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    “The theater as a lost home” – Deutschlandfunk Kultur

    Andrea Gerk interviewed Michael Schindhelm about his recently published novel “Letzter Vorhang” for the literary magazine “Lesart”. The interview focused on theaters, such as the Volksbühne, as specific structures, “that can also produce special forms of coexistence”: The theater can become a shelter “against a changing reality. And if that goes too far, it is […]

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    Film screenings in California

    The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg will be presented at four venues in the Los Angeles area. The screenings will take place on July 24th and 25th at Laemmle’s theaters in Claremont, Encino, Los Angeles, and Pasadena. More information and tickets

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    Summer School – Zurich University of the Arts

    The three-day course “Dream and Reality of Cultural Development in Emerging Cities” takes place from the 1st of September, as part of the Zurich University of the Arts summer school program. Headed by Michael Schindhelm, the course examines developments in global culture, based on case studies in Hong Kong, Moscow, Dubai, and Singapore. Dates: Fri, […]

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    Open Society

    Michael Schindhelm will participate at the event series “Welches Land wollen wir sein?” [What country do we want to be], organized by the initiative Die offene Gesellschaft. The panel discussion, titled “Faktischer Kulturverlust – Postfaktische Gesellschaft?” [Real Loss of Culture – Post-truth Society?], includes also Rebecca Harms, Roland Schimmelpfennig, and Andre Wilkens as speakers. “Welches […]

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    The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg in Singapore

    The radio station 938LIVE from Singapore featured an interview with Michael Schindhelm on “The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg”. Michael Schindhelm spoke about the development of the documentary. Thereby the interview also focused on the history of China depicted by the film and on the way China deals with its cultural heritage. Listen to the interview

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    The Art of Preservation

    Channel NewAsia from Singapore invited Michael Schindhelm to the news magazine “First Look Asia”. In relation to the film screenings of “The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg” in Singapore, Michael Schindhelm spoke about the making of the documentary and his relationship to Chinese culture. Watch the interview online

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    Letzter Vorhang

    The upcoming novel Letzter Vorhang by Michael Schindhelm will be presented at Haus der Berliner Festspiele on the 7th of May, 5:30 p.m., during the 54th Theatertreffen. In Switzerland the first reading of the novel – published by Theater der Zeit –  takes place on the 28th of May at Theater Neumarkt, Zurich. Further readings: September 11: Buchladen […]

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    500 Years of Reformation

    The project titled Zuerich-Orakel [Zurich Oracle] takes place from January 03 to February 28, 2018. The artistic communication project is part of the Zurich Reformation Jubilee. It focuses on the Zwinglian influence on Reformation and its impact on printing, capitalism, and the national ethic in Switzerland. Further information

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    Present history – Letzter Vorhang reviewed by Tagesspiegel, Luzerner Zeitung, Thueringer Allgemeine

    On the 5th of May, Tagesspiegel published an excerpt of “Letzter Vorhang”. Also, Luzerner Zeitung reviewed the reading, that was held as part of Berliner Theatertreffen. The main focus of the review and preview published by Thueringer Allgemeine was the connection between the novel and the upcoming changes at the Volksbuehne theater in Berlin. Read […]

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    Please turn around! – Letzter Vorhang

    Johannes Siegmund reviewed Michael Schindhelms recently published novel Letzter Vorhang on the Berliner Theatertreffen blog. Subsequent to the book presentation at Haus der Berliner Festspiele, he described how “the struggle for the interpretative sovereignty over the theater of reunification has begun.“ Read the article online. Also, a review by Eva Biringer was published by nachtkritik.de. […]

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    European Union Writers Festival in Singapore

    The inaugural European Union Writers Festival, Singapore, takes place from May 25–26. The cooperation between the EU and the Lasalle College of the Arts presents publications by European writers working in Singapore. On May 26, Michael Schindhelm will talk about his publication Happy Tropics No.1 – a cooperation with Damian Christinger. Additionally, Michael Schindhelm will […]

