Speculative Heritage – The Micronation as a platform for inventing, living and sharing culture

Here are some notes of a Performance-Presentation I did at the Nordic Summer University in Saxnäs/ Sweden in march 2017.  The renaissance thinker Niccolò Macchiavelli wrote in his famous states-craft manual for rulers, that one can become a Prince by birth, violence or luck. I Freudian-typed myself into becoming the Prince of the Lorenzburg. Since then I … Continue reading Speculative Heritage – The Micronation as a platform for inventing, living and sharing culture

Speculative Genealogy: Prince Samuel Haraldi 1617 – 1661

Photoshop and period paintings team up to create collages of my actual ancestors. Today I present Prince Samuel-Haraldi of Lorenzburg! Samuel-Haraldi was born in 1617 to Prince Haraldus II and Princess Märta of Lorbeering. He was married to Elisabeth Bonde af Noreld, the Daughter of the Chief of the Chiefdom of Noreld. Prince Samuel-Haraldi was … Continue reading Speculative Genealogy: Prince Samuel Haraldi 1617 – 1661

Speculative Genealogy: Märit of Lorbeering 1595 – 1646

One of my foremothers, Märit of Lorbeering, was wife to Prince Harald(us) II of Lorenzburg. She was his maternal cousin and they married against her father’s wishes. Count Laurus of Lorbeering, Märit’s father, had hopes for an even better match for his daughter, and the wedding negotiations were already close to a deal. However Märit refused. … Continue reading Speculative Genealogy: Märit of Lorbeering 1595 – 1646

Speculative Genealogy, Haraldus II 1590 – 1662

Born in 1590, my ancestor Harald(us) the second of Lorenzburg became the reigning Prince at the age of 18 when his father Simonus died of a stray bullet in a hunting accident. Harald II was a man of great learning, especially in history, literature and art. He was the institutor of the Order of the … Continue reading Speculative Genealogy, Haraldus II 1590 – 1662

Speculative Genealogy #3: Simonus of Lorenzburg 1540 – 1613

My ancestor Prince Simonus of Lorenzburg was born in 1540 and died of a stray bullet at a hunt in 1613. Simonus was very athletic and enjoyed jousting. His motto was “And best of all: God is with us” and he was a devout Lutheran. He married the five years younger Princess Merit Margareta of Lorbeering.

Speculative Genealogy #2: Princess Merit Margareta of Lorbeering, 1545 – 1620

I am delighted to present one of my ancestors, Princess Merit Margareta, married to Prince Simon of Lorenzburg. Princess Merit Margareta lost her eye in an a fencing accident in her youth and wore an eye patch the rest of her life. She was still considered a formidable beauty but she was never quite loved by … Continue reading Speculative Genealogy #2: Princess Merit Margareta of Lorbeering, 1545 – 1620