U.S. Headquarters in Berlin-Dahlem (1950),
courtesy of AlliiertenMuseum


In Medias Res: Media, (Still) Moving
Program series 2021 – 2022

The program series In Medias Res: Media, (Still) Moving marks the first time Fluentum will focus on the political, visual, and discursive dimensions inscribed into the historically charged architecture of its premises. It features the group exhibition Time Without End, solo exhibitions by Anja Kirschner and Loretta Fahrenholz, as well as a series of publications. In Medias Res: Media, (Still) Moving is co-curated by Dennis Brzek, who will be guest curator at Fluentum from 2021 to 2022, and Junia Thiede, Head of Exhibitions and Programs.

Fluentum's exhibition space is located in the imposing main building of a former military facility. Constructed between 1936 and 1938 during the era of National Socialism by architect Fritz Fuß as "Luftgaukommando III," the building served a key infrastructural role for the German Luftwaffe. After World War II, U.S. forces utilized the building as their military and intelligence headquarters until the last GI departed in 1994.

As a historical site, the building is a testament to both the violent Nazi regime and the Western Allies' democratic impetus, expressed in its ostensible architecture and the legacy of its respective uses. As the title suggests, In Medias Res: Media, (Still) Moving understands Fluentum’s engagement with the moving image to be continually embedded within these temporal pulls. Drawing on the building's indexicality, the exhibitions and publications use media to juxtapose historical periods and their monuments with specific moments of the present, and investigate how meanings, histories, and places are produced discursively.

Past exhibitions

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