In the context of the cultural programme accompanying the German Presidency of the Council of the EU 2020, the Goethe-Institut will create public interactive installations to commemorate Europe’s diversity of languages and ideas. “The Disappearing Wall” installation is based on an idea proposed by Maria Yablonina in a workshop carried out by the architect and engineer Werner Sobek, and will be part of the rooftop festival 2020 in Belfast. It consists of a plexiglas frame into which around 6,000 wooden blocks inscribed with original and translated quotes have been inserted. These quotes were collected in the spring by local contests in Europe initiated by the Goethe-Institut. The spectrum of submitted quotes ranges from a Beatles lyric, an idea by Hannah Arendt, lines from the film Amélie and from Winnie the Pooh to statements by Adorno, Rosa Luxemburg, Sartre and Jonas Mekas.

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