New Anthems VI (Berlin) – A New Anthem for Germany
15 June – 6 September 2019
Opening & Talk with the artist Jason Grant
Friday 14 June 2019, 7 pm
In its second exhibition A—Z presents New Anthems VI (Berlin) – A New Hymn for Germany, an interactive installation by the Australian design collective Inkahoots, that invites creative participation in a public dialogue about the critique and construction of contemporary nationalism and national identity.
The installation displays the most commonly cited line in Das Lied der Deutschen (3. verse) by August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben, the current German national anthem: ‘Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit für das deutsche Vaterland’ [‘Unity and justice and freedom for the German fatherland’], where the words ‘Freiheit’ and ‘das deutsche Vaterland’ are omitted and replaced with LED screens enabling participants to input their own words, and rewrite the text. These contributions are catalogued online at newanthems.inkahoots.com.au and thus create a dynamic archive of debate around issues of national identity, inclusion and exclusion. The website enables real time listings of all contributions – in this way they are archived and can be viewed offsite by anyone.
To participate SMS: 015735994499 to insert your contribution. Enter a word or short phrase for each LED screen separated by a comma:
eg. ‘firstword, secondword’ or ‘short phrase, another short phrase’.
The present installation uses a mix of historic letters from East- and West-Berlin from the collection of the Buchstabenmuseum.
The New Anthems installations affirm national identity as dynamic and constructed, rather than fixed and natura. To misquote Richard White (1981) Inventing Australia: “There is no ‘real’ Germany waiting to be uncovered. A national identity is an invention.”
The work attempts to integrate graphic design’s potential regarding expressive modes of visual language with user generated digital interactivity, as a relational artwork that functions as a forum for creative public dialogue and cultural critique.
Inkahoots is a Australian design studio focusing on creating democratic spaces for for productive social resistance and public dialogue. They collaborate locally and internationally on projects of all sizes across a range of media, specialising in the creative intergration of physical and digital experiences. Born as a community access screenprinting studio/arts collective, Inkahoots continues to work for social change with adventurous visual communication. They are widely published and exhibited around the world. In Australia, Inkahoots’ work is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, the Queensland Art Gallery, and others. For more information: www.inkahoots.com.au
New Anthems VI (Berlin) is a collaboration with Buchstabenmuseum Berlin.