Yeah WAS? Have you ever found yourself in the awkward situation of being asked about work at an art opening in Berlin and expected to reply in German? Does the German technician constructing your solo show in Mitte not speak a single word of English? During Gallery Weekend, do you dream of being able to participate in something more than a two-word conversation?
Then GERMAN FOR ARTISTS is the German grammar pocketbook for you! It’s made for artist and curators who dream of learning German. It’s an easily transportable pocket book offering grammatical first aid and ready-to-use sentences to help your understanding of language in the German art world.
A must for all the “nicht-so-gut-deutsch” speaking cultural workers of Germany's capital!
The book offers advice to help you in various typical professional, social and practical situations in the Berlin art world.
GERMAN FOR ARTISTS is a hybrid of a pocket grammar book and an artist's humorous reflections on the more philosophical aspects of German language. Written by Danish Artist- Stine Marie Jacobsen, the book offers a critical, yet highly humorous linguistic guide to the throbbing and international cultural scene of Berlin.
WIE es sich zur Kunst relatiert? Well, Nietzsche said that the German language is like the relationship between a master and his slave - one must bow to the other. So when in a German sentence an artist walks through a room, the room has to “bow” (conjugate) to the artist. By the simple act of walking through it, the artist dominates the room.
Der Olafur Eliasson geht durch den Raum.
“The” Olafur Eliasson walks through the room.
GERMAN FOR ARTISTS offers an insight into basic German grammar by using famous people within the art scene to help visualise it. The German language suddenly becomes the art object that the artists in this situation “involuntarily mould".
The pocket book consists of charts with basic present tense grammar, as well as sentences that use vocabulary relevant to the art scene. Reading the grammar book is like reading an educational piece of concrete poetry.
Risks and challenges
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