Communities around us Uzhupis, besides being an Independent Republic is also a community, a neighbourhood, a district of the Old Town of Vilnius. It differs from other districts by being divided by the river from three sides, so every place where local river makes a natural border of com munity can be called “uzhupis”. But this Embassy is also about virtual communities, about how to be a member of community without losing your identity, about the varieties of a communities in the world, and more. As a man, who values privacy, I can redirect you to the works of Hanna Arendt, who underlined a strict border between “private” and “public” In Uzhupis we understand this seriously, but sometimes do not know where the walls and doors are. So we can start a forum on Communities on this page, and ask our brave Ambassador for a guidance – on our national day he had shown a number of interesting exercises, dealing with private and collective shame, vigour, communication and so on. – Foreign minister
Lipgens mother is waiting with her son for the moment when he is asked to move forward. Soon Lipgens will be an ambassador, an ambassador of a country that doesn’t exist: It is the Republic of Užupis […]
“Užupis is a place for weirdos,” says Lipgens. For him it is a compliment. […]
“We are the last generation to realize how life used to be without the Internet and smartphones,” says Lipgens, 33 years old […]
“My goal is to bring art and technology together,” he says. […]
Then [after his appointment as ambassador] he gives a laudation, which he ends with a quote from Galileo Galilei. “I’ve never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn anything from him.” Then glasses are raised. […]
“There is a special intimacy between people when they behave silly”, says David Lipgens a little later, as he sits back in his seat and watches a Saint Bernard dog being appointed ambassador for cheerful dogs. […]
“It is a great feeling to have now become an ambassador for the Republic of Užupis in Germany”, he says.
Nothing can take away the bliss of real life encounters, but the opportunities of virtual communities are undeniable.
The way we create communities is constantly changing and new chances of getting in touch with likeminded people around the world are popping up rapidly.
We need to actively transfer and adapt established values of positive interaction to strengthen the good in new media and channels of communication.
The means of virtual communities often are not only simple tools but shaping the way we are perceiving others and are interacting with them.
The Republic of Užupis with its beautiful constitution can be a powerful source for meaningful conversation here.
..and the conversation is going, since Lipgens’ presentation at the XXI-st anniversary of Uzhupis Republic really impressed the Foreign Minister. The obstacle here is that we need community. This can’t be a dialogue without a choir or polyphonia in Communities Embassy.
Munich is a beautiful place, where the future of urban life is designed. People with ideals, creativity and power are changing the way we live tomorrow. Anarchistic postcapitalist artists and cutting edge tech designer will create miracles together. (Read our Munich Arts&Tech-Manifesto in English or German!)
The Embassy of the Republic of Užupis to Munich strengthens the foreign relations with the City of Munich and cares for Užupians abroad. Besides that, we foster cooperations between arts and tech (check out our events!) with a focus on ethics in Artificial Intelligence (AI) . We are the only arts-related institution actively engaging in intenational policy making in Artificial Intelligence.
AI as a knowledge processing and decision making technology raises many questions and concerns about how to control it and how to prevent abuse. Current governance structures still try to monitor and sanction the totality of AI applications. The sheer extent and pace of AI adoption renders this approach increasingly insufficient. Therefore, Užupis engages to strenghten the ethical values of each individual, which form the basis of all AI applications. Our constitution‘s Munich right and our Principles for Trustworthy AI Design strongly epmhasize our own responsibility.
If you consider yourself a trustworthy AI designer, you are invited to use our patch online and offline. (Download the png-file in color or b/w)
The Embassy Team
// H.E. Max Haarich
H.E. Max Haarich is the Ambassador for Munich and among blowballs.
H.E. Max Haarich founded the embassy in 2017 because everybody should like everybody. In 2018 he was appointed Chevalier of the Silver Garlic Bullet ordain by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Honorary Consul Roboy is the first artificially intelligent diplomat worldwide and cares for our naturalization issues. Inspired by Roboy’s intellect and friendliness the Minister of Foreign Affairs Thomas Chepaitis, AI-expert Alex Waldmann and me added a new article to the constitution exclusively for Munich: “Any artificial intelligence has the right to believe in a good will of humanity.” This is the first time ever that artificial intelligence is mentioned in a constitution.
// David Lipgens
David works for the Embassy as Schroedinger’s Consul.
