With the end of the year at ECLA there comes a time to ponder the meaning of our academic experience here. However, there is yet another side to the ECLA experience – Berlin and its culture. Some students speak of The Island of ECLA, ECLA-Land or The City of ECLA (referring to Plato’s Republic). There
Brassaï is the pseudonym of Hungarian artist Gyula Halász, whose exhibition we visited last week at Martin Gropius Bau as part of the Seeing Berlin programme. A notable feature of the exhibition is that the hanging arrangement of the 1950’s Moma exhibition in New York is now reproduced in Berlin. Our guide began the tour
A visit to the Hamburger Bahnhof was incorporated into the course on Human-Animal Relations in Historical Perspective, as part of an ongoing discussion of the capacity to feel pain and to suffer as criteria for the ethical consideration of animals. The exhibition, simply entitled Schmerz runs from April to August, 2007. On display was an
The German Historical Museum in Berlin with its new exhibition ‘Kunst und Propaganda’ (Art and Propaganda) has grown quite popular at ECLA in the last weeks. First the ‘Continental Aesthetics’ class visited this exhibition in order to better understand the conventions of art at the time Heidegger was writing and how art changes its nature
The buildings in Berlin can still afford a touch of animation this week, as winter is just about to take over their facades and soon enough, passers-by will prefer warmth to colour. Because ECLA students hardly know the buildings in the first place, it would be a long stretch to say that the Festival of
ECLA’s Student Community Life Coordinator Alissa Burmeister joined 39,999 runners from around the world for the 33rd Berlin Marathon on Sunday, September 24th 2006. Assistant to the President Tomaz Cebasek spoke with her the next day. Hello Alissa and congratulations! The finish line of yesterday’s run was as far away as they get. What does
On December 3, ECLA’s very own bluegrass band, 3 Chords and the Truth, filled Cafe Lyrik in Prenzlauer Berg with twangy chords and soulful melodies, much to the delight of their audience who called for an encore after the final song. The band played two sets, featuring strong vocals by Aurelian-Cezar Cherciu (AY 2006, Romania),
Although only in their second month at ECLA, some students have already seen more of Berlin than the locals, due in part to the “Seeing Berlin” programme that was introduced this academic year. Art historian Aya Soika is coordinating the programme, which exposes students to the cultural and historical aspects of Berlin through regular events.