The STEEL CITY SOUND SYSTEM MOVEMENT is a performance and intervention which is on the one hand meant to give life to different urban spaces and non-places, and on the other hand to break down cultural barriers through artistic methods. According to the motto „deeply rooted in the urban“, established negative connotations of traditional and folksy appearances and behaviors should be broken down and mixed up. The SCSSM was created to free the roots of traditional Austrian culture from a conservative and narrowminded image. The SCSSM stands for frankness and the willingness for cultural exchange as a sign for a versatile and constructive coexistence in urban areas.
The SCSSM in its actual form with its Austrian background - created in „Steel City“ Linz, Upper Austria - shall just act as a symbolic place holder, rather the SCSSM hopes to be an impulse for further openness in the minds of people of diverse cultural and national backgrounds, in the sense of appreciation of ones own roots as well as tolerance and respect towards other cultures.
The project doesn‘t only reflect Austrian traditions in the visual way but also the development towards an actual valid urban sign language. Also the musical part of the project is a cultural melting pot. The jamaican roots of the soundsystem get mixed up with elements of contemporary Upper Austrian sound culture. Music is the link through cultures and venues and is held in high esteem.
The soundsystem as multifunctional sound-sedan will be carried through parts of the city, surrounded by individuals carrying and wearing symbols of their own cultural background, to share and mix it and to immerse into a moving cultural collage. The sound-sedan aka B/L/OOMBOX is an adaption of a traditional Austrian mobiliar, the so-called „Bauerntruhe“ (= farmer‘s box), which was used to keep all the precious goods of the family.
The STEEL CITY SOUND SYSTEM MOVEMENT isn‘t just a Soundsystem. It too hosts different kinds of workshops, organized in cooperation with local initiatives for local residents. The workshops deal with creative forms of expression e.g. DJing, songwriting, music production, visual art, street art, political, environmental, social and cultural education, alternative transportation vehicles, self sufficient and independent living and the discussion of sociocultural aspects of art in relation to the actual location and the personal background of the residents. Results of the workshops can either be shown in the STEEL CITY SOUND SYSTEM MOVEMENT performances or at different atypical venues to create impulses for further networking among the participants. Dependent from possible cooperating initiatives, certain urban areas within a radius of 400 km around Linz/Austria (to begin with) will be chosen to host the STEEL CITY SOUND SYSTEM MOVEMENT.
Amanda Augustin, Lorena Höllrigl, Maria Kerndle, Lukas Kopf, Lukas Jakob Löcker, Alexander Maitz, Daniel Mandel, Evi Pribyl, Veronika Schwaninger, Martin Winkler.
STEEL CITY SOUND SYSTEM ON TOUR
linz/austria 27.june 2013