Ποιειν Και Πραττειν - create and do






                Olawski Bridge in Wroclaw, Poland - Poetry Workshop, May 14 2015 - Hatto Fischer



Ever since the poem 'Strong images' was written three days prior to the elections held in Greece on January 25, 2015, and this in response to many people asking me what to expect as outcome if Syriza would win, one point in that poem has been proven to be a constant in this ongoing crisis of failed negotiations between Greece and its creditors, namely that of 'uncertainty'. The lines go as follows:

Step by step I scale the stairs till up at the top I find an answer

to what I have been searching for all along. It is the news of elections

in a far away land near the Aegean sea which has undertaken it

to try a different way while leaving uncertain what shall be questioned first.

(For the full poem, see the last poem in the collection The dream of the Greek tax collector 2012 - 2015)

There can be posed many questions as to why no real agreement has been reached so far. Some call it the fault of the negotiation tactics by the new Syriza government and reinforce what the creditors wish of Greece, namely substantial reforms which make sense. Hence Zeke Turner writes in his article Europe to Greece: Get real. 10/6/15, http://www.politico.eu/article/europe-greece-negotiations-deadlock/#comment-58216 that apparently the Greek side would not understand the complexity entailed. (For a further discussion of this article and what is implied by the demand to get real, see Europe to Greece: get real)

A refutation of this is made by Saskei Sassen. She iterates that the new complexity is determined by an uncontrollable finance which seeks to invade spaces, in order to gain real assets and therefore value of its fake money. She adds such a complexity entails a brutality of unknown proportions as it reinforces the explusion of those people who do not work for the corporation and seek instead to make history by linking up at local level in an incomplete sense of citizenship still enjoying basic human rights. (see Rethinking the Greek crisis by Saskia Sassen)

It is a frail tissue which holds many things together. Juan Gutierrez in Spain would say there is a need for such stories about disobedience, in order to create Strands of Peace - Juan Gutierrez. These stories, including about Schindler who although Nazi himself rescued Jews working in his factory, show what allows people to stand up to one another and thereby save lives. Most of the time they do so by not obeying orders to kill someone. Generally, it can be interpreted by not going conform with that part of the system which seeks to destroy people's lives. That practice of civil desobedience would also mean IS fighters stop killing innocent citizens just because they have been identified them as non believers.

Rightly so Enzensberger has called this world one of micro civil wars in which conviction no longer play any role and a new manlihood emerges which does not care who is the enemy as long as one is the superior in terms of violence and brutality. The arbitrariness of the system plays itself through in this form of exaggeration out of fear of isolation and senselessness. The latter is a mixture of extreme scepticism and at the same resignation. While clinging to some vague hope, they are capable of doing terrible things to others as to themselves.

That problem of scepticism and resignation is something Klaus Heinrich has addressed a long time ago with his book "The difficulty to say no" to all forms of destruction. What makes that so difficult according to Enzensberger is that nowadays many no longer can distinguish between self destruction and destruction. It is something having been addressed already back in 1979 when writing philosophical notes about this position of Klaus Heinrich while teaching at the institute Science of Religion at the Free University of Berlin, and there the subject matter 'dialectic of securalization'. Precisely the fact that dialectical thinking has vanished almost completely, the inability to think through contradictions has eroded the capacity to govern in an open and democratic manner. (For the essay discussing the position of Klaus Heinrich, but right now only in German, see Philosophische Notizen zu Klaus Heinrich von Hatto Fischer)

If there is a chance to revive the human web to keep everyone alive, then the 'no' against destruction of all kinds must go hand in hand with such compromises which make sense and are not amoral. This is the case if they are based on an ethical vision which embraces all of humanity.

Such a thought on how to be atuned with non violence is not easy to come by, but definitely one prerequisite is not to make an analysis of the world with the help of enemy pictures, whether now over simplified or highly sophisticated exaggerations. It still holds what Brendan Kennelly said in the introduction to his epic poem 'Judas', namely it is an art to convert threats into such challenges that a way can be found to build together a future for mankind on this one and only earth (see Judas by Brendan Kennelly by Hatto Fischer)

Hatto Fischer


European Capitals of Culture

Current ECoCs

Mons 2015

Pilsen 2015

Riga 2014

"Culture is that undeniable and irresistible force, which is able to direct changes into a positive stream, turning fear into a challenge and a venturous joy, and uncertainty – into trust in the creative spirit." - key slogan of Riga for that decisive year.

For official information: http://riga2014.org/en/

Umeå 2014

Official website: http://www.umea2014.se/inenglish

Umea will also host the next conference of the University Network come October 2014.

Europe connected through the arts and cultures

When thinking about how Europe is connected through culture, it became a practical question as to what contributions European Capitals of Culture have made so far to bringing about a 'cultural synthesis' capable of energizing artists to do outstanding works of art. To trace possible links and follow-ups between past, present and future ECoCs, there has been started a research project to examine the various linkages within given and still better to be formulate categories of the arts. See archive of European Capitals of Culture 



Future ECoCs

San Sebastian 2016 and Wroclaw 2016

Aarhus 2017 and Paphos 2017

Valletta 2018


and Leeuwarden 2018 in Holland

Matera 2019 in Italy.

The city will join the previous Italian cities which were European Capitals of Culture: Florenz 1986, Bologna 2000 and Genoa 2004.

Plovdiv 2019 in Bulgaria.

2020 Ireland and Croatia

2021 Greece and Rumania

Candidate cities


Learning out of previous experiences - what is deemed to be a success story?

