TALK WITH PHILIPP RUCH AND ANDREAS ZIELCKE
When the “Centre for Political Beauty” built a small replica of the Berlin Holocaust Memorial in Bornhagen, Thuringia in 2017, immediately adjacent to Björn Höcke’s house, it attracted nationwide attention. In April 2019, it emerged that public prosecution service in Gera had opened an investigation into the art activists for “forming a criminal association.” The collective has been producing artistic interventions with theatrical theatre since 2009. In their art activism, reality becomes the stage and (political) leaders become the protagonists of the production. Andreas Zielcke (a lawyer and features editor of the SZ from 2000 to 2007) speaks to Philipp Ruch (philosopher, art activist and artistic director of the Centre for Political Beauty) on the constitution of artistic freedom.