(Please understand that this website is imited in its possibilities to represent the project since the nature of the project is only in aspects transferable through the internet! Therfor not everything what happens in the project is representetd here.)
Since April 2013 Thomas Lehmen is on an artistic tour through the world from Germany eastwards on his motorcycle.
The basic idea of this traveling project is to give people presents in various forms. The project aims to bring creativity and art directly into social life, in the relations of people, as well it is using the representative theater form to let many others participate from the outside.
Presents are important as a social link between people. Presents are not necessary based on economical circumstances and can therefor have a great effect on the interhuman relations and values. Strengthening these, the social challenges and even sometimes economical and political circumstances can be managed easier in many cases. Since art is happening already in the encounter of people, the project anticipates always the participation of the presentees.
In the theatrical form the presents are specially made for people. Therefor it is necessary to get to know each other. Each piece is unique, because the themes and the ideas come out of the dialoque of the presentee and the artist. The results are in each station of the project different. The present can be done in any place the presentee likes it to happen. If the presentee agrees, the result is filmed and put online on this website, so other people in the world can follow these encounters as well.
Noone and no group is excluded from being a presentee or collaborator, as long it is possible for Thomas to come and work with them.
The project is extended with workshops with various groups and through encouters with other artists. People as well can take on the idea of the performative presents and do it in their own surrounding in their own way.
A lecture with films and photos of the covered tour and with decissions about the themes of such project rounds up the program.
To be able to reach also people in remote places and in between the big cities, it is necessary to travel individually through the countries with a motorcycle.
The first part of this project was happening in Europe, crossed parts of Ukraine, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyistan, took then place in India and Bangladesh, Japan, China and travelled through North-America.
For 2015 and 2016 South and Central America is on the map.
If you are interested in being a presentee, working with Thomas or organizing a present for someone else, organizing an event or workshop, if you have any questions or suggestions, please dont hesitate to contact: email@example.com
Since the project has a very tight budget, any support is welcome.
Thank you, and hope to see you somewhere on the road (look for a BMW R1200GS, black, with lots of luggage),