How candidate cities learn out of previous experiences made by other ECoC cities, this can be studied onhand of what these cities identify as factors which have contributed to making this project into a success stories. Largely the cultural impact is described in non cultural terms, see


2nd Athens World Poetry Festival to be held in Athens between September 21 and 27, 2015


Contribution by poetryindia - April 28, 2015

There are more than 20 State languages in India. The Poems forwarded are classified into "Gujarati" and "Others." Introductions to the Poetry of Gujarati and Tamil, two of the major Indian languages, are also included.

Udayan Thakker
Editor, poetryindia.com





   Cornelius Castoriadis





Kids' Guernica - Guernica Youth

Plans for 2015

To prepare the exhibition in Wroclaw 2016, there was held a Kids' Guernica - Guernica Youth meeting in Berlin, May 15-16, 2015

For the first mural painted in Wroclaw, see


In Tripoli, Lebanon youth along with three children painted a mural with the significant title: To remember we need to forget. The mural was painted in commeration of the bombings of two mosques in Tripoli 2013. They developed a very rich symbolic language out of a strong longing for peace.

Kids' Guernica - Guernica Youth action took place in the local community of Zabbar / Malta 2014 under the guidance of Gertrude Spiteri and Paul Dalli together with Hatto Fischer .

Gerold Schuman in Ecouen initiated an action in "parc naturel duVexin" in March/April 2015 with the murals painted in commeration of the First World War. See Mémoire(s) de la Grande Guerre 2015

Alexandra Zanne completed her documentary film of the mural action 'Seeds of Peace' or in French Graines de paix 2014 done with children battling with their bodies due to epileptic attacks. See https://vimeo.com/114130300

The first mural painted in Togo, Africa thanks to the initiative of Christa Klenbub-Dunkl and Rainer Rene Mueller.

Togo, Africa

Greece after the election in January

            has become a plane

        flying through one turbulence  after        another,     

                 and the outcome still uncertain.



The question constantly posed, but likewise denied is the prospect of Greece  being forced to leave the Eurozone with all the unknown consequences.

Another alternative is a simple prescription also found on the wall in the streets of Athens.

A demand for beer and weed by those who see no way out.


Conferences 2015

Next museum conference:

14 May Poetry Workshop in Wroclaw: "Bridge of Redemption / Vineyard / Valley of Vine Trees"

15 - 16 May Meeting of Kids' Guernica - Guernica Youth in Wroclaw

16 - 18 June Symposium "Reading Architecture," organized by McGill University. Place: Benaki Museum, Vas. Sofias in Athens. Abstracts are due by Jan. 15th.

18 - 20 June Mons Meeting of Les Rencontres about "Virtual Culture, Real Responsibilities: Which concrete applications today?" or "Does Europe have still a cultural ambition."
Les Rencontres European Association of cities and regions for Cultureinfo@lesrencontres.eu 165, Boulevard de la Liberté 59000 Lille - France +33 (0)3 20 85 14 15 www.lesrencontres.eu

22 - 23 June 30th anniversary of European Capitals of Culture at Zappeion in Athens hosted by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and coordinated by Spyros Mercouris

1 - 6 September "The need for a constructive dialogue between people and cultures and the Olympic Idea" in Ancient Olympia

18 - 21 October
7th World Summit on Arts and Culture
IFACCA and Arts Council in Valletta, Malta

22 - 23 October
Mapping Culture II: Debating Cultural Spaces and Places  

2nd Annual Valletta 2018 Foundation International Conference on Cultural Relations in Europe and the Mediterranean
in Valletta, Malta


Publications by POIEIN KAI PRATTEIN 
Catalogue "Imperishable Water", 2012 with Haroula Hadjinicilou, Anna Arvanitaki, Hatto Fischer (ed.), Athens ISBN 978-618-80160-0-2
Hatto Fischer: The poem 'Destiny still flows' by Katerina Anghelaki Rooke
- this concerns a discussion of the poem which inspired the action on Rhodes last year
"Nation and Identity" by Kreisau-Initiative, with introduction by Hatto Fischer is crucial for answering the question whether or not Patriotism is an alternative to Nationalism. Youth met first in Kreisau, Poland and were inspired by this example set by the Kreisau Circle which went into resistance against Hitler on the basis of a non discriminatory approach for the day after Hitler fell.
Article by Anna Arvanitaki and Haroula Hadjinicolaou, "Action on Rhodes" in Journal "Nissides" (small islands). Rhodos, Vol. 9, 2012

Poiein kai Prattein is member of the Mediterranean Directory organized by the 
René Seydoux Foundation
Mediterranean Directory

Cultural Calendar for 2015

"Depression Era - photos of Greek crisis" - http://www.depressionera.gr/

photo exhibition at Benaki http://www.benaki.gr/index.asp?lang=en&id=202020001&sid=1519

TEMPUS RITUALIS - exhibition about the Greek crisis by Christine Nippe and Dorothee Bienert in the Gallery at 'Körnerpark', Schierkerstreet 8, 12051 Berlin until 25.01.2015    http://tempusritualis.weebly.com/

21 March Day of Poetry http://www.un.org/en/events/poetryday/

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) 2015 begins in the evening of Wednesday, April 15 and ends in the evening of Thursday, April 16
"THE BRIDGE as atonement to peace" Poetry Workshop by Hatto Fischer together with Kamila Kaminska in Wroclaw May 14 - 16


21 - 27 September 2nd Athens World Poetry Festival to be held in Athens

Oct. 23 Deadline for submission of bid book by candidate cities in Greece for the ECoC title in 2021


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