#WB: quoting Walter Benjamin: Paris, die Hauptstadt des XIX. Jahrhunderts

guests reading #WB: quoting Walter Benjamin, Paris, die Hauptstadt des XIX. Jahrhunderts during the interactive performance in the jewish theater of austria on October 7, 2010; photographer: lisa sperber

Collective analog-digital performance on Walter Benjamin‘s life and oeuvre reflecting contemporary relevances of his worlds of thought

team 2011
opening words
ursula berner
/ thomas blimlinger, district council 1070 vienna
warren rosenzweig, jewish theater austria
introduction
alexandra reill, mise-en-scène
analog-active moderators
kazuko kurosaki
, performer / agnes peschta, cultural worker / alexandra reill, conceptual artist, filmmaker / joe remick, journalist, speaker / warren rosenzweig, author, director, producer
media-active moderator
peter koger, visualist
docu-active moderators
sascha osaka, photographer / lisa sperber, photographer
found video footage [real-time] editing | catalogization
peter koger / alexandra reill / charlotte zott aka sari
idea | concept | print editing | design of interactive setting | interactive format design
alexandra reill

coordination | public relations alexandra reill
production kanonmedia in cooperation with Jewish Theater of Austria | vienna 2011

team 2010
opening words / introduction
madeleine reiser
/ warren rosenzweig / alexandra reill
analog-active moderators
agnes peschta / alexandra reill / joe remick / warren rosenzweig / klaus tauber
media-active moderators
mustapha alic / starsky / charlotte zott aka sari
docu-active moderators
karin gruber / sascha osaka / lisa sperber
found video footage editing | catalogization
alexandra reill / starsky / charlotte zott aka sari
idea | concept | print editing | design of interactive setting | interactive format design
alexandra reill

coordination | public relations alexandra reill
production kanonmedia in cooperation with Jewish Theater of Austria | vienna 2010

In form of a print compilation, kanonmedia published the chronological development of daily short connotations posted by her and about 100 co-authors relating to aspects of Walter Benjamin’s life and artistic / philosophical / political approaches on Facebook in 2009-2010 for the staging of #WB: quoting Walter Benjamin: Paris, die Hauptstadt des XIX. Jahrhunderts in 2010. The limited edition served as poetic-literary material for the collective analog-digital performance, and the compilation was given to the audience / guests / participants / contributors as a gift. For the re-staging of the performance in the Jewish Theater Austria in 2011, the compilation #WB: quoting Walter Benjamin was re-published with a slightly changed layout.

The designed analogue-digital reading is created by people reading from the publication dedicated to one of the most important thinkers of the XX. Century. People raise their voice as well as the media stations do, respond to each other, develop content and atmosphere further – an interplaying of media and human voices emerges.

In a mixture of reading, discussion and interactive performance correlations between relevant factors and opportunities for development of democracy in the context of the information age, globalization, Capitalism and Marxism are reflected together – on the basis of Walter Benjamin‘s oeuvre. Wo/ man learns of options and limits of self-determination, options and limits of scopes of action. Technology serves wo/ man, and only a framework, only a context is given, in which each of the performing nights is designed differently. It is by the people being there that the experience at the moment is created – that realization Walter Benjamin described as the Angelus Novus: the space where past and future coincide and where not ideas shape presence but where presence emerges.

#WB: quoting Walter Benjamin: Paris, die Hauptstadt des XIX. Jahrhunderts supported by

— department of culture of the city of vienna / section media art / 11
— commission of culture 1070 vienna / 11
— commission of culture 1070 vienna / 10
— department of culture of the city of vienna / section science and research / 10

Furthermore, our thxs go to

— all co-authors who contributed with postings on Facebook

#WB: quoting Walter Benjamin: Paris, die Hauptstadt des XIX. Jahrhunderts stagings | presentations at

— a trilogy of interactive real-time performances | serde latvia / aiz / lv / 13
— a trilogy of interactive real-time performances | upgrade!zagreb / hr / 13
— innovationspreistage.12 / moe / vie / a / 12
— jewish theater of austria / vie / a / 11
— a trilogy of interactive real-time performances | eopicturenight10+5 / vie / a / 11
— jewish theater of austria / vie / a / 10
— facebook / int / 09-10

#WB: quoting Walter Benjamin: Paris, die Hauptstadt des XIX. Jahrhunderts featured in / by

— spectre / int / 13
— portal zadar / zadar / hr / 13
— otokivanic / zagreb / hr / 13
— portal zagreb / zagreb / hr / 13
— urban cult / zagreb / hr / 13
— kulturpunkt / zagreb / hr / 13
— innovationspreis 2012. catalogue / vie / a / 12
— art visuals & poetry / vie / a / 12
— nettime / int / 11
— eop / vie / a / 11
— theaterkompass / d / 11
— puls4 online / vie / a / 11
— esel.kulturkalender / vie / a / 11
— art visuals & poetry / vie / a / 11
— vienna online / vie / a / 11
— wien.at / vie / a / 11
— wauwau / vie / a / 11
— district festival 1070 vienna / vie / a / 11
— tracktvlinks / int / 10
— turbulence / int / 10
— arte10 / e / 10
— e-magazine du CIAC on twitter / int / 10
— wajabu / int / 10
— nettime / int / 10
— edf geni / int / 10
— the ngc6544 daily on twitter / int / 10
— colourtraining / int / 10
— allvoices / int / 10
— my soup / int / 10
— the christopher clay daily on twitter / int / 10
— newsodrom / int / 10
— walter beitz / int / 10
— walter die / int / 10
— walter nicht / int / 10
— alexandra topic / int / 10
— videolala / int / 10
— puls4 / vie / a / 10
— gat das steirische internetportal für architektur und lebensraum / a / 10
— hauptstadt.at / vie / a / 10
— esel.termine / vie / a / 10
— esel.kulturkalender / vie / a / 10
— events.at / vie / a / 10
— moose / vie / a / 10
— easyrss / d / 10
— theaterkompass / d / 10
— premiumpresse / d / 10
— museumblogs / houston museum of natural history / us / 10
— rhizome / nyc / us / 10
— architektur steiermark | gat / graz / a / 10
— noemalab / ravenna / i / 09