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    European Union Film Festival 2017

    From May 11–20, the European Union Film Festival 2017 takes place in Singapore and features The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg. Beforehand The Straits Times magazine from Singapore reported on the documentary, that will be screened on the 16th of May, in presence of Michael Schindhelm and Uli Sigg. Also, In Cinemas magazine published an […]

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    ZHdK – Vocabularies of Resilient Art Practice

    The online course Vocabularies of Resilient Art Practice, lead by Michael Schindhelm, starts on the 19th of June. It is part of the Executive Education on Global Culture program at Zurich University of the Arts. The course exposes culture in the globalized context and investigates the role of heritage, migration, and cultural identity in times […]

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    The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg in Berlin

    On the 30th of April, the German premiere of The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg takes place in Berlin. The documentary will be screened in presence of Michael Schindhelm and the protagonists Uli Sigg and Ai Weiwei at Cinema Paris. The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg Cinema Paris Berlin April 30, 2017 12 p.m.

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    The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg in Hong Kong, Chengdu and Singapore

    On the 22nd of April, CoBo House Hong Kong presents the documentary The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg in presence of Michael Schindhelm. The Luxelakes•A4 Art Museum, Chengdu celebrates its opening on the 15th of April with the inaugural exhibition Create Spaces. On the 26th of April, the museum screens The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg in presence of the artist and […]

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    Dream and Reality of Cultural Development in Emerging Cities

    From April 21–23, Michael Schindhelm tutors the course Dream and Reality of Cultural Development in Emerging Cities at Zurich University of the Arts, Hong Kong. Starting from the question „What is global culture?“ the three-day program investigates development of culture and art based on the case studies Hong Kong, Dubai, Moscow, and Singapore. Click here […]

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    The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg on tour

    From March to May 2017, the documentary The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg will participate at many international film festivals. The 4th Lo schermo dell’arte edition at Palazzo Grassi in Venice presents a selection of festival contributions from March 02–05. The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg will be screened on the 5th of March. Also, […]

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    The Present Cultural Revolution

    On the 22nd of February, the online platform Archinect presented the publication Happy Tropics 1, edited by Michael Schindhelm and Damian Christinger. The featured interview The Present Cultural Revolution between Rem Koolhaas and Michael Schindhelm focuses on Koolhaas work in China and his observations on Singapore, that he already published in 1995 with his essay “Singapore Songlines […]

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    Culture in New Cities

    Accompanying the stars 2017 event series, taking place from February 22 – 25 in Singapore and from April 23 – 28 in Chengdu, Michael Schindhelm published an article on the topic of soft power, that he will discuss during his lectures. The rapid development of Singapore is the focus of the contribution titled Culture in […]

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    stars China

    After symposia in Jakarta and Singapore the event series stars – for leaders of the next generation takes place in Chengdu. Titled China and the World – Shifting Gears the event hosts lectures by many international speakers on the economic and cultural development in China. The symposium takes place from April 25 – 28. Alongside the lecture by Michael […]

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    Future Cities Laboratory

    As part of the ETH Zurich Singapore program Future Cities Laboratory, Michael Schindhelm will hold a lecture on the topic Reshaping the city’s identity through Culture, focussing on the recent development in Dubai and Hong Kong. The lecture will take place at the CREATE Tower National University of Singapore on the 28th of February. Further information […]

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    From February 22 – 25, the stars Singapore symposium will take place for the fourth time under the titel Asia – Times of Transition. Lectures by international guest working in the fields of politics, culture, and economy will discuss global governance strategies and a growing network between Asian states. On the 25th of February, Michael […]

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    Global Culture and Politics in the Urban Age

    From February 10 – 12, 2017 the class Global Culture and Politics in the Urban Age takes place at the Center for Further Education, Zurich University of the Arts. Courses will be taught by Michael Schindhelm, Tim Renner (Head of Culture, 2016 – Mayor of Berlin), and Jackie McNerney (Head of Culture – Mayor of […]

