GCLR Lecture this Tuesday: Printed Portfolios and Artist Books as a Means to Create A New Society

by Adrienne Tsikewa, Graduate Programming Assistant
Monday, December 05, 2022 10:09 AM

UCSB Graduate Center for Literary Research invites you to the following upcoming lecture by Dr. Constanze Fritzsch (Institut für Sächsische Geschichte und Volkskunde, Dresden): "Carlfriedrich Claus and A.R. Penck: Printed Portfolios and Artist Books as Means to Create a New Society." This lecture will be held on Tuesday Dec 6 from 10-11am on Zoom.

As convinced Marxists, the GDR artists Carlfriedrich Claus and A.R. Penck wanted to contribute to the construction of Socialism. Resisting a dogmatic understanding of Marxism-Leninism, they developed in their artist books and graphic portfolios new forms of communication and language that could give expression to a utopian "not-yet-being" (E. Bloch). Both used language not only to grasp and verbalize reality, but above all to constitute it in the first place, in order to design new models of social coexistence and to constitute self-determined and self-aware subjects. The lecture will be devoted to Penck's Standart artist books and to Carlfriedrich Claus' 1977 graphic portfolio Aurora.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the UCSB Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies.