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“Disappearing Wall”
Goethe-Institut Calls Citizens to Take Part in a Europe-Wide Quotes Competition

“Disappearing Wall”
Photo (detail): Felix Rettberg

Whether a statement by Hannah Arendt, a lyric by the Beatles, a quote from the film “The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain” or a statement by the Hungarian Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertész: in a Europe-wide competition, the Goethe-Institut is asking people in ten European countries for their favourite quotes from European high and pop culture.

From now until 31 March 2020 everyone is invited to submit their proposals in an email to verschwindendewand@goethe.de The best quotes will be included in a wooden installation entitled “Disappearing Wall”, which will be on view in ten countries in Europe from summer 2020 in the framework of Germany’s EU Council Presidency. The Goethe-Institut is additionally raffling an iPad and six book vouchers worth €250 for a local bookstore of one's own choice among all participants in Germany.
 
Interactive installations commemorating Europe’s diversity of languages and ideas will be put up in public spaces from summer 2020 in cities extending from Vilnius to Belfast and from Thessaloniki to Madrid. The attention-grabbing sculptures will be based on personal quotes that people from all over Europe can submit to a competition at the Goethe-Institut from now on until 31 March 2020. The participating countries are Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Cyprus. The quotes can come from European high or pop culture, such as from well-known thinkers or artists from all over Europe. After the closing date, an independent jury will make a selection of the best quotes, which will then be used in the installation. The submitters of all of the quotes considered in Germany can also win an iPad or six book vouchers worth €250. 

Entry requirements for participants from Germany: 

  • The quote can be contemporary or historic 
  • The quote can have a maximum of 124 characters (incl. spaces)
  • The quote must be given the correct source citation (reference to Wikipedia is not sufficient)
  • The quote can be submitted in the original language or in translation 
  • Send by E-Mail to verschwindendewand@goethe.de
Entry deadline: 31 March 2020. The date of receipt applies. The jury’s decision is final. For questions, please contact: verschwindendewand@goethe.de 
  • The “Disappearing Wall” installation consists of a Plexiglas frame in which around 6,000 wooden blocks with quotes are inserted. Photo (detail): © Felix Rettberg
    The “Disappearing Wall” installation consists of a Plexiglas frame in which around 6,000 wooden blocks with quotes are inserted.
  • After the installation is unveiled, everyone will have the opportunity to take blocks with quotes home with them. Photo (detail): Felix Rettberg
    For the German EU Council Presidency, the installation will soon be seen in ten European countries – everyone will have the opportunity to take blocks with quotes home with them.
  • All that remains is the clear Plexiglas grid: The wall disappears. Photo (detail): © Felix Rettberg
    All that remains is the clear Plexiglas grid: The wall disappears.

About the installation

The interactive “Disappearing Wall” installation is based on an idea proposed by Maria Yablonina in a workshop carried out by the architect and engineer Werner Sobek and initiated by the Goethe-Institut. The installation consists of a Plexiglas frame in which around 6,000 wooden blocks with quotes are inserted. For the German EU Council Presidency, the installation will soon be seen in ten European countries. After the installation is unveiled, everyone will have the opportunity to take blocks with quotes home with them. All that remains is the clear Plexiglas grid: The wall disappears.

The Disappearing Wall is a project by the Goethe-Institut. Supported with special funds from the Federal Foreign Office for the German EU Council Presidency.

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