He He He DA DA
An inter-disciplinary artistic-literary project
Writer Franz Herzfeld (Franz Held) has recently been admitted to the psychiatric ward of the local hospital for checks due to mental disorders”, reported the local press on 28 February 1900. But who was Franz Held and what circumstances had led to him staying in Bozen and in particular in San Genesio on various occasions between 1890 and 1900?
Hans Winkler’s artistic project He He He DA DA retraces the path of Franz Held, bizzarre and forgotten writer, looking into his relationship with Alto Adige and Italy and on the influence he had on the Dada Movement. The project features a publication about Franz Held “Vor-dadistische Texte aus Jenesien” published by Raetia, an exhibition He He He DA DA at Lungomare Bozen-Bolzano and a programme of associated events in Bozen-Bolzano and San Genesio.
In the waiting room of the station at the top of the San Genesio cable railway a “Franz Held Dada Library” will be installed by Hans Winkler. In collaboration with the local library and Lungomare a collection of books, folk sagas and stories of a ribald nature in the spirit of Franz Held will be displayed.
Franz Held was father to Wieland Herzfelde and John Heartfield, co-founders of the Dada Movement in Berlin, and he stayed in the Alto Adige region on various occasions “paying homage to our country with numerous colourful and lively descriptions of the Alto Adige land and its inhabitants” (Bozner Nachrichten, 1900).
Franz Held Library, Jenesien/San Genesio
Project in collaboration with: municipality and “Bildungsausschuss” of San Genesio, Raetia Publishers, Bolzano Filmclub and Akademie der Künste Berlino
Thursday, 04/10/2012, 6.30pm
Screening of the film in German at Filmclub Bolzano
GER 1977 | 65 min | Directed by: Helmut Herbst. Screenplay: Tom Fecht
Friday, 05/10/2012, 7pm
Opening of the He He He DA DA exhibition – Franz Held, John Heartfield, Wieland Herzfelde
“Dada Sonore”, a renewal of the soundtracks of the films “Paris qui dort” and “Entr’acte” by Renè Clair in the Lungomare garden, music by Stefano Bernardi & ziZ
Thursday, 25/10/2012, 8.30pm
Live act with Jörg Zemmler
3.30pm Opening of the library of Franz Held
The “Franz Hero Library” has been opened in San Genesio. For the library, residents were asked to provide their support by collecting or writing traditional stories and legends and submitting them to either the municipal library or the Lungomare project space.
The well-known writer Franz Hero (1862 – 1908) stayed several times in San Genesio and has “rendered outstanding service to our country through his numerous, colorful descriptions of the country and people of Tirol “. (Bolzano News, 1900). His influence on the literary and artistic world, although largely unnoticed, remains to this day. And it was from San Genesio that he became one of the initiators of the Dada movement and the literary avant-garde of the 20th century based on his texts and thoughts, which were partly inspired by South Tyrolean legends.
Saturday, 06/10/2012, 3pm
Walk and He He He DA DA–Party
4 pm Audio poetry walk with Martin Abram to Gruberhof in Afing/Avigna
5 pm Refreshments at Gruberhof
6 pm Presentation of the book „Franz Held – Vordadaistische Texte aus Jenesien“ published by Raetia, edited by: Hans Winkler, Kurt Lanthaler, Martin Hanni
“Hans Winkler, Kurt Lanthaler, Martin Hanni (Hrsg.): Franz Held. Vordadaistische Texte aus Jenesien”. Frankfurter Buchmesse, 2012 (by: aufdraht). Published: 2012. Genre: discussion/talk (in German)
SWR 2 Franz Held and Hans Winkler, Radio Feature 2006 (in German)
Lungomare, a cultural association founded in Bolzano in 2003, was created from the desire and necessity to open a space in which to share differences, experiences, opinions and desires, a space in which to make the link between cultural production and the political and social dimension. Lungomare undertakes projects that investigate and test possible relationships between design, architecture, urban planning, art and theory, the results of which are presented in different formats: public discussions, conferences, publications, exhibitions and interventions in public spaces. All these formats are characterised by the intention to interact with cultural and socio-political processes relating to the region in which Lungomare is located.
Currently Lungomare’s activities focus on long-term residency projects, a format whereby Lungomare invites guests to engage and interact within the context of South Tyrol. Lungomare’s activities are based on three principles: specific attention to the context in which the association’s projects are undertaken, the transdisciplinary approach that distinguishes these projects, and reflection on the role of Lungomare as a cultural institution in connection with the region in which it operates.
2003 Angelika Burtscher and Daniele Lupo found Lungomare
2003 – 2005 curators: Patrizia Bertolini, Angelika Burtscher, Roberto Gigliotti, Manuela Demattio, Paul Peter Hofer, Brita Köhler, Daniele Lupo
2005 – 2013 curators: Angelika Burtscher e Daniele Lupo
2011 – 2013 a new scientific committee is established: Angelika Burtscher, Roberto Gigliotti, Daniele Lupo, Vincenzo Mancuso, Lisa Mazza, Paolo Plotegher, Heimo Prünster
from 2014 curators: Angelika Burtscher, Roberto Gigliotti, Daniele Lupo, Lisa Mazza, Paolo Plotegher
2014 start of the Lungomare residency programme
Lungomare is located at the edge of Bolzano, the capital of South Tyrol, and relates to the context in which it operates, attempting to highlight the dynamics of change. Large urbanized areas alternate with broad areas of intensive cultivation and yet others of picturesque landscape, all of which penetrate the centre of the city. The city is surrounded by mountains and this is one of the reasons why the tourism industry has become a driving force in this locality. The demographic structure of the city has been characterized for a long time by the coexistence of two populations, those speaking German and those speaking Italian. However, the social and demographic composition of Alto Adige Südtirol is changing. Migrants, including those from non-European countries are making their way to the area to settle, whilst others, including political refugees, are flowing through the region.