The History of The Democracy
ACT 3: BECKVAERK/CONTAINER AT KGS. NYTORV
A fictionalisation of the real. A realisation of the fiction.
The public space. Kongens Nytorv, Copenhagen. Countless talks from 20 February - 15 March 2003.
Meanwhile the American government, with the support of the army and the people, was ready to realize the visions of PNAC. First act: the introduction of the democracy in Iraq.
Das Beckværk then acknowledged that in order to be of any significance, they had to intervene the world stage.
At the end of February 2003 Das Beckværk therefore launched a satellite, a large blue container, which hit ground at the city square Kongens Nytorv, in the centre of Copenhagen. During the weeks leading to the invasion of Iraq, Das Beckværk opened the container and, in collaboration with invited experts and local citizens, they tried to develop a universal model for democracy, a model that could be exported to people and countries around the world, including Iraq.
A sign on the container said "The Democracy - destination: Iraq", and the idea was, that while the Americans delivered the hardware through military actions, the Europeans would deliver the software - the content of the democracy. Das Beckværk therefore made contact with Washington and suggested a partnership.
The Democracy - Destination: Iraq - a "microfilm", Gasspedal (NO) 2005 + Chain Link (USA) 2008
The History of The Democracy - a retrospective exhibition
, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center Copenhagen 2007 + Wiener Festwochen, Austria, 2007.
The History of The Democracy - a staged lecture, Das Beckwerk/Wiener Festwochen, 2007- (order now! on firstname.lastname@example.org)