Villa Aurora - Los Angeles

Villa Aurora - Los Angeles Villa Aurora is an artists residence and historic landmark located in the former home of exiled German-Jewish writer Lion Feuchtwanger and his wife Marta.
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Villa Aurora offers a variety of public lectures, screenings and performances.

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It’s been a month since Pham Doang Trang has been arrested.  A peaceful activist, she was arrested on charges of alleged...
05/11/2020
Interview with Pham Doan Trang - The 88 Project

It’s been a month since Pham Doang Trang has been arrested.
A peaceful activist, she was arrested on charges of alleged "propaganda against the state". We continue to join human rights organziations in demanding her immediate release.

It is Trang’s most fervent wish to increase readership of her books and articles. Her magazine Luat Khoa (The Law) organizes weekly readings from her extensive works on the role of the civil society and activism in Vietnam.
If you are interested in Pham Doang Trang’s writings in English, please follow the link: https://the88project.org/interview-with-pham-doan-trang/

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In this first episode of our interview series with female activists in Vietnam, we had the honor to speak with Pham Doan Trang, a dissident journalist and prolific writer. In this interview, Trang shares with us an intimate account of what it means to be a female activist in authoritarian Vietnam .....

Artist Manfred Müller presents the second season of The Eye, an outdoor gallery experience, located at the intersection ...
02/11/2020

Artist Manfred Müller presents the second season of The Eye, an outdoor gallery experience, located at the intersection of Westlawn Avenue and Greene Avenue in the West LA neighborhood of Del Rey.

The works of 18 artists are being projected onto a 12-foot wide elliptical screen installed at the corner outside Müller's home. This glowing "eye" is visible from a large intersection, which safely accommodates visitors on foot and by car.
The Eye is Müller's artistic response to the sudden closure of galleries and museums forced by the coronavirus pandemic. The first season was in July 2020. The sudden vacuum of art-centered socializing inspired Müller to collaborate with artists, family, friends, and neighbors to produce an alternative space for the shared experience of art.

Villa Aurora Fellows Annika Kahrs and Clemens von Wedemeyer are participating in this community effort for a safe art experience in unprecedented times.
On view are Sunset Sunrise (2011) by Annika Kahrs and The Fourth Wall (2009) by Clemens von Wedemeyer.

The Eye will be open to the public Thursday and Friday evenings from October 29 through December 11.


Location: 12504 Greene Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90066

23/10/2020
Villa Aurora Termite Tenting 2020

And then this happened: What looks like an artwork by Christo himself is the empty Villa Aurora being freed from unwanted subtenants. During the last weeks the villa was finally saved from further destruction by termites, who were feasting on the wooden beams of the house built in 1927 🐜🐜 .
We hope our fellows will soon be able to return safely!

Video by Boris Schaarschmidt

Happy Friday!
https://vimeo.com/465184009/f980719237

This is "Villa Aurora Termite Tenting 2020" by Boris Schaarschmidt on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

The Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy in Germany, Mrs. Bärbel Kofler, expresses her concerns about...
19/10/2020
Bärbel Kofler, MdB on Twitter

The Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy in Germany, Mrs. Bärbel Kofler, expresses her concerns about the arrest of Vietnamese human rights activist Pham Doan Trang:
"I am deeply concerned by the detention of the author, #humanrights activist and former scholar of Villa Aurora - Los Angeles, #PhamDoanTrang 🇻🇳. I call upon the Vietnamese authorities to protect freedom of opinion, guaranteed by the Vietnamese Constitution and international conventions."

“I am deeply concerned by the detention of author, #humanrights activist and former scholar of @VillaAuroraLA , #PhamDoanTrang 🇻🇳. I call upon the Vietnamese authorities to protect freedom of opinion, guaranteed by the Vietnamese Constitution and international conventions.”

“I don’t want freedom for just myself; that’s too easy,” wrote Ms. Pham, 42, who has walked with difficulty since a poli...
16/10/2020
The Jailed Activist Left a Letter Behind. The Message: Keep Fighting.

