Public Art Munich - PAM 2018 – Alexander Kluge Der wilde Atem der Freiheit & Sarah Morris Woman on a Horse (Self-Portrait) - In collaboration with Sarah Morris

Public Art Munich - PAM 2018 / Game Changers

Alexander Kluge’s works of memory often revolve around significant events in the history of liberation. These include the student revolution in Germany in 1967–8, which led to serious disruptions at all major universities. Reasons for the protests were numerous: the Grand Coalition (1966), the feeling that the crimes of National Socialism had not been sufficiently acknowledged, opposition to the war in Vietnam, and, not least, dissatisfaction with university structures perceived as inflexible.

Winter of Love (reedited in 2018) focuses on December 1968 in Frankfurt when students occupied the sociology department and the Institute for Social Research. Black-and-white film material shows charismatic student leaders like Hans-Jürgen Krahl challenging professors, such as Jürgen Habermas and Theodor W. Adorno, and students attempting to come to an agreement in discussions about organizational details. Amid the rhetoric and bureaucracy of the struggle, ‘free love’ appears to be unwilling to cast off all its chains. Without the necessary libidinous energy, the movement lacks political élan. The lack of electricity, the missing spark of love, the blocked ‘orgone’ (to use Wilhelm Reich’s term) that seeks to become liquid, are examined separately by Kluge also in his billboard installation at Lenbachplatz. The billboard is a legacy to the city from ‘A Space Called Public / Hoffentlich Öffentlich’ (2013, curated by Elmgreen & Dragset)—the first edition of PAM.

Winter of Love inspires students at the Academy of Fine Arts to examine the revolution of 1968 in a series of performative events around Kluge’s work.