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ORIGIN

The Einbecks’ Time for Peace Project

Among international supports
The project has received in France the patronage of the French Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and the French Ministry of Cultural Affairs


1987 – The origin

 

It was in December of 1987 at the Robert Einbeck exhibit in the Mario R. MainettiGallery in Basel (Switzerland) that the European creative multi media artist Robert Einbeckand author Marion Einbeck first thought of creating a traveling work of art that would have as its goal the promotion of humanist values such as tolerance, solidarity, a better understanding of one’s fellowmen, andrespect for the differences among them.

 

To develop this large-scale venture known as “The Einbecks’Time for Peace Project” Marion and Robert Einbeck left Paris andsettled in New York in 1998.

 

To manage the artistic enterprise there, they created the non-profit organization “Time for Peace, Inc.”, governed by American law and established a board of directors with the founders Marion and Robert Einbeck as president and vice-president respectively. They then selected two chairmen to be associated with the project.

 

It was their objective from the very beginning to develop an architecturally designed pavilion to be made of canvas and metal that could be moved and could travel across the world by truck.

 

1994 – Film and Music are incorporated in the project

 

In 1994, the French Ambassador to the United States in Washington, D.C., and the Ambassadors of Israel and Germany to the United Nations in New York offered their support to Marion and Robert Einbeck to launch the “Time for Peace Film & Music Award”, backing their project and promotingfilms and music that convey humanist values.

 

The first Time for Peace Film Award was conferred to Steven Spielberg for “Schindler’s List” during a special event at Lincoln Center in New York, with a dinner created by Paul Bocuse.  For this occasion Marisa Berenson wore a Time for Peace gown designed by Yves St. Laurent.

 

That same year a Time for Peace Music Festival took place in Los Angeles, hosted by Robert Mitchum and Robert Stack.  Richard Riordan, Mayor of Los Angeles, declared the 4th of October 1994 “Time for Peace Day.”

 

In 1995 in New York, the Time for Peace Music Award was given to Stevie Wonder for his album “Conversation Peace.”  Year after year the prize was expanded through the addition of different categories.

 

Each year (after a jury of experts chose the nominees), together with Marion and Robert Einbeck a jury consisting of 20 to 30 United Nations ambassadors – deeply concerned with the permanence of humanist values – would select the films, directors, actors and actresses, musicians, and screen writers that were to be honored with the award that year.

 

Since 1994, via the media, the Time for Peace Film & Music Awards have promoted a culture of humanist values and an ethical sense among the public and the world of the cinematographic and musical industries through works created and interpreted by artists of cinema and music who joined the Time for Peace project.

 

The Time for Peace Film & Music Award has been given to film directors such as Steven Spielberg for Schindler’s List and Amistad; Michael Radford for Il Postino; Scott Hicks for Shine; Caroline Link for Jenseits der Stille; and to Roberto Benigni for La Vita è Bella; to actors such as Robin Williams for his interpretation of Sean McGuire in Good Will Hunting; in music the award has gone to Stevie Wonder for Conversation Peace; to Jewel for her songs Pieces of You and A Night Without Amor; Céline Dion and Phil Gaston for the song Fly; Charles Trenet for his whole career; and recently to Charles Aznavour for Colore Ma Vie , to name but a few.

 

In 2007 in Los Angeles, the Time for Peace Actress Award was given to Hilary Swank for her interpretation of Erin Grüwell in Freedom Writers.

 

In 2008 in London, the Japanese film director  NaomiKawase also received the Time for Peace Film & Music Award for Mogari Not Mori (The Mourning Forest), as did the Russian director AleksandrSokurov for Alexandra, the Irish director John Carney for Once, and the British director Michael Winterbottom for A Mighty Heart.

 

The exterior structure

 

The original infrastructure was movable and meant to be transported by trucks containing the technical and electrical equipment but, despite the project’s originality, it didn’t allow any architectural feats to be achieved.  In the case of a fixed structure this is no longer a problem.

 

The conception of the exterior form of the tent will be innovative and easily identifiable so that it can be internationally recognized as a tangible symbol of global humanist values.

 

In order to attract an international public, the architecture that blends metal and fabric will be as easily recognizable and surprising in its own way as is the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, which continues to draw visitors from all over the world.

 

The project will have a surface of 4,000 to 6,000 square meters, depending upon the space allocated for its construction.

 

The artistic and architectural “Einbeck Time for Peace Project” will be equally easy to reduce so that it can be reproduced in a variety of objects and badges.

 

Bringing to life an art in the service of humanist ideas for the peoples of the entire world, the “Einbeck Time for Peace Project” rapidly received the official patronage of international and governmental organizations.

 

The interior structure

 

The entrance to the “Einbeck Time for Peace Project” will be located on the East where the sun rises and with its starry, four-branched structure will indicate the four points of the compass.

