04 . 2005
March 23rd to 27th: the End to Eviction Days
Tage) summoned attention to the precarious situations of various
freespaces in Vienna. The action days, both at the protagonistsŐ
threatened homebases and in public space, included concerts, performances,
eetcafés, infostands, podium(less) discussion rounds and
was kicked off with an EKH
bleibt! demo by the Museumsquartier on the Ringstrasse. Polizei
presence minimal compared to December
18. March 23 also marked the deadline the EKH gave to the City
to answer their request to officially step in to the sale of the
autonomous center and only (known?) squat of Austria.
To that date, no answer. During the demo, an enormous empty house
across the street (Burggasse 2) became the target for an action
squat (scheinbesetzung) for 30 minutes and received alot
of attention from the established media.
In the evening
was a podium(less) discussion between individuals and groups concerned
with the theme at the starved out Public
Netbase, a location otherwise sealed with an orange banner ZUGESPERRT.
The evening began with the announcement that the Netbase (Burggasse
21) has received a bizarre phonecall from the police asking if they
would require protection from the links-radikalen who
were demonstrating just down the street! The police clearly need
to put an agent on the job to do some research.
of activists, artists, academics, writers and and other socio-cultural
workers tackled in-depth the factors around the current struggles
of autonomous spaces in Vienna. For us, a good window into the diverse
cast of characters involved. Included some comparisons with the
Netherlands. Various possible strategies and courses were plotted.
It will be a hot summer in Austria.
Link to Dieter
March 25: When
you come up from the U1 underground station Keplerplatz, you just
have to follow the spray-painted map of demo slogans to the EKH.
Funny that the city left Oesterreich abschaffen! The
current word is that the EKH stands to be (forcefully) evicted June
30. The latest flyers in the
Infoladen X announce a street party for the day with no particular
end date. Freibesetzt
begins June 29.
March 28: The
FLUC_Mensa on the
Praterstern has their last party. Temporary use is over and FLUC
IM EXIL begins. To be confirmed: FLUC IM EXIL @ freibesetzt @ WUK
Foyer July 11-16.
April 1: According
to the EKH newsletter, a group of supporters went to a City Council
meeting which was open to the public. When the topic of Theater
Politic In Vienna came up, one of the five went to the public
microphone to insert the question of the EKH (also an important
theater probe and performance space) into the discussion. The five
were promptly removed from city hall by the police on grounds of
heightened security precautions. Paranoia? The
City clearly need to put an agent on the job to do some research.
April 3: A
little over a week later and just up the street, the empty Burggasse
83a was chosen for another action squat. The press release and flyers
dropped from the windows explained the protest against the rising
unaffordable rents, the numerous empty properties left for the market
speculation and the eviction or starving our of self-run social,
cultural and artist spaces. When the police got there, the activists
were already gone. Nothing left to do but have the city cleaners
hermetically cover up the evidence...
on the same night, activists executed a mass postering action on
the university old AKH campus in their quest for more freiraum
and non-commercial/consumer-based space in the city and for students.
Check out the short
panorama video from the action in a courtyard. Some sympathetic
factions objected to the simplicity of the action and the obscene
waste of tape which otherwise could have been used to place 14 rectors