Mirko Petric on Sun, 6 Feb 2000 12:58:04 +0100


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Re: Syndicate: Fwd: Do no longer exhibit in Austria! (fwd)


Dear Eric Kluitenberg,


I participated in the discussion following Robert Fleck's boycott call. I
talked about it to a person on the editorial board of the Croatian culture
biweekly "Zarez". The magazine would find it interesting to publish a
summary of the discussion, including excerpts from individual
contributions. I am writing this mail to you to ask if you would mind
having an excerpt from your contribution published and signed by your name
or e-mail address.

Please let me know about this.

Sincerely,
Mirko Petric

On Wed, 2 Feb 2000, Eric Kluitenberg wrote:

> Fellow Syndicalists,
> 
> At 17:42 +0200 02-02-2000, Andreas Broeckmann wrote:
> 
> >at the same time, we should not forget that there are other countries in
> >europe which have worrying governments with xenophobic, nationalistic,
> >undemocratic, you name it, policies, whose artists deserve the same kind of
> >support. vienna-belgrade 660 km.
> 
> Once again we have decended into a horror-trip, and Andreas is absolutely
> right. While we cannot be critical enough of what is happening in Austria,
> now is more the time than ever for support and solidarity with critical
> forces within the Austrian society and culture. With the vicious publicity
> attacks of Haider's dark force in the past, even on established artists and
> organisations, we may be certain that Austria will continue and intensify
> it's long tradition of scandalous affairs - particularly in the field of
> the arts and culture. I would not be surprised if media-repression would be
> the next, maybe even the first sign, where the new rule would become
> apparent.
> The christian *democrat* party cannot put up any effective counterbalance
> to the extreme overweight to the right in this new *government*, as the
> whole predicament is largely caused by their loss of votes to the FPOe.
> 
> So, finally Thomas Bernhard was right in his observation that when Claus
> Peymann (former director of the Vienese Burg Theater) invited him for
> coffee at Hotel Sacher (the place where the political and power elite
> meet), upon entrance he could see that the crowd was made up for one half
> of fascists and for the other half of idiots...
> 
> a sordid affair...
> 
> >by the way, whatever happened to the Baltic mission to Minsk?
> 
> it happened and was pretty succesful - a report of those involved would be
> most useful!
> 
> best wishes,
> Eric
> 
> 
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