DOI

10.17077/etd.hi1nwzbo

Document Type

Dissertation

Date of Degree

Summer 2017

Access Restrictions

Access restricted until 08/31/2021

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Degree In

History

First Advisor

Heineman, Elizabeth D.

First Committee Member

Penny, H. Glenn

Second Committee Member

Sessions, Jennifer

Third Committee Member

Hoenicke Moore, Michaela

Fourth Committee Member

Adcock, Craig

Abstract

Creative Alternatives examines the intersections between cultural politics, experimental art, and the public sphere in late twentieth century Berlin. The work identifies how artists used interactive visual displays to engage with West Berlin publics, develop democratic subjectivities under state socialism in East Berlin, and reject the city’s neoliberal turn after German unification. The work also traces the role of the arts as an economic motor in late twentieth century Berlin, as city leaders responded to the pressures of globalization and interurban competition. This study of divided and unified Berlin transcends the political ruptures and geographical divisions that structure our understanding of modern Germany and hinder integrated histories of the two German states, even as it addresses issues common to major cities worldwide.

Keywords

Action art, GDR, German unification, neoliberalism, urban space, West Berlin

Pages

x, 384 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 354-378).

Copyright

Copyright © 2017 Briana Jennifer Smith

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