Is the EU a Group Sex Fantasy?

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European citizens do not like the European Union. In an effort to make the EU more sexy the Austrian authorities decided to subsidize a publicity campaign with a series of 150 posters. 75 artists from various places in Europe were asked to each make two posters, but some of them apparently took the request to present the EU in a sexy fashion too literally. In addition to the one depicted here there is a poster which shows two naked women and one naked man in a sexual pose. The man is wearing a mask with the features of the French President Chirac and the women are masked as Queen Elizabeth of Britain and… the American President Bush (one may wonder what he has to do with the EU and why Europeans are meant to see him as a woman). Readers will find a selection of the posters here. The posters are currently displayed on 400 billboards in Vienna and will be hung in other Austrian towns in the following weeks.

On January 1 Austria takes over the presidency of the EU for a half year period. The poster campaign costs the government 500,000 euros, which is 10% of the total cost. 90% is paid for by private sponsors. The campaign is intended to celebrate Austria’s EU presidency, as well as the 60th anniversary of the Austrian constitution and the 10th anniversary of Austria’s EU membership.

Even though Europeans have become accustomed to explicit pictures in their streets, the posters have caused an uproar in Austria. Barbara Prammer, the Socialist deputy-speaker of the Austrian Parliament, said the posters depict women “in a sexist and demeaning manner.” Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel, a Christian-Democrat, explained that he had not seen the posters in advance and added that they “surpass by far the limits of good taste.” He said he wants the posters to be taken down.

As they are part of an independent cultural project it is unclear whether the posters can be removed. Schüssel stressed, however, “that the posters have nothing to do with art.” Gabi Burgstaller, the Socialist governor of Salzburg, announced that she does not want the poster with the EU underwear to be shown when the posters come to Salzburg on January 24 as part of the so-called “Sound of Europe” conference. She said the poster, which was made by a (female) Berlin artist, is “hostile to women.”

Heinz-Christian Strache, the leader of the right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ), described the poster of Chirac, Elizabeth and Bush as a “group sex fantasy.” Perhaps that is exactly how some Euro-fanatics see the EU project, which forces nations into a kind of collectivist multinational construct. The Spanish artist who made the poster said he wanted to depict “the most recent changes in Europe and the resulting spatial constructions.” The project’s organisers called the poster a “direct criticism of globalisation.” According to the Austrian Catholic Family Organisation it is “pure porn.”

And what does the picture of the woman in EU underwear mean? Perhaps that the EU is a prostitute? Or is it a message to Polish MEPs?

 

Update, Thursday evening, 29 December 2005:

The Austrian authorities decided to remove four of the 150 posters, because they are considered to be too obscene or offensive. The four posters include the one with the masked nudes in a sexual pose and the one with the EU underwear. The Berlin artist who made the latter says she is angry about the “censorship.”

Update, 31 December 2005:

The Origin of Europe

 
See also: Is the EU a Sex Fantasy? It is, 4 July 2007

 

 

Intellectually speaking in the Netherlands

More nakedness than normal hits Amsterdam
Dutch bare all for N.Y. photographer who is capturing nudity worldwide
Thousands of naked people pose in a parking garage for a photo session with Spencer Tunick in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on Sunday.

Updated: 10:36 a.m. ET June 3, 2007
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Dozens of women posed naked on their bicycles on a bridge over one of Amsterdam’s historic canals Sunday — a unique sight even in a city famed for its relaxed attitude toward nudity and sex.

They were among 2,000 men and women who participated in a series of four nude group photos in the city in the early hours of the morning as part of the latest project of U.S. photographer Spencer Tunick.

The first and largest composition was in a decidedly prosaic location: a parking garage on the outer ring of the city.

But what the location lacked in romance, it made up for in style. Participants lined the railings of the garage’s twin circular towers, creating a pattern of multicolor stripes against the white building and an overcast sky.

The women on bikes were selected from the larger group and posed with their chins pointed triumphantly upward toward the sky.

Other compositions included a group of men posing together near the parking garage and a mixed group of men and women on another bridge.

Tunick, from Brooklyn, N.Y., has become famous for photographing thousands of naked people in public settings worldwide, from London and Vienna to Buenos Aires and Buffalo. He set a record for naked photography with a photo of 18,000 people in the buff in Mexico City last month.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19012179/

Het is beter om de waarheid te verklaren en worden verworpen dan het in te houden om worden goedgekeurd.

EU posters

'The Spanish artist who made the poster said he wanted to depict “the most recent changes in Europe and the resulting spatial constructions.”'

