Newsletter 9 / October 2021

Ulf Erdmann Ziegler © Jürgen Bauer, Christoph Dieckmann © Ch. Links Verlag


Indoor Event* and Livestream

German-German Asymmetries
Lecture and discussion with Ulf Erdmann Ziegler („Eine andere Epoche“, Suhrkamp Verlag 2021) and Christoph Dieckmann („Woher sind wir geboren“, Ch. Links Verlag 2021)
Moderation: Jörg Magenau
Thuesday, 5 October 2021, 8 p.m.
Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus, Chausseestr. 125, 10115 Berlin
In German language

A quarter of a century after reunification, the cultural debate in the new Federal Republic of Germany is still characterized by asymmetrical experiences and perceptions. Yet not only the GDR, but also the old Federal Republic has come to its multifaceted end. However, while the reappraisal of the GDR is very far advanced, there is a lack of a comparably dense preoccupation with the old Federal Republic. Above all, it is time for a comparative examination of German-German transformation processes. Christoph Dieckmann and Ulf Erdmann Ziegler will read from their current books and talk about German-German cultural history as a "history of relationships".
An event of the Kulturstiftung Schloss Wiepersdorf in cooperation with the Literaturforum im Brecht-Haus

(*Participants of indoor events must provide proof of the extent to which they have been vaccinated, recovered or tested).

Virtual Events

Science – Ecology – Activism
Eva Horn and Klaus Dörre in discussion
Moderation: Steffen Richter
Wednesday, 13 October, 7 p.m.
Recorded on 14 September 2021 in Schloss Wiepersdorf in German language

In the face of climate crisis and pandemic, science has taken on a new status in the social conversation. But scientists not only reflect on crisis symptoms, they also make proposals in collaboration or debate with activists that can become politically effective. This is especially true for ecological problems. In a conversation between the literature and cultural studies scholar Eva Horn and the economic sociologist Klaus Dörre, the relationship between science and activism is discussed with regard to ecological crises

Steven Kazuo Takasugi. JNH: Just-noticeably Human
Lecture on Musical Humanness in the Age of Digital Automation
On Invitation by Hakan Ulus
Wednesday, 20 October 2021, 7 p.m.
Recorded in English language

The American composer Steven Takasugi will provide insights into his musical language, creative process and current works. In his lecture, he will present his piano concerto project scheduled for 2023 in Donaueschingen. Takasugi is one of the most renowned composers in the field of new music today. His work focuses on electroacoustic composition mostly with music-theatrical elements.


Special Fellowship „Deutsche Tischgesellschaft“

The "Deutsche Tischgesellschaft", founded by Achim von Arnim in 1811, brought together representatives from art, science, administration and the military such as Fichte, Savigny, Schinkel and Schleiermacher. Women and Jews were not allowed.
The cultural and theater scholar Corinna Kirschstein started the research grant from the Kulturstiftung Schloss Wiepersdorf in cooperation with the Goethe and Schiller Archive, Klassik Stiftung Weimar at September 2021.


On Demand

Dialectic of Equality. Achim von Arnim’s anti-Jewish Speech in Context
Discussion with historian Stefan Hofmann and Theresa Eisele
(Recording in German language)

In the early summer of 1811, Achim von Arnim gave a speech in Berlin before the German Tischgesellschaft entitled “Über die Kennzeichen des Judentums”. In it, he addressed the question of whether and how Jews could be recognized in everyday life, making use of various anti-Jewish topoi. In a conversation with Theresa Eisele, a fellow of the Kulturstiftung Schloss Wiepersdorf, historian Stefan Hofmann discusses Arnim's speech as a paradigmatic text of hostility towards Jews in the early 19th century.

Literature and Film. Günter Kunert
A lecture by film historian Günter Agde
(Recording in German language)

Throughout his life, the German poet Günter Kunert (1929–2019) wrote numerous texts for the cinema, and his films form a significant, yet hitherto largely unknown, part of the German cinematic repertoire. Kunert's short story "Zentralbahnhof" (1972), a work full of Kafkaesque ciphers and timeless and placeless allusions, has inspired quite a few German filmmakers to adapt this prose for the cinema.



Lloyd Corporation (Ali Eisa & Sebastian Lloyd Rees)
Exhibition until 31 October 2021
Castle Square

London/Athens is a photographic series documenting street notices and advertisements found across the two cities since March 2020. Taken by the artists as they navigated and explored the streets during recent lockdowns, the images make visible a multitude of personal and political responses to the unprecedented conditions we currently face in the city.
Ali Eisa and Sebastian Lloyd Rees were fellows of the project "Art in a Conflicted World" of the Kulturstiftung Schloss Wiepersdorf, which was funded by the German Foreign Office in 2020.


Café in the Orangery

The café in the Orangery in the park of Wiepersdorf Castle is open until 10 October 2021 on Sundays between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.. The respective hygiene regulations apply.

The castle remains closed until further notice due to the reconstruction of the museum.


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