Room quotations originating in the era of the GDR living rooms therefore refer to the documents and objects and serve as a showcase and information medium. Through the dimensions of multi-vision, a central seating ensemble becomes a media installation and enables groups to jointly experience grappling with the first peaceful revolution on German soil, as if in their own living rooms. This play on the public aspect in a private environment also opens up the emotional space for recollection of and confrontation with a historically unique period that still significantly influences and changes all our lives. It is an era that must not be allowed to sink into oblivion.
The ability to participate in democratic elections, to express one’s opinion without fear and not to be trapped behind a wall; “Freedoms” – of a very personal, individual nature and at the same time in terms of the broader social context – were what drove the people of the GDR to take to the streets in 1989.
The point of departure for the installation idea and the creative development of a performance space in the exhibit is that of the private space. The private apartment conceived of as a public discussion space – as a public sphere in a dictatorship. Here is where the resistance movements began, not only in the GDR, but all across Eastern Europe, that ultimately contributed to the overthrow of dictatorships that played out on the street in 1989. This is where the opponents of state socialism met and discussed the paths to freedom and the opportunities for the turning point towards democracy (“die Wende”).