“I don’t want freedom for just myself; that’s too easy,” wrote Ms. Pham, 42, who has walked with difficulty since a police beating in 2015. “I want something greater: freedom for Vietnam.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/14/world/asia/vietnam-pham-doan-trang-arrest.html

Pham Doan Trang was harassed for years by the Vietnamese police, and beaten. In a letter, she foretold her arrest and called for an end to one-party rule.

We are calling for the immediate release of 2014 Feuchtwanger Fellow Pham Doan Trang (Vietnam). Trang is an internationa...
12/10/2020
Opinion | A dissident jailed in Vietnam shares her message: Don’t free me, free my country

We are calling for the immediate release of 2014 Feuchtwanger Fellow Pham Doan Trang (Vietnam). Trang is an internationally-recognized author, human rights defender, and non-violent activist. She was arrested on October 6 on a charge of "propaganda against the state.“

Our thoughts are with Pham and her family.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/a-dissident-jailed-in-vietnam-shares-her-message-dont-free-me-free-my-country/2020/10/08/b68fa878-098e-11eb-859b-f9c27abe638d_story.html

It is the act of a selfless democracy activist.

Villa Aurora joins Reporters sans frontières / Reporters Without Borders / RSF in calling for the immediate release of P...
09/10/2020
RSF condemns Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang’s arrest | Reporters without borders

Villa Aurora joins Reporters sans frontières / Reporters Without Borders / RSF in calling for the immediate release of Pham Doan Trang, our 2014 Feuchtwanger Fellow. Trang is a Vietnamese journalist who was awarded the 2019 RSF Prize for Impact. She was arrested on October 6, 2020 in Ho Chi Minh City on charges of "anti-state propaganda."

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Pham Doan Trang, a Vietnamese journalist who was awarded the RSF Prize for Impact a year ago and who was arrested last night in Ho Chi Minh City. "I don't want freedom just for myself, that's too easy. No, I want so...

05/10/2020
German Embassy Washington

Last Saturday marked the 30th anniversary of German reunification – Join the German Embassy Washington for their virtual festivities!

It was wunderbar to celebrate the 30th anniversary of German reunification virtually with so many American friends! German-American friendship is alive and well!

Though Ambassador Haber would have preferred to invite as many of you as our Embassy can hold to revel in this huge anniversary, as she said, "It will never be too late to celebrate"

Thank you, USA! If you'd like to see all the festivities, they're still ongoing on our website: germany.info/germanunity

This year’s Banned Books Week is still running until October 3. The theme of this year’s event is “Censorship is a dead ...
02/10/2020

This year’s Banned Books Week is still running until October 3. The theme of this year’s event is “Censorship is a dead end. Find your freedom to read!”

The Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. It highlights the value of free and open access to information. The initiative brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas.

Visit their website to find out about all associated events this weekend: https://bannedbooksweek.org

#bannedbooksweek2020 #freedomtoread

The German Studies Collaboratory launched a virtual hub for those interested in German language, art, culture and histor...
30/09/2020
The German Studies Collaboratory – An Interdisciplinary Experiment to Transform German Studies

The German Studies Collaboratory launched a virtual hub for those interested in German language, art, culture and history: The project offers a variety of materials and links to library and archive collections, maps, images, sound and text documents.

The goal is to provide online access to the best of scholarly work in the name of access, representation, diversity, and breadth.

The project is supported by partnerships with the German Studies Association, the German Historical Institute in Washington DC, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, the Central European History Society, and the Diversity, Decolonization, and Contemporary German Curriculum collective.

Learn more: https://germanstudiescollaboratory.com

Welcome to the German Studies Collaboratory, a virtual hub of resources for those interested in German language, art, culture, and history. The project offers links to existing materials found on the ‘net, including teaching resources, scholarly lectures, and research materials. At the centre is a...

The Institute of Modern Languages Research is hosting the virtual book launch event "Refugees from Nazi-Occupied Europe ...
28/09/2020
The Empire as Refuge? Refugees from Nazi-Occupied Europe in British Overseas Territories

The Institute of Modern Languages Research is hosting the virtual book launch event "Refugees from Nazi-Occupied Europe in British Overseas Territories" on October 7.

The editors of the volume, Dr Swen Steinberg (Kingston, Ontario) and Dr Anthony Grenville (London), will introduce the event and the book. Two of the contributing authors, Professor Patrick Farges (Paris) and Dr Jutta Vinzent (Birmingham), will then speak about refugees in Canada and Kenya respectively, followed by a Q&A.

The book is the first publication to cover forced emigration from Nazi-controlled Europe to the territories of the British Empire as a whole.

Register here: https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/22704

This virtual event launches the volume Refugees from Nazi-Occupied Europe in British Overseas Territories, volume 20 of the Yearbook of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies (2019). The editors of the volume, Dr Swen Steinberg (Kingston, Ontario) and Dr Anthony Grenville (London)...

Last Days of Summer | Tanja Dückers and Andreas Rost: Echoräume des Schocks. Wie uns die Corona-Zeit verändert.September...
22/09/2020

Last Days of Summer | Tanja Dückers and Andreas Rost: Echoräume des Schocks. Wie uns die Corona-Zeit verändert.
September 23, 6:30 p.m. @ radialsystem

At the end of our the open air series Last Days of Summer - Lesungen und Gespräche mit Elmiger, Dückers, Schäfer und Rost, on September 23, writer and journalist Tanja Dückers and photographer, curator and author Andreas Rost will be our guests. Reading and conversation will be held in German.

In spring 2020 the corona pandemic reached Germany. Tanja Dückers and Andreas Rost are two of 25 cultural and creative professionals who recorded or photographed the echoes of this time. They report on events from politics and society and tell of fears and hopes in their everyday lives in a state of emergency. They evaluate the shock that hit the cultural sector during this time and ask how art and culture can be promoted or strengthened in and after the Corona period.

A reading by Tanja Dückers, photographs by Andreas Rost and a discussion between the two, moderated by Katja Weber - about women as better crisis managers, the first "planetary crisis" since World War II and the power of “systemically irrelevant” art.

Tanja Dückers, born in Berlin in 1968, has published numerous works of prose, volumes of essays and poetry, children's books and plays, invented a secret code and, together with the chocolatier Christoph Wohlfarth, founded the chocolate brand "Preussisch süß - Berliner Stadtteilschokolade". Tanja Dückers expresses herself on socio-political topics and is present on many podiums at home and abroad. She was writer-in-residence at Dartmouth College, Allegheny College, Oberlin College and Miami University, among others. She is a member of PEN, Amnesty International, the Christa Wolf Society and Weiter Schreiben, a portal for literature and music from crisis areas. Tanja Dückers was a Villa Aurora Fellow in 2000.

Andreas Rost, born 1966 in Weimar, is a freelance photographer, curator, lecturer and author. He studied photography at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, and was a member of the Round Table of the City of Leipzig as a GDR civil rights activist in 1989/1990. In 1990 he was co-founder of the art and culture project TACHELES, Berlin. Since 2003 he has worked for the ifa. Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations in all parts of the world. In 2017 he received the Aenne Biermann Prize for a body of work on Minsk, Belarus. His photographs have been acquired for national and international collections. Most recently he was co-editor of the book "Exposing the Year 1990" at Spector Books. He is currently preparing his exhibition "Reunification" at Kupferstichkabinett Dresden.

Moderation: Katja Weber (radioeins/rbb)

More information at vatmh.org/LDoS

Congratulations to Maria Schrader (Villa Aurora Fellow 2018) on winning her first Emmy Award! This is also the first Emm...
21/09/2020
Emmy Awards 2020: Maria Schrader's'Unorthodox' wins award for Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series

Congratulations to Maria Schrader (Villa Aurora Fellow 2018) on winning her first Emmy Award!
This is also the first Emmy win for a German female director. A lot of reasons to celebrate!

https://meaww.com/emmy-awards-2020-maria-schrader-unorthodox-outstanding-directing-for-a-limited-series

Maria Schrader won for "Unorthodox", in Outstanding Directing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special the category.

