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Events 2005

Project in public space

Een Affeire Met De Stad / Linnajuhtum / Ein städtisches Abenteuer / An Urban Affair

May 2005
In May 2005, the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, the Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia in Tallinn and the Salzburger Kunstverein will present the series of events called Trichtlinnburg which concern mass tourism and city development, the general public and public space. Maastricht, Tallinn and Salzburg are three typical European cities, which are among the most popular destinations for city tourism due to their ”intact“ historical city centres.
In May 2005 artists, filmmakers, architects and city developers will concentrate on the theme of the future development of European cities. They will focus on the tension between cultural heritage and mass tourism, economic interests and the urban way of life. In doing so they will pose the question about the importance of the general public and public space and there will be an attempt to address this question through the series of artistic and theoretical events carrying the title Trichtlinnburg (Maastricht, Tallinn and Salzburg).
The three cities have a certain tension in common regarding city preservation and city development. There are strict regulatory measures everywhere when there is a need to preserve historical buildings. The consequence of these attitudes towards restoration is the successive transformation of the inner cities into ”Theme Parks“. Historically grown city centres mutate into shopping malls for international fashion, fast food chains and lucrative real estate booms. Trichtlinnburg’s point of focus lies in visual arts with considerable musical input, performance, street theatre, urbanism and architecture. The discourse is centred on the role current European art can play in the debate about the public and public space. Around 30 different projects will be presented and distributed over all three cities.
Two projects will take place in all three cities: The work (If) I Lived Here by the Croatian artist Sanja Ivekovic and Love City, a DJ VJ project by the young Salzburg group gold extra. All other projects, which actively involve city inhabitants in various ways, will be realised in each respective city. The Salzburger Kunstverein is concentrating on urban structures in the city of Salzburg and how the tension between mass tourism and residents can be made into a discussion through an art project. The Jan van Eyck Academie focuses on research. The urban structures and economies of the city of Maastricht are analysed and form the basis for various performing and/or participatory artistic works in public and media space. The Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia organises an alternative source of tourist information presenting the starting point for diverse art interventions and the questioning of the official image of Tallinn.
The publication Trichtlinnburg (date of publication planned for August 2005) will contain reports by three travelling writers and two travelling photographers (amongst others), who will observe, research and document the project in all three cities. The Trichtlinnburg project will be developed and executed by all organisers, co-organisers and partners.

The organisation and co-ordination will be based at the Salzburger Kunstverein and the Jan van Eyck Academie will be responsible for the design and the publication. Curatorial Team Hildegund Amanshauser, Salzburger Kunstverein (Project Leader) Hinrich Sachs, Jan van Eyck Academie Mare Pedanik, Center for Contemporary Arts,Estonia Co-Organisers Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia, Tallinn Salzburger Kunstverein with partners: ARTgenossen, gold extra, {INITIATIVE ARCHITEKTUR salzburg www.initiativearchitektur.at, www.tricht-linn-burg.org Available from 15th March 2005