Park Fiction becomes park fact – by Momus

„Exactly twenty years later I played Hamburg again, at the Golden Pudel Klub right next to those same squats. I met Felix Kubin, who gave me a copy of his fantastic song There Is A Garden. In fact, it could be the theme song of the St Pauli district itself. A lot has changed in twenty years, and not the least of those changes is the emergence, on prime real estate overlooking the docks, of a people’s garden, the result of a decade-long political and aesthetic project by a collective of artists calling themselves Park Fiction.“

writes Momus in his blog  click opera under the title „Park Fiction becomes park fact“, and continues:

„It would be tempting, given my Primal Scream anecdote, to say that it was visual art activism that saved St Pauli, while rock and roll rolled over and slumbered. But actually, the Golden Pudel Klub itself is at the heart of the struggle to green St Pauli with grass and trees rather than money and commercial development. Bands like Schwabinggrad Ballet, Die Goldenen Zitronen and Die Sterne joined with the artists and filmmakers of the Park Fiction collective to protect the squats and the club and create a sort of fantasy garden next to it with „the fulness of an Arabic paradise garden, soft orange glow from a deep green“.“

Other texts on this extremely interesting blog deal with fashion, architecture, stereotypes and – I feel – generally with thinking through the aesthetics of politics or the politics of aesthetics. Check it out: