BEFORE DISAPPEARING

SEARCH FOR FORGOTTEN ART FROM EAST GERMANY

SEARCH FOR FORGOTTEN ART FROM EAST GERMANY

BEFORE DISAPPEARING

20 Locations | 20 Artworks

In this five-day project, young people go on a search for art for architecture from East Germany. With the findings from their research and their impressions, they create their own artwork or media-format. They are supported by regional artists and a museum educator.

Art of Architecture

When building and redesigning residential areas and city centres, East Germany spent part of the construction sum on building-related art and open space design. Murals, reliefs, glass windows and mosaics, sculptures and fountains were intended to represent the state ideology and the socialist way of life. With reunification, many buildings lost their function; they were demolished and modificated. The related art often disappeared with the buildings. The remaining artworks have been removed from their original context, are often in need of restoration and are controversial.

Realisation

The project is made up of the following modules:

DAY 1
The students visit the Memorial and Education Centre Andreasstrasse in Erfurt and learn about art and politics of East Germany.

DAY 2
In their hometown, we will research the history of the artwork, interview local experts and discuss how to deal with art from East Germany.

DAY 3 – 5
Together with local artists, the students create their own artworks and media-formats, e. g. documentaries, short-films or Podcasts.
The project can take place as a contiguous project-week from Monday to Friday or can be arranged flexibly. For example, the visit of the Memorial and Education Centre Andreasstrasse can take place one or several weeks before a four-day project week on the spot.

Project period

The project is aimed at school classes of all school types from grade 9 as well as extracurricular youth groups. It can be carried out with 20 groups until October 2023 in any location in Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. The artwork can be chosen by the participants themselves and can be part of the public, stored or disappeared.
The offer is free of charge. Travel costs to Erfurt are not covered.

Project-related

The accompanying website offers insights into the individual projects and makes the works of the young people visible and audible. All projects will be shown in a special exhibition in the Andreasstrasse in 2023. For teachers, a handout with teaching materials will be produced during the two-year project time-span.