A few years after the Wall came down, the Berlin city government launched a competition for a work of public art honoring the memory of Berlin Jews who perished in the Holocaust. The conceptual artists Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock submitted their idea, and won the competition. In 1993, they installed Orte des Erinnerns (Places of Remembrance), a permanent, decentralized memorial along the streets of Berlin’s district of Schöneberg documenting the anti-Semitic laws and decrees enacted incrementally by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945.
Stih & Schnock are conceptual artists based in Berlin. Their work explores how memory functions in the social sphere – and how it can be reflected in museums and urban spaces. Recognized internationally, articles about their collaborative work have appeared in the New York Times, New Yorker, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. They have also lectured at major U.S. universities including the Art Institute of Chicago, Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Emory, and Brown Universities. As part of 1014’s “Past & Future: A Weekend of Architecture, Culture, and Community,” the American Council on Germany will host a conversation with Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock on collective memory in society and the use of public space.