Opening reception in the World Trade Center, Dresden
Katrin Klingan (artistic director of relations), Christiane Mennicke
(director of Kunsthaus Dresden, artistic director of WILD CAPITAL),
Iara Boubnova (artistic director of Visual Seminar, Sofia)
||"People say that the weather
was better in the old days", says Iara Boubnova. "We
talk about it everyday".
"For those who are just arriving, please help yourselves
to earphones for the translation!" says Christiane Mennicke.
The City in the Tug of War between Investor Interests and
Torsten Birne (architecture critic, Co-curator Wild Capital / Wildes
Producing the City – the Altmarkt in Dresden
Milla Mineva (cultural scholar, Sofia):
Wild Longing for Capitalism
Torsten Birne is explaining
how Dresden's City Council is fighting the disfigurement of public
space by regulating intrusive advertising boards and by stipulating
the use of sandstone panels for cladding facades. In Dresden, two
standard sized panels are in use, "An industrial production
of artificial naturalness", explains Torsten.
Milla Mineva presents Mafia Baroque, with its towers and columns.
It's getting late. She hopes that Luchezar Boyadjiev will present
a project which she has mentioned, "But", she adds, "hopefully
not this evening!" I admire the interpreter's ability to keep
up with Milla's pace.
Then Adam Scrivener talks about the Friends of Dresden
and The American Friends of Dresden. They see Dresden's
post war, socialist rebuilding as a second bombing, they being "just
as ideological as the ideology they criticise", he tells us.
Adam describes the millimeter precision of the reconstruction of
the Church of Our Lady, it being only 10mm off the original. "This
precision", says Adam, "is a process far deeper than I
can speak about.”