Going Places: Arts and Literature in Hotels and Railway Stations

By Ulrike Zitzlsperger.

Published by The Arts Collection

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The playful ‘dis’location of the arts has a long and fruitful tradition. Hotels and railway stations as settings for the arts (for example readings or exhibitions) benefit the perception of arts in society in that they address a potentially new, more often than not ‘accidentally assembled’ audience. Furthermore, such settings promote both, individual transitional locations (Marc Augé’s ‘non-places’) and the spatial contextualization of performances, thereby providing added layers of meaning.

Keywords: Hotels, Railway Stations, Arts, Berlin, Transitional Spaces, Architainment

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp.157-166. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 842.071KB).

Prof. Ulrike Zitzlsperger

Senior University Lecturer, College of Humanities, Exeter University, Exeter, Devon, UK

After working in Berlin in various positions until 1995 I joint the then German Department at Exeter University in 1996. Ever since the focus of my research included the consideration of Berlin’s culture after the fall of the Wall. Particular consideration went to the role of literature, events, exhibitions, films etc. and how they were utilized to overcome division.


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