John Heartfield, Zum Krisen-Parteitag der SPD (On the SPD Party Crisis), page from the AIZ, 1931 © The Heartfield Community of Heirs / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020, Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Goodbye Photomontage?

Online Symposium

Please click here for the introduction of the online symposium

As part of the “Montage or Fake News?” exhibition programme for John Heartfield – Photography plus Dynamite, the Visual Arts Section of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin ‒ in cooperation with the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin ‒ has organised the online symposium “Abschied von der Fotomontage?” (Goodbye Photomontage?).

Originally planned as a two-day public event on Pariser Platz, with dialogically structured impulse lectures, discussions, interviews, film screenings, music performances and artist statements, the interdisciplinary project is taking place exclusively online due to the current situation. Three panels address topical issues and questions derived from a re-examination of select aspects of John Heartfield’s works and their impact.

With contributions by:

Panel I: Working Process – Revolutionary Beauty
Peter Chametzky
(Columbia, South Carolina) – Sabine Kriebel (Cork), Margarita Tupitsyn (New York/Paris) – Damarice Amao (Paris), Volker Pantenburg (Berlin) – Azadeh Akhlaghi (Teheran/Melbourne), Christian Marclay (London)

Panel II: Deconstruction – Digital World
Virginia McBride
(New York/New Brunswick) – Adam Broomberg (London/Berlin), Doreen Mende (Berlin) – Alexander Schwarz (Munich), Boaz Levin (Berlin) – Kolja Reichert (Berlin), Anda Kryeziu (Kosovo/Berlin)

Panel III: Construction – Images of Terror and Atrocities: When Images Become Weapons
Verena Straub
(Berlin) – Klaus Speidel (Vienna), Philipp Müller (Hamburg) – Anette Vowinckel (Potsdam), Kristina Jaspers (Berlin), Gerd Kroske (Berlin), Rithy Panh (Paris/Phnom Penh)

To accompany the exhibition “John Heartfield – Photography plus Dynamite”, an online symposium addresses topical issues and questions derived from a re-examination of select aspects of John Heartfield’s works and their impact.

Conceived by Angela Lammert in collaboration with Ute Eskildsen, Florian Ebner and Charlotte Klonk