The fourth edition of Dictionary of War will take place on 23 and 24th of February 2007 in Berlin, Sophiensaele. It will be the final edition of a first round of four events that have been organized to start this project. The session is concluding with a Postcriptum at the historic site of the unconditional surrender of German Fascism in 1945, today's "German-Russian Museum" in Karlshorst.
The Berlin edition features contributions by: Jonathan Allen / Christian von Borries / Arianna Bove / Heinrich Dubel / Stefan Doernberg / Felix Ensslin / Stefan Heidenreich / Emil Hrvatin / Peter Jahn / kuda.org / Andrea Moll / Vanessa Joan Müller / Quio & Darius James / Sylvere Lotringer / Brian Massumi / Khalo Matabane / Avi Mograbi / Martin Neumeier & Nathalie Landenberger / Michalis Pichler / Rimini Protokoll / Saskia Sassen / Armin Smailovic / Simon Starling / Marcus Steinweg / Stephan Trüby / Meir Wigoder & Irit Rogoff / Soenke Zehle
Dictionary of War ends with a last session in Berlin on February 23 and 24, 2007. Another 25 concepts will be presented in Sophiensaele Sophiensaele, Sophienstrasse 18, 10178 Berlin-Mitte.
Sophiensaele offers an online Ticket reservation
Please note that the timetable is remains subject to change, but this website will be updated as soon as changes occur:
FRIDAY, February 23th, 2007, from 17:00 to 22:00
17:00 Alert / Meir Wigoder (IL) & Irit Rogoff (UK)
17:30 Anti-War / Saskia Sassen
18:00 Anxiety / Felix Ensslin
18:30 Autoxylopyrocycloboros / Simon Starling
19:00 Coloniality / Soenke Zehle
19:30 Davos/Dubai / Christian von Borries
20:00 Disappeared / Sylvere Lotringer
20:30 Entertainment / Emil Hrvatin
21:00 Experience / Arianna Bove
21:30 Flintenweiber / Andrea Moll
SATURDAY, February 24th, 2007, from 14:00 to 23:00
14:00 Helikopter (Heinrich Dubel)
14.30 Heraklit (Marcus Steinweg)
15:00 Home front (Michalis Pichler)
15:30 Homeland Security Advisory System (Stephan Trüby)
16:00 Magic (Jonathan Allen)
16:30 Perception Attack (Brian Massumi)
17:00 Pleasure (Avi Mograbi)
17:30 Plündern (Vanessa Joan Müller)
18:00 Porträt (Armin Smailovic)
18:30 Präventivkrieg (Stefan Doernberg)
19:00 Profit (Stefan Heidenreich)
(Rimini Protokoll (Haug/Wetzel) featuring: Darnell Stephen Summers and Dave Blalock)
20:00 Safe Distance (kuda.org)
20:30 Stance (Khalo Matabane)
21:00 Untermensch im Osten (Peter Jahn)
21:30 War, Nuclear (Quio & Darius James)
On Sunday, February 25th, 2007 the project closes with a fieldtrip and a postscriptum.
Arsenal Cinema is showing a retrospective by Avi Mograbi. The filmmaker will present his latest film »Avenge But One of my Two Eyes« February 22nd in Arsenal, Potsdamer Strasse2. For more information and the program please visit the website.
War, in the broadest sense, is a battle about the power to define and definitions, that are not carried out at the center of words but at their very margins. But what can words do, as soon as the state of war has become a rule and a normality worldwide?
The fourth and so far final edition of DICTIONARY OF WAR will take place on 23 and 24th of February 2007 in Berlin, Sophiensaele. Loosely based on the slogan: "At least, when we create concepts, we are doing something" DICTIONARY OF WAR is a collaborative platform for creating concepts. 75 concepts on the issue of war, have had already been invented, arranged and presented by scientists, artists, theorists and activists at the first three public, two-day events in Frankfurt, Munich, and Graz.
