The Danube Project EUROPEAN CULTURE COMMUNITY The Danube Project by Larkvorhees


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                             The Danube Project 2010

What matters most to the European Culture Community is the enhancement of
cultural aims. Intercultural exchange shall be promoted through the enhancement of
the arts and sciences, the promotion of understanding between nations and tolerance
in all cultural realms within Europe.
The association organizes scientific and didactic projects and engages in public
instruction in the field of integration via culture. The European Culture Community
supports specialist literature and the organization of meetings and conferences as
well as educational training and exchange programs. The association seeks to
cooperate with other associations, organizations and institutions with similar

Board of Members (as of April ’08):
Oliver               BASEL MSc,                    Herrenberg
Prof. Dr. Helge      BATHELT MA (chair),           Herrenberg
Prof. Frederick      BUNSEN MA                     Ammerbuch
Prof. Dr.            GODERBAUER-MARCHNER,          Landshut
Prof. Dr. Martin     KOEPPL (VP chair),            Schwäbisch Hall
Dr. Christian        PELZ LLD,                     München
Anette               SALOMON,                      Langenfeld (NRW)
Prof. Dr. Bernd      SCHWARZER,                    Düsseldorf
Prof. Dr. Frey       STRECKER                      Stuttgart
Gerlinde             WALZ,                         Budapest

The Danube Committee:
Prof. Dr. Helge      BATHELT (curator),            Herrenberg
Matthias             JACOB MA (curator),           Tübingen
Harald               KUNZ,                         Rottenburg
Elena                TUTINO MA,                    Herrenberg
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WATERWAYS-WAYS OF MAN: The Danube Project 2010

Author/ Creator: Harald Kunz
Co-authors/ co-creators: Helge Bathelt and Matthias Jacob

1. Sites and dates

Country                    sites/ locations                  dates
Germany                    Donaueschingen                    April 2010
Austria                    Schloss Hartheim or Krems         May
Slovakia                   Bratislava                        June
Hungaria                   Budapeszt                         July
Croatia                    Vukovar                           August
Serbia                     Novi Sad                          September
Romania                    Giurgiu                           October
Bulgaria                   Russe                             November
Germany                    Stuttgart or Karlsruhe            January 2011

2. The exhibition’s size

city/ site           no. of female/ male artists      no. of exhibits      total
Donaueschingen              1           +1            15                   30
Schloss Hartheim            1+1         +1+1          8                    32
or Krems
Bratislava                  2+1         +2+1          6                    36
Budapeszt                   3+1         +3+1          5                    40
Vukovar                     4+1         +4+1          4                    40
Novi Sad                    5+1         +5+1          4                    48
Giurgiu                     6+1         +6+1          4                    56
Russe                       7+1         +7+1          3/5                  52
Stuttgart or Karlsruhe      8           +8            4                    64

3. What’s on display?

The exhibitors’ philosophy
Postmodern societies face the effects of globalization. National economies are being
exposed to international competition. By its own forces, the capital flows to points of
concentration and multiplication. Under these circumstances, human beings are
reduced to mere numbers in cost-benefit calculations and become an anonymous
mass, subject to free market’s disposal. Presently, the powers that be seem to be
either unwilling or unable to keep up a value system which until now was nourished
by the idea of a European society based on democratic consent and social principles.
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What the Danube Project aims at
   -   For the past 20 years the great European river Danube stood for division
       rather than unification. But it shall regain its notion of bringing together
       bordering nations. It shall transport values again and not goods only. Man is
       the core of this value system. Any individual’s future can only be built on the
       respect for the individual. The Fine Arts express this respect for the individual.
   -   History must not disappear into oblivion. The river Danube formed the base of
       the life of many nations. This cultural landscape was in its full bloom when it
       was destroyed during World War II. We need to learn from the past and
       rebuild and reinstall connections and links between neighboring nations. To
       foster such progressive ambitions is the basic idea of the European Culture
   -   The exhibition sites also serve as memorials. Because of their historical
       character, civic spaces, clerical and secular alike, are especially suitable for an
       exhibition which puts man at its very centre.
   -   The Danube Project is alive! Its main purpose is to foster dialogues on artistic
       and social topics. This touring exhibition seeks to congregate the typical works
       of regional artists or artists-in-residence. Moving from one station to the next,
       we will include the finest into the show until exhibits from all participating
       countries and regions will be on display at the final exhibition.
   -   The whole project will be documented in an illustrated book. This catalogue
       shows the history of all sites and works of all artists.

