Flashes of the Future: Publication

19. April 2018

1968 – hardly any other year in the 20th century is so symbolic, so full of myths, prejudices and emotions. The signum “1968” stands for the emergence of an international emancipation movement and for social upheavals on a global scale. With numerous essays by authors from various disciplines, contemporary witness reports and interviews as well as around 550 illustrations, the publication sheds light on the global “1968”. It highlights the most important locations in Germany, France and the USA, in Czechoslovakia and the USSR, but also in India, Cuba and Mexico. In particular, the focus rests on the role of the visual arts, which visualized, commented and criticized social processes in a previously unknown, innovative way.

The publication on Flashes of the Future. The Art of the ’68ers or The Power of the Powerless is published in the series Zeitbilder of the The Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb).

Edited by Dr. Andreas Beitin and Dr. Eckhart J. Gillen.

592 pages

With texts and contemporary witness reports by Nazes Afros, Sebastian Baden, Andreas Beitin, Maria Berrios, Bazon Brock, Gerd Conradt, Norbert Frei, Constanze Fritzsch, Ursula Frohne / Christian Katti, Eckhart Gillen, Blanca Gutiérrez Galindo, Axel Heil, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Daria Mille, Bohdan Shumlovych, Noemi Smolik, Oliver Sukrow, Marie Luise Syring, Laura Weber, Peter Weibel, Sonja Wunderlich, among others.