AKTION

Christine Schöffler & Peter Blakeney

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freibesetzt

FREIBESETZT

In the one month manifestation and exhibition in July 2005 in the Kunsthalle Exnergasse, freibesetzt explored in depth diverse concepts and strategies of "appropriation" through the presentation of physical spaces (free or occupied...?) in the Netherlands and Austria and the stories of their protagonists.

  EASYCITY

EASYCITY VIENNA

Concept and participation in the two-hour occupation of a section of Mariahilferstraße by the city marketing agency "easyCity". Advice, interviews and flyering action. A collaborative project with de Vrije Ruimte (Amsterdam) and the Vienna EasyCity Team in the context of the freibesetzt exhibition program.

CIVICTV

CIVIC TV

Rotterdam is going to hell. What can we do about it? The first episode of CIVIC TV was a one-day event presenting various approaches to understand, use, criticize the urban environment and how these practices are sustained. CIVIC TV was a unique opportunity for those interested in alternative mental and spatial engineering to meet.

  deaf

DEAF04 – OPEN ACTIE CAFÉ

Curation, programming, and installations in the Poortgebouw for Dutch Electronic Art Festival in Rotterdam. The Poortgebouw was staged an open social illustration of the theme "Affecting Turbulence: The Art of Open Systems."

SWASTIKA

BLACK SWASTIKA

Video design for multimedia ritual performance of Reverend Steven Johnson Leyba and Monique Lorraine Everhart with Loggia Nera. Skin cutting and bloodletting, poetic rants, industrial music, and unsettling visual backgrounds against the demons of consensus reality.

  SKEPTIKTANK

SKEPTIK TANK

"Reacting to your built environment". A fusion of performance, sequenced image and sound environments with live drumming, Skeptik Tank amplified the democratic right to question the dark forces ordering the physical environment.

SUPERVISION 3000

SUPERVISION 3000

In the last year in Rotterdam we have seen a rapid increase in the number of politie, toezicht and beveiligings personnel, buurtagents, and any other possible form of supervision. But do you know what exactly they are supervising? Why do they walk so slow staring suspiciously at inanimate objects? ROTTERDAM NEEDS YOUR SUPER VISION...

  THEATIC

THEATIC

Improvisation is the keyword. In this series of evening events in the attic of the Poortgebouw, improvisation doesn't only refer to the oft associated jazz derive rather the aim to create an unpredictable evening without a pre-defined program shaped by labels (goth night, hip-hop night, movie night) and codified expectations.

stromboli

STROMBOLI

In the context of "The Resurrection of the Visual Arts" evening theme, the eight-minute film traces an individual's schizophrenic search for the "Stromboli" in the insular forum of the art world. The five-evening "Stromboli" festival was a cooperation of WORM and Coolhaven at The Player.

  GPSM

GPSM

In the Adbusteresque context of Culture Jammer presentations and seminars, the trash, post-media performance GPSM – Global Positioning Sado Masochism presents a fantastic low-tech scenario where the agents of W H Y transmit classified evidence from their urban investigations in Rotterdam.

ROOM17C

ROOM 17C

Room 17c interrogated the framework and strategies of living as an individual through randomly placing everyday objects in focus to highlight the other side, the truths hidden in the shadows of the objects. A mosaic of elusive other cities within cities, as revealed through an international email questionairre, reflected etymological and sociocultural quandries between authors and authorities.

  AVATAR

AVATAR COMPLEX

A short film about the dream of a Victorian house in Halifax, Canada. The house occupies the body of the inhabitant as an avatar to escape beyond the confines of the city grid.