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
A peculiar informational plaque posted in a field in Joachimsthal reads: The man on the field is playing Flint, the main character of Heiner Mueller’s 1961 play ‘Die Umsiedlerin’ (The Resettler). His movements, thoughts and expressions have been rehearsed in New York City. He is planting half a ton of potatoes. The actor David Barlow
The topic of this year’s ECLA Annual Conference was social entrepreneurship – a term quite recently adopted by both the business and academic worlds. Through their involvement, the students explored approaches to resolving social issues and forming a self-sustainable business plan. In more general terms, it helped students understand how to put theory into practice.
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
The time has come to think about the future, as we are now only 8 weeks away from the end of the academic year. With this in mind, the students are facing important decisions about their professional and academic careers. However, the fog may clear if instead of wondering about what the future holds we
After several days in Florence, Rome was a sudden change from medieval or Renaissance architecture to the Baroque. Bearing this in mind, the last day of the Italy Exeat was a lesson on what came after the Renaissance. We were very lucky that the Villa Borghese, a building formerly not open to the public, opened
The final exhibition of the installation art class took place at ECLA in the last week of the winter term. Installations addressed themes such as trust, fantasy, change and the passage of time, vanity and power relations. I had the opportunity to act in the installation entitled ‘The Last Supper’ by Lia Tarkhan-Mouravi (Georgia, Academy
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