Focus

Focus © Romain Vignes on Unsplash

Under "Focus", we convey the main topics of our work through various formats and perspectives. We wish you an interesting read and look forward to your comments.

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100 Years Bauhaus

100 years of Bauhaus © Irmi Maunu-Kocian

A century ago, in 1919, Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus School of Art and Design with the aim of making German design internationally more competitive. In the following years, the Bauhaus revolutionized not only the world of design and the arts, but also that of architecture, and became one of the most important cultural factors of the century worldwide. Our dossier on this year's anniversary presents interesting facts, milestones and hopefully inspiring insights into this fascinating movement.

Graphic Novels from Germany

Axolotl liest © Olivia Vieweg

With the Stroke of a Pen

Our focus is on the graphic novel scene in Germany and some of its most important authors. We take a look back at the last decades of German comic history and let some of the protagonists of the scene have their say. 

Author Nora Krug grew up in Germany, moved abroad and has lived for more than 20 years in an English-speaking environment. In her graphic memoir “Heimat”, she examines German history during the Nazi regime. Photo (detail): © Nina Subin

Nora Krug
Dancing the polka in Milwaukee

Interview with writer and illustrator Nora Krug about her book “Belonging”, living as a German in the US and the potential of graphic memoirs to deal with the past. 

Future libraries

Series: Future Libraries © raumlaborberlin on behalf of Kulturprojekte Berlin

Libraries lead us through a flood of analogue and digital information, can be a platform for exchange, space for encounters or social anchors in the city. With our series “Future Libraries” we shed light on challenges, trends and examples of success around the future of the library.

A year in music: 2018

Musikrückblick 2018 © Colourbox

2018 was a difficult year, seen from a political and social point of view. In addition, there were drastic changes in traditional markets such as the physical media formats.

Posthumanism

Posthumanism © Stefanie Sixt

At the threshold to a new era

Posthumanism

The dossier about the era of Posthumanism addresses the ethical, social and political issues associated with it, as well as ways of dealing creatively with them.

Living

Wohnen quer © Goethe-Institut
How do we want to live? In view of skyrocketing rents and property prices in cities worldwide, this is not so easy to answer. Ideas from the past, present and for the future help with solutions.

Feminism today

Dossier Feminismus © Photo: Jerry Kiesewetter on Unsplash
What are the vital issues that women and feminists in Canada and Germany today consider to be of burning importance, what are they concerned about? And what else is there still to do? This is a showcase of people who are involved in the field of culture and who are dealing with the currently most pressing feminist issues and debates.

German Music in Review: 2017

 

Fokus Musik © Michael Gaida/Pixabay
2017 was a politically charged year - in Germany, in Europe and in the world. Whether and how this has also been reflected in the German music scene, you can find out in our new Focus “German Music In Review: 2017”.

Tribute to Raimund Hoghe

 

La Valse © Rosa-Frank.com
One of the most unusual choreographers of our time was our guest in Montreal in April 2018. Read more about this exceptional artist on our focus page.

Flight, refuge and migration

Refugees
Photo: Freedom House / Flickr via Creative Commons, CC0
How do refugees contribute to the society of their arrival country? What are the reciprocal influences? How can the arrival be shaped differently?

No other subject has been as controversially discussed nor polarized as much. So far the discussions have been about refugees as a homogenous group though, and their situation has been generalized. This dossier is trying to add a micro-perspective.

Underground, today

Underground, today
Photo: Anders Jensen-Urstad via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3,0
„Underground“ - what does this word, with its air of revolt against the establishment, still signify? What does it evoke, today? And what can Underground achieve today?

Does it always arise out of disagreement or rather does it reflect a parallel “praxis” that is not necessarily seeking confrontation? A practice operating discreetly and on the fringes of official networks, searching for neither recognition nor longevity… This collection aims to provide elements of a response by examining a range of cultural domains from here and from Germany.

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