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Posted: 22/02/16

Adventures in Berlin

University-level students at West Nottinghamshire College have discovered more about Berlin’s rich cultural history during a study trip to the German city.

  • Students and tutors pictured at Ausgang Station, ahead of a day of cultural visits in Berlin.
  • Student Tom Yates takes a photo of human cast sculpture during a gallery visit.
  • Students at the historic Brandenburg Gate.
  • Learning about contemporary art was a key feature of the trip.

A group of 15 students on the college’s Higher National Diploma (HND) music and interactive media courses, and BA ‘top-up’ degree programmes in creative digital media and music, also learned more about the city’s contribution to contemporary arts during the five-day visit earlier this month (1-5 February).

It was designed to coincide with Transmediale – an annual festival of events, lectures, workshops, exhibitions and performances centred on the role of digital technologies in modern society – and the CTM festival of adventurous music and art.

Students followed in the footsteps of the late David Bowie – from his time in Berlin producing some of his best-loved albums in the 1970s – on the Bowie Berlin Walk, which acts as an alternative tour of the city, from Kreuzberg to his old neighbourhood in Schöneberg district.

Accompanied by tutors, they also learnt about the diverse alternative cultures that existed in Berlin during the Cold War and immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall, which they visited along with the Jewish Museum, Checkpoint Charlie, and the New Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate.

Multimedia tutor Aron Spall said: “Students got to experience the rich culture of Berlin, visiting the Transmediale digital futures conference, art galleries and guided tours of alternative art and music. The trip successfully introduced them to new perspectives on visual culture and they returned from it inspired and excited.”