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Short review of the summer 1999
After a trip through greece there were the first playgrounds at the BarraX,
that consisted not only of doing music together but also to juggle and
play devilsticks. This things are easy to learn if you play it to electronic
music like trance,trip hop ect and it s a nice experience of selfempowerment.
In Winter we left the BarraX and did a playground happening in Signalwerk
in Mainz, it was a real Massker of Acid grooves and RocknRoll, everybody
could play everything.
In March we played in Thessalonik and showed some nice people how do acid
with the 303 .For this experience they got the rest of their free acid
crew stickers,that were brought to germany and distributed on psytranceparties
all over Germany. Fight for your right to party!
During the war there was a contact to Belgrad, Zagreb and Pula by the
internet and the idea grow to do a tour to the southeast of Europe to
get connected with cool people of the underground .
Before we went to the north to play the Fusion,the Voov, Return to the
source,Klangweltenfestival,Soma solaris at the border to bavaria to party
with the drunken farmers,and to help the left sisters of hedonism doing
their first party in Frankfurt. On this weekend trips we met a lot of
people and learned a lot about different ways of celebrating and doing
After some organization stress(Visapolitics ect) we started the tour to
the south in August with Marc´s bus who came one week before to
visit the BarraX (the bus burnt down there in november ) and with Ravivs
We played on a party in Saarbrücken and enjoyed and recorded the
eclipse,while most of the people in germany were waiting in the rain or
standing on the autobahn.
There Uwe from the north joined our journey and we left towards hungary
because we wanted to meet some people at the big solipse party in Ozora.
But before we had to get through Bavaria which can be really dangerous,
if you look different and speak no bavarian german. There the bus broke
down because it was overloaded and the car- crew was waiting in Altötting
a famous Bavarian pilgrims place. Maria the godess helped: after 12 Hours
the car was repaired. During that time Conni und Raviv only had one police
control in the morning while sleeping on a field, and an interesting rest
in Braunau, the town where adolf Hitler was born. In the evening we could
leave this place and drove towards Budapest where we spent a night on
the sziget(island)in the Donau, to think of Conni´s first party
experience three years ago.
Because of problems with DJ goavivs handy the contact between bus and
car broke, so the car crew decided to got directly to Ozora while the
bus- crew went to the Plattensee to do some street shows and earn petrolmoney.
There we could learn how to do gold out of shit. The selforganization
ruled and the people saved the party by being the party and doing the
We met lots of friends and they told us that they had played our first
selfproduced piece of music on the dancefloor on thursday night This honour
was a little help for accepting the fact that we had lost our playground
bus,our people, our equippment and clothes, which finally came monday
morning to Ozora.
We were really happy, and left and entered the afterhour,(thanx Zippel)
which was set near a lake ,not only on the flyer...
There we met many people who had still not enough from the oneweekraving
or who want to relax...
We met Jacov and his girlfriend from Belgrad who we had contacted by email
and who had not met at the Voov (Visa nd politics..!) and again the Bus
from london full of crazy freaks, who had helped us with electricity at
the Voov and with dream creation in general...
It was alittle bit confusing when during the night a thunderstorm blow
away the complete ambientcircus tent(impreessing show..)and set our homebase
under water, so we had to flee into the tippitent of really nice people
from austria, who do a lots of great music.(thanx to Scheibosan, Andre
and friends) It took us three days of sun and partying until we had been
After the last night of drugs, sex´n, Acid Trance, two players (hi
Magalie! Ischai where are you now?) decided to go to the rainbow to relax,
while the rest of the crew went to the coast of Croatia to meet the Chillenium
Barraxboys who already had found a lot of girlfriends in Pula. There we
should play a wild free rave, organized by Marino and his crew.
It was a nice place near the stony beach with an old destroyed house
on it. We did fireplaying all over the night while outside the security
had to protect the live-act from mediteranean ravers who were alittle
bit to passionate in showing their affection. There were many nice people
not only from Croatia, but also Slovenia,Serbia and Italy, doing fire
and music and giving love and inspiration. We also recorded the great
In this wild night we lost our springboard that was the dancefloor- partyfun
number one all over the summer. (later this should cost Connis job at
university, where it came from )
The last time it was seen in the morning in the hands of a little boy,
but is not sure..who ever took it for privat use, we wish you the best
and learn a lot..
After the party we spent some days in the old broken partyhouse,our "playground
castle", learnt firespitting and dancing on the street and conduced
old and young people on the beach to play devilsticks.
It started to get really relaxing and holiday-like,but unfortunately four
people had to leave because the had obligations in Germany concerning
general and privat love, live-acts and shows and studiies at university...
