Michael Schindhelm | MAGAZINE | ESSAYS/NEWS

  1. OUTLAND Tagi Magi

    My neighbours and I in OUTLAND

    My neighbours and I in OUTLAND: Essay for DAS MAGAZIN (Zurich) about the making of the feature-length documentary OUTLAND, which will be screened in autumn this year. (text available in German only) OUTLAND Tagi Magi 7.8.21

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  2. WHAT IT WAS AND WILL BE. Voices in the Cultural Forum

    WHAT IT WAS AND WILL BE. Voices in the Cultural Forum (A sound installation by Michael Schindhelm and Claudio Bucher) Voices: Corinna Kirchhoff and Michael Hanemann, Cornelius Rapp (sound engineering/audio production), Johann Otten (content collaboration/sound design), LORACS GmbH (LRAD technology) Utopias are the blueprints for imaginary spaces in time; the mythical golden age or a […]

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  3. Documentary: Project Lightspeed

    Filmerei (Zurich) and Berlin Producers (Berlin) are producing a documentary together with filmmaker and author Michael Schindhelm about the invention, production and future outlook of the BioNTech mRNA vaccine against COVID-19. The film brings together BioNTech co-founders Dr. Özlem Türeci and Prof. Ugur Sahin, their colleagues who were directly involved in the development and production […]

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  4. “Outland”. The Upcoming Documentary Film.

    Our documentary film about long-term migrants from Ticino’s past and present premieres Summer 2021. More to be announced shortly! “People will never stop leaving their homes, by force or by choice, despite closing borders and lockdowns. This film takes place in Ticino, the Swiss canton in the South, a place I came to call home […]

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  5. Upcoming Documentary On Hong Kong’s Museum M+

    Together with Zurich-based producer Filmerei, Michael Schindhelm and Yawen Schindhelm-Yeo are starting work on the documentary about M+, the first museum of its kind in Asia. Produced for Swiss TV SF DRS and 3Sat, the film focuses on M+ Museum’s opening in summer 2021 in the midst of Hong Kong’s dynamic social situation. The M+ documentary completes a […]

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  6. Upcoming Documentary on Museum M+ in Hong Kong

    Together with Zurich-based producer Filmerei, Michael Schindhelm and Yawen Schindhelm-Yeo are starting work on the documentary “Museum M+: Art & Protest in Hong Kong”. Museum M+ is the first of its kind in Asia, the museum Asia doesn’t yet have. The film, produced for Swiss TV SF DRS and 3Sat, focuses on M+ Museum’s opening […]

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  7. Culture in the Time of Covid: Episode 1

    Update : Watch the video highlights from the “Culture in the Time of Covid” webinar, organised by ASEF (Asia-Europe Foundation) and the Embassy of Switzerland in Singapore. Recorded on 21 & 28 Jan 2021, courtesy of ASEF. Culture in the Time of Covid: Episode 1 Thursday, 21 January 2021 16:00-17:00 SGT via YouTube live broadcast […]

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  8. CULTURE WITHOUT BLUEPRINT

    Culture without Blueprint. EMAA at UNIVERSITY OF ZURICH Weekend Module 8 – 10 Jan, 2021, online Our cultural landscape is in a state of upheaval. Some critics see this exclusively as a threat, others celebrate the advance of the Popular Culture and the emerging digital forms of culture as a liberation from cultural paternalism. The […]

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  9. Collaboration with Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah Gate Development Authority set to continue for three more years

    The collaboration with Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah Gate Development Authority is set to continue for three more years. The Board of Directors has re-appointed Michael Schindhelm along with three members of the Heritage and Culture Committee until June 2023. Diriyah Gate Development Authority was established by Royal Decree in July 2017 to preserve, celebrate and develop the Unesco heritage site At-Turaif and the area of Diriyah […]

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  10. Illusion and reality in the history and future of a baroque wonderland

    In collaboration with Palladium Group and Fondazione Augusto Rancilio, Michael Schindhelm & Yawen Schindhelm-Yeo are developing a short film project featuring the historical Villa Arconati. The Villa Arconati-FAR is a heritage property of great historical, cultural and architectural value. It remains one of the most beautiful and majestic Villas in Milan. Together with its Garden, […]

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  11. What will Culture Look Like After the Pandemic?

    The first part of this paper examines the geopolitical and socio-political situation since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, with a focus on Europe. The second part discusses possible consequences for the cultural sector within the European continent. The paper concludes by attempting to understand the role of culture in post-pandemic society.   PDF: What […]

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  12. The Curious Deal : An extraordinary barter trade

    Indonesian art meets Dresden stories: What does an artist need to live? “Summer 2019, a studio in Yogyakarta, Indonesia: A young artist paints on an eight-meter painting. It shows an oriental prince on a horse, a smoking volcano and: a Dresden tram..” (continued) https://www.dresden2025.de/en/events/2019/the-curious-deal_215529.php      

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  13. Even without a title: Much of the “Neue Heimat Dresden 2025” concept to be implemented

    “On Thursday 12 December 2019, the European Jury officially announced its shortlist of which German bidding cities in the German national competition have gained a place in the final round for the title of “European Capital of Culture 2025”. The City of Dresden bid did not progress to the next candidate stage...” https://www.dresden2025.de/de/news/archiv/2019/even-without-title.php

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  14. “Flags, rattling” – Essay for Tagesspiegel Berlin newspaper, on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

    “The fall of 1989 appears grey and pale in light of current politics. Remembrance routines unbelievably mask the ongoing depression. The longer I am away from Germany, the more I get to see this successful, introverted country through the lens of others. Therefore, I don’t share the depression which hangs over our memories like a […]

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  15. What is new in art today? Video essay for the platform “Neue Kunst Neue Kulturarbeit Kultur & Wissenschaft“ (Contemporary art, cultural work and science) as part of the Showroom Neue Heimat, Deutsches Hygienemuseum Dresden, autumn 2019

    Upon invitation by organisers of the Platform, Michael Schindhelm, curator of Dresden’s European Capital of Culture 2025 campaign, attempts to answer the question:  What is new in art today? Available in German : Wo ist das Neue? from Michael Schindhelm on Vimeo.

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  16. “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 Volksbuehne, 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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  17. “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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. “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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  23. “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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. “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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  29. People of Lavapolis

    Lavapolis, an island as large as Malta, deeper than any other island in the Mediterranean rift between the coast of Crete, Sicily and the Libyan coast, has been inhabited and visited by people who expose themselves deliberately a social experiment. Some of them speak here about their experience for the first time. Friday, who is […]

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  30. „Friday in Venice“ at the European Parliament in Strasbourg

    LAVAPOLIS.COM, the trans media storytelling website hosting the story about the heterotopic island Lavapolis and the debate game “Friday in Venice”, will be launched at the European Youth Media Days 2014 and on the occasion of the European Youth Event 2014 in the European Parliament of Strasbourg on May 8. Initiator and writer Michael Schindhelm […]

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  31. ZHdK Lectures on Global Culture: How architecture has absorbed modernity

    Rem Koolhaas, architect, author, teacher and curator of the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, gives an overview on the three „conditions“ examined within the framework of the exhibition. Under the comprehensive title “Absorbing Modernity”, the national pavillons shed a light on the modernization that took place during the past hundred years – a modernization which questioned, […]

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