exactly 20 years ago tonight , the night of august 30 to august 31st, lady diana died in paris. the next morning, everybody was in shock, traumatized, and sad.
in our “hybrid-workspace” at documenta X in kassel, christoph schlingensief and his ensemble were getting ready for their finale performance as part of documenta, re-enacting the student revolution commune I as commune X parallel to the X in documenta. the performance space was closed for rehearsal and in order to keep the visitor flow outside, the artists had put fridges against the door from the inside and sandbags from the outside.
while the performance inside does heat up from “commune I” quotes, to christoph’s public appeal to kill the then german chancellor, perhaps the artists group was not aware that the sound system would blast everything loud to the outside where not only exhibition visitors were waiting to get in but also peaceful leisure seekers from kassel would go to have their sunday brunch.
the voices were blasted to the outside and when christoph declared that ” finally lady di died” in a provocative way, that was too much.
the local police was called, they gained access to the performance space by force, a german shepherd police dog bit the japanese performance artist hanayo and schlingensief was arrested and under the protest of artists and bystanders taken to the local police office, where immediately a large protest crowd gathered. a complete blurring of art with life and life with art.
christoph died so very young at the age of 49, exactly this week, in 2010. i owe him so much and i’m grateful for the years i could work with him.
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