The U

AKA: Unionsbrauerei, Dortmund, Germany

The U: Data

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Its dark and cloudy but the four sided U serves as a becon. There is a man in the bushes.

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How could there be so many changes? There would be no problems if everyting was normal, if the bird didn’t die and the women didn’t escape to the next room. There was a routein and a plan, there was a system. But because the women could not keep to their boundries, in the room on the right, the plan was upset. The rooms were unbalenced and the bird didn’t hear the call. Every night the slow song comes from the very top of the building, the cement cathedral on which the U stands. Now it has happened, the music has finished and a new time has begun. The man too will die. New songs will play.

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The U watches over the city, a landmark to those coming, but not leaving.

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I hear of an illigal party, over 20 years before, when it was still possible to do such things. At the top, where all of Dortmund could be seen, sitting in the bottom curved part of the U.

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The performance, a seemingly public affair, turned into a zoo as the audience was caged, trapped, negotiating for a glimpse at the performance. Passerbyers were also behind bars, peering inside for a few molments before going on their way, wondering what was going on and deciding it didn’t matter.

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The U: Details

The U: Details

The U: Mysteries

The U: Mysteries

The U: Textures

The U: Textures


by Julie Upmeyer, Observer in Residence, Off Limits Festival & Symposium, 2007

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