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Art Goes Public. Presented by Renata Stih & Frieder Schnock

Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 6:30 p.m.

Stih & Schnock are Berlin based conceptual artists, exploring how memory functions in the social sphere and in museums as containers of memory, and how it is reflected symbolically in urban spaces. 

In their presentation they will speak about the ambiguity and ambivalence of social sculpture and introduce how the intrusion of art in public space affects everyday life through their projects, which include: Places of Remembrance in Berlin--Schöneberg (1993), BUS STOP, their proposal for the Holocaust memorial in Berlin (1994/95), Invitation -- Berlin Alexanderplatz (1997/98), and The City As Text (2007). They will also focus on art collections as places of collective memory and their interventions in the field of institutional critique introducing their current video installation for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia, the exhibition POTATO CELLAR at Souterrain (Hoffmann Collection) in Berlin (2011), The Art of Collecting - Flick in Berlin (2004) and their curatorial concept called LIFE~BOAT, which they developed at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA.


Prof. Renata Stih has taught art and technology, film and media at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin for many years; Frieder Schnock received his PhD in art history and is a former curator at the Museum Fridericianum in Kassel. Rockefeller fellows Stih and Schnock have exhibited and lectured at numerous European and American galleries, museums and universities, including the Zurich College of Art, UCLA, UC, Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Brown. They are the Freund fellows at Washington University, Sam Fox Graduate School of Art in St. Louis in 2012/13, where they will be creating an installation for the St. Louis Art Museum.

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