»Bleibe im Land und wehre dich täglich« The Experience of 89 as Political Resource

Series of Talks (in conjunction with the project “Watchtower/Ghosts”)


Phantasmagorias of History and the Spectres of 89
With Svetlana Boym, Khadija Carroll La and Elske Rosenfeld

11 June 2010

The talk and presentation brought images and texts by Svetlana Boym into dialogue with the themes of the overall project of the coming months, touching on questions about history and the processes by which it comes to be written, and the possibilities of remembering and revisiting historical experience.

Kunst und 89 (Art and 89)
With Tina Bara, Claus Löser, Angelika Richter

10 July 2010

A conversation about the relationship between art and politics in the late GDR: Subversive strategies of refusal vis à vis official demands for an (affirmative) political role and readability of art as well as international isolation created an art scene that was relatively limited in its means of expression. How can art history re-appraise these works in a contemporary vocabulary while remaining faithful to its original context and intentionality and what conclusions about the relationship between art and politics in general can we draw from this?

1989 als Werkstatt des Politischen (1989 as Political Experimentation Space)
With Sophia Bickhardt, Bernd Gehrke, Annett Gröschner

31th July 2010

A review of the processes of history writing that culminated in 2009 and the way they address or obscure the political contents and potentialities of 89. Speaking from a double position as protagonists and historians, how can we find ways of relating – as shared – our individual memories of 89 where they depart from those ways of speaking about the time available to us in the official historiographies?

Politisches Arbeiten in der Tradition von 1989? (Political Work in the Tradition of 89?)
With Sebastian Gehrhardt, Andreas Fanizadeh, Dirk Teschner

31st August 2010

A talk about the question of what it might mean to relate the experiences of oppositional work and dissidence in the DDR to the political struggles of today. Does it make sense to continue to talk of two different political and activist traditions – an East German and a West German one – such as they were last observed in a number of clashes and conflicts in the early 90ies?

A project by Elske Rosenfeld in collaboration with Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte, Berlin, kindly supported by Landeszentrale für politische Bildungsarbeit Berlin, 2010