Saunaordnung (sauna regime)

Roland Bind­rei­ter (AUT) /// 
Man­fred Engel­mayr (AUT) /// 
Reto Mäder (SUI) /// 
Wolf­ram Rei­ter (AUT) /// 
A.S.A.P. (AUT) /// 
Urs Jaeg­gi (SUI/GER) ///

Sun, Novem­ber 17 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 crys­tal 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.

(Pho­tos: qujOchÖ)

(Camera/Editing: qujOchÖ)

(Camera/Editing: qujOchÖ)