[SISTER CITIES, OR, A BRIEF HISTORY OF AVANT GARDE EXODUS]
This class would explore the exchange in theoretical and cultural production between Los Angeles and Berlin during the last 100 years. Beginning with the exodus of Jewish intellectuals during WWII, and looking at the effect of such exile on the formation of the American avant garde, the first part of the class will seek to chart the influence of many German emigrants in Los Angeles.
Underscoring the link between the Los Angeles and Berlin public schools (I’m a committee member in Los Angeles), this project will also consider how exchange functions in the present tense. Cultural producers are increasingly mobile, and yet both cities retain a strong sense of scene. What conditions in the present tense make the two cities sympathisch? What are the implications of increased mobility, and what are its pitfalls?
To register, or find more information please log in to: berlin.thepublicschool.org/class/3403
Blog Entry by Clare Ros – in Berlin; Friday, May 20, 2011.