Akira Takayama / Port B (Tokio): European Thinkbelt 2016-2018

In his research and project series European Thinkbelt, Japanese theater artist Akira Takayama adapts the utopian plan of a decentralized and mobile university by British architect Cedric Price. His “Potteries Thinkbelt“ from 1966 is today regarded as a key approach to post-industrial structural change. Takayama revisits these theories to develop a series of projects as models for the dissemination of education and knowledge in the context of exodus and migration. Together with his collective Port B, he investigates and charts spaces and sites of change, individual trajectories and central routes, while also questioning European strategies of demarcation and identity construction.

Akira Takayama / Port B (Tokio): McDonald’s Radio University, 2. – 26.3.

McDonald’s Radio University is the first European Thinkbelt project. Together with university teachers from Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Eritrea and Iran, Akira Takayama and Port B are organizing a three-week lecture series, which will take place in various Frankfurt McDonald’s restaurants. Coming from a wide range of academic fields, the professors’ aim will be to deepen and expand the academic canon of knowledge based on their own personal experiences and individual research interests. All lectures will take place during regular restaurant operating hours. The lecturers and audience members mingle with the guests. An extensive course catalogue listing all events, dates and times goes online on 1 March. on http://www.mru.global

Akira Takayama / Port B (Tokio): McDonald’s Radio University im Mousonturm, 2. – 26.3.

From 2 to 23 March, the Mousonturm is simultaneously transformed into a research centre and space for visionary thought. Redesigned by Japanese architect Keigo Kobayashi, the Mousonturm Lokal will become the first model branch café of the McDonald’s Radio University. An installative exhibition in the foyer provides background information and presents future stops in the projects planned journey. The restaurants of the globally active McDonald’s chain will become a constantly expanding platform for learning and thinking – expanding across Europe and beyond until 2018. To celebrate the opening of the McDonald’s Radio University on 2 March, the Frankfurt radio project Good Morning Deutschland will be going on air live from Mousonturm from 7 pm onwards with a special show featuring lots of participants in the project and guest musicians.

McDonald’s Radio University ist ein Projekt im Rahmen des Bündnisses internationaler Produktionshäuser e.V., gefördert von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, der Japan Foundation, der Saison Foundation und der Terumo Foundation for Life Science and Art. Mit freundlicher Unterstützung von McDonald’s Deutschland LLC.

Fotos: Masahiro Hasunuma