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The mobile and interactive project CAFE MELANGE, a containerinstallation, was realized by Gustav Deutsch and Hanna Schimek ("Der blaue Kompressor") within the ‘European Year of Intercultural Dialog" (2008). After Image Productions undertook the task of doing project handling and project monitoring.

CAFÉ MELANGE was sponsored by:

bm:ukk - Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur
Österreichische Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
MA 17
MA 13
bundeskanzleramt : frauen
Wiener Städtische Vienna Insurance Group

Wallensteinplatz, 1200 Wien

-   29th of August - 6th of September 2008

-   Opening on August 29th, 2008

-   Events and interviews with:
    Back Bone, Black Austria, LEFÖ, Wiener Sozialdienste, STEP, Fairtrade Österreich

Urban-Loritz-Platz, 1070 Wien

-   12th of September - 5th of October 2008

-   Events and interviews with:
    Augustin, Peregrina, Biber, Radio Afrika TV, I.F.S., Tangram, Werkstatt, Südwind,
    Radio Orange, OKTO TV, Frauenhäuser, HINTS Institute

The container itself comprised a media center (audio center, video store and library) that was overseen by staff members and open to the public. The daily presented filmprogramm meant an additional impulse to the media center and was curated by Judith Wieser-Huber. The musicprogramm was curated by Helge Hinteregger and Isis Hassan, the library by Luitgard Eisenmeier.

CAFE MELANGE was seen as a platform for institutions, educational institutions, youth organisations and artists. Forms used the opportunity to construct their usual kind of education in a new way with using the media center. The front of the container, that was reveted with colourful posters and verdicts, created by artists of writing workshops, offered the pupils a interactive way to react on the verdicts by writing their statements next to them.

A weekly happening DJ-Line helped to inspire the dialogue between people of different heritage. Numerous events were taking place against the background of these following three topics, which were providing a framework for CAFÉ MELANGE: body (violence, women's rights), language (heritage, learning, education) and living spaces (habitation, culture, battered women's shelters).

Screenings, shown on the Wallensteinplatz in cooperation with VOLXkino ((„Auf der anderen Seite" by Fatih Akin, 2007, and „Die Band von Nebenan - Bikur hatizmoret" by Eran Koliran, 2007) and the reading called "Über-Setzung" at the public library of Vienna were highlights of CAFÉ MELANGE. The reading attended following authors: Seher Çakir, Vladimir Vertlib und Şerafettin Yildiz.

At the end of the project, the media center was passed into the ownership of the public library of Vienna. In the end of Janurary 2009 the project CAFÉ MELANGE found closure throughout a multimedia-based presentation by Luitgard Eisenmeier and Helge Hinteregger. The media center is now a fixed part of the supplies of the public library.

Homepage CAFE MELANGE (see co-operation partners and sponsors)