Everything is broken, nothing works anymore

Thomas Körner wants to find new forms for language, he uses formulas or graphics.

On the subject of “Everything is broken, nothing works anymore” he finds the following presentation:

You can find the above formula in the Fragment of the Book First Box card file (0170)

Through the triangle the author sets terms in relation to each other, which characterize for him the generic term: he calls sex, show and politics as qualities of the narrative voice barbaroccan cabaretism (with the abbreviation brk) and eros, poetry and the universe serve to characterize the voice of the commentless realism, abbreviation klr (both are neologisms created by Thomas Körner):

Fragment of the Book First Box (0232)

The narrative voices brk and klr are characterized by the graphic representation of the triangles, and the § signs stand as § I (producing) for the Fragment of the People and § II (consuming) for the Fragment of the State. With these diagrams, Körner characterizes in a simple way complex relationships between the narrative voices brk and klr and the contents of the Fragments of the People and State.

Reading game of the general assembly (of the party SED)

In this reading game, which takes place on a kind of game board, the discussing persons throw their statement on a playing card into the middle of the game table like in a card game.
They have four-letter codes such as NECK or WULB, whose full names are easily recognized as Honecker and Walter Ulbricht. But there are also codes which are more difficult to interpret.
In the foreground they act according to the rules of socialist game theory, they talk about the five-year plan. Georg Klaus, the cybernetics pope of the GDR, appears as an expert. But actually only fermentation bubbles come out of the cards (of the party members), because it seems nobody really understands what they are talking about.

At the end of the very extensive reading game with more than 50 moves WULB hands over the power to NECK.

But play or read the game yourself:

The discussion of the party members starts here.

Excursion 1: Recent Texts from Thomas Körner

d r ü b e n oder erinnerungen an ein tollhaus / Over there or Memories of a Madhouse

The term “over there” is known to every former West German, that meant East Germany, at the time of the GDR.

The title suggests that this is probably a lost, all known land “Das Land aller Übel”.

There was even a separate calendar in the vacuole of the GDR : before and ndm – nach den maßnahmen means after the (forced) measures.

Have fun reading this.

This is the latest text by Thomas Körner, published in 2017. He describes how propaganda in the GDR worked, but in the narrative voices of the commentless realist or rather barbaric cabaret artist. Which one is used you have to decide yourself.

The excerpt above is taken from page 4 of Part I of the Toll House Memoirs. Here you get to part II of the memories of a madhouse by Thomas Körner, 2017 and part III. Whereby you can relate many of his “memories” to the present. There are still many vacuolities, in states, in minds …

Fragment of the Book and its 5 boxes

The Fragment of the Book consists of 5 boxes and is part of the online novel by Thomas Körner, which he describes as a “system of a way of life in five index boxes”. This system should be looked at more closely by calling up these five index boxes in detail:

The First Box contains Das Karteiprogramm – the index program – and gives information about the writing worker. Körner describes it as his workbook in which he writes down the concept for the novel and loose notes, which are re-emerged and elaborated in the other fragments. The first box consists of 1,533 index cards or pages.

The Second Box is called Der Karteibeitrag – the index posts – and contains words from everyday life in the GDR, expressions by other writers that are ambivalent and ambiguous, but often they seem to have been invented by Thomas Körner himself. For example, do you know what an Ideenbordell – which means idea brothel in English – is? Look it up at Körner, under the letter i.

The Third Box is titled Das Karteimitglied – the index member – or The Ego as a subjective object. Or perhaps as an objective subject? What would be the difference? This you can only clarify by delving into the file box. (1488 index cards await you).

In the Fourth Box we read of Die Karteiführung – the card file management. On more than 1,400 pages, Körner has compiled his reading notes and quotes on other writers, in the form of a very systematically organized order. He has developed his own system of how the reading notes are arranged. Knowing this makes it easier for the reader of the online novel to retrieve quotes.

The last file box is called the Fifth Box Der Karteitag – The index day – In society of prevailing conditions. We read in a kind of diary of Thomas Körner’s everyday life or from his travels (after his escape from the GDR). These records go into the year 2005. (The box ends with the page number 1463!)

We can also try to replace the K in the titles (of each box) with a P from Kartei (index in english) to Partei (political party): party convention, party program, etc. Then new worlds open up. The five index boxes show us the “system of a way of life” as a whole. Is that the life of Thomas Körner, or of the commentless realist klr or the barbaric cabaret artist brk? Which immediately addresses the next topic – the two narrative voices brk and klr, whereby brk is the more ironic side of the system.

Manuscript Model

The manuscript model DOSSIER is the graphical guide to play the Reading game of the State visit. Körner has alienated the Fidel Castro Visit to the GDR in June 1972 into the fictive story about the Cumban prince Tandi. In addition, he fancifully and ingeniously incorporated the talks of the secret services of various nations. The unfolding directions (more than four!) of the Leporello embody the voices of the secret services, as Körner explains in the manuscript model:

Körner adds to his explanations of the model:

Actually this reading game can be understood as a performance of his ensembling-idea, as the author explains in his model under Zum Stoff:
By writing the text, while reading the newspaper, I got into playing like gambling, the situation of the intelligence agencies not quite far away. ‘Dossiers’, plans, distractions, pseudo solutions, minor characters were created as if by itself to the output you find here …

For the virtual reading game, the author has taken an alienated text and pictures from the daily newspaper Neues Deutschland. He has cut the heads off the embracing statesmen (Castro on the left and Honecker on the right) from a photo in Neues Deutschland from June, 14th, 1972 and uses the bodies (without heads) in his reading game as background picture on the first day.

The fictional and rather ironical conversation of the secret services can be reached by pressing the Omega button (to the right of the arrow keys):

Here you can continue play-reading by clicking on Reading game of the State Visit