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With the title CONTINENT – In Search of Europe, the publication of the same name will be published to accompany the exhibition. As an artistic and political statement, OSTKREUZ – Agentur für Fotografen focuses on presentday Europe and critically examines it in 22 positions. On the occasion of the collective’s thirtieth anniversary, the book invites readers to reflect on Europe in a dynamic and complex way through a variety of perspectives.

The European city has been an engine of civilisation since its creation. Today, however, fundamental challenges such as climate change mean it is facing changes that cast doubt on the continuity and sustainability of the ethical foundations of urban life. On the basis of projects, visions and manifestos, the members of the Architecture Section and their guests from all over Europe present their positions for a new direction.

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The Journal der Künste 13 with the following contributions: Wolfgang Kaleck, Eva Horn, A. L. Kennedy, Kathrin Röggla, Anh-Linh Ngo, Adrienne Goehler on criticism and crisis in the time of the pandemic. Oliver Sturm, Paul Plamper and Jochen Meißner with contributions on the 100th anniversary of radio and contemporary radio drama. Photographer Johanna-Maria Fritz in an interview about her work on magic and witches in Romania’s Roma community in the context of the exhibition “Continent – Searching for Europe” (02/10/20 – 10/01/2021). Iranian filmmaker Farhad Delaram on the Iranian film scene, censorship and his own way of approaching and handling it. News from the Archives brings contributions about Max Eitingon and Arnold Zweig, the story of an extraordinary comeback and much more.

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The political photomontages and collaged book covers of John Heartfield (1891–1968) have their origins in Berlin Dada. With gripping imagery and trenchant humour, the artist fought against war and Fascism, using works whose explosive power has lost none of its impact today. Like his animated films and theatre work, they are discussed in the context of his own and others' artworks, as well as the archive materials and images he collected. Supplemented by contemporary artists' statements.

John Heartfield – photomonteur, graphic artist and set designer – used this Berlin address book after he returned from exile in London and settled in the GDR. It is now kept in the archives of the Akademie der Künste. Many entries are accompanied by previously unpublished correspondence and photographs, offering profound commentary. Excerpts from the address book, pertaining to about 120 addressees, are enriched with biographical notes, anecdotes and quotes from letters.

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Journal der Künste 12 with the following articles: Aleida Assmann on the importance of body memory; Enis Maci with Fackelmarsch mit Blob, oder: Wir und andere Phantome; Volker Braun, Klaus Wolfram and Katharina Warda on a society thirty years after the fall of the Wall; Tim Rieniets, Matthias Sauerbruch and Jörn Walter on the “Urbainable–stadthaltig” exhibition about the role of the city and its architecture in times of new challenges. News from the archives include articles on the exceptional artist Christoph Schlingensief, the exiled writer Hedda Zinner, the Akademie exhibitions 1786–1943 and much more.

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The conceptual art of Timm Ulrichs, which critically reflects the strategies of visual representation against the background of the “Linguistic Turn”, is the focus of Peter Weibel's essay. The media artist and theorist shows how Ulrichs – by demonstrating the enchantment of the mind through words and images – skilfully bridges the gap between innovation and creativity so that he always hits the mark artistically.

The publication on the Hans Scharoun’s residential high-rises “Romeo” and “Julia” shed light on the discussions in residential housing research that Scharoun referenced in his work. His designs illustrate the expanding range of knowledge about residential floor-plans. In addition to comprehensive planning documentation, the book features contemporary photos by Georg Aerni highlighting the buildings’ expressive appearance.