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10. December 2014

Schmiede14, What’s the CIRCUSDeal Hallein? by Catherine Deml & Elena Carr

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The Schmiede is offering a spectacle – a serving tray of talents, abilities and skills among the nearly 300 artists. The image of a large circus tent develops, in which the artists are showing their skills with their fascinating works, one after the other.

This year there are also several artists from different genres within the framework of the project “What’s the deal?” at the Schmiede. “Sustainability and young urban scenes” are at the center of the artistic debates of the project. The Schmiede, which takes place every year, a spectacular media art festival, has just been recognized as such a place for young urban cultures.

Now the image of the Schmiede was concretized by us, as an eventful circus spectacle. The Schmiede Hallein resembles, like other art institutions, a traveling circus. During the ten days of work you will get spectacular impressions, wrapped up in a kaleidoscope of optical sensations. After the last big event, so called the “Werkschau”, the Schmiede is turning down the tents again and moves on. Maybe to show the practiced artistic work at the next “What’s the deal?” event.



24. November 2014

What’s the deal at Schmiede14? An artistic journey from confusion to creative fusion by Theresa Reiter

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Imagine a gigantic studio for all types of artists and performers, where equipment is always available and you are free to collaborate on any project you have in mind. Artistic heaven? No, it’s a reality. It’s called Schmiede.

It all started when „What’s The Deal?“ invited me to participate at Schmiede as a fashion designer. All I knew about Schmiede at that time, was that it is an annual event, bringing together about 300 artists and designers that focus on digital media and urban culture. These „Smiths“ get together for ten days in Hallein near Salzburg and set up their workspace in an old saline to network, experiment, collaborate and make art.

Knowing little more than that I made my way to Hallein and the Perner Insel, where the saline is located. The building complex itself consists of several factory segments added over time, creating a unique mixture of old industrial charm and spacious halls.

I was told there were three other fashion related artists, so I made it my first goal to find them. Not the easiest task, considering the size of the location. The space at Schmiede is set up on a first-come-first-serve basis. Wherever people found a free space or corner, they set up their creative camp.

After having found my colleagues for the week we set up our temporary sewing studio and invited every one interested in working with textiles, sewing and upcycling materials to work with us. Since sustainability is one of the key topics of „What’s The Deal?“, we decided to adopt that idea into our work and focus on different ways to incorporate upcycled materials into our projects.

At that point Schmiede had formed into a giant studio with little groups of Smiths working in similar fields, some having set up in a certain area, some wandering around.

While helping out several others with their projects who weren’t quite as familiar with a sewing machine, I started my own project, which was to interview different people with different professions and create custom backpacks for them, specially equipped for their needs. A dancer for example requires different features in his luggage than a skateboarder or a programmer.

It was then that I started to interact with and get to know the people around me and was immediately involved in several projects. These were realized over the next days and varied from costumes for performances over textile sculptures to a three-dimensional screen used for an interactive digital performance.

These days of getting to know each other, planning and making projects, regardless of whether they lie within ones field of expertise, felt like the most energetic time at Schmiede. It was then that the kitchen area and the bar turned into networking hubs where Smiths could approach each other and develop interdisciplinary creative concepts, that could never have taken place in the „real world“ as we began to call it, since Schmiede was more and more turning into its own world with its own dynamics and feel for time.

On September 20th, the last evening of Schmiede, the results of this creative fusion were shown and presented to the public. The range of artworks was nearly as divers as the range of Smiths. Interactive digital projections mixed with performance art and traditional craftsmanship.

Our textiles area presented different approaches on upcycling, including my backpack project. Having completed only one backpack in the end, I did not come as far as I had wished to, although the project has great potential and can be further developed after Schmiede. To me, the real success of these ten days were the projects that formed and came to life during Schmiede, as well as the social aspect of it.

I left Hallein having found new friends, new inspiration and a head full of ideas.



8. September 2014

How does it feel to be a Nomadic Sculpturer?

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WTD Nomadic Sculpture Episode II – Candidplatz 2014 from What’s the deal? on Vimeo.

