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German artists in town for the week

17 Nov

Prof. Annmarie Sammartino has arranged for conceptual artists Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock to come to Oberlin this week. They will be presenting a free lecture called “Artists at Work–The New Berlin” on November 19 at 4:30 in Hallock Auditorium, in the AJLC. The talk is sponsored by History, Art History, Art, Jewish Studies and German Studies departments, and will be followed by a reception. Here’s what Prof. Sammartino wrote about Stih and Schnock:

Renata Stih & Frieder Schnock are conceptual artists exploring how
memory functions in the social sphere and how it is reflected
symbolically in the space of the city. Moreover, they consider how the
intrusion of art in public space affects everyday life in memorial
projects including “Places of Remembrance” in Berlin, “BUS STOP”,
“TheCity As Text — Jewish Munich.” According to the geographer Karen
Till, this work thematizes the fact that the history of Nazi
criminality “took place through people’s actions and movements through
homes, parks, city streets, public squares and trains stations,
surrounding greenbelts, forests and networks of concentration and
extermination camps and sits of persecution.”

They also focus on art collections as places of collective memory,like
the environment at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart Who Needs Art – We Need
Potatoes (1998), The Art of Collecting – Flick in Berlin (2004).Show
Your Collection, an art documentation with major museums inMunich was
presented to the public with a performance as a ‘guidedtour’ in
October 2008.

As curators they worked, with the collections of the Peabody Essex
Museum in Salem/USA and the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale on the
multi-media exhibition called “LIFE~BOAT”.

Renata Stih is a professor at University of Applied Sciences in
Berlin, and shares her experience in painting, drawing, art and
technology, pop culture, theatre, film, and media. Dr. Frieder Schnock
is an art historian, critic, and curator, with a wide range of
interests ranging from 18th century landscape gardens and photography
to curatorial projects involving in museums, private collections, and
galleries.

Their work has met with critical acclaim as “radical” and
“historically illuminating” attempts to provoke discussion about the
immediate but often obscured relationship of the German past to its
present.

Check out their website to find out more. They do some really interesting work, and this talk is bound to be great.

But wait, there’s more! If you are an Oberlin student who wants to meet with the artists this week Tuesday or Wednesday for lunch/coffee, they are interested in meeting with you! Just email Prof. Sammartino to arrange a time.

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2008 in Visiting Artist, Visiting Speaker

 

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