Krystian Woznicki on Thu, 26 Apr 2007 08:22:19 +0200 (CEST)
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[Nettime-nl] McDeutsch in Amsterdam (Modified by Geert Lovink)
McDeutsch in Amsterdam
Oosterdokskade 5, Amsterdam
27.04.2007, 8 p.m.
“Save the German Language!” said the cover of Der Spiegel’s issue
commemorating German Renunification Day. Demands for “more German” are
on the rise in Germany. After “Quotas for German Music on Radio!“ came
the call for “Obligatory German in Gyms, Bars, and Schools!” Ensuing
debates have even carried over to the popular Sabine Christiansen talk
show, Germany’s so-called “ersatz parliament.”
Yet, what role does the German language really play today in propping
up German national identity? Hasn’t this supposedly German cultural
property long become common property worldwide? McDeutsch, a Berliner
Gazette project, asked about 50 cultural mediators from all parts of
the earth (except Antarctica!) to reflect upon this question, thus
opening up a surprising bird’s-eye view of that complex known as the
The McDeutsch project consists of several parts funded by the German
Federal Cultural Foundation: a series of protocols published under
www.berlinergazette.de (through 31 December 2006), an international
symposium at the Museum für Kommunikation Berlin (15 December 2006),
and a bilingual volume published by Kadmos (December 2006), which
features a collection of protocols originally published online.
In 2007 the editors of the Berliner Gazette present this project
abroad: After a launch event in Zagreb in March, McDeutsch is being
presented for the first time to the Dutch public in the context of the
exhibition “Vergessene Fahnen” by Florian Thalhofer.
For more information, please contact:
Berliner Gazette e.V.
Schönhauser Allee 141a
D – 10437 Berlin
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