Stubnitz at Bloc 2012. by David Terranova
2,541 tonnes of ex-Communist nautical mayhem comes to Bloc 2012
The Motor Ship Stubnitz is a deep-sea fishing vessel that belonged to the German Democratic Republic before the collapse of Communism. She is 80 metres in length and weighs 2,541tonnes. A team of forward-thinking artists and engineers have converted it into a moving platform for the sonic and visual arts.
It’s about to become the most exciting venue we’ve ever used for Bloc.
Urs Blaser (‘Blo’) is a Swiss-born sonic artist who spent the eighties touring Europe rigging avant-garde art happenings in industrial spaces across the continent. via blocweekend.com
When the Berlin wall fell, Blo travelled to the port in Rostock where the DDR’s fleet was being catalogued to assess its scrap value. The Stubnitz, two and a half thousand tonnes of raw industrial socialist nautical mayhem, was existing in an ownership vacuum between an ousted repressive regime and the future government of a reunited Germany. Via a series of complex negotiations now lost to history, Blo took possession of the Stubnitz in 1992 and quickly set to work. The hull of the ship was gradually modified to his exact specifications – both in terms of the performance space and the audio installation. An atrium gallery looks over a main dancefloor, creating an industrial, hi-spec venue inside a maritime monument to Europe’s recent, turbulent history. A second club space at the stern of the vessel as well as the deck are also fully kitted out for Bloc-specced throwdowns. Blo’s vision was not limited to music performance. He’d conceived of a platform for the arts, and the ships many corridors and rooms play host to multimedia installations from Europe’s digital art cognoscenti. Stubnitz is a maritime monument to Europe’s recent turbulent history, an amazing industrial themed space that has played host to live performance, art installations and the occasional techno DJ for the past twenty years. She’ll be visiting London for the first time to moor exclusively at Bloc 2012.
Directed by David Terranova