How do we go about designing our future and being conscious of our past? How to lay the foundations for a sustainable world? And what does it mean to live in a present that is trans-cultural through and through? Read our voices editorial.

The Trail of Silence

They were known as “comfort women” – a phrase that conceals their sad fate. What they experienced they kept to themselves. Now, at last, they are making their voices heard: in an artistic work featured in the exhibition “Wordless – Falling Silent Loudly”. Laura Helena Wurth on a continuing trauma. A re-publishing from our magazine August.

17. September 2021 — Read / Article (6 minutes) More

Writing Cure / Writing Concept

In the exhibition “Wordless — Falling Silent Loudly”, recently on view at the Japanisches Palais, contemporary artists and activists were invited to enter into a multi-vocal dialogue with items in the collection that vary in provenance. Here, the cultural theorist and art critic Lisa Stuckey explains how this exhibition dealt with “poetic thinking,” as put forth by Hannah Arendt. First published in Arts of the Working Class.

17. September 2021 — Read / Article (6 minutes) More

Zukunftsforum: Art and Memory

Léontine Meijer-van Mensch in conversation with Prof. Michael Rothberg and Dr. Alina Gromova. Rothberg explores the idea of multidirectional memory. Together with Alina Gromova they discuss victim rivalry and the conflict of attention, how these shape our notion of remembrance culture and how solidarity and empathy in memorializing may offer an alternative.

22. July 2021 — Watch / Conversation (96 minutes) More

Zukunftsforum: Belonging and Community

Léontine Meijer-van Mensch in conversation with Dr. Erica Lehrer and Dr. Friedrich von Bose. Erica Lehrer teaches cultural anthropology at Concordia University, Canada. Together with Friedrich von Bose they discuss Lehrer’s idea of “communities of implication,” their potentials and the possibility of an ethnological museum.

17. June 2021 — Watch / Conversation (105 minutes) More