An introduction to ANTHEMITY
Europe, who or what are you? A place of multicultural exchange, of
cross-fertilisation? Cradle of human rights and democracy? Or just a
bureaucratic monster, threatening national sovereignty, and quite
pointless in view of globalisation? Is Europe as a political
amalgamation paying attention to social aspects? Where will this lead
Utopian Europe, as a region of cohabitation, is deep-rooted in symbols.
Symbols that manifest the supra-national merging: a common currency, a
common flag and a common Anthem of Europe, the Prelude from “Ode to the
Joy”, Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Referring to the unspoken motto: „All
humans will become brothers”. Our daily life is already using the
possibilities of the European Union: we can travel around, sell and buy
items, settle and work wherever we want. With a minimum of bureaucratic
effort. The European Union as a step forward to a pacifistic and
democratic World Union? Or is Brussels a symbol of the post-democratic
society, where economics are the new sovereigns? Somewhere in between,
the inhabitants of Europe have to position themselves.
ANTHEMITY focuses on the anthem and asks to what extent an European
identity might be discovered. For that reason, it is necessary to
involve the inhabitants of Europe: All of you – those who have found a
home in the European Union, and those of you still looking for a home
in the EU, take the European Anthem and inscribe yourself into it.
Deconstruct it. Take parts of it, recomplete it, inject missing items
or moods...make your own interpretation!
The soundscape project ANTHEMITY is a stage and
soundboard for your European vision.