Germans can’t dance, Latinos do!

[10.04.10 17:13:25] Nikola Richter: are you there?
[10.04.10 17:14:10] Rery Maldonado: yeah, with coffee and tobacco.
[10.04.10 17:16:26] Nikola Richter: i have chocolate-coated marshmallows and tea. up groceries!

That’s a brief quote of one of our first work meetings for Los Superdemokraticos. We chat, skype, call and send E-mails to almost 30 people in 12 countries: to authors, translators, web designers, sponsors and co-operation partners. That might sound quite modern, quite flexible, but it’s not easy to implement such a complex and multilingual communication system. We’re available 24-7; we: two women somewhere in between two time zones: between “Central European Timezone” and Bolivian’s “Panamericana” World Radio, broadcasting from 12pm to 6am. We’re planning a revolution from our kitchen and from our living room: just like our grandmas.

As almost every human being of our generation, we’re Internet creatures: we work, amuse ourselves and inform online. Our intellectual exchange often happens in Internet, too: with no hierarchy, just as happens in the world, with friends from Abu Dhabi, Brandenburg, Neukölln or Cuba; as long as bonding is correct, as long as we know each other’s profile names at Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc. How does this civil partnership work at this communication situation? Where does such a networked citizenship meet? Do we even belong to the same civilization? Or is civilization just a grocery?

The first bootlegged thing for Latin Americans under colonial dominance was printed press, mainly previous novels, already banned as fictional work from the Spanish Catholic Church. People should learn onwards Christian values with the help of the Bible. Readers that decide themselves what to read are dangerous because they will start questioning about objectivity. That’s how independent republics were declared for 200 years in Latin America.

All that seems (geographically and historically) far away, but our mutual perception keeps forming from both sides of the Atlantic, still. We want to build with this bilingual blog a town hall that did not exist before. We want to know if the under-40-SuperMario-players have the same answers to the same quotidian questions around History, intimacy, political partnership, Globalization. We chose 20 authors from more than 200 applications, and from June 11th to October 11th they will write short online essays about these topics: intellectual fair-trade in a super democratic German-Latin-American “Cronotopo Cero”.

This “Space-time Zero” comprises likewise the sense of no place and timelessness of web existence, as well as the physical alienation of many migrants. We want to have a real, equitable conversation with each other inside our literary party Los Superdemokraticos. In a time, in which there’s no place for social comprehensive utopias, counts even more the private utopia of the individual, making from telling, documenting, “I-Say”-ing and listening, a work piece of political relation. We do understand the individual as a sustainable resource of our environment; the blog develops a mosaic of citizen’s subjective experiences.

But as long as everything takes place in the Net, no further specific change will come. That’s what our virtual cooperative stands for: online and for free, everyone can be a part of it, to support us with their intellectual works, no matter from where. Apart from that, we organize monthly summer parties in Berlin relating other cultural projects, bands and party collectives. So will mental ghettos at the end explode, making impossible to say: “Germans can’t dance, Latinos do.”

Translation: Ralph del Valle

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