Artbook Helibo Seyoman refers to mysterious made-up-language lyrics of Warszawa - David Bowie's song which was written and recorded in August 1976 in France. It has been speculated that the gloomy atmosphere of Warszawa reflects the situation in Warsaw at the same time of Bowie's visit to the city. In 1973 David Bowie was travelling by train from Vladivostok to Paris via Moscow, taking short stops in both Warsaw and Berlin.
We asked writers, visual artists and graphic designers from Berlin and Warsaw to contribute to Helibo Seyoman using their own creative means. Each of them was requested to use the term "Helibo Seyoman" - either verbally or visually - while telling a fictional story about a historical coonnection between both cities. At the same time, they were asked to avoid any reference to David Bowie or the song Warszawa.
Artists & authors: Sandra Bartoli, Agnieszka Brzeżańska, Jerzy Goliszewski, Ulrich Gutmair, Tymek Jezierski, Christin Kaiser, Hari Kunzru, Krzysztof Pyda, Agata Pyzik, Gregor Różański, Ariane Spanier, Olga Szczechowska, Andreas Töpfer, Aleksandra Waliszewska, Gregor Weichbrodt, Jakub Żulczyk
Curators: Martin Conrads, Franziska Morlok, Bogna Świątkowska
Publisher: Fundacja Bęc Zmiana
Partners: designtransfer, przestrzeń działań związanych z architekturą, sztuką i mediami, działająca przy Universitat der Kunst w Berlinie, www.designtransfer.udk-berlin.de oraz Polnisches Institut Berlin
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