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    Book Launch – Happy Tropics

    HAPPY TROPICS No. 1, edited by Michael Schindhelm und Damian Christinger, will be presented during the art fair Art Stage Singapore on January 13, 2017. Happy Tropics No. 1 is published in collaboration with the Connecting Spaces – Hong Kong Zurich project by Zurich University of the Art and includes contributions by Rem Koolhaas, Philip Ursprung and […]

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    52nd Solothurn Film Festival

    The 52nd Solothurn Film Festival is taking place from January 19 to 26, 2017. This year, The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg will be presented as part of the festival program. The documentary will be screened in presence of Michael Schindhelm on the following dates: 20th of January, 9:30 a.m. at Palace 26th of January, 2:15 p.m. at Uferbau

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    Lecture in Florence

    On the 21st of November, Michael Schindhelm was invited to speak at the California State University International Program in Florence, Italy. The lecture titled Who is afraid of Cultural Globalization? was held at the Architecture Department.

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    Amsterdam – Cracking the Frame

    On the 14th of December, Cracking the Frame, a platform for documentary films, workshops and discussions, screened The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg at Rialto cinema in Amsterdam. During the event, Michael Schindhelm was present to discuss his work. Cracking the Frame December 14, 2016 8:30 p.m. Rialto, Amsterdam

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    „The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg“ in Canada

    The Vancouver International Film Festival presents The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg in October. Accompanying, Georgia Straight magazine published a review and a conversation with Michael Schindhelm. Janet Smith emphasizes how Uli Sigg participated in „one of China’s first forays into capitalism with the West“. The observation of China during the 70’s links the movie to Schindhelm’s […]

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    Who is afraid of Cultural Globalisation?

    The 8th KulturInvest congress takes place from November 03 to 04, at the Tagesspiegel building in Berlin. Causales – Gesellschaft fuer Kulturmarketing und Kultursponsoring directs the question „Quo vadis European Culture Market?“ toward speakers working in the fields of culture, economy, media, and politics. The congress aims to reflect on cooperation emerging through digitalisation, urban […]

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    “The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg” – Events in September

    The association friends of i2a (international institute of architecture) and the PKB bank invited their guests to a „meeting with Uli Sigg“, on the 6th of September. Uli Sigg gave a personal insight into the development of his Chinese art collection. Together with Michael Schindhelm he presented excerpts of the movie “The Chinese Lives of […]

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    “The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg” – Interviews with Michael Schindhelm and Uli Sigg in Social Life Magazine

    In May 2016, Social Life Magazine (The Hamptons/New York, US) featured Kevin Berlin’s interviews with Michael Schindhelm and Uli Sigg. The conversation focused on the development of the communist system in China, tracked by “The Chines Lives of Uli Sigg”. Furthermore, Berlin inquired the biographic links between the director, who grew up in the GDR, and […]

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    “The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg” – French-language Coverage

    On April 4, 2016 Luc Debraine reported on “The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg”. In his article, published in the weekly French-language Magazine L’Hebdo under the title “Le portrait chinois d’Uli Sigg”, Debraine states that an outstanding but enigmatic personality such as Sigg almost “merits” a profound documentary like that by Michael Schindhelm. Please click […]

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    “Brückenbauer” – Review in Swiss NZZ

    On Februar 19, 2016, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) published a review of “The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg”. Peter A. Fischer concludes that the straightforward arouses the viewers’ immediate desire to travel to China. Please click here to download the article (in German only).

