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Where is Heidenheim?

 

Where is Heidenheim? 25 miles from this couple’s home 

By Deeanna Croasmun

(Printed in The Wendover Times, October 1, 2010)

Last Friday, The Wendover Times continued coverage of the global newspaper/art project being supported by the Heidenheimer Zeitung, the local newspaper for Heidenheim, Germany. Inside the newspaper was a photo that showed the Hellenstein Castle, the typical Heidenheim landmark, which dates back to 1096. On Saturday, a German couple that are touring air shows and balloon shows while in the United States came through town. Small world - Pauel and Ursula Hlozanek just happen to live about 25 miles from the Hellenstein Castle, in Goeggingen, Germany.

 

They are pictured above with copies of the Heidenheimer Zeitung and The Wendover Times, both carrying stories about the “Where is Heidenheim?” project. They are in front of a 55 Pontiac wagon, which they had stopped to admire and take photos of.

 

Unfortunately they arrived in town just after the Wendover Wings and Wheels Air Show and Car Show was finished, but they were able to see some historic cars at the airport and got a chance to see some of the aircraft still at the show. Among several air shows and balloon shows on their list, they attended the Reno Air Show, which was held September 15-19, and were on their way to see the big balloon festival in New Mexico, held the first week in October. They said there are no air shows or balloon shows in Germany.

 

Front Page Story September 24, 2010:

 

 

The Wendover Times Goes to Germany

 By Deeanna Croasmun

The August 13th issue of The Wendover Times went to Heidenheim, Germany, as part of a global project that celebrates the local newspaper as it represents unique places in the world. Newspapers from various places throughout the world, including Iceland, Iran, India, Australia, Ukraine, and Ireland have been invited to work together through the Heidenheimer Zeitung, which is supporting the project. The Wendover Times was the first partner in the project and has the honor of being the only newspaper from the United States participating.

 

After running a story about the “Where is Heidenheim?” project in the Wendover Times, the full front page that carried the story was printed as a full page inside the German paper’s three editions, “Heidenheimer Zeitung,” “Heidenheimer Neue Presse,” and “Brenztal Bote,” totaling about 35,000 copies, on Saturday, September 11th. A smaller version of the page was then included on another page in the German newspaper with some translations and a short portrait of Wendover and the Wendover Times in German. (This page has been reprinted as page 7.)

 

Pictured above, Wendover Mayor Mike Crawford takes a look at the September 11th issue of the Heidenheimer Zeitung.

 

Also as part of the project, 50 copies of the August 13th edition of The Wendover Times were mailed to Germany and distributed to people in Heidenheim from a newspaper box next to the “Where is Heidenheim?” sign which was erected inside the Heidenheim Museum of Art. The newspaper box was “sold out” four hours after the exhibit opened.

 

Original Story ran in The Wendover Times on August 13, 2010:

 

  

Where is Heidenheim?

The Wendover Times goes to Heidenheim, Germany!

By Deeanna Croasmun

The Wendover Times has been given the opportunity to take part in a global project that celebrates the local newspaper as it represents unique places in the world. As part of this project, this week’s edition of The Wendover Times will be distributed in Heidenheim, Germany.

 

Heidenheim has a population of about 50,000 and is the capital of a small district in southern Germany. Heidenheim lies in the State of Baden-Wurttemberg (Capital is Stuttgart, home to Mercedes and Porsche), four miles away is the State of Bavaria (Capital Munich, where Oktoberfest festival is held). The city is home to many big industrial companies, most of which specialize in very sophisticated machinery. The town’s homepage is www.heidenheim.de, and there is an English translation.

 

Two international artists, Tina O’Connell, from Ireland, and Neal White (from the United Kingdom) have developed this art/media project to create a global network of local newspapers and were awarded a prestigious public art commission. According to O’Connell and White, their proposal seeks to understand how a local newspaper represents the identity of a community. Celebrating the role of such cherished publications, and the way in which they reflect local concerns, successes, interests and culture, the proposal aims to bring many different papers together from different countries, in order to highlight the importance of the local paper against the backdrop of a global media space.

 

“We are confident that it will appeal to readers who would like to gain some insight into what it is about the makeup of different cultural, political, economical and social context that defines a place, not on a grand level, but through a local view. By opening up other unique places in the world, we believe it will make readers reflect and celebrate what it is that makes their own community unique,” said White.

 

Newspapers from various places throughout the world have been invited to work together through the local newspaper of Heidenheim, the Heidenheimer Zeitung, which is supporting the project. According to Dr. Hendrik Rupp, editor of Editor of Heidenheim Zeitung, “The Wendover Times will be our first Partner. Within one year we are planning about six to eight more partnerships. Contacts so far include local newspapers in Iceland, Iran, India, Australia, Ukraine, Ireland and Germany. There is a small village in Bavaria, by the name Heidenheim too, and Neal found that fantastic. This episode will close this project somewhere in summer 2011.”

 

According to Dr. Rupp, this project was presented to the Heidenheimer Zeitung as part of an art project that is put on in Heidenheim. “In 1997, Heidenheim started the art project ‘Heidenheimer Bildhauersymposion’ (which means sculptors symposium). It is held every three years, so we are now in our fifth season, called ‘Work 10’ (for 2010).

 

This year for the first time, artists were invited to work with our publishing house. They were offered a quantity of pages to fill with whatever they wanted. The artists chosen were Neal and Tina, and rather than having us print their pictures or whatever, they presented us with “Where is Heidenheim” – the idea of a global network of local newspapers.”

 

In July, a large mobile sign that asks the question 'Where is Heidenheim?' was erected inside the Heidenheim Museum of Art. It has been photographed, and the image is being distributed to each of the newspapers taking part. During the upcoming months, they will take turns running articles - ‘Where is Heidenheim?’- introducing the project. Exchanges have begun between journalists on the Heidenheimer Zeitung and the participating newspapers to connect them through relevant details to Heidenheim.

 

As a result of the running of the story in the Wendover Times, the full page that carries this week’s story will be printed as a full page inside Heidenheimer Zeitung. In addition, this edition of The Wendover Times will also be distributed to the people of Heidenheim from a newspaper box next to the sign for one month. Currently the sign is indoors, but it is scheduled to be moved outdoors at a later date.

 

Over 12 months, O’Connell and White hope that they will be able to include local newspapers from around the world, in their own languages, and culminating in an exhibition of the papers and a reading room in the Town Hall of Heidenheim. This reading room is expected to include other researched materials including maps, books by local authors, school projects, correspondence etc. At the end of 12 months, a final dispatch that summarizes the project will be available.

Stay tuned to upcoming editions for more details on “The Wendover Times goes to Heidenheim, Germany.”

 


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