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Frieder Schnock and Renata Stih Present 'Berlin/Baltimore' April 29

Discussion to Explore How Memory, History Combine in Site-Specific Projects in Public Domain

Posted 04.15.09 by MICA Media Relations

Frieder Schnock and Renata Stih

BALTIMORE--MICA artists in residence Frieder Schnock and Renata Stih will interview Dr. Stefan Wackwitz, of the Goethe-Institut, New York, and Tom Freudenheim, former director of the Baltimore Museum of Art and museum consultant, during Berlin/Baltimore, a free, public discussion that takes place Wednesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in Room 110 of Main Building. The interviews will serve as a point of departure for a larger discussion of how memory and history combine in site-specific projects that activate cultural and political awareness and reflection in the public domain.

Renata Stih is a conceptual artist and educator who holds an appointment at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. Frieder Schnock is a conceptual artist, art historian, curator, and consultant who also teaches at the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin. Stih and Schnock are a dynamic team of artists that has, over time, produced a singularly interdisciplinary and multi-media body of work that engages with the political, curatorial, and social histories of specific sites throughout Europe. Their engagement with difficult historical moments, ranging from World War II and the Holocaust to the more recent racially charged conflict in the former Yugoslavia, are evidence of their commitment to cultural and historical awareness, especially with respect to human rights.

Having participated in (and won) numerous competitions for monumental and memorial projects-Places of Remembrance, 1992-1993, Berlin, Bavarian Quarter; Bus Stop, 1995 competition entry for Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, placed 11th out of more than 900 entries; 1998 Who Needs Art? We Need Potatoes installation at the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart; 2004 The Art of Colleting: Flick in Berlin; 2006-2007 The City as Text: Jewish Munich; 2008 Show Your Collection: Jewish Traces in Munich Museums-their work addresses many of the most pertinent and timely themes in contemporary art today: memory, exile, and the archive. They have held grants and fellowships from institutions including the Rockefeller Foundation in Bellaggio.

Stih and Schnock will be the subject of MICA's 2009-2010 Exhibition Development Seminar to be taught by Jennie Hirsh, a faculty member in MICA's department of art history, theory, and criticism.


Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 65 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.

Q & A With Frieder Schnock and Renata Stih