Wide Open Window



Wide Open Window


Theater & Film in its Relationship
With Society and Politics


Veranstaltungsreihe
Oct. 1 to Nov. 8, 2012
In cooperation with the Autumn Festival
“Aufrisse” of Vienna Neubau

Free entrance at all events
(includes free membership card)

The Window
Kandlgasse 6, 1070 Vienna

Do governments appropriate the social influence of art for political purposes? Is the patronage of individual artists by politicians unehtical? Do artists who work in the service of government share responsbility for its abuses of power? Can independent art help to mitigate injustice? With the events of "Wide Open Window," the Jewish Theater of Austria wishes to explore these and related questions. The series includes film presentations, lectures with improvisation, and workshops.

PROGRAM


Film presentations

Jud Süss ("Jew Suss", 1940)*

(with introduction &
post-screening discussion)
Mon., Oct. 1, 2012, 7 pm and
Every Tues., Oct. 2 - Nov. 6, 2012, 7 pm


A truly great work of genius. An antisemetic film, the likes of which we could only dream."
– Josef Goebbels, Diary, August 18, 1940

An important historical document, Jud Süss demonstrates how antisemitic propaganda was made palatable to the German masses and even effective in helping to incite mass collusion with a program that ultimately led to wholesale atrocity. It offers insight into some of the darkest regions of social psychology, shows how the Nazis used film art to pervert historical understanding, and stands as primary evidence of the potential dangers of state-controlled art.

Because distribution, sale, and promotion of Jud Süß has been banned in Austria since WWII, the film, which stars Ferdinand Marion and Werner Krauss, two of the most celebrated Austrian actors of its day, is virtually unknown in Austria. The Nazi regime considered Jud Süß to be among its most effective tools in preparing the way for the "Final Solution".

*Permissions for these screenings,
courtesy of Friedrich-W.-Murnau-Stiftung


Lecture with Improvisation

Totem & Tabori –
The Genesis and Second Coming
of the Jewish Theater of Austria

Thurs., Oct. 4, 2012, 7 pm
Thurs., Nov. 8, 2012, 7 pm


On the occasion of the 13th anniversary of the first Jewish Theater company in Austria since WWII, the story of the Jewish Theater of Austria - its social and aesthetic aims, its politically independent productions, and its critical confrontation with “Culture-political” non-transparency.

With Warren Rosenzweig
& Guenther Schoeller, Pallawatsch

Workshops

Culture-politically Independent Community

Sat., Oct. 6, 2012, 2-8 pm
Sun., Oct. 7, 2012, 2-8 pm


Participation in the workshops is free and is intended for anyone with an interest in decentralized art and culture. The workshops will be directed by the following independent artists and cultural landscapers:

Peter Fuxxs
Owner, Peter J. Fuchs Direct Marketing, Actor & Producer
Pink Zebra Theater

Anne Wiederhold
Actress & Artistic Director
Brunnenpassage

Alexandra Reill
Independent Filmmaker
kanonmedia - NGO for New Media

Youssufu
Lawyer, Rapper, DJ; born in Balkh, Afghanistan, is an asylum seeker in Austria
Rapper with a Message

Warren Rosenzweig
Playwright, Producing Artistic Director
Jewish Theater of Austria

Markus Kienast & Georg Schütz
Projektbegründer, Herausgeber
ichmachpolitik.at


PRESS RELEASE Wide Open Window - Theater & Film in its Relationship with Society and Politics

Jud Süss (1940)

Jud Süss (1940)

Jud Süss (1940)

Jud Süss (1940)

Jud Süss (1940)

Totem & Tabori, The Genesis and Second Coming
of the Jewish Theater of Austria

Totem & Tabori, The Genesis and Second Coming
of the Jewish Theater of Austria

Totem & Tabori, The Genesis and Second Coming
of the Jewish Theater of Austria

The Window, Kandlgasse 6, 1070 Vienna

The Window, Kandlgasse 6, 1070 Vienna

The Window, Kandlgasse 6, 1070 Vienna