Before and After the Wall

Music & Art in East & West Germany

Saturday, November 8, 2 - 5 pm
Symposium at the Goethe-Institut, GoetheForum
Speakers: Leonard Schmieding (GHI/Georgetown), Nico Raschick (filmmaker, Here We Come), and Eckhart Gillen (German art historian and curator)

This symposium will address the perspective of German artists on both sides of the Wall whose lives and work were shaped by the division.

How did teenaged hip-hop artists appropriate breakdance, graffiti, DJing and rap from the Bronx? How did they organize their own communities and become part of the transatlantic hip-hop scene in the 1980s? Leonard Schmieding (curator of the exhibition The Early Days: Hip-Hop Culture in the German Democratic Republic) in conversation with filmmaker Nico Raschick, will highlight how Hip-hoppers in the two Germanies made their own history-and they continue to make it matter today.

Renowned art historian Eckhart Gillen will give an overview of the artistic development with reference to the Berlin Wall. This will include paintings, photography and installations by A.R. Penck and Jörg Immendorff, Wolf Vostell, Roger Loewig, Wolfgang Peuker, and more.