An interesting EU-phemism for "let's show some skin!"

Ironic

that the state also paid for 1 April 2000 but at least it was for the good of each and every patriotic Austrian. Here is the film poster. The President of the Global Union descends on Austria from the alien spacecraft pictured left.

Or to quote the Imperial Anthem

"May art and science triumph!
Blessing shall be granted to the country
And it's glory equal to the blessing."

The anthem never said anything about the triumph of bad taste. Little did they know. Austria; after 50 years of freedom, celebrating their EU enslavement with pornography.

More on Austrian political pornography

The two chief culprits seem to be Wolfgang Lorenz, ORF Director for Planning and Coordination and Georg Springer, Head of the State Theatre Holding Company. It is a follow-on from the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of Austrian Freedom. This article claims that the Austrian Chancellor was up to his eyes in the organisation of the original project, providing even his own ideas. "Quite unconceivable in any other country" said Mr Lorenz! We are now asked to believe that the Chancellor went to sleep and had no further dealings with "25 Peaces" as they planned this outrage.

The managers are Project5plus a business cooperation of the State Theatre Company and the comically named Culture Industries Austria (CIA) run by one Eberhard Schrempf who organised Graz European City of Culture. Herr Schrempf even has a small reputation himself in the field of modern art to protect. Here is his installation Time is money? in the tax offices of Graz. Your time, our money, Mr Schrempf. Time these people left the money-go-round. The finest satirist could not make this stuff up.

And where does it leave the Austrian national anthem?
"A people uniquely gifted for the beautiful,
Much applauded Austria."

You have to ask?

"And what does the picture of the woman in EU underwear mean?"

Seems pretty obvious, no? Fuck the EU!

Cogito

Apart from the fact that this is of course a tax money spill, I have to say this is a fascinating photo. There is art in it, in my opinion.
euh...where can we order these slips?

Not to get too picky, but

Not to get too picky, but according to the EU Observer 10 percent of 10 million euro was spent on the campaign, which is 1 million euro, not 500,000 as you stated in the article.

The Austrian government

The Austrian government could have expected that it would turn out this way. Every time a government tries to support some kind of art or campaign for something, she hires some leftish nobodies. It is the same thing in Belgium with theaters. The Belgium government funds only left-wing theater. This the same thing. A lot of tax money lost and in return again a so called attack against globalisation...

Are there then no intelligent campaigners or artist? But of course, but because they are intelligent they do not want to promote the EU.

I want a poster

I wouldnt be that harsh Nickonomics. I do like the EU-underwear poster; that was straight in the Bullseye. The other posters were disgraceful but that other one was just 'spot on'.
Too bad its impossible to buy/order a signed (artist & model) copy!
I personally translated it as: Europe = slut or prostitute; or 'easy' or 'pure porn' (which most people will openly reject). To hell with it I reject a Federal EU.

25 Peaces

have already worked for the Austrian Government celebrating 60 years of the Republic. So the Government was either sleeping or deceiving when the Chancellor says that he was not aware of the content of the adverts. The Chancellor has only one moral course of action to take; to fly to London, Paris and Washington and apologise personally to the Queen and the two Presidents. The whole campaign must be binned. Another monster from the sewers of Vienna but the first this century. The memory of the 60th Anniversary of Austrian Freedom will ever be blighted.

Does anyone know who the private sponsors are? The 25 Peaces website and the Project 5 Plus have either crashed or been "taken down" by their owners.

PS The 25 Peaces website is now back on line intermittently; they are sponsored by:
Porsche
Red Bull
Asfinag
Vienna Airport
Austrian Lottery
OMV
Porr AG
Verbund AG
Industriellenvereinigung (Austrian Industrial Association)

it's not a sex Fantasy!!

The Bible depicts in revelation 17 a woman "sitting upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy", "having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication". She is "THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" and "all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies." I believe Europe already has the spirit of these prophecies. It's behaving like a whore and I'm afraid the time that she will (again) be "drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus", is not so far away. The humanist diguise will soon fall completely. In any case behind her call for tolerance, there is a spirit of bloodthirstyness, that is devouring thousands of innocent unborn children, something that would make Herod blush. The same chapter in revelation however also contains the comfort that makes one rejoice for "her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her." May the Almighty show grace for Europe (which He already did abundantly). He destroyed Sodom while He couldn't even find 10 righteous people in it. If He hasn't destroyed Europe yet, it may be because He still finds some just people in it. How long will they be able to keep His hand from punishing Europe for her godless behaviour?"