Botschaft e.V.

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In May 1990 a group of 13 people working on an interdisciplinary basis united to form Botschaft e.V. in Berlin. Their location in the eastern part of the city and the vacuums created by the fall of the Wall formed an essential part of their activities. In the summer of 1990 the group occupied rooms in the WMF building and, from 1991, worked at Kronenstrasse 3 in the city's Mitte district. Here, they opened the Friseur Club in 1992 in a former hairdressing salon, confronting a bar-type clientele with various events devoted to specific topics.

The constitution of the members varied from project to project (e.g. dogfilm 1991-2000, Museum für Zukunft), the group always functioning both as a pool of information and as a forum for work and discussion. Members included artists, musicians, communications theorists, filmmakers, computer experts and publicists. Bettina Ellerkamp, Natascha Sadr Haghigian, Jörg Heitmann, Christoph Keller, Merle Kröger, Ed van Megen, Philip Scheffner, Pit Schultz, Florian Zeyfang, Tom Prilop, Gerriet Schultz, Gereon Schmitz, Petra Trojan.

Botschaft's projects included exhibitions, lectures, films, music performances, and discussions on political and scientific themes:

  • Dromomania – Kult und Ritual der täglichen Fortbewegung. Ausstellung, Veranstaltungen, interdisziplinäre Projekte im WMF-Haus
  • richtig 92 Veranstaltungsreihe im Friseur der Botschaft u.a.. »Museum für Geschichte« Modell-Archive von Berliner Künstlerinnen und Künstlern »Fishing for Documents« Filmreihe und Seminar.
  • Kollektive Projekte: Botschaft e.V.. Ausstellung und Zeitung, Interimsgalerie / BBK, München
  • Fishing for Documents II. Filmreihe im Friseur der Botschaft
  • IG Farben – Performance einer Aktie, u.a. Plakataktion und Ausstellung im Friseur der Botschaft (November).
  • Museum für Zukunft. Ausstellungsreihe u.a. im Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Friesenwall 116, Köln, Medienbiennale Leipzig
  • Botschaft Praxis. Gruppenprojekt, Shedhalle, Zürich
  • 70/90, 96,0 fm. Radioprojekt zusammen mit »minimal club« und »BüroBert« im Rahmen der Ausstellung »dagegen dabei« im Kunstverein Hamburg
  • Nature TM: Radio TM. Gruppenprojekt, Shedhalle, Zürich
  • Berlin / Beirut / NY. Gruppenprojekt, Berlin und Beirut (1995-96)

Shared affinity in terms of location and contents with projects like the Elektro bar and the WMF Club.

The group dissolved in 1996.

  • "Strategy and Party", a text is based upon a 'talk' from 17.10.1994 at Botschaft. [1]