Well i never used quotes to begin a blogpost but i needed a new way of beginning to motivate myself. So i went on an average american website which assembles famous quotes and i found this one which gave me the motivation i was longing for:

It’s from Margaret Mead, who has been an american cultural antropologist back in the 60’ies and 70’ies. It’s been told that her investigations over the sexual behaviour of local cultures in the south pacific were kind of a firestarter for the sexual revolutions in those days. Now here’s the quote of this important scientologist, which moved me:

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have”.

This quote straightened me up. It’s so true and everyone for shure knows this – wether you believe it or not: in the deepest part of our human consciousnes we know this! It were always the few curagious people who changed things. Sometimes it were maniacs who once leaded (or still lead) a change also in a very cruesome and unhuman way, but it always were a few.

When you accomplish such a project, you are confronted with many interesting reactions. In this neoliberal phase of human history you are confronted with a lot of sceptic critics, immediately when you get active to implement a new idea that bases on “sustainability”. a lot of people mention, that no one can hear this word anymore. I think it is because there is no place in here for a authentic idealistic thought. Idealistic thoughts are used for representative purposes. If this is not your priority you will get funny reactions. You know why? Because you mean it! And if you mean it then you will be willing to change the priorities of this society. What is the priority of this society? The moment i ask this question the reader has it already in mind so i don’t even have to spell it. You see?

If you are serious with your idealistic thoughts you become a dangerous element for all those who just are content with complaining about this crazy world and with claiming that they can’t understand why it is so. But in the meantime most of us accept the defaults which are given by this postmodern society and feel the duty to accord to them everday. For example: accepting money as a undispensible element of our daily life and obey the rules which i have to accept if i want to achieve a moneybased wealthy life. So we all have to accept that we all are part of global destruction.

The European Union which gives us the support to accomplish this wonderful project for example is based on an economical system which accords strictly to the rules of a global money market. And Europe is a wealthy continent. So it is kind of normal that a lot of europeans would not even think about changing this system. Why should we? We live in a region where most inhabitants of this world would love to live! Thousands and thousands of people risk their lives to reach this peace of earth, where the fundamentals where drawn for the success of a harsh economical system which is known as material based. But if you look at the developement of the global markets you soon will realize that it looses any logical and resumable connection to reality and so on and so on… i don’t want to bore you with this issue. Tehre is enough Literature you can read about this (for example Noam Chomsky: “Profit over People, Neoliberalism and Global Order”, Seven Stories Press, New York 1999).

You may ask now (and this is a question i read in the eyes of a lot sceptics the last days): what is your purpose with a Nomadic Sculpture then? What do you try to say whith this?  I answered this question a lot of times and it takes a lot of time to go through it because every answer awakens new questions. The questions go stakkato like a machine gun. And your answers go so too. Some say: if you have to explain it so long this project is not well prepared!

But after a lot of questioning i realized that it is impossible to explain this project with a few words. You know why? Because it doesn’t work like an advertising clip. Because it is working completely diverse to postmodern marketing strategies and marketing behaviours. It is based on complete different priorities than the ones we are used to from the very beginning of our lives. We are grown in a material world in which most of us are born as a customer who will work hard to achive  a pseudomaterial standardized exchange medium which we all call money. And with this money (which mostly contains of 0’s and 1’s on a digital bank account) we will make our living. It needs a fundamental change of my long-term-trained peronal values to accept this project not only as a funny kids game but to accept it as a project that could be a small part of a soft reformation which can work on a long term to really change the small-term values we all are forced to live in.

That’s the moment it get’s funny though. And that’s why we do this! We want to have fun for the achievement of which we don’t have finance huge redundant ecosystems! We want to see the urban landscape from different angles. We want to investigate our urban and social environment.

Depending on my cultural background, my age, my social background i could have various desires. As a kid grown up in a postmodern urban society i could have the desire to be dressed real cool, to own one or more skateboards, listen to indie music and go skateboarding with my friends. This could define my identity.

