18. Nov.

10:00 Lecture: Biographical work as a method of dealing with East-West-history in Europe

Exercise: Biographical work in a “story-telling cafe” about own relations to East-West-history

14:00 – 18:00 Artistic presentation of the own East-West-reference: How was the collapse of the Eastern Bloc experienced? What has changed/ not changed for whom? (painting, creating a collage/ diorama, acting, producing a short film, pictures, etc.)

20:00 Vernissage with the results


7 thoughts on “18. Nov.

  1. Hello. Some info, maybe useful for people who want to experience how art and memory work together in Berlin. Here a few (quite official, but maybe less ideologic) places and projects to experience:
    – HKV – After Year Zero – http://www.hkw.de/en/index.php – . If you follow the link, I would advise to check also the debates on 23-24 November. Here is a short presentation of the project (there are many things, exhibitions, debates etc) –

    Geographies of Collaboration Since 1945
    19 September – 24 November 2013

    The realignment of the world after the Second World War is not recounted here with regard to the confrontation between the Cold War blocs, but with a focus on the interweaving of European and African history in the process of decolonization.

    In installations, videos and films , artists such as John Akomfrah and Jihan El-Tahri examine the attempts to transform the basic conditions of a Western-dominated modern era. A conference takes up “Geographies of Collaboration” with a view to the first Asian-African conference, which was held in Bandung, Indonesia in 1955 and gave rise to the Non-Aligned Movement.

    Curated by Anselm Franke and Annett Busch in cooperation with the artists of the exhibition and research curator Heidi Ballet.

    – Just as official, because I don’t need to change the organizers’ paradigm (after the Stasi and the wall) – so just as official, you should check out the semi-permanent exhibition at Neue Nationalgalerie (here is the link, in German only but hey we have translator tools:) – http://www.smb.museum/smb/kalender/details.php?objID=44690&lang=en .
    This is the third and final part of a very large curatorial project aiming to relate the discourses in German Art in the 20th century (with an emphasis on the East-West German art conceptual connections, elisions or differences). Translator offers the English title Extending the battle . From 1968 to 2000 . The collection part 3. Neue Nationalgalerie made this effort to re-value its collection from the perspective of Eastern German art and for me it is interesting (as I have a research project going on that is related to this topic) to see how they made the connections in order to reflect on recent history and to insure a clear political frame (since we see the collection of the National Art Museum), and what would that frame be.

    I also include some pdfs – a book about contemporary art and memory, offering a good introduction to the subject and not too heavy theory:), also some books on memory and the cities, and other topics, hopefully they can be of use to someone – you can download them here – of course for personal educational uses – http://we.tl/XiPiG5UOYL (transfer link).

  2. The many methods and approaches used today created a strong working atmosphere with good communication and great collaboration. The Talking cafe gave chance for propper dialogues and real exchange and also allowed us to learn from the experience of other groups that could have done certain things differently. The artistic methods proved to be very approachable.

  3. an important thing to remember from today:
    when we talk facts from the past, even if it’s just data and not emotions, we still don’t get to the “objective truth” of history; because history is a social construction, always in negotiation, always multi-vocal, always developing — never objective

  4. This has been the day of many lives. Acknowledging the storyteller and the listener, the word received in silence, the interplay of stories in histories.

  5. I would like to have the file of magadalena’s lesson on the biographical work. Is it possible?
    thanks in advance

  6. First of all, I would also like to have Magdalena’s presentation as I enjoyed it a lot and I think it is one of the methods that can be apliable on a broad scale.
    I will also agree to disagree to Ioana’s statement. A bomb dropped at a certain time, or the number of the people who died trying to jump over the Wall would always be facts and data. We can reconsider the reasons, but not the facts. It’s totally different.

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