The last and only other time I was in Vienna I was representing the British Government at an antisemitism conference organised by the OSCE (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe).
Yesterday I spent a beautiful day sat in the grounds of the OSCE headquarters and now I am taking part in a coaching project with Dana Yahalomi, leader of Public Movement, a performative research body which investigates and stages political actions in public spaces.
In the course of this week, we will act as a new branch of Public Movement. We will map sites of Vienna according to history, current and future events in public space, explore the aesthetics and erotics of the Volk and of the state, and focus on the art of “pre-enacting” which introduces a political fact into the public realm rather then reconstruct it.
UPDATE: The week was a heady mix of theory and practice – geopolitical mapping of Vienna with the historian Karl Bruckschwaiger; a meeting with Peter Pilz (leading member of Austrian Green Party); a visit to FPÖ Freedom Party of Austria headquarters and meeting FPÖ representative to the Vienna State Parliament Johann Gudenus; teaching each other our own public movement; a day of training with WEGA – Viennese Special Task Force Alarm Section; and completing ‘A first draft towards a state choreographer’.