"JOCHEN RINDT MEMORIAL"
At the invitation of stadtmuseumgraz, Director Dr Otto Hochreiter, WERKSTADT GRAZ is elaborating an exhibition and media project on the famous resident of Graz JOCHEN RINDT as part of the series entitled "WELTENbürgerinnen", or "Cosmopolitans".
We have set up a Jochen Rindt Memorial that transcends Stadtmuseum Graz and that, in a kind of "quantum physics working method", combines "elementary particles" with each other in different meanings, media and contexts of meaning. The creation of a structure and the interaction of these individual parts was of extraordinary importance. With the alchemical goal of a self-overcoming nature, we encountered heavy elements, liquids and crystals, emotions and feelings, consciousness, myths, scientific theories and works of art that explained to us the significance of a memorial and the essential definition of creativity.
The Jochen Rindt phenomenon thus allows us to overcome seemingly separate realms.
As a "pop star" Jochen Rindt breaks through media boundaries and establishes his own "brand". The boundaries between work and life are blurred in the life of JOCHEN RINDT and, thirty-seven years after his death, continue to offer us a sound basis for a fascinating portrayal in the age of complex media society. The JOCHEN RINDT phenomenon is therefore a civilisational phenomenon that transcends culture.
With the great demands that he made on himself, he overcomes the realm of sport and finds himself on a level with pop star Andy Warhol: "Well, as is usually the case, on the one hand it was great and on the other hand it was really bad…", Jochen Rindt on the racing driver becoming one with the racing car. "I want to be a machine", Andy Warhol expresses the new aesthetic feeling of pop art.
In his last show in the legendary "Schalldämpfer" radio series, Axel Corti spoke the following words in December 1993 just a few days before his death:
"Often we do not realise that we are in the difficult up to our knees - up to our chest - up to the chin (as Rainer Maria Rilke said) - but are we content in the easy - are we not almost embarrassed in the easy. - Our heart is deep - but if we are not pressed inside, we never get to the bottom - and yet: you have to have been at the bottom - that is what it is all about."
This successful research project led to foundation of a JOCHEN RINDT MUSEUM built with electronic components (http://jochen-rindt-museum.org) and allows you to take part in building this memorial.