What do Wittenberg’s citizens expect from the future of their town?

Every Wittenberger (and maybe we are all Wittenbergers...) is a potential participant of the project. The openness of the project helps to motivate people from all generations and all cultural and social backgrounds to participate and to draw a broad and meaningful picture. In particular, adolescents and young adults are to be addressed and won for participation.

Sponsoring of the project has been approved by the city of Lutherstadt Wittenberg.

A final evaluation was held at KulturBotschaft.

 

Small Town Carousel
As a recourse to the importance of the bookstore Max Senf as a catalyst for cultural and historical significance in the city center, artists and speakers from diffenent fields are invited to discuss and participate.

Social and built environment
The KulturBotschaft supports the local architect and building researcher Maike Kohnert in her studies on structural changes in the old town in connection with its inhabitants.

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