Manufacturing concepts

The second edition of DICTIONARY OF WAR July 22 and 23 in Muffathalle Munich

When talking about war nowadays the challenge seems rather to find the right words than choosing the right side. In order not to leave this task to politicians, the military or their subordinated PR and propaganda agencies, the project DICTIONARY OF WAR has been started off this June.

But the title should not be taken too literally: the project provides a collaborative platform for creating concepts. Loosley based on the slogan: “At least, when we create concepts, we are doing something” in total 100 concepts will be presented in four two-day events in Frankfurt, Munich, Graz and Berlin. 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.

Seven weeks after the first edition in Frankfurt the DICTIONARY OF WAR enters the second round on July 22 and 23 in Muffathalle Munich.

The Munich edition of DICTIONARY OF WAR features contributions by 25 scientists, artists, filmmakers, architects, theorists, and activists from twelve different countries:

Amsterdam based performance group andcompany&Co; the mexican artist Julieta Aranda; media theorist Konrad Becker from Vienna; sociologist Ulrich Bröckling from Freiburg; the californian artist and media theorist Jordan Crandall; artist Hans-Christian Dany from Hamburg; Berlin based writer Katja Diefenbach; sociologist and theorist Avery Gordon from Los Angeles; architect Manuel Herz from Cologne; Paris based art critic, translator and activist Brian Holmes; human rights expert Tom Keenan from New York; Belgrad based architect Ivan Kucina; filmmaker and media artist Naeem Mohaiemen from New York and Dhaka; artist Ariane Müller from Berlin; slovenian artist Marko Peljhan; Armin Petras, writer and theatre director from Berlin; Munich based photographer and writer Stefan Römer; artist Erzen Shkololli from Kosovo; the film critics and writers Georg Seeßlen and Markus Mertz; israeli filmmaker Eyal Sivan from Paris; theorist Rob Stone from London; Vienna based curator Nora Sternfeld; journalist and writer Ingrid Strobl from Cologne; activist, typesetter and lay-outer Klaus Viehmann from Berlin; London based architect Eyal Weizman.

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

The event starts on Saturday, July 22 at 2 pm in Muffathalle Munich, Zellstrasse 4, and will be continued on Sunday from noon on. The entrance fee for both days is 10 Euro and includes a CD-edition of the video-recordings of the Frankfurt session.

Video recordings of the first 25 concepts which were presented in Frankfurt on June 2 and 3, are available in both streaming media as well as dowload versions on the website at:

The third edition of the DICTIONARY OF WAR will take place on October 13 and 14, 2006, in Graz in the framework of the festival "Steirischer Herbst".

DICTIONARY OF WAR is a project by Multitude e.V. and Unfriendly Takeover, in collaboration with Muffatwerk and runs parallel to their project "Crashtest Dummy". DICTIONARY OF WAR is supported by the Federal Culture Foundation, Germany.