The Archaeology of Art in Berlin

Author(s): Carolyn White

Year: 2015


The city of Berlin, Germany is known for its art and for its community of practicing artists, amidst a city described as a living ruin. This paper focuses on the physicality, ephemerality, and durability of the art community and its engagement with the built environment. The physical spaces in Berlin and the artists that occupy those spaces are the focus, particularly in the ways that artists use and reuse of the physical environment of the post-Wall city and the surrounding environs in temporary and permanent "project spaces." The paper will combine analysis of the physical elements of studios and buildings, the placement of artist communities within the city, and an exploration of the meanings of space and community.The questions posed in this project are situated within current scholarship in archaeology of the contemporary and recent past, household archaeology, landscape studies of place and space, and materiality of daily life. 

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The Archaeology of Art in Berlin. Carolyn White. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433740)

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Temporal Keywords
21st Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 73