Digital Marrakech 2011 – 2012
Morocco is a strange country situated at the perifery of Europe, it is something between Africa and Europe, but many Moroccans, especially active in the arts are educated in Europe, often in France, and when they return to their home country they would like establish structures in culture which they met in Europe, and – fail. Wilfried’s experierences are about such failures and the loss of humanity for career-horny reasons!
Wilfried’s experiences in Morocco are really bad ones, starting in 2009, when he was invited by the Goethe Institute Rabat (the headquaters of the German cultural insitute) to share his knowledge in media art. Arriving on 31 March 2009 in Casablanca, already on the first day, 1 Aptil, he was nearly killed by an incredibly violent attack, and the two people who were responsible for Wilfried’s security, differently than Wilfried knowing of course, that Casablanca has the bad fame to be the capital of criminals of whole Africa did not care for a security person accompanying him through his walks through the medina – the old town of Casablanca, and it happened what had to happen – in one of the dark and empty steets already after 10 minutes walking, Wilfried was attacked by two criminals fighting for his life for more than 30 minutes – he fell to the ground at the end of his strength, and survived only because the before empty street was now crowded with people observing this live spectacle without intervening.
A story of an incredible inhumanity was following, because once confronted with the horrible experiences, the two people who had the order by the Goethe Institute direction to care for Wilfrierd’s security vanished in their irresponsibility leaving Wilfried alone, and now it was again the question how to survive in this hostile environment, until the plane was leaving to Cologne some days later. After Wilfried returned to Germany he was immediately referred to the Institute of Tramatology at Cologne University where he was set into an artificial coma due to the heavy traumatizations.
Both responsible persons are terrible failures – one of them has currently a position in the Cologne cultural department, and the other person, who failed to establish a media art festival in Casablanca is currently the director of Casablanca Video Festival.
So, this article would like to keep not only this memory, but primarily also the memory of the next failure, because the festival “Digital Marrakech” Wilfried was invited by a Moroocan guy living in Cologne to contribute a videoart screening program in 2011 and 2012, failed to organise this event in Marrakesh from the distance, because living in Cologne and experienced with how the things work in Germany, one of the richest countries, was not able to transfer the Western ideas to the reality of Morocco. Morocco is a facinating country, but like any other Islamic country the population is divided into fundamentalists and progressive people, who are always representing a minority, generating usually conflicts. Promissing initiatives fail mostly due to the lack of money – this is good, by the way, for Germany, as well. in the given cases it is the lack of responsibility and humanity additionally.