A project of the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in cooperation with "De/construction of Monument," Bosnia-Herzegovina, and "relations."
Artistic interventions / interactions in public space
October 17 - 29, 2005, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (NBK) and various locations in Berlin-Mitte
Opening event "NBK displaced" on October 20, 2005:
18.30h interventions / interactions, artists: Maria Thereza Alves, Edgar Arceneaux, Danica Dakić, Šejla Kamerić, Stih & Schnock at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (NBK) and various locations in Berlin-Mitte
20.30h public discussion with the artists, moderated by Ekaterina Degot (Moskau) at NBK
"displaced" translates the themes addressed in "De/construction of Monument" into the local German context. After the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, new national elites are rewriting the history of their respective countries. Memory is under fire, with historical markers being erased, places being renamed, books being corrected, and new hymns, icons, and symbols being propagated. "De/construction of Monument" counters this manipulation with deconstructive strategies.
In response to these themes and inspired by stays in Sarajevo, six artists are currently developing works for display in public spaces in Berlin. These works relate the state of postwar society in Sarajevo and the function of public memory to the German capital and the "economy of attracting attention," the dominant western mode of media representation.