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Stefanie Bürkle: Workshops of Knowledge
October 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Stefanie Bürkle is an artist and a professor of fine art at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany. She studied scenography in Paris and fine art at the Berlin University of the Arts. Her artistic practice ranges from painting and photography to video and installation. In addition to highlighting the connections between art and science, her art and research focus on a critical examination of urban space, exploring topics such as construction sites and facades, architecture as scenography, and theme parks and tourism. Her recent contribution to the Kunsthalle Rostock exhibition features wallpaper that replicates the facade of the Palast der Republik, to represent her belief that the building had become a two-dimensional surface onto which questions about German identity and history were being projected. In an interview, Ms. Bürkle said the exhibition came at “exactly the right time” to take stock of both the regimeʼs utopian intentions and its grimmer realities. “Iʼm against cutsefying it, and against nostalgia for the G.D.R., which was a brutal dictatorship that destroyed people,” she said. “The identity of the G.D.R. is not contained in this building alone. It came from all kinds of other things.”(New York Times June, 7th 2019). Studio+Laborartory: Workshops of Knowledge is currently on view at the National Academy of Science Washington DC. “Be it artistic works or scientific discoveries, the end results are all that generally remain visible of the creative process. What happens behind closed doors in the laboratory or studio tends to be just as invisible as it is mysterious. Stefanie Bürkle chose to delve into these sites of creativity, using large and medium-format analogue cameras to photograph scientistsʼ laboratories and artistsʼ studios in Berlin.”