The hard travellersection stayed some more weeks in the south, got arrested
for sleeping at the beach and found the michael barrax of Jubiljana, called
Metelkova. They stayed with the freaks, the punx and the one night tribe
and also met the Leningrad Cowboys,who burnt their hair by spitting fire.
In the end of September they came back to the Michael Barrax right in
time to be part of an psychedelic technoid improvisation of the Acid Rocknroll
Massaker with Mani Neumaier our Krautrocknrollfather.
Now there are already the demolition excavators waiting in front of the
place to come in and to tear down our houses. So lets celebrate the Appokalypse
On helloween 99 our Compilation was released,a documentation about life
and music on the barrax and the playground summertour .
We did juggling workshops in November and the SoliParty for the Sonics
Cybertribes network in the Signalwerk.
We played together in kitchen and dancefloor and met nice peoples,doing
trancedanceworkshops writing, doing music. The travellers leave now towards
northafrica and the rest stays to get rich and famous and buy the michael
barrax or find a new place.
We are also going to cut a film and do an exhibition at the center of
learnresearch of the university in Frankfurt, to give science the chance
to learn about learning and participate to the revolutionary learning
processes and wonders on the playground.
Kunst ist wenn man´s nicht kann,
wenn man´s kann ist´s keine Kunst!
(aus einer Werbung für bildende Künste an einer Busstation
in Frankfurt Rödelheim)
Apokalypse 2000 in Michael Barrax
Be your own life-act
The Playground is a multicultural project where people from all over the
world are involved, who met at the Michael Barrax in Frankfurt/Main Germany,
a space, that in former times was used by French,German and American military.
When the Army left in 1990, 70 peoples from 13 different countries found
their ways to this place to learn how to live and work together in a peacefull
way. But this is not so easy....
The playground exists since 1999 and tries to animate to own creative
activities instead of passive consumption, to play togehther and learn
from each other.
The motto is Be your own live-act and and we are playing with fire,flowerdevilsticks,electronic
and acoustic music, ritual decoration, mascs, performance and therefore
also with thoughts,words,feelings, lifestyles roles,....
A playground can create great moments of love,togetherness, inspiration
power,and fun, but for this it is also necessary to learn how to handle
For understanding and working together it is important to be able and
willing to share the fun and ,adventure of selfdetection and different
kind of knowledge and views to use the creative potential that´s
inside of the human diference.
The idea was born out o the experience of living together on the barrax
and sharing the most wunderfull place in Frankfurt with many different
people, that arenot more crazy as society outside,but maybe a little bit
more sensitive. In a way the village of Michael Barrax is like the world
and the world should learn how to survive together .This only is possible
if it is happening in love,openess and understanding and not against each
other.. The different his/herstories, attitudes and ways of thinking and
living (students,travellers,musicians, out of work..) that come together
here, are an inspiration and a way to learn and understand each other.
The playground project is selforganized and open to people who are interested
in selforganization,cooperation and exchange.
The playground as project tries to animate and to create rooms where
people can get active, creative and experience themselves.
Everybody can learn everything,but unfortunately most of us have given
up their potential of learning and forget how to learn,develope and grow.
As reality in Frankfurt is quite hard we need to play with the forces
that want to destroy our community and to believe in oursellves, in our
ideas, dreams and visions and working for it in contrast to consume, get
addicted and dependant. Instead of looking TV, we are our own TV-Stars
and are active producers of our own films.
Live your dreams ,use your illusions this is what the bad rockn roll guys
of the 80ies told us, we have 1999 now and are sure to say,everybody is
famous for something you just have to find out Therefore we want to create
free space without pressure and fear.
Lets get active and create our own reality 2000, a reality thats worth
In summer 99 we visited many festivals and Psytranceparties in Germany
and we also did a tour to Hungary,Croatia,Slovenia and Italy.
This experience has been burnt on the first playground compilationwhich
is a modern fairytale about chaos,love, sex, crime politics and music.
It describes life on tour and doing music together on parties and streets
to develope a language, that is multicultural, which everybody can understand...
In the same time it ´s a documentation about how to live in a tribe
full of crazy and different people and how to create fun and hope in a
town, where money and big business rules more than social relationships...
In February 29 2000 the new investors came with big police,they through
out the people of two houses and destroyed them the same day, to prevent
that they get squatted again.
The new investors,which are supported by the city of Frankfurt are going
to destroy also another two houses this month.
There are still around 60 peoples and 5 houses left and we are fighting
for the right to stay here as an international meeting point of cultural
Rave against the machine!