If sometime in the future a young kid in the well developed western world can do all these things without thinking primarily about money, then we can say that the Nomadic Sculpture has reached it’s goal. Kids in other parts of the world “can not even think about money” because their parents never had money. They have to improvise with the waste around them and build their toys out of it. That’s why it’s strange when you have all opportunities but you although built a skateable sculpture out of orban trash. Now that’s the reason why our sculpture looks a bis displaced – just a strange piece of art placed on wasted urban space which enables a lot of fun and produces question marks in the minds and the hearts of the people.

Above you saw the video clip that our friend Mehmet Birinci has made during our Episode II on Candidplatz in Munich from 26’th to 29’th of june. We had the pleasure to welcome Almir Jusovic from Slovenia as a artist in residency who represents a group of skateboard artists who try to go new ways in riding a skateboard. Almir is also a sculptor and producer of creative objects made out of waste material.

Candidplatz is a rather undifined place containing a basketball court and a skatepark. The least is nearly unusable due to the bad conditions of the ground. This place is mostly used by the inhabitants of the area in order to pass throug on the way to the nearby metro station. We changed the athmosphere of this urban wasteland for a few days but it was too short. “Such things should happen more often here” was a quote we heared often from passers by.

The next event will happen at Willy-Brandt-Platz in Messestadt Riem – downhome Munich from 11’th to 13’th of september:


Tuncay Acar (Munich WTD)

4. April 2014

SCHMIEDE APPLICATION 2014, SelfAssembling, 11. – 21. September

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Every year an abandoned industrial salt refinery on an island in Hallein, Austria opens up to around 300 Smiths and their ideas. We physically gather in order to get inspired, network, create, present and share. Schmiede provides a basic cooperative prototyping environment and an infrastructure full of impulses and passionate people.

When: 11.-21. September 2014
Where: Pernerinsel in Hallein, Salzburg, Austria.
Cost Participation: 50Eur
Application closes: 30th May
Application confirmation: 15th June
Age limit: 18+

Schmiede phases:

Day 1 – Arrival and first presentation day
Day 2 – Impulse: SchmiedeTalks
Day 3 + 4 – Impulse and Learning: SchmiedeLabWorkshopDays
Day 5 – Relax, share and network
Day 6 + 8 – WorkPhase
Day 7 – SchmiedeWorkShow sign up day. The plan for the Workshow must be finalized.
Day 8 – Setting up, testing and cleaning up what is not needed on Saturday.
Day 8 – SalzburgMediaArtAward will be presented followed by SmithPerformances.
Day 9 – SchmiedeWorkShow day (will be hectic).
Day 10 – Last Breakfast und Auf Wiedersehen


more information on Schmiede



20. January 2014

WTD Mission Statement

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We are meant to be young and ride full throttle. Skateboards are cool, snowboards, backflips, home-made bikes, games, social networking. Casual clothes are flowing in the wind and open view to young muscular bodies, photos are taken, films are shot and edited professionally in the home office. The lighting is right, the hair a bit messy, everything is a little crooked and off, but that´s just the style. It´s perfect just like this. Everything is extreme but at the same time slides precisely into the mainstream. And tomorrow? What do you mean „tomorrow“?

Styles and the definition of „cool“ can change in the blink of an eye. Relicts of authenticity pop up eclectically and repeat so rapidly that no one has the chance to notice that they have been here before. Young urban cultures form the thoroughly sharpened cutting edge of pop culture.
All of this while everything around them is moving very, very fast – like the money on the markets that emerge en passant to then expand like a wildfire and attract vast Venture Capital.
But a lot of questions remain unanswered: Where are the sources of this authenticity which is being traded on a large scale? Do the springs hold enough of it or are they drying out already? Does the concept of the added value, the sustainability of such a dynamic development impose itself on us? Is this maybe where the authenticity may lie buried?
Are there people who ponder societal, material and economic added value and effectivity while performing their jumps in the snow, on the streets, on bikes and on skateboards? If so, where are they? How do they see the world, the media, art and public spaces? How do they experience the present-time? Are they making art? Or making policies? Or both, when they step into, ride through, jump over and paint on the public space? Or are they just making trouble? And what if they are making money with it?
For a few generations now, we as a people have begun to buy into our lifestyle and our identity even before we are born. Now is the time to ask: „What´s the deal?“.

