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April 18-19 2003
CHURCH OF SABOTAGE

April 18 | 8 PM ZUIDAS - Irenekapel (Sandberg Institute) | Prinses Irenestraat 19 | Amsterdam
April 19 | 8 PM TVAK - Thomas van Aquino Kerk | Rijnstraat 93 | Amsterdam


An evening electronic ceremony and passion with magazine and CD presentation. On April 18, Good Friday, Sabotage Communications will ring in its own personal CHURCH OF SABOTAGE at Zuidas. On the coming Good Friday, neighbors within a 500 meter radius of the Zuidas, an abandoned Amsterdam church without church bells, will hear them ring for the first time via a PA system and speakers mounted on the exterior of the bell tower. Good Friday, or "Karfreitag" in German [from Old High German "kara" = lamentation], is a religious day of mourning or repentance between trial, execution and burial. CHURCH OF SABOTAGE is a space encompassing ceremony celebrated with sacral devotion and profane humility. A CD, immaculately conceived for the occasion, will be presented on the same evening.

CHURCH OF SABOTAGE

An evening electronic ceremony and passion with magazine and CD presentation

live passion: PHILIPP QUEHENBERGER (EgoVacuum/Cheap/Subetage/A)
+ drums: NICOLAS FIELDS (UK)
dj URBS (HongKong/Uptight/Subetage/A)
master of ceremony ROBERT JELINEK (State Of Sabotage)
chorus: SIRENS OF STEREOTHRILL (NL/D/F/CH/USA/UK/SoS)
screenplay by MARKUS HAMMER & NICK B÷TTICHER (A)

...threshing machines and rendering them useless. For the sake of their labor, they engaged in ?sabotage.?

April 18 | 8 PM
performances start at 9 PM
ZUIDAS - Irenekapel (Sandberg Institute) | Prinses Irenestraat 19 | Amsterdam
April 19 | 8 PM performances start at 9 PM
TVAK - Thomas van Aquino Kerk | Rijnstraat 93 | Amsterdam

On April 18, Good Friday, Sabotage Communications will ring in its own personal CHURCH OF SABOTAGE at Zuidas. On the coming Good Friday, neighbors within a 500 meter radius of the Zuidas, an abandoned Amsterdam church without church bells, will hear them ring for the first time via a PA system and speakers mounted on the exterior of the bell tower. Good Friday, or "Karfreitag" in German [from Old High German "kara" = lamentation], is a religious day of mourning or repentance between trial, execution and burial. CHURCH OF SABOTAGE is a space encompassing ceremony celebrated with sacral devotion and profane humility. A CD, immaculately conceived for the occasion, will be presented on the same evening.

Equality

In order to generate sacral hegemony, all guests will be required to exchange their shoes for "sabotes." This shall take place already at the church entrance or upon entering the space. "Sabotage" actually means "to trample with wooden shoes," as sabotage is derived from the French word "sabot." A sabot is a clog with a leather top. French farm workers wore them at the time of beginning mechanization of agriculture and threw their "sabotes" into harvesting and processing machines (which were taking their jobs), thereby blocking the complicated mechanics of the mowing and threshing machines and rendering them useless. For the sake of their labor, they engaged in "sabotage."

Humility and Devotion: The Host

For the actual ritual of the CHURCH OF SABOTAGE, hosts will be dispensed to all guests shortly before the live act. In the circle of the lower level, every guest will receive a Sabotage housel placed in his/her mouth. The wafer features a "Sabotage" inscription and a special fragrance. 1000 wafers were produced in cooperation with chemists in Vienna.

Books as Bibles:

The books will be secured like confession books on 40cm chains in the confessionals. The audience can view them in the confessional booths and corners.

The Snake Pit:

Additionally, in the upper level of the church, the books will be presented in a snake terrarium including one snake (with a length of at least 1.5m) placed on a pedestal.

Videos:

In the lower level, Sabotage videos will be projected on a screen. Fitting to the CHURCH OF SABOTAGE theme, processed etchings and text samples from "Dante?s Inferno" and "Heaven and Paradise" will be screened. The sequence of videos will change according to program focal points.

Upcoming†CD: CHURCH OF SABOTAGE (Subetage 14)
feat. PHILIPP QUEHENBERGER, URBS, METALICEE and others.