WHEN: Saturday, October 6th 8:15pm
Light-Art Meets German Architecture: “German Influencers”
Integrating innovative light-art with classic architecture to celebrate German-American heritage and friendship in Indianapolis
(Indianapolis, Indiana, October 6, 2018) – In honor of Indianapolis’s strong German-American roots, German artist collective URBANSCREEN will illuminate the Athenæum (also known as the Deutsches Haus) with animated images of influential German-American personalities—including Marlene Dietrich, Albert Einstein, and Kurt Vonnegut. “German Influencers” is one of three installations comprising “Light-Art Meets German Architecture,” a public art event series that will kick off the Year of German-American Friendship.
A nationwide collaborative effort of the Goethe-Institut, the German Federal Foreign Office, and the Federation of German Industries (BDI), Deutschlandjahr brings together a diverse range of creative and innovative minds to present cultural events throughout 2018 and 2019. With “German Influencers,” Bremen-based artist collective URBANSCREEN’s inventive way of storytelling with digital artwork, staging an experience that distinctively evokes the stories and accomplishments of remarkable German-American lives. This focus on German-American heritage ties in especially well with the Athenæum’s history, as it was formerly known as the Deutsches Haus, a place of social gathering for German-Americans in Indianapolis, and a homebase for many German-American organizations throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.
“Light-Art Meets German Architecture” features three iconic architectural structures in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Indianapolis, each notably related to the overarching theme of German-American relations. Beginning with the residence of the German ambassador in Washington, URBANSCREEN will produce mixed-media experiences that involve displaying light-art narratives on the outer façades of the chosen buildings. From dazzling light shows to digital artwork projections, these installations will merge multiple intersecting art forms, Marlene Dietrich portrait installation, to be shown at the Athenæum façade © URBANSCREEN encouraging American audiences to take a closer look at how German architecture in the United States reflects the relationship between these two nations.
This event was organized by the Goethe-Institut Washington. Founded in 1990, the Goethe-Institut Washington is a center for German culture and language. From its location downtown, the Goethe-Institut Washington reaches out to both organizations and individuals in the community, bridging the past, present, and future with a variety of high-quality events. Support for this event is provided by the “Year of German-American Friendship” initiative in 2018/19.
For more information, Lena Jöhnk of the Goethe-Institut Washington can be reached at Lena.Joehnk@goethe.de or by phone at (202) 568-5660.
www.goethe.de/usa/lightart | www.wunderbartogether.org/ | http://www.urbanscreen.com/
“Overtures and Wanderwort Poetry“ installation, to be shown at the German abassador’s residence in Washington. © URBANSCREEN
Part of the initiative:
Thank you to our local partners:
Athenaeum Foundation • Indiana German Heritage Society • Arts Council of Indianapolis • Rathskeller • SALT on mass •