1. November 2013

WTD goes Wastecooking

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SchmiedeTalk: Intro into Wastecooking
Mi. 25. Sept. 2013 19:30 | Miner, Alte Saline Pernerinsel



Wastecooking is a performance collective of filmmakers, chefs, garbage divers and musicians. Wastecooking provides an interfacebetween art, activism and active social policy + criticism. David Gross, founder and symbol waste-art director presented the project: “We are a cooking show. We cook with foods that have been thrown away. Jamie Oliver goes in the morning to the supermarket and buys the food fresh, we go behind the supermarkets in the evening, dive into the garbage and also bring out fresh food “

At the Schmiede we cooked together after the presentation of the project, a part of the WTD group also went waste diving – for team spirit as well the food supply. Then we ate together and had a party – with music, films and – as a special highlight: Live music with queen Cecilia waste. She plays her own songs, lyrical, oblique, distinctive and including some composed specifically for the waste cooking live performances.


more in german:

Wer ist da ver-rückt … ? Mülltaucher im Rahmen von What’s the deal zu Gast auf der Schmiede

„Food is culture. Don’t waste it, cook it.“ heißt: Lebensmittel sind Kultur. Verschwendet sie nicht, kocht sie! Dieser Slogan ist Programm. „Woll’ma a bisserl Müll servieren? Gestern Nacht frisch aus den Tonnen geholt.“ David Gross bietet Croissants, Topfenstrudel, Nusskipferl, Krapfen an … den Schmiede-Gästen schmeckts – warum auch nicht?

wastecooking ist ein Performance-Kollektiv, bestehend aus Filmemachern, Köchen, Mülltaucherinnen und Musikerinnen. wastecooking bildet eine Schnittstelle zwischen Kunst, Aktionismus und aktiver Gesellschaftspolitik + -kritik. David Gross, Initiator und seines Zeichens waste-art-director stellt das Projekt vor: „Wir sind eine Koch-Show. Wir kochen mit Lebensmitteln, die weggeworfen worden sind. Jamie Oliver geht morgens in den Supermarkt und kauft frische Lebensmittel. Wir gehen abends hinter die Supermärkte, tauchen in die Mülltonnen und holen auch frische Lebensmittel.“ Ein wichtiger Ausrüstungsgegenstand dabei: Stirnlampen.

Wie geht das Mülltauchen vor sich? Als erstes kommen die Biotonnen dran. Dort findet man Gemüse und Obst, das vor einer Stunde noch im Regal zum Verkauf angeboten wurde. Dann die Restmülltonnen: Hier gibt’s Gebäck, Teigwaren, Brot, Fertiglebensmittel etc. etc. Fleisch und Fisch wird nicht mitgenommen – das ist doch etwas zu gefährlich. Irgendwie ist es wie Osternester suchen, wie Jagen. Am Ende des „Tauchens“ kommt ein Pickerl an die Tonne: wastecooking was here. Nachdenken wäre gefragt, liebe Leute.

Denn 30 bis 50% aller Lebensmittel werden weggeworfen – obwohl sie nicht verdorben sind sondern nur den rigiden Bestimmungen der Supermärkte und den hohen Ansprüchen der Konsumenten nicht mehr genügen. Im Schnitt ergattern die Mülltaucher 80kg frische Lebensmittel im Gegenwert von 4-500 EUR.

Zurückgekehrt mitten in der Nacht mit den Schätzen des Tauchgangs wird dann mal geschlafen, bevor am nächsten Tag die Phantasie ins Spiel kommt: Was lässt sich aus dem Getauchten machen? Paprika, gefüllt mit Käse z.B. oder Karotten-Fenchel-Sellerie-Ingwer-Suppe oder Reis mit gemischtem Gemüse.

Aufgekocht wird dann – mit Musikbegleitung und kritischen Texten von Caecilia, the waste queen – auch auf öffentlichen Plätzen. Die Passanten probieren, sind begeistert. Manche wissen von Anfang an, worum es geht, manche nicht. Da gibt’s dann natürlich den einen oder anderen, dem der Bissen ein wenig im Hals stecken bleibt – filmisch dokumentiert, hihi!

