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DAAD / IMLR Competition on the 'Germany - Memories of a Nation' exhibition at the British Museum

Dürer's Rhinoceros C The Trustees Of The British Museum
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Results are out!

The British Museum’s exhibition ‘Germany – Memories of a Nation’ focuses on iconic objects reflecting German history. Each of these objects tells a story. We called on you to bring this story to life and give it poetic form: We called on you to write a ‘DINGGEDICHT’ –  a ‘thing poem’ or in other words a poem based on an object!

The response we received from across the UK and beyond was superb. Whilst it was a great pleasure for the jury to read the poems, it was much harder to choose the few winning entries. We would like to thank everyone who took part for their efforts and hope it was as insightful and joyful an experience for them as for the jury.

The prize giving and readings will take place in the West Clore Foyer at the British Museum between 18:50 and 19.20 on Friday, 12 December. Following this event, Emeritus Professor Martin Swales (University College London) will give a talk on German literature's fascination with objects from folk tales to 'Dinggedichte' and Berlin novelist Annett Gröschner will read a new 'Dingtext' from her current work in progress. All welcome!

READ THE WINNING POEMS.   VIEW OUR PICTURE GALLERY OF 12 DECEMBER 2014.

Winners per category with title of poem

Objects the poems are based on

 

 

Schools / German

 

1)      Nicola Jacques, Der Bahnhof

Model of Friedrichstrasse Station

2)      Nicole Boyd, 12 Stunden in Deutschland

Strasbourg Clock

3)      Nathalie Klinke, Das Traurige Ende

Berlin Wall

 

 

Schools / English:

 

1)      Alanna Gilmartin, Never alone

Der Mittag ‘noon’ – painting by Caspar David Friedrich (1921-22)

2)      Lucy Mercer, Wir sind ein Volk

Wir sind ein Volk ‘We are one people’- placard, 1989

3)      Ella Davison, Journey to a new life

Refugee cart – East Pomerania (new Poland), about 1945

4)      Christopher Tierney, The Coin

Coins of the German lands, about 1700

 

 

Undergraduate students / German:

 

1)      Rebecca Williamson, Der Schweigende

Der Schweigende ‘Floating Angel‘ , by Ernst Barlach

2)      Tom Pitt-Brooke, Notgeld / DAAD Preis

Notgeld ‘emergency money’, 1914-23

3)      Samuel Groom, Selbstbildnis en face, Käthe Kollwitz

Self-portrait – Käthe Kollwitz, 1904

 

 

Undergraduate students/ English:

 

1)      Ruby Mason, Trümmerfrau / Deutsch Perfekt

Bust of Trümmerfrau – Max Lachnit, around 1945

2)      Bethan Donaghey, Dinggedicht on Barlach’s Floating Angel

Der Schweigende ‘Floating Angel‘ , by Ernst Barlach

3)      Richard Stone, A Steady Hand

Wir sind ein Volk ‘We are one people’-placard, 1989

 

 

Postgraduates + Others / German:

 

      Gerd Wagner, Der Leiterwagen

Refugee cart – East Pomerania (new Poland), about 1945

 

 

Postgraduates +  Others / Englisch:

 

1)      Anne Ryland, Rubble Woman

Bust of Trümmerfrau – Max Lachnit, around 1945

2)      Kate Cooper, Tischein’s Goethe

Tischbein's portrait of Goethe

3)      Rebecca Johnson, Oracle

Replica crown of the Holy Roman Empire – Aachen, 1913

CONGRATULATIONS!

 

Click here for the competition brief.

Click here for background information on 'Dinggedicht'.

Click here for the list of prizes and prize sponsors.

Click here to find out about the jury.

 

 

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