Art and Memory in Berlin presented by Professors Renata Stih & Frieder Schnock

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Venue:Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Renata Stih & Frieder Schnock are Berlin-based visual artists, exploring how memory functions in the social sphere and how it is reflected symbolically in urban spaces. Their multi-media art installations refer to contemporary artistic formats and traditional rituals inside museums and art galleries while encouraging public interaction and engagement. In this lecture they will discuss how their idea of art in public space affects everyday life, particularly through their decentralized memorial Orte des Erinnerns / Places of Remembrance (1993) in Berlin’s Schöneberg neighborhood. They will also discuss their transitory memorial concept BUS STOP, created for Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial competition (1994-95) and their multi-layered public art intervention The Art of Collecting - Flick in Berlin (2004).

Professor Renata Stih teaches art and technology, film, and media at Beuth University of Technology in Berlin. She is the Chair of the Art Advisory Board to the Senate of Culture and Europe in Berlin, is engaged in many art and architecture commissions, and has published widely on art, film and architecture. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Normandy Institute Foundation in Paris and the co-founder of the Human Rights Watch Committee in Berlin. Stih was awarded the German Federal Grant at the Cité des Art in Paris, the Berlin Art Grant, the Freund Fellowship at Washington University, St. Louis, the Rockefeller Fellowship at the Rockefeller Research Center in Bellagio/Italy, the Obermayer German Jewish History Award, and other honors. Professor Dr. Frieder Schnock is the director of the Institute of Advanced Studies of the Artist Association in Berlin and has created a range of lectures for film students in visual studies at Beuth University of Technology in Berlin. He has also worked as a curator in public and private collections, such as at the Museum Fridericianum in Kassel (Documenta) and is the co-founder of the exhibition organisations Gesellschaft für Blickschulung and Loft 44/45 in Berlin. He was a Rockefeller Fellow at the Rockefeller Research Center in Bellagio/Italy and a Freund Fellow at Washington University, St. Louis, and is currently an Obermayer German Jewish History Awardee.

Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock were appointed honorary professors at the Institute of Philosophy and Sciences of Art at Leuphana University in Lüneburg in 2017, where they have been lecturing together on Memory, Public Art & Social Sculpture since 2012, creating various museum research projects and experimental exhibitions on Artifacts in Transition: Exchange and Impact of Culture since 2014-15.

FIU Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs For more information please contact Dr. Oren Stier, stiero@fiu.edu

Light refreshments served. Co-sponsored with The Wolfsonian-FIU.

Free for JMOF-FIU & Wolfsonian Members,FIU Students, Staff & Faculty or with Museum Admission.

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