The History of The Democracy
ACT 5: THE DEMOCRACY - DESTINATION: USA
The world stage. Amman, New York, Pentagon City and Washington DC from 22 October - 3 November 2004.
In the spring of 2004 the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs granted 1.9 million kroners to establish an arts and democracy house in Bagdad.
But few weeks prior to Das Beckværk leaving for Bagdad, pictures and recordings from the Abu Ghraib prison were published showing how Americans treat prisoners. Iraqi rebels responded soon after with videos showing European and American hostages pleading for help before they were decapitated. The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs therefore decided to withhold the grant indefinitely due to "security reasons".
Because the pictures and videos from Abu Ghraib revealed certain deficiencies in the American democracy, Das Beckværk decided to reverse history:
In October 2004 Nielsen & Rasmussen went back to Iraq, collected the Democracy and brought it with them into Jordan. In the capital Amman the two Europeans held several parliamentary sessions with artist and intellectuals from different Middle Eastern countries. In collaboration with them Das Beckværk wrote a charter, including a plan for the re-democratization of USA.
Following Nielsen & Rasmussen flew to the US as representatives for the European and Middle Eastern people. In an attempt to influence the American vision with ideas from the outside, Nielsen & Rasmussen held parliamentary sessions at universities, think-tanks, theatres and galleries, during the last weeks of the presidential election campaign. Their mission ended the day after the election in an attempt to install the Democracy in the White House.
The Sovereign - a novel, Gyldendal (DK) 2008
The Democracy - Destination: USA - a "microfilm", 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)