Hello dear supporter,
Since April 2019, the journalist Julian Assange has been a political prisoner in a solitary cell in the Belmarsh high-security prison in the Thamesmead district of the Royal Borough of Greenwich in the British capital of London. After the artistic conception of the Leipzig based artist Manja McCade, we are reproducing this cell as close as possible in terms of its haptics, physiognomy and audition and will be presenting it temporarily in various cities in Europe from September 2022.
As a result, those who are interested can experience this synaesthetic two-by-three-meter confinement space and experience it first hand, what isolation and psychological torment mean.
Everything that happens within this staged isolation room is broadcast on the internet in order to create a demographic, socio-critical sensitization. This performative art project ties in with groundbreaking socially critical experiences of public space sculptures that ultimately fulfill pedagogical tasks. Cross-genre artists such as Joseph Beuys and Christoph Schlingensief set artistic global standards in their time period, which only considered the discursive integration of all recipients as a (complete) work. In this respect, art as such received a further task and in the meantime also makes demands.
Traveling cost money and the founds we have and the activist groups who want to have us are limited. But we are sure when everybody makes a tiny donation, even if it is 1 Euro, between all of us, we should be able to cover the cost together so everybody wants to have us is able to book us.
We want to visit as many places as possible and therefore we need your support to cover cost for traveling etc. and be able to offer the presentation of the project to everybody who wants to have us for as low cost as possible for the activist groups in Europe.
Thank you very much for your support. Please share this campaign too.
Manja - the artist behind the project
Manja created for an exhibition in Leipzig a replica of Julians prison cell - after she met Tom this cell was about to travel on the road. She want to show with her project the painfull truth about the situation of Julian Assange.
She is taking care of Instagram, Facebook and Youtube and is of course present at the presentations of the project and talking to the "prisoners" - and always ready to answer your questions -
Tom - the Konzeptor
Tom and Manja met in June 22 and as Manja told him about the prison cell idea, he wanted to bring this on the road, he started to back this project with everything he has - so in October 2022 - the Belmarsh Live project could be presented to the public at the opening night of the "Noisy Leaks" - exhibition in Berlin - he is always present at every presentation and is our "networker"
Melina - Feel Good Manager
Melina is looking after the logistic side of the project and the accounting. She makes sure that Manja and Tom, are arriving in time at the booked place (its dealing with 2 creative minds :-)) and keeps the bookeeping in a transparent order, aswell makes sure they have everything they need when on "tour".