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    “Wenn es ein Land gibt, wo ich mich heimisch fühle, dann in der Schweiz” – Interview in the Basler Zeitung

    On February 16, the Basler Zeitung not only published an article on “The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg”, but furthermore an interview with Michael Schindhelm. Starting with Schindhelm’s career at various theatres, interviewer Raphael Suter addresses the latest documentary film as well. After working as cultural consultant for many years, Schindhelm admits that more and […]

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    “Und dann kam Sigg” – Article in Swiss MAGAZIN

    On February 27, the Magazin – a supplement to the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger – published Michael Schindhelm’s article “Und dann kam Sigg”. The essay sheds light on Sigg’s role within the “second Cultural Revolution”, the opening up of the Chinese market in the late 1970s. According to Schindhelm, Sigg’s success is rooted in his indefinitness: […]

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    “The Chinese Lives of Uli Sigg” – Swiss Premiere in Zurich

    On February 9, the documentary film about the Swiss entrepreneur, diplomat and art collector Uli Sigg will have its Swiss premiere in Zurich. The theatrical release in Switzerland is scheduled for February 18. Manager of Schindler, a provider of elevators and escalators, Sigg created the first joint venture between a Western company and the communist government […]

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    “Angela und ich” – Article about Angela Merkel in Swiss ‘Magazin’

    In November 2015 DAS MAGAZIN, a supplement of the Zurich-based newspaper TAGES-ANZEIGER, portrayed the German chancellor. While Michael Angele, chief editor of the weekly FREITAG, tries to draw a connection between Angela Merkel’s biography and recent political decisions, Michael Schindhelm’s contribution “Angela und ich” focuses on his time with the trained physicist in East Berlin […]

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  38. Lecture at the International Symposium on Cultural Architecture in China

    By the end of October, Michael Schindhelm will give a lecture at the International Symposium on Cultural Architecture in China. Entitled “Reshaping the City’s Identity through Culture”, the lecture will scrutinize case studies from Berlin, Dubai and Hong Kong, revealing both similarities and differences. The symposium, taking place at Beijing’s CAFA Art Museum on October […]

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  39. Angela Merkel’s Refugee Policy – “Enter the wide open”

    Following a decision by German chancellor Angela Merkel, numerous refugees were granted access to Germany in September 2015. An article in the German weekly DIE ZEIT focuses on the consequences of the past weeks, both for Merkel’s legacy and for Germany. The author Tina Hildebrandt mentions a quote from the novel Roberts Reise (Robert’s Journey) […]

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    “Shaping Cities Through Culture” – Workshop with Cultural Workers in Tehran

    In collaboration with the Municipality of Tehran, the Alfred Herrhausen Society and LSE Cities hosted the workshop “Shaping Cities Through Culture”, which took place in Tehran in September 2015. Artists, architects, politicians and scholars from Great Britain, Germany and Iran addressed the interdependency of cultural production and urbanity. Together with Ali Moallem Damghani (poet and […]

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    ZHdK Lectures on Global Culture featuring Uli Sigg

    On June 1st, Uli Sigg – entrepreneur, diplomat and art collector – will give a lecture at ZHdK. Not only that Sigg founded the first joint venture between the People’s Republic of China and a Western company; furthermore he served as Swiss ambassador in Beijing from 1995 to 1998. An acknowledged expert on China, Sigg […]

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    Second Module of the CAS Contemporary Chinese Art I

    From May 30th to June 1st, the second module of the CAS Contemporary Chinese Art I / Executive Education on Global Culture will take place in Zurich, Mauensee and in the art deposit at Bueron. May 30th The module will begin with a lecture by Annette Schoenholzer who was co-director to Art Basel for twelve […]

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    Reader accompanying the CAS Contemporary Chinese Art I / Executive Education on Global Culture

    The reader which accompanies ZHdK’s new adavanced education programme for curators and cultural workers, Contemporary Chinese Art I / Executive Education on Global Culture, is available for download now. The handbook, conceived by Franz Kraehenbuehl, Barbara Preisig and Michael Schindhelm comprises three main sections: Firstly, six essays written by Kraehenbuehl and Preisig shed light on the […]

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  44. ZHdK Lectures on Global Culture featuring Sasha Waltz

