Date of Degree
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PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Heineman, Elizabeth D.
First Committee Member
Penny, H. Glenn
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Hoenicke Moore, Michaela
Fourth Committee Member
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.
Action art, GDR, German unification, neoliberalism, urban space, West Berlin
x, 384 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 354-378).
Copyright © 2017 Briana Jennifer Smith
Smith, Briana Jennifer. "Creative alternatives: experimental art and cultural politics in Berlin, 1971-1999." PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) thesis, University of Iowa, 2017.
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