The Förderkoje® has a time limit. At the same time as the wordmark expires it will end on the leap day 29.02.2008. On this reason a guided tour with Dr. Jürgen Hamel will start at Archenhold-Sternwarte Berlin, Alt-Treptow 1, 12435 Berlin at 10 a.m.
An abstract from 1998 describes the position of Förderkoje as follows:
"Laying a cuckoo's egg in the nest, oscillating in the simultaneity between offer, commentary, and resistance, standing up, offering constellations: about what happens, how things relate to one another. In so doing, there are no times of the public, only agreements."
Dr. Jürgen Hamel, from 1978 bis 1991 research assistant and director of the department for history of astronomy at Archenhold-observatory Berlin-Treptow and until today working as their freelancer, will guide through the observatory. He will focus on the problem of the leap year, also from a historical perspective and visualize a specific Förderkoje-constellation.
A leap year (or intercalary year) is a year containing one or more extra days (or, in case of lunisolar calendars, an extra month) in order to keep the calendar year synchronised with the astronomical or seasonal year. For example, February would have 29 days in a leap year instead of the usual 28. Seasons and astronomical events do not repeat at an exact number of full days, so a calendar which had the same number of days in each year would over time drift with respect to the event it was supposed to track. By occasionally inserting (or intercalating) an additional day (leap day) or month into the year, the drift can be corrected.
My most profound thanks to those, who have hoisted in the Koje and challenged it during these years.
MyVisit is the follow-on project of Förderkoje. It will be launched and online in autumn 2008 and perform its art fair premiere on NEXT in Chicago 25.04. - 28.04.2008.