    In the upcoming issue of the ZHdK Lectures on Global Culture, Sasha Waltz will talk about her “Ways As An Artist”. Since founding the ballet company “Sasha Waltz & Guests” together with Jochen Sandig in 1993, Waltz has been working as a choreographer, dancer and director. ZHdK Lectures on Global Culture: Sasha Waltz – My […]

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    The Making of “Lavapolis” / “Friday in Venice” as a book

    On February 27, Michael Schindhelm, together with students of ZHdK, presents a publication on the making of “Friday in Venice” and “Lavapolis”. Apart from giving an insight into the making of “Lavapolis” and “Friday in Venice”, the book includes both interviews and essays by various authors: The publication features Rem Koolhaas, Chus Martinez, Thomas Matussek, […]

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    Feature Documentary on the art collector Uli Sigg

    Uli Sigg is not only the owner of the largest collection of Chinese contemporary art – he also created the first joint venture between a Western corporation and the communist government in 1979. Together with Filip Zumbrunn (camera) and Dieter Meyer (sound) Michael Schindhelm is gearing up for the shooting of a feature documentary on […]

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    ART + CITY = ARTCITY?

    On March 4, the Palazzo dei Congressi, Lugano hosts a talk headed ART + CITY = ARTCITY? Hans d’Orville, Christoph Schenker and Michael Schindhelm discuss the impact of urban transformations on the work of cultural practitioners. Moderator will be Lorenzo Rudolf. ART + CITY = ARTCITY? March 4, 2015, 6.30 pm Palazzo dei Congressi, Lugano

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    “Why Hong Kong”

    On February 27, Michael Schindhelm, together with students of ZHdK, presents the publication “Why Hong Kong”. Why Hong Kong is part of the project Connecting Spaces by the Zurich University of Arts (ZHdK). Together with Claudio Bucher, Brandon Farnsworth and Patrick Kull, students at ZHdK, Michael Schindhelm scrutinized the influence of various large-scale projects on […]

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    YO!Mag features “Friday in Venice”

    The current issue of the online magazine YO! (published by the European Youth Forum) reports on the transmedia storytelling project “Friday in Venice”. In the article, entitled Friday in Venice: innovation in youth, author Nathalie Janson assumes that the project could serve as a model for a future dialogue “between European politicians and younger generations”. […]

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    ZHdK Lectures on Global Culture: Cultural Policy in / from Switzerland

    In December 2014,  a one-day think tank at ZHdK adressed the changes of cultural policy in Switzerland in face of globalization and digitalization. (in German only) Participants: Wolfgang Amadeus Brülhart (diplomat) Beate Eckhardt (CEO, SwissFoundations) Hedy Graber (Migros Kulturprozent) Simon Grand (research fellow ZHdK, professor at St. Gallen University) Alfredo Häberli (principal of Alfredo Häberli […]

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    waahr.de featuring Michael Schindhelm

    waahr.de, the so-called “online archive for literary journalism” (initiated by Joachim Bessing, Ingo Niermann and Anne Waak) features six essays and reports by Michael Schindhelm. The texts (available in German only) are available here.

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  52. “Cultural Management without Borders”: Conference at Heilbronn

    In January 2015, Heilbronn University will host the 9th Annual Conference of the Association of Cultural Management in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Michael Schindhelm is among the speakers who will focus on the future development of cultural management, including the question what roles European cultural goods play in the globalized world. 9th Annual Conference of […]

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  53. “WOWHAUS” at Architektur Galerie Berlin

    In January 2015, Architektur Galerie Berlin presents the work of the Moscow-based office WOWHAUS. The exhibition introduces the oeuvre of Oleg Shapiro and Dmitry Likin, founders of WOWHAUS in 2007, as an architecture for communication: The projects of Shapiro and Likin focus on architecture’s capacity to not only enable, but to actually trigger social interaction. […]