The Berlin edition of DICTIONARY OF WAR features contributions by:
London based artist and magician Jonathan Allen; conductor Christian von Borries from Berlin; Berlin based sci-fi-author Heinrich Dubel; the historian Stefan Doernberg, who participated 1945 as a translator of the Red Army within the negotiations about unconditional surrender with the german Wehrmacht; the author and curator Felix Ensslin; curator Charles Esche from Eindhoven; writer Stefan Heidenreich; the choreographer and stage director Emil Hrvatin from Ljubljana; the former curator of the museum Karlshorst, Peter Jahn; the artist-group kuda.org from Novi Sad; the historian and curator Andrea Moll from Berlin; Cologne based curator Vanessa Joan Müller; the musicians Quio & Darius James; US-American philosopher Sylvère Lotringer; the theorist Brian Massumi from Montreal; South-African film-director Khalo Matabane; Avi Mograbi, filmmaker from Israel; the Frankfurt based designers Martin Neumeier & Nathalie Landenberger; artist Michalis Pichler; the theatermakers collective Rimini Protocoll; sociologist Saskia Sassen from Chicago; the Munich based photographer Armin Smailovic; artist Simon Starling from Glasgow; Berlin based author Marcus Steinweg; architect Stephan Trüby from Stuttgart; Israeli photographer Meir Wigoder und theorist Irit Rogoff from London; Soenke Zehle, scientist from Saarbrücken.
The aim of the project 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 we can and need to intervene; at the same time, the goal is to develop models that redefine the creation of concepts on the basis not of interdisciplinary but rather undisciplined, not co-operative but rather collaborative processes.
DICTIONARY OF WAR started in June last year in Staedelschule Frankfurt and was characterized from the very beginning by a wide range of polyvocal and multi-layered approaches. The Munich edition several weeks later has been overshadowed by the war in the Middle East, but turned out as enormously substantial by lots of very focussed contributions. In Graz, in the framework of the festival "steirischer herbst", a further differentiation and multiplication of the concepts and their formats has become overwhelming.
The entire video recordings (live mixed from four cameras and additional sources) of the first three editions of the DICTIONARY OF WAR are available for free download from the website: http://dictionaryofwar.org/en-dict/v2v
The next 25 concepts that are going to be presented at the Berlin edition will be ready for download near on real time -- published under a creative commons share-alike license. Together with the already available concepts this will lay the ground for a unique, topic-based multimedia archive that encompasses more than 50 hours of video material. Even by now the video files of the DICTIONARY OF WAR are shared by thousands of users worldwide who download the material for educational or research purposes and remix it in various new contexts. Finally, this autumn a book will be published by Merve-Verlag (Berlin) which is supposed to work as a fifth, virtual edition.
The Berlin edition of the DICTIONARY OF WAR starts on Friday, February 23, at 5 pm in Sophiensaele Sophiensaele, Sophienstrasse 18, 10178 Berlin-Mitte. It will be continued on Saturday, February 24, at 2 pm. On Sunday, February 25th, 2007 the session concludes with a Postscriptum at the historic site of the unconditional surrender of German Fascism in 1945, today's "German-Russian Museum" in Karlshorst. At 8pm in the evening "Pirate Cinema" screens Chris Markers film "Scenes from the Third World War 1967-1977".
The concepts are introduced in alphabetical order by their concept persons in half-hour long presentations or performances. The entrance fee is 10 Euro (5 euro reduced) per day and includes a CD-edition of the video-recordings of the first three sessions.
More informations at: http://dictionaryofwar.org
DICTIONARY OF WAR is a project by Multitude e.V. and Unfriendly Takeover, in collaboration with Sophiensaele. DICTIONARY OF WAR is supported by the Federal Culture Foundation, Germany.
On February 4th, 2007 at 8pm Pirate cinema organizes a screening night of video recordings of concepts from the three past editions of the Dictionary of War.
