Guided Tour by Dr. Markus Heidingsfelder, Assistant Professor, Communication and Design at Habib University, through the German part of Outsiders: Geniale Dilletanten.
The guided tour takes place on Friday 23rd of April, from 3pm-4pm. The exhibition is open from 11am to 5 pm (except for Sundays) until 30th of April.
The Goethe-Institut Pakistan, in collaboration with Amin Gulgee Gallery is thrilled to present Outsiders, a curated event series that showcases the intense flurry of cultural activity that was the ‘Brilliant Dilletantes’ (or Geniale Dilletanten) subculture in 1980s Berlin and across Germany, curated by Mathilde Weh and Leonhard Emmerling.
It is an international touring exhibition which is accompanied by live performances, film screenings and panel discussions in featuring revered artists and experimental musicians. Since the early 1980s particularly Berlin has been a magnet and inspiration for international artists such as Nick Cave, The Necks, David Bowie, and Brian Eno.
Geniale Dilletanten was the term used to announce a concert held in Berlin’s Tempodrom in 1981. The deliberately misspelled title has become synonymous with an era of artistic upheaval in Germany that brought the country’s edgy artistic scene international recognition. Exploding from its roots in German art schools, punk rock and Dada, the movement represented a radical departure from the mainstream, marked by cross-genre experimentation, the use of new electronic equipment, and adopting German rather than English as language. It portrays seven key experimental bands – Einstürzende Neubauten, Die Tödliche Doris, Der Plan, Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle (F.S.K.), Palais Schaumburg, Ornament und Verbrechen, and Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft (D.A.F.) – as well as visual artists, filmmakers and designers from West and East Germany. The exhibition is the most comprehensive survey of the 1980s German subculture to date, incorporating a rich array of video and photographic material, interview films, audio samples, magazines, posters and other artefacts capturing the bold and daring scene, exploring the simultaneous rapid and rebellious developments in art, film, fashion and design.
The Pakistani counterpart is curated by Amin Gulgee, Zarmeene Shah and Zeerak Ahmed. Posed as a response to the German exhibition, the Pakistani segment explores notions of sub/counter-culture in the country, investigating myriad forms of this from the 1970s to present day. By no means a definitive survey, the exhibition in fact attempts to prompt a series of questions that investigate the idea of counter culture in the Pakistani.
What can you expect (take your time to explore the exhibition):
Photos, posters, vinyl covers, texts and songs from the early 80s.
A wealth of audiovisual content including audio tracks on iPads by all the seven featured bands.
Films about these bands:
• Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft/ D.A.F. (20:24)
• Ornament und Verbrechen (06:41)
• Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle/ F.S.K. (24:16)
• Der Plan (22:00)
• Palais Schaumburg (14:58)
A film about subcultures in the GDR (German Democratic Republic): Memories of a Happening/ Spuren des Performativen – Intermedia I in Coswig 1985. A film by Thomas Claus (45:00)
Interviewfilm 1 and 2 (23:23/48:56) with eyewitnesses and musicians from the time
A selection of experimental art films, curated by Florian Wüst (60:00)
A film on fashion and art (55:26)
Amin Gulgee Gallery, ST-2A, Clifton Block 3, Karachi (next to South City Hospital)