[NetBehaviour] stone bridges, QRRR and counter-Munich

Johannes Birringer Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk
Sun Jul 24 22:36:00 CEST 2016

Dear Ana

not wanting to engage in ideological fracturings here, to be honest; 
you must be refering to the passage that my friend from Houston had sent me in the reference to the Olympic Games
of 1972, he spotted a sinister irony in the choice of the site;  you will recall that the militant group 'Black September' , a palestinian organization, took responsibility for
the hostage taking, there is little disputing that, and i had no intention of causing harm with labeling. 

I was more interested in the perversion of term lone wolf (which was a literary term i think, from Hesse's Steppenwolf). 
My friend from Texas also pondered the scene he found on the internet captured during the Munich shootings last Friday:
"An extraordinary altercation took place between some individuals filming the Munich killer as he wandered around a roof car park which was empty.
 A fair amount of invective was directed from the group doing the filming at the killer below. His response to this was to repeat, 
"I am German." A strange response. There is perhaps no easy answer to the question, 'What did he mean?'"

maybe you have an answer.

From: netbehaviour-bounces at netbehaviour.org [netbehaviour-bounces at netbehaviour.org] on behalf of Ana Valdés [agora158 at gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2016 9:11 PM
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Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] stone bridges, QRRR and counter-Munich

Johannes I am always moved by your words. You have such a touching way to paint with words:)
When you use the words "Palestinian terrorists" I react. Because I has been in Palestine several times and the only terror I met was that exerced by the Israeli soldiers at the checkpoints making us run from their rubber bullets and from their gas grenades.
And many of the old Israeli politicians, as Menachem Begin, Sharon and others were called terrorists by the English when they bombed the King David Hotel killing many civilians and when they killed the envoy from the United Nations Folke Bernadotte.
You are born in a country who exerced terror over Europe and Africa killing civilians and executing Jews, homosexuals and dissidents. The English exerced terror over the Boers in South Africa and were the first creating concentration camps.
The French called the time between 1791 and 1794 the Regime of the Terror when not only the French aristocracy but also the political dissidents paid with their life their dissent.
My point is terror is such an ambiguous word and I think no one should label others with it since terror seems to be inherent to all people and to all cultures.


On Sun, Jul 24, 2016 at 1:56 PM, Johannes Birringer <Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk<mailto:Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk>> wrote:

Receiving a note from Alan Sondheim, on the road, he mentions a stone bridge where he
created a piece "changing the bridge lighting to produce,
sequentially, and on different lighting levels/apparatus, SOS, QRRR, and
MAYDAY (QRRR is an old radio code for warning/danger/disaster); this
alternative with flame-light images on the bridge side (invisible from the
trains that run above it) representing burning crushed buildings and

i am not sure why I think of the bridge, but a friend from Texas, after I told him
about the chaos in Europe, the shootings, the terror, the military putsches, purges,
and the new security measures, the increasingly heated debates on refugees
and migration, Islamism, fascism, and violence, well, he noted that the shootings
in Munich took place on the site of the former Olympic Park.

The Olympia shopping centre is a two-tiered glass-covered mall that was built on the site of the 1972 Olympics.
The Munich Games were overshadowed by a terrorist attack in which 11 Israeli sportsmen and a German policeman were
killed after being taken hostage by Palestinian terrorists.

Now we hear that the shooting last Friday was by a young "lone wolf" (and what exactly do they mean by lone wolf).

A Munich-based poet, the late Paul Wühr, once wrote about Die Wirklichkeit unter Beschuss (reality under shooting attack)

alles ist doch in Ordnung /
es geht weiter /
ich glaube /
ich glaube es geht weiter /
ja des glaub ich schon.


everything's all right, no? /
life goes on /
I believe /
I believe life goes on /
yeah, I believe so /

that short QRRR, I tend to think, was meant as Wühr's satirical comment on "weltfromme Bekenntnisformeln" ,  pious liturgies that we tell ourselves, as we must repeat them and murmur them in the face of the all the constant flare ups.

Johannes Birringer
c/o Interaktionslabor Göttelborn

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