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    The Berlin Wintersalon and Engadin Art Talks feature “Lavapolis”

    Following the presentation of “Lavapolis” which took place in Berlin in November 2014, Michael Schindhelm will present his novel at the SONY-Center on January 15, 2015. Moreover, “Lavapolis” will be part of the Engadin Art Talks in Zuoz, Switzerland. The objective of the Engadin Art Talks is to “facilitate dialogue between artists, architects and creatives”. […]

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    Publication on Lavapolis / Friday in Venice

    Following a number of events in Strasbourg, Venice, Frankfurt, Berlin and London, and supported by extensive media coverage, we decided to publish the making-of of both the novel “Lavapolis” and the transmedia storytelling project “Friday in Venice” in another book. Apart from giving an insight into the making of “Lavapolis” and “Friday in Venice”, the […]

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    “Lavapolis” in London

    After presentations in various European cities, Michael Schindhelm finally presented “Lavapolis” in London, his new hometown. The presentation took place at AUTO ITALIA SOUTH EAST in King’s Cross and was featured by A/WA (Art/Work Association), an association of artists and creative workers.

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  57. Lecture on the Humboldt Forum

    On November 13, Michael Schindhelm gave a lecture at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Berlin. Part of a talk called “Die Welt bei uns zu Hause”, the lecture focused on the Humbolt Forum which will be a part of the currently rebuilt Berlin City Palace. The keynote contemplates on the Humboldt Forum as a potential […]

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  58. Contribution to the 8th Deutsche Bank Forum

    In November 2014, the 8th Deutsche Bank Forum took place in Berlin. Various experts, including the former German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guido Westerwelle, the CEO of Deutsche Bahn, Rüdiger Grube and the chairwoman of the Bertelsmann Foundation, Brigitte Mohn, examined the issue “Welt im Wandel – Werte im Wandel”. Michael Schindhelm gave a lecture […]

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    “Lavapolis” in Berlin

    On November 7, Michael Schindhelm presented the transmedia storytelling project LAVAPOLIS in Berlin. The presentation of the book LAVAPOLIS was followed by a discussion and a “visionary buffet”. The event that took place at the MACROMEDIA University of Applied Sciences in Berlin-Kreuzberg, was hosted by Prof. Dr. Gernot Wolfram, subject specialist for cultural activities and […]

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    “Lavapolis” at BR Kulturjournal

    On November 2nd, the radio station Bayern 2 aired a feature called “Inseln fuer Utopien?” [Islands for Utopia?]. Apart from a film project by Wim Wenders and a segment on the novel “Sieben Tage mit Lidia” by Polish writer Arthur Becker, the program featured Michael Schindhelm’s novel “Lavapolis”. Here you can stream the program or […]

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    Authors’ Reading on Heterotopias

    On occasion of the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Frankfurt event location PRIVATEOFFSPACE hosted readings by both Michael Schindhelm and Henning Lobin. While Michael Schindhelm presented his book “Lavapolis”, Henning Lobin, director of the Center for Media and Interactivity (ZMI) at Giessen University, introduced “Engelbarts Traum”. Lavapolis is the name of a fictional island in the […]

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    ARTE “Square” and MDR “Figaro” featuring Michael Schindhelm

    On October 5, “Square” a programme by the German-French TV network ARTE focused on migration. Among others, the programme featured Michael Schindhelm, who initiated the project “Friday in Venice”, dealing with Europe’s most urgent question. Migration is definitely one of them. The same day, the radio station MDR also aired a talk with Michael Schindhelm. […]

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    ZHdK Lectures on Global Culture: The Disappearance of Architecture

    In the recent edition of the “ZHdK Lectures on Global Culture”, the renowned architect Dominique Perrault, designer of the French national library in Paris, dealt with “The Disappearance of Architecture. Between Presence and Absence”. Addressing the issue of “absent” spaces, Perrault focused on subterranean architecture. That is, with the atrium of the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand, […]