“Concepts of Man”/ “Man in World and Picture”
We trust in the aesthetic and cognitive potential and stability of the traditional panel
painting. The exhibition’s topics, therefore, are displayed via paintings.

Selection of artists/ artists on display?
The local project officials will nominate the artists representing this Danube’s
particular region. Women and men, senior and junior painters alike, shall be taken
into consideration during the selection process.
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Should any of the exhibits on display fail to meet the curators’ intentions, the curators
will use their right of veto (esp. in case of paintings exposing tendencies of
aggression and violence, misanthropy, or deliberately hurting people’s religious
feelings etc.).

The Danube as a waterway is a means of communication and connecting people.
The Danube creates a space for dialogue, overcoming borders and frontiers. This
dialogue finds its artistic correlative in the touring of the exhibition along the river
Danube. The project’s dialogical character is respected and highly valued by all
members and colleagues, as well as the participation and commitment of each single

4. The exhibition’s contract:
The contract will be drawn up by an appropriate lawyer’s office and signed by the
board members and the representatives of each exhibition site. The issues of the
contract are:
- There is an equal amount of money for each exhibition site for transportation,
assemblage, advertisement and the opening day. Included are the royalties for
keynote speakers. All will be listed in the catalogue.
- Each exhibition site will be given funds for photo documentation, accompanying
articles and essays.
- Articles and essays will be printed both in the national language and in English. All
photographical works are to be edited in digitalized form (possibly, there will be one
professional photographer for the whole project).
- The copyrights of all articles, essays and photos are compensated by the royalties.
All participating artists give their consent to the reproduction of their works.
- All actual costs will be drawn up in proofs of payments and use. The order will take
place within four weeks after the acknowledgement of receipt by the board.
- After printing there will be 50 free copies of the exhibition catalogue for each
exhibition site and 10 free copies for each artist.
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5. Allocation of tasks:
Organizational tasks: applications for European funds
                    Public relations and contacts
                    Local organizations
                    Proofs of payment and use
                    ECC/ Danube Committee
                           Project officials
                           Preparations on site
                           Editing of the documentation
                           Printing preparations

Financial tasks: internal costs and own funding of host countries
             Direct contributions and donations from host countries
             European funds
             Local organizations of cities and sites
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6. Calculations for the Danube Project
Cost positions                            Single positions          Budget          Personnel costs
Organizational tasks (24 months)                                                    60,000
Project management (curators etc.)        estimated                 60,000
Implementation (total)                                              110,000
Estimated amount expenses
          Per artist                      2,000                     32,000
Preparations on site
          Travelling expenses                                       20,000*
Expenses per site
          Transportation                                            14,000
          Assemblage                      500                       4,500
          Rent and additional costs       local expenses
          Supervisory staff               local expenses
          PR/ Invitations                                           13,000
          Opening Day                     800                       6,400
          Speeches/ key notes             800**                     5,600
          Insurances                      cf. transp. /loc. Exp.
          Photodoc for catalogue                                    8,000
          Articles on local history       800***                    6,400
Documentation (total)                                               30,000
Articles and essays                       cf. costs per site
Editing                                   curator
Layout & Design                                                     5,000
Print (3,000 copies)                                                25,000
Unexpected expenses (total)                                         10,000

Catalogue sale                            5,000****
Sponsoring                                45,000
European funds                            125,000
Host country funds                        45,000

Balance                                   Expenses                  Income                   Difference
                                          220,000                   220,000                  0
* possibly opening day shuttle for artists,
** 7 key notes by guest speakers (catalogue articles both), curator will speak in German locations,
*** articles/ essays also printed in catalogue,     **** approx. 100 colored illustrations, ca. 250 pages

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