Re-re-appropiating homes - Trans-national Folk-Lab for beginners

“Re-re-appropiating homes - Trans-national Folk-Lab for beginners” is an interdisciplinary research and artistic production designed as a collaboration between artists from NRW, Germany, and Greece working in the fields of theatre, film, sound, media arts & technology and cultural anthropology. The lab is an invitation for a critical discussion of a trans-cultural perspective of current trends in the political discourse about "Heimat/Home" in both countries, via the means and artistic study of the genre of so-called folklore-arts” – within the context of its widespread popularity across geographical sites, times and people, among the contemporary art scene as much as among cultural gatherings in small towns and urban centres. The project leads to the development of a performative video installation and lecture at Makroscope e.V. - Zentrum für Kunst und Technik in Mülheim a.d. Ruhr, on 14.12.2019.

© Elena Friedrich

© Elena Friedrich

It is a collaboration between Elena Friedrich (media artist, cultural scientist), Irene Drossa (film dramaturge, producer, drama teacher), Tasos Karadedos (sound designer, anthropologist), KGI - theatre collective / Maria Vogt, Dominik Meder and further participants. The research suggests that "folklore-arts" performances have left a great impact on our general imagination of 'home' and 'cultural diversity'. But, in fact, they differ widely and have gone through a variety of appropriations and re-appropriation procedures. The occasions are numerous. Elements are copied and transmitted within shifting cultural and political contexts. This constitutes a manifold repertoire of aesthetic forms, representations and meanings that also act to unfold perspectives of what we learn from other places. It can be considered a multi-disciplinarily performed encyclopedia of migration movements, where we explore notions of wanderlust, homesickness, technological anachronism/futurism and ways of knowledge transfer and relate them self-critically to our own artistic repertoire and means of imagination.