In the 20th century American culture and media achieved a dominant position internationally. American dreams and myths became those of the world, bothin the mainstream and in the counterculture. But with the Iraq war the image of the U.S. shifted dramatically. The ensuing criticism goes far further than either the war itself or the Bush administration, but turns more and more into a general anti-Americanism. Remarks about Americans that would be named racist if they weren’t about America are quite fashionable.
The Berlin-based curator Marcel Schwierin invited Stuart Comer (curator of film at Tate Modern) as an American living and working in London to discuss anti-Americanism, American culture and its counterculture. The discussion will be based on the work of two artists: Marcel Schwierin will present America Sells
and an excerpt of Auto Center Drive
by the German video artist Bjørn Melhus, who works nearly exclusively on U.S. American media in a very personal way, reflecting the huge influence of this culture in Germany after 1945. Stuart Comer will present the rarely seen ITSOFOMO
' by David Wojnarowicz, which is a personal and highly political statement from the New York underground.