The Blue Frog Society | A Habitat Without Territory
The Blue Frog Society is a messenger of a future society. It pushes the borders of the “possible” to make space for the unplanned and unthinkable, emphasizing civic engagement and the need for new social values, new commons and forms of living together beyond cultural, social or geographical borders. After presentations at the Czech Mission to the UN/ Czech Center (New York), the 64th UN DPI/ NGO conference in Bonn, and many other public venues and internal meetings, the BFS will now gather in Vienna, where it originated in 2010 and published the „10 Issues of the BFS“.
Now The Blue Frog Society is presented to the public in Vienna for the first time: Friday, Jan.10, 7pm
In this event, which takes place in the exhibition CrossSections_Potentials (curated by Basak Senova), you have the opportunity to learn about the engagements of the BFS and ask questions. You are invited to become a member and contribute your suggestions.
If you want to contribute to the BFS and/ or become a member please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
exhibition view / CrossSections_Potentials
Kunsthalle Exnergasse, 2018
A STATE VISIT TO THE BLUE FROG SOCIETY BY MINORITY CULTURES
Sept.20- Oct.20, 2018
Currently we are facing an increasingly difficult state of democracy resulting in basic human rights like freedom of movement and freedom of speech being under threat - in Europe and in neighboring countries, including the Mediterranian and North Africa. The unresolved situation of finally acknowledging migration as a result of century long exploitation and the growing unequal distribution of resources and wealth will be an ongoing issue which will determine our future and unsettle the still propagated belief in planning. On a parallel level various minorities in Europe tend to claim their own
nation state. Both developments uproot the idea of a common society and a living together beyond borders. The Blue Frog Society wants to take action for readdressing the idea of a common and „expanded“ Europe based on humanistic values and addressing diversity as an intrinsic element of a future society.
Since many small European minority nationalities (of whose existence we are mostly not aware, since they are not the ones claiming a new nation state) are – together with their manifold languages - under threat of dying out, the Blue Frog Society wants to invite representatives of some of these communities for paying a state visit on the non-territorial grounds of the Blue Frog Society (presented at the exhibition CrossSections) by holding a short speech. The act of a state visit is an official symbol of acknowledgement, of recognizing the other party as equal vis-à-vis. The speeches will be held in the dying languages addressing expectations of being part of the Blue Frog Society, potentials of mutual enrichment, hopes and aims for a common future.
The geographical territories of these European minority nationalities will be shown as a visionary collective new (human) geography - a map beyond conventional maps.
Speeches were held by:
Nancy Black (Romanes, Vienna); Selma Selman (Romanes, Syracuse/ New York), Costanza Travaglini (Friulan, Udine), Gabriele Zanello (Friulan, Udine).
Vienna - Stockholm - Helsinki
curated by: Basak Senova
Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
A cooperation of:
Kunsthalle Exnergasse, (WUK Werkstätten und Kulturhaus), Vienna (A); iaspis – the Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Programme for Visual and Applied Artists (S), Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design und The Nordic Art Association in Stockholm (S); Nya Småland (S); HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme and the University of the Arts Helsinki – Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki (FIN); Press to Exit, Skopje (MK)
"Times of Dilemma" by transparadiso
Postcard to fill in:
Documentation of the events of the Blue Frog Society (2010-2018):
Speeches by representatives of minority cultures in Europe: