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KULTUR*KOSMOS

A DOCUMENTARY PROJECT

Take a peek behind the scenes of Fusion Festival and you’ll find Kulturkosmos – a colourful collaboration between a huge variety of people and groups. We have started a multimedia documentary about our organisation which, at its core, is made up of a series of films and a bonus section. Our wish is to offer insights into the engagement, the history, and the contexts behind this collaboration, and to allow you to contribute to the plurality of voices at Kulturkosmos.

We begin with the premiere of the first film and, as you’re watching it, we’re already putting together the second one.

 

FILM SERIES

Our series of films is about pro-active individuals, a self-determined lifestyle and a culture of do-it-yourself. How do we want to live? What is really important? What looks at first glance like a festival is, at a deeper level, a small-scale attempt to realise a social utopia.

The documentary has various chapters that seek to explore the weird and wonderful world of Kulturkosmos. We show the beginnings of a movement, its spirit and its development in the metronomic cadence of rhythm and change. People who transpose their dreams into reality and, along the way, stumble, become tangled in conflict and are challenged by contradictions and objections. People who work in an environment of their own choosing and who actively shape it.

BONUS MATERIAL

In addition to the main film, there is also a bonus section. This is a place where you can enjoy relics from our archive and immerse yourself in past moments and occurrences on the airfield. For example, you’ll find collections of photos of the site and the hangars before our time, of the first Fusion and a montage of the 1998 festival. The bonus section will be expanded and new material added as each chapter comes online.

You can access the bonus material in two ways.

The first way is via the film itself. As it is playing, these symbols will temporarily appear on the screen. Click it and you’ll get more details about what is being portrayed in the film.

You can also see the bonus material without watching the film itself. Just click this button to go right to the bonus section.

Wanted

We’re still looking for images, video and sound recordings from the early days of U-Site and Kulturkosmos and would love your help! Please send in any material you have so we can add it to our archive and make it accessible for all. Get in touch!

By Post:
Kulturkosmos Müritz e.V.
Flugplatz
17248 Lärz

By Email:
Philipp and Anni,
dokucrew@kulturkosmos.de

HISTORY. SPACE PIONEERS AND PARTY NOMADS

Everything needs a spark – an impulse to burst into existence. In the first part of the documentary, we go back to the origins of Kulturkosmos. Where did people get the idea of dedicating their lives to organising parties? Who were the people involved? What was the context, the zeitgeist they moved in? What is their understanding of “party” even today and why are parties socially relevant? After combing through the archives and speaking to the people who were there, a 40-minute documentary came about to tell the story of why and how a movement emerged around 20 years ago.

The bonus material contains a book about the early, dark history of Lärz airfield. It is the history of the Nazi Luftwaffe’s testing grounds in Rechlin and the subsidiary camp of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp. An interesting read compiled in the 1990s by the Union of Antifascists in Röbel/Müritz.

The small print. Our selection from the archive material is based on the requirements of making a documentary and the endeavour to create a narrative that was broad and deep, with a dash of subjective feeling. That is where the “censorship” starts and ends.

Region. Home meets migration

The Kultur*cosmonauts arrival on the airfield near Lake Müritz raises new questions about settling in a place and creating a connection with a new area and its people. The second part examines the joys and troubles of the region, and introduces investors, local personalities, politics and party organisers. The film broaches the issue of how free spaces for self-determined lifestyles came about through the residence of the cooperative, and also deals with conflicts with the locals. Controversial themes include drug consumption at Fusion Festival, noise pollution, and the continual growth of the project. Various concepts of “successful regional development” and diverging opinions of what constitutes a “good life” collide with each other. What is to be done in rural areas where the interconnected problems of population drain, right-wing extremism, high unemployment, and cultural ignorance are so often reported and seem so firmly set in local residents' minds? Do people think of anything else other than the longed-for economic recovery and the location criteria that different towns and cities compete on to offer companies’ the most strategic value? One thing is clear: through the conflict with the locals and Kulturkosmos’ longevity on the site, many more things came about over time aside from disagreements. More than anything else, there have been multiple engaging discussions, and long-term and cooperative relationships and friendships developed.

CHAPTER 3 – 5. FORTHCOMING

Wait and see …

SUPPORTERS

The documentary features video material different filmmakers have shot of the festival site over the years.

It was Tom Schmatloch who recorded the first film footage back in the 1990s. It was used to create a 20-minute collage with snippets of sound and video material from the 1998 Fusion Festival. Back then, it was available for a short time on VHS. Now you can find his film in the bonus material of the history chapter.

In 2005 and 2006 director Youdid Kahveci, known to us as “Radieschen” (radish), recorded various interviews and shot footage of different situations on the site. She took a documentary approach and her personal connection with the team behind Kulturkosmos is evident from her mini-DV recordings. Kahveci’s laid the groundwork for a documentary about Kulturkosmos. She was not able to finish her project and allowed us to add her recordings to our archive.

In 2002 photographer Christian “Krille” Weidlich began taking his moving photos of the festival. He took an experimental approach, setting up two or three Super 8 cameras and then using time-lapse technology to capture the festival in motion. He developed the analogue film first and then digitised it. However, Krille’s attempts to make a film were beset by a series of catastrophes. His first rough edit from 2009 could never be shown.

In 2008 Johnanna Ickert approached us with the idea of making film about Kulturkosmos. The idea wasn’t new, but there was something a bit different about this project. Johanna had written her Masters dissertation about Kulturkosmos and recently started another degree in documentary filmmaking. Working with Philipp Meise on camera and Rouven Karl on sound, she formed a student film team, which varied slightly over time. They were often seen on the airfield from 2009 to 2014, and followed the approach Kahveci had taken to the documentary. They gathered footage along various themes in the region and at the site.

The film makers, with their combined various approaches in terms of technology and content, produced some initial analysis and rough edits but no finished film. Looking at all the material they had collected, we had the idea of producing a continually expanding multimedia documentary online, which would provide a framework for bringing together all the different filmmakers’ efforts.

We would like to thank Youdid Kahveci, Christian Weidlich and Tom Schmatloch for their wonderful and unique videos and photos. The project also benefited or continues to benefit from the hard work of the following people: Michel Unger, Johannes Waltermann, Janis Brod, Philipp Wenning, Andreas Sohn, Azadeh Zandieh, Rouven Karl, Daniel Prossegger, Andy Muir, Paul Eisenach, Nils Vogel, Linus Nickel, Gerrit Hoffschulte, Markus Kleinloh, Udita Bhargava, Momas Schütze, Anni and all other creators. They all gave their time voluntarily and some will continue to support and contribute to this project as best they can in future.

AFTERWORD

Why are we releasing a film about ourselves?

Technological advancements have meant that we can publish this video on our website and give access to all those interested.

This also spared us a bit of a dilemma. At the start – seven years ago now – there was no consensus among us about the reasons or need to make a documentary like this. And, actually, our concern about increasing general awareness about Fusion Festival and potentially raising in the number of festival-goers left us with the impression that making such a film would be counterproductive. However, even without releasing a film, we’ve had to erect fences and put in place other restrictions to cope with the problems of Fusion getting too big.

It was the differentiation and separation of our project – Kulturkosmos – from Fusion Festival that kept us going and believing in this film over the years. In the meantime, we’ve also come to think that it’s important to use this film to be transparent about Kulturkosmos and to show – to all those interested – the true nature of the ideas and stories we have, along with the activities and projects we pursue.

Meanwhile, the project has become so large in scope that only full-on commitment and the securing of finances was able to make this five-part documentary film possible. Rather than accepting outside investment, Kulturkosmos has taken the decision to provide the necessary infrastructure and financial backing for the development of the documentary.

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Contact

Kulturkosmos Müritz e.V.
Flugplatz
17248 Lärz

mail@kulturkosmos.de

Ticketbüro

Bei Fragen rund um den Vorverkauf schreibt bitte an
tickets@fusion-festival.de

Telefonische Sprechstunde:
(nur Di. und Do. von 17.00h bis 20.00h)
Tel. 030 69569788

Anfahrt

 

Der Kulturkosmos liegt ganz grob zwischen Hamburg und Berlin in der Müritz Seenplatte.
Markierung / Routenplanung auf Google Maps

ANFAHRT MIT BAHN
Mit dem Interconnex oder der DB nach Neustrelitz, von dort weiter nach Mirow. Aus Berlin und Brandenburg ist das Brandenburgticket, aus Hamburg das Mecklenburg-Vorpommernticket eine günstige Wahl.

ANFAHRT MIT DEM AUTO
Aus Hamburg oder Berlin kommend: A24 bis Autobahnkreuz Wittstock, dort auf die A19 Richtung Rostock. Zweite Ausfahrt (Röbel / Nr. 18) raus. Rechts und der B198 Richtung Neustrelitz folgen (Achtung, Blitzer hinter dem Autohof und in Vipperow), durch die Ortschaften Vipperow und Vietzen. Nach Vietzen rechts zum Flugplatz Lärz, nach ca. 1 km ist links die Einfahrt auf das Gelände.

Impressum

Kulturkosmos Müritz e.V.
Am Flugplatz
17248 Lärz

Vertretungsberechtigter Vorstand: Martin Eulenhaupt, (Anschrift wie oben),
Vereinsregister Waren, Registernummer: VR 164

Steuernummer: 27/670/60108
USt-ID: DE249602309

Inhaltlich Verantwortlicher gemäß § 55 Abs. 2 RStV: Max Weidling, (Anschrift wie oben)

Schnelle elektronische Kontaktmöglichkeit: mail@fusion-festival.de

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To ensure that as many of you as possible can watch our documentary project without downloading third-party add-ons or plug-ins (e.g. Flash), we’ve embedded the video files using HTML-5 so you can stream them. This new technology generally works well, but in some cases problems may still arise. If you have any problems watching the film, we hope that the following will offer a solution.

BAD INTERNET CONNECTION

Have you got a bad internet connection? Video streaming has the advantage that you don’t have to download the whole film in order to watch it – thanks to temporary data storage (buffering), you can watch the film as it downloads. The faster and more reliable your internet connection, the better it works. But, on the flip side, if you have a slow or unreliable internet connection, this temporary storage may not update with new data quickly enough, which can lead to a jerky picture, a delay between the sound and images, and in the worst cases the video to stop.

Solution: The best solution is to watch our documentary somewhere with a fast and reliable internet connection.

OLD BROWSER

Do you have an out-of-date or non-mainstream browser? Some older browsers are unable to support HTML-5 videos, or can only do so partially or with frequent errors. Generally, you shouldn’t have any problems with the current versions of mainstream browsers.

Solution: We recommend that you watch our documentary using the latest version of Chrome, Safari or Firefox.

OVERLOADED SERVER

The server may become temporarily overloaded, particularly during the initial phases of the documentary project. We are hoping to reach as many people as possible with our documentary, but if thousands of people try to watch it at the same time it could prove too much for our server.

Solution: If the server is overloaded, please come back and try and watch the film another time.

Bugs

Of course we’re not perfect and given the sheer number of different devices, operating systems and browser versions available, it was not possible to test every combination. If something happens that you think is a fault, please let us know via our “report a bug” form. That will help us to identify the bug and fix it.

It could also be that a bug slips into the browser software. In these cases, we can’t do anything except let the browser developers know and wait for the next update.

DOWNLOAD THE FILM

If for some reason you cannot get the video stream to work, you can download the video files and watch them using a media player of your choice. Check out the following links and right-click on your preferred format to save it (save as) to your hard drive.

Intro
Mp4, Mp4 (HD)

Chapter History
Mp4, Mp4 (HD)

Chapter Region
Mp4, Mp4 (HD)

Chapter Work (Teaser)
Mp4, Mp4 (HD)

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