ROLAND BINDREITER (AUT)
MANFRED ENGELMAYR (AUT)
RETO MÄDER (SUI)
WOLFRAM REITER (AUT)
URS JAEGGI (SUI/GER)
Sun, November 17th 2002, 19:00
Sauna of Parkbad Linz
with support by dm drogeriemarkt
Heat, cold, chaos, order. An experimental evening at the sauna with sweating noise.
“The guests at the sauna should refrain from doing anything which doesn’t go confirm with the safeness, the silence, the order and the good mannors.” (§ 8, paragraph 1, “behaviour at the sauna”, part of the city law of Böblingen, last changes 27th of June 2001)
Saunas are ordered micro cosmos, small order machines. At Finish sweating bathes one is not only sweating. There is also existing a regime: a structured and differentiated rule structure. Following it does not just mean the unreflected subordinating to the ordered micro cosmos sauna, but also a social normed norm of order per se. Observing a pernickety cleanness sanctioned if not paid attention to, the exclusion of mental ill persons and epileptics, the prohibition of not disturbing the guests at the silent room and that it is forbidden to be noisy or to sing in the sauna – these things seam to be only natural, which are of course not naturally natural, but correspond to a pushed through and certain kind of manner and view of regime.
Following the order with and/or against the naked chaos? Safeness as necessity for a general well-being with and/or against casual freedom? Good manners, bad manners? “It is not permitted, among others: [...] c) Spitting on the floor or in the water of the sauna” (§ 8, paragraph 2, “behaviour at the sauna”, part of the city law of Böblingen, last changes 27th of June 2001) or “It is not permitted: [...] f) Talking about political subject in the whole sauna facility” (§ 8, paragraph 2, “behaviour at the sauna”, part of the city law of Böblingen, last changes 27th of June 2001)? Which of these prohibitions is part of the sauna rules of Böblingen? Both of them could be or are they both just completely absurd? Which discursive powers are responsible for constructing and the constitution of these rule(s)?
The art and culture collective “qujOchÖ” wants to blur the borders between order, safeness, chaos, noise, silence, freedom, heat, cleanness, leisure time and cold with the project SAUNA REGIME . Urs Jaeggi, philosopher, man of letters, painter and sculptor from Switzerland, combines part of his book “art”: “It all starts with noises and it will stay noisy. It is our first connection with the outside. It brings us to the chaos, (…) and forces us to the order, forces us to the in between. The noise is de-constructive and frightening, but necessary because order and superficial repetition are neighbours of death. By agreeing the noise, there will be silence.” (Jaeggi, Urs, Kunst, Alexander Verlag Berlin, Berlin 2002, p. 8 f.) with parts of his early philosophic and sociological treatises: “Doesn’t the “total history” correspond to the chaos? Is the order we “found” maybe by chance? Who tells us that the order (…) correspond to a real order?” (Jaeggi, Urs, Ordnung und Chaos. Strukturalismus als Methode und Mode, Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1968).
During the second part of the lecture of Urs Jaeggie there will be shown a audio-visual adventure of Bindreiter/Engelmayr/Mäder/Reiter ( moussi bucy, bulbul, Roland von der Aist, rm74, Neun Volt, Head of Yagan, OHNE, backlab) with the video-collective A.S.A.P. (part of “q_#. experimentelle Fluchtlinie”).
The guests or the audience can enjoy a glimmering and crystall noisy roaring, meanwhile sweating in the sauna. But, pay attention: “[...] Avoid to soil the benches with sweat. [...]” (§ 11, paragraph 1, “behaviour in the rooms of the sauna”, part of the city law of Böblingen, last changes 27th of June 2001)
An experiment of 90°C to order sweating bodies and thoughts.