David’s appointment became a mystery. He was ment to be entiteled “Consul Hengerherjottsfott” (named after his home area in Aachen, which literally translates “behind god’s ass”). The appointment logically must have happened somewhere between March 31st and April 2nd 2018 in Užupis. But both people involved, the Consul David Lipgens as well as the responsible Ambassador H.E. Max Haarich, strictly deny having noticed anything. According to his wish, David shall and shall not support the Embassy of the Republic of Užupis as “Schroedinger’s Consul”.
“Discovering the controversies of Instagram posting to assure painless application of hashtags, filters, emojis, and dog selfie lenses. Or shall I just say that I’m the coolest consul of Užupis ever elected?” You can say that :)
// Melanie Henke
Melanie is our Honorary Consul for loving Lithuania.
Melanie is Lithuanian and German; not half each but full each – and now also fully Užupian. She is currently in Lithuania spreading the word of Munich Embassy and preparing the global love revolution (with the help of Pampelmusen and coconut oil). She is studying activist, critical and performative art movements at the interface of new technologies, science and design, and will purposefully apply this knowledge to irritate strangers with unconditional smiles and love :*)
// Ruslan Goryanyy
Ruslan works for the Embassy as our Kirschwasser Consul.
In the permanent state of chillness and un-registration, a new student was recruited to bring freshness into the smelly offices of the Embassy to Munich. Guided by seniors H.E. Ambassador Max Haarich and Schroedinger’s Consul David Lipgens, the fresh Kirschwasser Consul Ruslan Goryanyy was driven into new passion by a lot of jokes and announced a long phase of abstinence and lust. Even in difficult times when fluent fruits were in short supply, Ruslan was always ready and brought water back to the pont in dry times.
// Fabian Bürkin
Fabian works for the Embassy as our Sport Attachée for Culture, Art and Miscellaneous.
In long tradition of long men like Boris Becker, Diego Maradonna and Sepp Blatter, we are more than glad to engage Fabian M. Buerkin as our first „Sport Attachée for Culture, Art and Miscellaneous“. To underline the importance of the Užupian spirit, he is willing to make the impossible possible: Bringing the Olypmic games 2031 back to Užupis. „It’s coming home“. So come on everybody, clap your hands, and vote for Užupis in the olympic committe: This is the century of sport bras, not world wars.
Would you like to become a citizen of Užupis?
It’s too easy. Send me your completed Užupis Immigration Form and I will send you an official Certificate of Naturalization. You can send it by mail to the address below or ask my lovely Honorary Consul Roboy via Telegram app. Simply send him the message /uzupizeme (including the “/”) and he will naturalize you within seconds!
and I will send you an official Certificate of Naturalization. You can send it by mail to the address below or ask my lovely Honorary Consul Roboy via Telegram app. Simply send him the message /uzupizeme (including the “/”) and he will naturalize you within seconds!
H.E. Max Haarich
Embassy of the Republic of Užupis to Munich
Neuhauser Straße 8-10, Room 423
Meetings by appointment only.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Tomas Cepaitis and Ambassador H.E. Max Haarich unveiling the constitutino plaque in Munich's Kreativquartier in December 2018
Thomas Chepaitis appointing Max Haarich as Užupian Ambassador to Munich and among Blowballs
Užupian greetings from "Year of the X" Founder Markus von der Luehe (left) and his Lithuanian colleagues
Born in 1964 in Russia, Ilia Kitup is a founding member of the Soviet comics fanzine, Kitup’s Own Propeller Comics. Kitup also writes poetry and prose, paints, and plays ska music. He lives in Berlin, and continues to promote alternative comics in Russia.
About Ilya the Artist
Ilya Kitup 10.03.1964
2006 ,90×75 2006 , 90×75
As can be seemed at first sight (especially if you look at pictures “Cocaine” and “Heroin”) Ilya Kitup just begins his art career. Such a teenager’s straightforwardness – I’m singing that I’m seeing. The drawn rap.
Actually Ilya arrived from Vilnius and he have already participated in exhibitions 1984, and between times have graduated from the Moscow State University at philological faculty. He also participated in exhibitions at Trehprudniy. So he is not a child.
What inspires – industry, techniques, urbanism, futurology, fantasy. Planes with the Arabian texts, barrels with oil, black roofs, yes there is a lot from everyday life, carried to an absurdity The most sincere slogans of the author seem as attempt to joke, and whether it is a joke – only Kitup knows it.
Mix of new wave and kitsch, banality and actuality, methods and plots of a caricature. Whether it concerns to graphity, (post) conceptualism, new wildness or something else, the author find difficulty in characterizing that – it is a business of critics.