Sylvia Hagen, Johannes Heisig, Lola Randl, Nikko Weidemann

Künstlerkolonie Brandenburg
(Artists' Colony Brandenburg)

Panel discussion with Johannes Heisig,
Lola Randl and Nikko Weidemann
Moderated by: Jan Kage

Art has always sought and found inspiration in the countryside, both in content and in formal terms. On the one hand, it offers contemplation and concentration, and on the other the freedom and ease that come with remoteness. Brandenburg is no exception. In the GDR era, working here offered a certain extent of liberty. After German reunification, artists from former West Germany were also drawn to Brandenburg. In the past few years this has become a veritable, and for some long-time residents potentially irritating, trend. What has motivated artists, since time immemorial, to leave cities? What are the advantages, but also the limits and challenges of producing art in the country? What contribution do the artists make to rural life?

These and other aspects will be discussed by representatives from various art forms: The painter and former academy of fine arts dean Johannes Heisig was born into a family of artists, lived in Leipzig for 30 years, then spent some time in Dresden and Berlin before moving to Kyritz in Brandenburg, where he has lived for the past five years. The musician and composer Nikko Weidemann worked with stars such as Rio Reiser, Gianna Nanini and Rufus Wainwright before finding his home, for the time being, in Brandenburg's Havelland region, where he composed the film music for the Babylon Berlin series, which received the Grimme award.

The author and film-maker Lola Randl was born in Bavaria but now lives in Gerswalde and also addresses the subject of life in Brandenburg in her work, for example in her novel Der Große Garten, long-listed for the German Book Prize. The discussion will be moderated by the journalist and education curator Jan Kage.