Deutsches Haus at NYU presents a panel discussion among Marion Brasch, Jörg Häntzschel, Annekatrin Hendel, Florian Reischauer, and Noah Isenberg (moderator) about creativity amidst a pandemic. Opening remarks will be provided by Yasemin Pamuk, Head of Cultural Affairs and Science at the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormously challenging impact on all areas of our lives. It has changed the way we work, learn, teach; the way we interact with each other and socialize; how we celebrate and create. Our panel of artists, writers, and filmmakers will engage in an international cultural dialogue, in which they will examine how the pandemic has impacted the realms of art and culture. How can one create, share, engage and collaborate in lockdown? What will our cultural landscape look like when we emerge from the pandemic?
About the panelists:
Marion Brasch was born in East Berlin in 1961. After graduating from high school, she trained as a typesetter and worked in a printing press, for various publishing houses, the GDR Composers' Association, and for radio stations. In 2012, her family novel "Ab jetzt ist Ruhe" [From Now on There is Quiet] was published, which was followed by three more novels and several short stories. In 2015, she brought the story of her three deceased artist brothers to the stage of the Deutsches Theater in Berlin.
Jörg Häntzschel, born in Munich in 1968, studied comparative literature, English studies and Romance languages in Berlin, France, and London. He started working as a journalist in 1995 and has been working for SZ since 1998, initially from London, then until 2012 as a cultural correspondent in New York. He is an editor in the SZ's feature section (“Feuilleton”).
Annekatrin Hendel was born in Berlin. After finishing her studies in Design, she began working as a freelance costume and set designer for film and theater. In 2004, she founded the film production company It Works! Medien. The award-winning company has produced almost 30 films. A selection as a director include: Expulsion Into Paradise (2020), Beauty and Decay (2019), The Brasch Family (2018), Five Stars (2016), Fassbinder (2015), Anderson (2014), Flake (2012), Vaterlandsverräter (2011). Annekatrin Hendel is a member of the management board of the German Film Academy.
Noah Isenberg (moderator) is the George Christian Centennial Professor and Chair of the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author, most recently, of We’ll Always Have ‘Casablanca’: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie (W.W. Norton, 2017; Faber & Faber, 2017), which was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and also named an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Book Review. Among his other books are: Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins (California, 2014), which was selected by Huffington Post as a Best Film Book of 2014 and, as editor, Weimar Cinema: An Essential Guide to Classic Films of the Era (Columbia, 2009), which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. His current projects include a book on Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot for Norton and a short interpretive biography of Wilder for the Yale Jewish Lives series. The anthology, Billy Wilder on Assignment: Dispatches from Weimar Berlin and Interwar Vienna, which he edited and introduced, is due out from Princeton in April 2021.
Florian Reischauer is an Austrian photographer based in Berlin. His work is mainly focused on everyday life, whether in urban or rural surroundings. For the past ten years he has been working on the project Pieces of Berlin. By portraying and interviewing Berliners he gives deep insights in the daily life of the metropolis and documents its rapid changes. Visit his website here: http://www.piecesofberlin.com/
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"Creativity in Times of COVID" is funded by the DAAD from funds of the German Federal Foreign Office (AA).