Christoph Schlingensiefs vision Operndorf Afrika has become reality
Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Gallery) introduced Aino Laberenz (Operndorf Afrika) who talked about the evolution of the Operndorf Afrika in Burkino Faso. First a DLD flashback of Christoph Schlingesief himself at DLD where he talked about the project is shared with the audience. Here Schlingesief spoke of the tremendous power of spiritual power he felt in Africa.
In 2010 foundations were laid and in the meantime the first child has been born in the newly built clinic in the Operndorf Afrika. Aino Laberenz shared with the moved DLDw14 audience that the architecture of the village is kept very close to local materials such as clay.
She continued that the overall plan of the village is focused around a stage, besides a primary school, clinic and houses. The village is going to be infused with art and should not be restricted to individual building structures.
Aino also explained why opera was a theme for Schlingensief. To him th eart form included a lot of real life, ordinary life, and that’s what he wanted to see in the village in Burkina Faso. At the same time it’s important not to forget o question how Art is developing in Africa, said Aino.
The expanded notion of opera was an important inspiration to Schlingensief and Aino Laberenz will continue this vision through her work in Africa for at least four more years.