Exhibition and talk The Power of Emotions. Germany 19 | 19 - Exhibition and talk with Prof. Dr. Ute Frevert

The Power of Emotions © Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur / Regina Schmeken

Exhibition: 09/03 -09/30/2019 | Talk: 09/16/2019 - 6:30 pm

Goethe-Institut San Francisco

530 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Our politics are increasingly driven by emotions, so it would seem. We are living in an age of permanent agitation. Facts are being called into question by perceived truths. Radicals of every description are attracting more and more attention with simple answers to complex questions.The political center often does not know how to deal with heated emotions. It is characterized by the political culture of the old Federal Republic, where the need for sobriety prevailed.

This is where the exhibition entitled The Power of Emotions. Germany 19 | 19 comes in, which has been created by Ute and Bettina Frevert for the “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” Foundation (EVZ) and the Federal Foundation for the Study of Communist Dictatorship in East Germany. The exhibition takes an emotional-historical perspective to look back at the last 100 years and illustrates the political and social impact of fear, hope, love and rage.The poster exhibition can be visited from September 1st to September 30th at the Goethe-Institut in San Francisco.

The Power of Emotions. Germany 19 | 19 takes present-day manifestations of 20 emotions as a starting point and shows how these have developed during the 20th century: conjunctures, change and continuities. In the 2019 year of remembrance, the exhibition will demonstrate continuities and gaps in the emotions that have shaped the last 100 years, the intensity of which is now presenting a challenge for politics and society.

On September 16th there will be a talk and subsequent discussion with curator Prof. Dr. Ute Frevert at the ART-Lounge of the Goethe-Institut San Francisco. The event will be moderated by Andrea Westermann, Research Fellow & Head of Office, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington.

Ute Frevert is a historian and director of the Max-Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, where she has led the “History of Emotions” research area since 2008. Previously, she was a professor at Yale University in the USA, as well as at Bielefeld University, the University of Konstanz and FU Berlin. In 1998, she received the Leibniz Award from the German Research Foundation. In 2016, she received the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, first class. She is a member of a number of national and international academies.Together with Bettina Frevert she has curated the exhibition The Power of Emotions. Germany 19 | 19.