On the Eve of Revolution

On the Eve of Revolution: The East German Artist in the 1980s investigates the cultural politics and artistic output of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) during the 1980s through the lens of the GRI’s Deutsche Demokratische Republik Collections. Our primary data source was approximately 2,800 application forms from artists seeking to be included in the GDR’s 9th Quadrennial National Exhibition in 1982.

As project manager and DH specialist for this project, I facilitated the iterative development of a custom mapping tool for observing how artists in the GDR moved during their lifetimes. This process included:

Example data visualization showing breakdown of application acceptance for the top represented schools
First iteration the mapping tool
Second iteration the mapping tool
Tracy Stuber