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Mar 01, 2022 | ISBN 9780262046633

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“Blaylock’s account is thickly detailed and scrupulous in its assessment of artistic strategies in the late GDR. Its own critical agenda and scholarly rigour offer valuable pointers for further assessments of Cold War culture.”
—Times Literary Supplement

“Rather then examining GDR art in light of styles and tendencies in the West, which claimed the privilege to be the place where history was made, Blaylock stresses the need to study non-Western art in its own right, no longer a periphery and a somewhat pitiful belated answer to Western trends and models, but an autonomous system with its own logic and stakes. In that sense, taking the GDR as an exemplary case study should help fight universalizing visions on “world” culture. Parallel Public looks into completely different directions, which will prove dramatically inspiring in the years to come, now that the “one world” belief is also collapsing in the turmoil of history.” 

Table Of Contents

Introduction: Born into Socialism (1)
1 “Negative-Hostile Attitudes”: Artists Work their Stasi Files (27)
2 The Body in Ruins: Photographs by Thomas Florschuetz and Performances by the Auto-Perforation Artists (53)
3 The Taboo of the Ordinary, the Valor of the Misfit: Photographs by Gundula Schulze Eldowy and Films by Cornelia Schleime (89)
4 Making a Scene: Films by Gino Hahnemann (121)
5 Types, Kinds, and Genres of Art: The Intermedia I Festival in 1985 (155)
6 The Collective Impossible: Erfurt’s Women Artists Group (187)
7 DIY Public Sphere: A Counterdiscourse in the Publication Anschlag and the Gallery Eigen+Art (215)
Coda: There is no East German Art without East Germany (247)
Acknowledgments (253)
Notes (257)
Bibliography (287)
Index (307)

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