 

After the box office and the waiting room area, which will measure 180 square meters able to hold 200 persons, there will be a coatroom with an opening at the exit to facilitate collecting the visitors’ coats and hats.

 

A corridor will lead from the entrance to the central hall.

 

The central hall – a three-dimensional work of art

 

It is the objective of this room to offer serenity to visitors and induce in them a state of reflection and contemplation. This space will be a work of art and a culmination of the creative work of Robert Einbeck.  The results of the physiological and psychological research done by Marion and Robert Einbeck and a team of doctors and multi-disciplinarian researchers within a French hospital setting will come to fruition here.

 

The walls of the round or elliptical room will slant upward and be painted to their full height to create a three-dimensional space dedicated to introspection and a reflection on the world.

 

The entrance and exit will face each other.

 

A steel and glass sculpture of 7 to 11 meters tall will stand in the center of, or at three-quarters into, the room.  The sculpture will be removable and,on the occasion of special banquets for instance, replaceable by a platform.

 

The neutral dark ceiling will have a lighting system to illuminate the walls and the sculpture in the center, thus creating a mysterious effect.  It will also contain a video projection system and movable screens, which can be lowered.

 

The floor will be made of marble and mosaic and reflect the wall motifs.

 

The hall will measure 950 square meters so that for special dining events it can hold up to 500 persons seated at tables for 8.

 

Every other year the Time for Peace Film & Music Awards international ceremony and dinner-concert will be organized to take place in this space.

 

Several concealed areas will contain the kitchen, private dressing rooms (for make-up, etc.), and storage space measuring 410 square meters.

 

Four rooms surround the central hall

 

1 – the cinema

 

Film is an essential vehicle for a better understanding of the world and the human condition.  Gaining an awareness of humanist values through film means entering into a process by which to prevent crises and conflicts.

 

The movie theater, which will contain 500 seats and measure 470 square meters, will be devoted to the projection of films of high artistic quality that convey humanist values to the general public.  These will be new films but also include others selected from the Time for Peace international data bank offering film summaries written by directors and accompanied by commentary from psychologists.

 

This cinematographic Internet data bank is currently being established and will be set up by professionals in the film industries of Europe, the United States, and Asia.  It is intended as a pedagogical tool that allows humanist values to be taught in a playful manner to teenagers across the world.  In addition, it will allow pilot programs to be put in place in several countries.  No other social project of this kind dealing with human rights and dignity through film exists anywhere.  This data bank will be supplemented with a music data bank.

 

The seats in the theater will be able to disappear into the floor so that space for audio-visual presentations becomes available.

 

The movie theater will also serve for “premiere” showings for the general public of European and international films conveying humanist values.  Film directors, actors, actresses, producers, and screenwriters will be present on these occasions.

 

The decor of this theater will be in harmony with that of the central hall

 

2 – the concert hall

 

The concert hall, which will around 500 seats and measure between 710 square meters, stage and wings included, will serve for concerts as well as musical shows associated with humanist values.  The hall will open onto the outside allowing for performances of larger-scale open-air concerts.

 

The movable seats can disappear into the floor and provide an empty space for concerts at which the audience would be standing.

 

The wall that separates the movie theater and the concert hall can be opened, thereby creating a single space for 500 to 1000 seats.

 

A variety of concerts can be offered here (jazz, pop, rap, country, soul, classical, etc.).

 

Internationally renowned musicians have appeared at the Time for Peace Film & Music Awards ceremonies, such as Stevie Wonder, Joshua Bell, Ron Sexsmith Serguey Khachatryan, Dave Brubeck, Fazil Say, Jerry Hadley, Terry Callier, Alan Pownall,  Andy Bey, Sound of Blackness, to name but a few.

 

Currently, Time for Peace is working with a British production company on Time for Peace CD’s of English-language singers and song writers, while the same initiative may well see the light of day in the French language.

 

3 – the exhibition hall

 

A little more than 500 square meters in size, the exhibition hall will be devoted to traveling art exhibits of paintings, photography, design, cartoon strips, etc., that emphasize humanist values.

 

Great photographers and illustrators such as Peter Beard, Duane Michals, and TazioSecchiaroli will participate in Time for Peace, notably for the covers of its international magazine, of which Marion Einbeck is the editor-in-chief.

 

A small adjoining room will contain a permanent exhibit on the Einbeck Time for Peace Project.

 

4 – The cafeteria and souvenir shop

 

The Time for Peace Cafeteria, with 40 seats and 75 square meters in size, will serve Time for Peace specialties prepared by the best French chefs and pastry chefs.

 

Internationally famous chefs such as Paul Bocuse, Joël Robuchon, Roger Vergé, Yannick Alléno, Jean André Charial of  l’Oustau de Baumanière have been connected with previous banquets for the Time for Peace Film & Music Awards where they created special Time for Peace recipes.

