In addition to scientific access to the topic of Europe, the art project Amikejo also offers an artistic way of dealing with the topics of the Department for European Policy and Democracy Research.
As part of this project, conceptual artist Valeska Peschke is developing works on the Krems region in the context of a Europe conceived as a free space. The project "Amikejo" – in Esperanto "Place of Friendship" - refers to a small neutral area between Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, which declared itself as an independent republic "Amikejo" in 1907.
"The message of Amikejo is therefore the enthusiasm for a republic that is more connected to a free Europe and based on being together," explains Valeska Peschke. She also wants to point out alternative ways of thinking about homeland, territory and borders through the image of the European volcano, which is also being built as a spatial installation on the campus of the Danube University Krems.
"As the airways of the globe, locals point to a global rather than a national view: you can see through the volcano into the vent, into the earth – and maybe think differently there in the center. You can see that the territories are relatively limited, that we have to think borders differently. Volcanoes stand for destruction or radical change, but also for fruit-bearing ashes that can build something completely new again .The own is fused, but without dissolving – as if glass were to be melted."“