Das Los 2001
September 2001
Interventions in public spaces
Schorndorf, Germany
 
different (mass)media in different public contexts. Through the fact, that this is not about defined art places, everybody is asked, to load this ‚information‘ with meaning and emotions. With this simple referential frame of action the project questions the reception attitude, its patterns but also the political responsibility of every one in connection with a public life.

Das Los is conceived as a game, which back-
ground is based on the thesis of the human as homo ludens/playing human. Friedrich Schiller has in his letters over the aesthetic education
of humans (1795) extract the play instinct as a basic characteristic. In one of the letters he wrote: ”The human is playing only, where he is in the full meaning of the sense human, and he is only there entirely human, where he is play-
ing.“ Both from Schiller mentioned elements are picked up in Das Los: the power of the word and the game. The concept of the project itself refers on a playful access, which is refering not only to the power of a capitalist, global society and their structure of power, but also to the significance of each of us inside of this system: The word Los, linguistic positive connoted, suggest mostly pretended felicity. In the use as suffix however -los describes something missing and marks very often even something which accords not to the social norm: schamlos, mittellos, ahnungslos (shameless, penniless, clueless) ... Without an obvious game instruc-
tion, the viewer is put on his own at this game. And like this animated to think.

Maren Richter,
Kunstraum, Linz, Austria