 

In France in 2005, Marion Einbeck published a book devoted to thirty-five French chefs at Assouline Publishers, entitled “Carnet de Tables” (Notebook of Fine Food).François Simon of Le Figaro described it as an “exquisite” epicurean journey. Le Figaro Magazine also considered it one of the best reference books that Assoulinehas published.Carnet de Tables features stories about some of the most outstanding chefs such as Georges Blanc, Jean-André Charial, Eric Fréchon, Bernard Loiseau, Alain Passard, GéraldPassedat and Olivier Roellinger , among others.  Marion is currently working on a book about European chefs. Marion is also editor in chief of the Time for Peace Film & Music Awards magazine.

Marion Einbeck with Joshua Bell performing at the "98 Time for Peace Film & Music Awards at Carnegie Hall

Serguey Khachatryan performing at the 2006 Time for Peace Film & Music Awards in Paris

Next to the cafeteria there will be a souvenir shop where Time for Peace articles will be sold, as well as a bookshop containing books on cinema, music, and the plastic arts all dealing with humanist values.

 

The project

 

The “Einbecks’ Time for Peace” Project, to be inaugurated in the presence of celebrities from the film and music industries as well as from the diplomatic world, will put a spotlight on the city in which the project is located. It would become the universal emblem of racial diversity and its differences, and open the path toward a better understanding among human beings.

 

Like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, whose construction costs were paid off within a year thanks to the exponential increase in tourist activity, the “Einbecks’ Time for Peace” Project could createa similarresult for the city that welcomes the project.

 

Furthermore, the recognition of the Time for Peace’s mission as promoted by Marion and Robert Einbeck would make an example of that city.  It would be an inspiration and bring light into a world that is losing its reference points and values. It would be a place where the culture of tolerance, solidarity, and freedom between humans becomes visible.

 

In a totally new way the daring architecture of the “Einbecks’ Time for Peace” space – the central art work that forms the culmination of Robert Einbeck’s work of the last thirty years – the international cultural events that will take place there – produced by Marion Einbeck – will make the city that hosts the project famous as a city of humanist values and culture.   This extraordinary public relations achievement would put that city into an orbit of international recognition.  The city would also be promoted through every Time for Peace Film & Music Awards event and program in the world.

 

Time for Peace articles would be created specifically for the “Einbecks’ Time for Peace” space and participate fully in the city’s visibility to the rest of the world.  For example, the perfume that Kenzo created for the new millennium in honor of Time for Peace showedthe extent to which the name Time for Peace became known thanks to his act.  The 400,000 numbered and signed bottles of men’s and women’s scent bearing a message concerning the mission of the Time for Peace Film & MusicAwards sold within nine months and placed the perfume among the best LVMH Group sales of the year.

 

The Time for Peace Project has always managed to attract famous names.  Prestigious fashion designers – Yves Saint Laurent, Thierry Mugler, John Galliano, Kenzo – collaborated with the artistic process of the Einbecks by creating gowns in honor of the Time for Peace organization to be worn by an eminent personality at the Time for Peace Film & Music Awards ceremonies.

 

The project would also create the possibility of selling franchised replicas of its spaces, such as the cafeteria, to international cities with a cinematographic and musical culture.

 

Cost of construction

 

The cost of the project’s construction depends on the size of the area reserved.  As specified in the description of the different rooms, the square surface area of each one varies and two preliminary studies have been assessed.  The rather large variation in the cost’s figures issues forth from the fact that so far no specific information is available, for example the ground upon which the construction is to be placed (sandy soil, rocky soil, or earth), etc.

 

The estimated cost of the project (including interior equipment and furnishings), measuring approximately 4,000 to 6,000 square meters, is available on request at: einbecks.project@timeforpeace.com.

 

Not included in the cost is the exterior development of the surrounding area, which depends on the location of the project’s construction.  This includes: parkinggarage, an esplanade for out-door concerts, a heliport for special events as, for example, special evenings during an outside Film Festival for which artists and celebrities would arrive by helicopter, etc.

 

Upon request the cost of an exterior and interior architectural study (to be deducted from the total cost of the construction), including an in-depth visual study of the central hall, and the whole accompanied by mock-ups and three-dimensional video documentation (exterior and interior) will also be supplied.  This study cannot begin until an in-depth examination has been done of the location where the project would be built and until those in charge of the architectural and engineering firms, together with Marion and Robert Einbeck, have themselves seen that location.

Magazine of the Time for Peace Film & Music Awards – from top to bottom > 1999, cover: "Today I feel Silly" by Jamie Lee Curtis. – 2005, Cover: (published for the cinema and German literature supplement) Houweland by John von Duffel illustration by Groothuis Lohfert