🤩 One among RESCUE partners, Klanghaus will contribute to the project by workshops and artistic interventions that will engage with various historical and physical layers of the cave Roman Quarry at Aflenz. 🏭 Using stories, sound (including the resonance of the space and transposed ultrasound signals to make the bats’ communication audible to human ears), light, projections and interactive creative methods, artists, cultural actors, audiences and children will develop collaborative creative responses to the cave, its history and its possible future. 🎭🎨🎬🎼 Exciting!
📍🧐📖 Excerpt from a history of Roman Quarry: 👉 During the second world war, the Nazis occupied the cave and set up a branch of the Steyr Daimler Puch factory as a forced labor camp. In the field opposite, they constructed the concentration camp Aflenz, which was a “branch” of Mauthausen. From 1943-45, more than 500 people died from the horrific forced labor and conditions including cold, hunger and unimaginable fatigue in the camps at Aflenz. 😞 Although the machinery was dismantled at the end of the war, numeric signs on the walls of the cave are a haunting visual reminder of the horrors of the Nazi terror. The residential camp opposite the cave was entirely destroyed and there is no trace that anything was ever there.
👉 Some stone was quarried after the war for the reconstruction of historic buildings that had been damaged, after which the quarry was closed until the late 1980s, although very little stone has been quarried since then, approximately 200m3 per year for restoration work.👀
🤩Back in late August and early September, ibug festival (Festival fur urbane Kunst) took place in the former royal hospital ("Königlicher Krankenstift") located at Spiegelstraße street in the city centre of Zwickau, Saxony, which has been abandoned since the mid-1990s. As a historical example of a large medical institution of national importance, the royal hospital illustrates the special relationship between industrial development and public welfare and responsibility in Saxony. In the context of the current as well as various past crises, the lost place is being revived and transformed into a complete artwork, reflecting the time.🌈🌈 The abandoned hospital served as canvas for selected artists coming from all over Germany and here are some fragments of the festival.🔥👇