Rationalisierung 1984

Year: 1984 Type: Print publication Languages: German Scope: 434 p., numerous images ISBN: 978-3-88725-064-5 Cooperation: Staatliche Kunsthalle Berlin

Rationalization 1984
This major exhibition by Staatliche Kunsthalle Berlin in cooperation with the nGbK dealt with the “third industrial revolution.” In his foreword, Dieter Ruckhaberle, then director of the Kunsthalle, refers to George Orwell’s 1984 and themes including fear of an overly powerful state and the lack of prospects. The focus is on problems caused by technological progress: unemployment, overproduction, destabilization of labor unions. The working group wished to achieve social progress, “so that the sun shines on both sides of the hedge.” The catalogue contains an index of the exhibition and several illustrations, but it is mainly a reader with essays, statistics, graphics, and documentary photographs that seeks to counter the “irrationalisms” of everyday life with well-founded material for discussion.

Work group: Ricarda Buch, Günther Burrichter, Elke Hartmann, Andreas Heinemann-Grüder, Monika Hoffmann, Gabriele Horn, Dieter Ruckhaberle, Volker Thiel, Miriam Voigtsberger, Elisabeth Wagner

With contributions by: Isaac Asimov, Otto Bauer, Ricarda Buch, Günther Burrichter, Andreas Heinemann-Grüder, Rainer Heinrich, Thomas Hurtienne, George Orwell, Michael Pagels, Volker Thiel, Miriam Voigtsberger, Peter Weiss, Manfred Wettler u.a.