Und wie sieht’s gesetzlich aus? Die Supermärkte lieben die Mülltaucher natürlich nicht. Solange aber nicht eingebrochen wird, werden sie toleriert. Im Gegensatz zur BRD, wo Mülltauchen gesetzlich verboten ist, bewegt man sich in Österreich noch in einer Grauzone. Müll gehört niemand – also allen. Wenn aber das Supermarktgelände geschlossen ist, dann ist eindringen zu den Mülltonnen verboten.

Sicherheitsleute haben übrigens mal einen Mülltaucher darauf angesprochen, dass er doch seine Lebensumstände mal überdenken sollte … Ja, wirklich ganz im Ernst, derjenige der genießbare Lebensmittel vor dem Verrotten bewahrt weil er sie nützt, soll umdenken … Was sich wie Satire anhört, ist tatsächlich so passiert. Ver-rückte Welt.

Auf der Schmiede aber wird nach der Projektvorstellung gemeinsam gekocht, ein Teil der WTD Gruppe geht Mülltauchen – für den Lebensmittelnachschub. Dann wird gemeinsam gegessen und so richtig Party gemacht – mit Musik, Filmen und – als besonderer Höhepunkt: Live Musik mit wastequeen Caecilia. Sie spielt ihre eigenen Lieder, lyrisch, schräg, unverwechselbar und darunter auch manche speziell für die wastecooking live-Performances komponiert.

31. October 2013

WTD – Our first presentation

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Di. 24. Sept. 2013 19:30 | Miner, Alte Saline Pernerinsel














Four cities in four countries, four urban youth cultures and four different approaches – the common denominator is sustainability. The aim of the EU project “What’s the deal” is to show relationships between young cultures of the cities (Mural Art, Design, Urban Sports, digital media) and the concept of sustainability. Between 2013 and 2015 a series of activities will be initiated. The Schmiede13 RETURN provided the framework for the kick-off.

The deal is sustainability.

more in german:

Ein EU-Projekt, wie aus einem Duo ein Trio wird und eine Live Collage …
Der Deal ist: Nachhaltigkeit.

Vier Städte in vier Ländern, vier urbane Jugend-Kulturen und vier verschiedene Zugänge – den gemeinsamen Nenner bildet die Nachhaltigkeit. Ziel des EU-Projekts „What’s the deal“ ist es, Zusammenhänge zwischen jungen Kulturen der Städte (Mural Art, Design, Urban Sports, digitale Medien) und dem Konzept Nachhaltigkeit zu zeigen. Zwischen 2013 und 2015 werden eine Reihe von Aktivitäten mit internationalen Künstlern initiiiert und öffentlich zugänglich gemacht. Dadurch soll die Idee eines nachhaltigen Lebensstils in die junge urbane Szene der Partnerstädte getragen werden. Die Schmiede13 RETURN bildet den Rahmen für den Projekt-Kick-off.

Wer ist mit dabei, auf welchem Thema liegt der Fokus?
München setzt mit dem Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München – Arts & Culture und Kunstzentrat e.V. auf das Skateboarding und die Zurück-Gewinnung von städtischem Brachland für die Skater. In Ljubljana gibt es eine starke Mural Art-Szene: Kino Siska erobert Wände als Raum für künstlerischen Ausdruck (zurück) und plant außerdem Angebote für urbanes Do-it-Yourself. Es sollen u.a. nachhaltige Fortbewegungsmittel wie Fahrräder und Skates gebaut bzw. repariert werden.

Die Stadt Hallein wird durch das MedienKunstFestival bzw. die Netzwerkplattform Die Schmiede repräsentiert – ihr Fokus liegt auf digitaler Kultur, Kommunikation, Austausch und Social Media. Amsterdam und die Stiftung Lokaalmondiaal setzt auf nachhaltiges Design bei Mode, Sound, Grafik und Industriebau.

Vorgestellt wurde das Projekt durch Tuncay Acar (München) und Susanne Eskens (Amsterdam). Die anschließende Diskussion über das zentrale Thema Nachhaltigkeit war erstaunlich vielschichtig, die Zugänge sehr kritisch, differenziert und vielfältig.




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