The screening takes place in Pirate Cinema Berlin, Tucholskystr 6, 2nd floor, S-Bahn Oranienburger Str, U Oranienburger Tor.
Free entry, cheap drinks, copies to go.
20:00 Amphetamine (Hans-Christian Dany)
20:30 Aufräumen (Diedrich Diederichsen)
21:00 Kriegsmaschine (Nicolas Siepen)
21:30 Polizeikrieg (Katja Diefenbach)
22:00 Pop (Georg Seesslen)
22:30 Territorium (Peter Fend)
23:00 Trip (Anselm Franke)
23:30 Vereinte Nationen (Ariane Müller)
00:00 Weltkrieg (Klaus Viehmann)
00:30 Wetter (Dietmar Dath)
The fourth session of Dictionary of War is concluding with a Postcriptum at the historic site of the unconditional surrender of German Fascism in 1945, today's "German-Russian Museum" in Karlshorst. The fieldtrip will start at noon, busses will leave Sunday, February 25th, around 12am at Alexanderplatz in front of Park-Inn Hotel.
On May 8, 1945, World War II was brought to an end with the surrender of the German Wehrmacht at Berlin-Karlshorst. The bloodiest conflict of modern history to date claimed a death toll of at least 50 million people. The attempt for world domination by the German National Socialists under the leadership of Adolf Hitler ended with vast destructions in Germany and abroad. Particularly brutal battles were fought between the German and Soviet troops as a result of the National Socialist ideology, aiming at the enslavement and eventual extinction of the Slavic people.
In 1967, the Soviet troops stationed in the GDR founded the Museum der bedingungslosen Kapitulation des faschistischen Deutschland im Großen Vaterländischen Krieg 1941 - 1945 ("Museum of the Unconditional Surrender of Fascist Germany in the 'Great Patriotic War' of 1941 - 1945"). The museum was located in the same building where the signing of the capitulation took place in 1945. Initially, the museum was open only to members of the Soviet Army; however, soon afterwards, it opened to the general public.
The German unification on October 3, 1990, and the withdrawal of the Soviet troops raised new questions as to the future of the museum as well as the artifacts it contained. The Soviets offered to maintain the collection at Karlshorst and to allow for the continuation of the museum.
On behalf of the Federal Government of Germany and the "Senate" of Berlin, the German Historical Museum, in conjunction with their Soviet partners, was given the task of drawing up a new concept for the continuation of the museum. A committee of German and Soviet (now Russian) experts, consisting of political and military historians, archivists, and museum experts was appointed for this purpose. The committee began drawing up plans on April 14, 1991, and by October 1992 they created a broad concept of the continuation and re-evaluation of the museum Berlin-Karlshorst.
The museum opened its doors to the public on May 10, 1995.
Berlin Setup of the Dictionary of War
Presentation of Irit Rogoff and Meir Wigoder
Presentation of Brian Massumi
Performance of Jonathan Allen
Preformance of Rimini Protokoll, DARNELL “STEPHEN” SUMMERS and DAVE BLALOCK
Performance of Quio & Darius James
Darius James at the Dictionary of War ending
The Berlin edition of the DICTIONARY OF WAR have been produced in a collaboration of "Multitude e.V." and "unfriendly takeover". It has been funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and produced in close collaboration with Sophiensaele.
Curators: Annett Busch, Sebastian Lütgert, Tom Lamberty, Florian Malzacher, Anke & Heike Schleper, Florian Schneider, Bernhard Schreiner
Organization: Franziska Frielinghaus, Susanne Lang, Philipp Otto
Moderation: Sebastian Lütgert
Stage Building: Sophiensaele Technical Team
Organization of the Fieldtrip: Knut-Sören Steinkopf
Technical Setup: Jan Gerber, Sebastian Lütgert, Florian Schneider
Video Production: Annett Busch, Jan Gerber, Iris de Hoog, Gerbrand Oudenaarden, Florian Schneider
Catering: Jenny Kaiser and Co.