FIRST OF MAY RIOTS

Mass performance with live audio transmissions. A public movement event, a mass spectacle involving thousands of citizens: demonstrators, policemen and members of the press who act in a scene of fire, broken glass, camera flashes, stones, watercannons and sirens. A readymade, a seasonal ritual of power, passion, ideals, violence and youth. Public Movement distributed headphones offering 5 radio channels created especially for the riots.

Channel 1. Live Sociology – Robert Schmidt, Sociologist, Freie Universität Berlin and Thomas Scheffer, Sociologist, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.

Channel 2. Music for Riots – live music by Nackt (Warren Suicide) + guests.

Channel 3. Talk – Joseph Vogl

Channel 4. News – archive recordings from Sender Freies Berlin, Deutscher Fernsehfunk, Deutschlandradio, Deutschlandfunk, Umbruch-Bildarchiv.

Channel 5. Live DJ – Sami Khatib and Julia Wilton

First of May Riots was the second phase of Public Movement’s project Performing Politics for Germany.

1 May 2010
Meeting in Kottbusser Tor, Berlin
duration: four hours

produced by: Hebbel-am-ufer
Curator : Stephanie Wenner

Action Leaders: Dana Yahalomi and Omer Krieger