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    “LAVAPOLIS” at the Frankfurt Book Fair

    In a session called “Wirklichkeit und Wunschtraeume” (Reality and Wishful Dream), the French-German TV network arte will present Michael Schindhelm’s book LAVAPOLIS at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The event, moderated by Angela Gutzeit, will take place on October 8, 1pm at the Frankfurt fair hall. In the evening of October 8, the Frankfurt gallery PRIVATEOFFSPACE […]

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    Weekend Specials at the Arsenale di Venezia

    FRIDAY IN VENICE – at the Arsenale di Venezia, more precisely! From August 1 – 17, the Architectural Biennale Venice hosted the interactive project FRIDAY IN VENICE which sparked a series of passionate talks and debates on our future. 25 discussions and talks focused on macro scale visions, such as the common “European project” and […]

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    FRIDAY IN VENICE, so far.

    FRIDAY IN VENICE is the first part of an ongoing transmedia novel named LAVAPOLIS, initiated by the writer Michael Schindhelm and developed in relationship with a number of actors, directors, writers, designers, programmers, photographers and architects. FRIDAY IN VENICE has been supported by various public institutions and hosted by the European Youth Forum at the […]

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    “INTENDANT” performance

    Being the INTENDANT, Michael Schindhelm appeared in a performance of Daniel Koetter’s state-theatre. In this monologue, performed by Michael Schindhelm in the Duesseldorf headquarter of the broke German bank WestLB, the INTENDANT ponders the strange contradiction between public sponsoring for the arts and the bail-out packages for European banks: How comes that pax payers willingly […]

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    FRIDAY IN VENICE. A Transmedia Speculation about a Possible Europe

    Please scroll down for the Italian version! Coordinators: Michael Schindhelm, Robert Schuster, Gábor Biedermann, Aline Loew, Niloufar Tajeri, Michaela Buesse, Michael Faessler, Nathalie Janson, Janine Meier, Moritz Kemper, Aurore Belkin, Giulio Margheri, Daniela Baer, State (Ian Warner, Lu Nelson, Fernando Maartins). Supporters: Alfred Herrhausen Society (Germany), Zurich University Of The Arts (Switzerland), the Swiss Arts […]

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    Book Release of “LAVAPOLIS”

    “I am not sedentary and I am not itinerant. My home is a heterotopia with a thousand imaginary landscapes… The island is the buffer zone between the places of the outside world. Those that exclude one another outside meet here. Those that are at war with one another outside negotiate here. Those that steal from […]

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    Friday in conversation with Europe

    What is going on with Friday and his conversations with Europeans? Here a report on the first rounds which have been completed by a number of keen debaters. DEBATE 1: FIND THE FIRST PAN-EUROPEAN GOVERNMENT! It was Thursday, May 8, when Friday, a resident from the Mediterranean island of Lavapolis, arrived in Strasbourg, the host […]

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    Friday in Venice at the 2014 Venice Architectural Biennale

    On invitation of Rem Koolhaas, the curator of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Friday in Venice will take part in Monditalia’s events program by hosting a number of interactive weekend shows (on AUGUST 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16). Friday performer Gábor Biedermann and Michael Schindhelm will moderate discussions on […]

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    “Friday in Venice” launched at the European Parliament

    The transmedia project www.lavapolis.com/agora/friday-in-venice has now been online since May 8. While a team of contributors were still working on the website that day, the German actor Gabor Biedermnn and I traveled to Strasbourg in France to launch it in front of 120 young journalists from the European Union member states. In the European Parliament. For […]

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    Friday on the road

    Friday has begun his research trip in Strasbourg on May 8, further stops will include Berlin and Venice.   From July onwards Friday will meet with the visitors of the Architectural Biennale in Venice. Friday hails from an imaginary island society described in a framework story (LAVAPOLIS, Sternberg Press, Berlin/New York, by Michael Schindhelm). Friday’s […]

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