the foreign correspondant
On my journey and in Leipzig I will ask various people how
they would like the country in which they live to be seen. How
do they interpret my question? Is "their country"
the place where they really live with its buildings, means of
transport, work and food? Or is their country defined by the
way these buildings and methods of transport differ from those
in other countries? Does a country consist of its history or
of its achievements? Do the people I question think it appropriate
to give a personal answer or an official one?
I will collect the objects, answers and commissions I receive.
I will record the names of the contributors and the circumstances
in which they were given.
I will be travelling from April to September 2004. The way in
which my diplomatic efforts are received, the interest and the
contrasts I encounter with my suitcase-sized country exhibitions,
the people I meet and my experiences will be documented in stories,
videos, photographs and drawings. The stories will be published
on the internet, and in newspapers in the countries I visit and
in Germany. A wall newspaper will slowly grow in the GfZK during
my travels. In November 2004, there will be lectures, a book and
an exhibition in the GfZK on the project.
My diplomatic mission and reporting is part of the Cultural Territories
- an initiative of the federal cultural foundation (Bundeskulturstiftung)
cooperation with the museum of contemporary art.