Last Days of Summer | Dorothee Elmiger: Aus der ZuckerfabrikSeptember 18, 6:30 p.m. @ radialsystemJoin us for our open a...
18/09/2020

Last Days of Summer | Dorothee Elmiger: Aus der Zuckerfabrik
September 18, 6:30 p.m. @ radialsystem

Join us for our open air event series "Last Days of Summer" with readings and drinks. Villa Aurora Alumni Tanja Dückers, Dorothee Elmiger, Andreas Schäfer and photographer Andreas Rost will read from their works and join into conversations with you. Readings and conversations will be held in German.

Tonight's guest is Dorothee Elmiger with her novel "Aus der Zuckerfabrik", published this summer by Hanser and nominated for the German Book Prize:

"My skills never end" is written on the T-shirt of a worker who is being handed over his wage. Switzerland's first lottery millionaire stands on the beach of a Caribbean island and looks out onto the sea. At night, goats crowd around the author's bed. Dorothee Elmiger follows the traces of money and desire through the centuries and the regions of the world. She sketches biographies of mystics, insatiables, gamblers, orgiastics and colonialists and traces dreams and cases of ecstasy and madness.

"Aus der Zuckerfabrik" is the story of a research, a journal full of observations, questions and investigations and it is a text that opens our eyes to the complexity of this world. Should the contexts of this world ever be dissolved, one would be glad to find the book "Aus der Zuckerfabrik" by Dorothee Elmiger to understand what happened in the past.

After the reading, moderator Katja Weber will talk with Dorothee Elmiger about her work.

Dorothee Elmiger, born in 1985, lives and works in Zurich. Her debut novel "Einladung an die Waghalsigen" was published in 2010, followed in 2014 by the novel "Schlafgänger". The novel "Aus der Zuckerfabrik", published in summer 2020, is on the short list for the German Book Prize and is nominated for the Bavarian Book Prize. Elmigers texts have been translated into various languages and adapted for the stage. Dorothee Elmiger has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Kelag Prize, the Max Frisch Prize, the Aspekte Literature Prize for the best German-language prose debut, the Rauriser Literature Prize, the Erich Fried Prize and the Swiss Literature Prize of the Federal Office of Culture. Dorothee Elmiger was a Villa Aurora Fellow in 2012.

Moderation: Katja Weber (radioeins/rbb)

More information at vatmh.org/LDoS

Last Days of Summer | Andreas Schäfer: Das GartenzimmerSeptember 17, 6:30 p.m. @ Radialsystem BerlinJoin us for our open...
16/09/2020

Last Days of Summer | Andreas Schäfer: Das Gartenzimmer
September 17, 6:30 p.m. @ Radialsystem Berlin

Join us for our open air event series "Last Days of Summer" with readings and drinks. Villa Aurora Alumni Tanja Dückers, Dorothee Elmiger, Andreas Schäfer and photographer Andreas Rost will read from their works and join into conversations with you. Readings and conversations will be held in German.

It starts on September 17 with the Berlin-based author Andreas Schäfer who will read from his novel "Das Gartenzimmer" which was published this summer by Dumont.

Art, morals, personal happiness and politics – “Das Gartenzimmer” spans a historical arc from the spirit of optimism at the beginning of the 20th century through the Weimar Republic and Nazi rule to the present day: Villa Rosen, a neo-classical country house, was designed in 1909 for Professor Adam Rosen and his wife Elsa by the architect Max Taubert, who achieved world fame. When Frieder and Hannah Lekebusch discovered the empty house on the edge of Berlin's Grunewald in the mid-1990s, they succumbed to its enchanted charm. Elaborate restorations followed and brought the house back to its original state. It wasn’t long before the renovated Dahlem villa came to be regarded as a “pre-modern jewel,” as well as a magnet for Taubert fans, influential journalists, and — just as during the Weimar Republic and the Nazi period — the plaything of outside interests. The Lekebuchs wanted to reawaken the old spirit of the house, but they did not reckon with the effects of fame and the long shadow of the past.

Full of wisdom and empathy, Andreas Schäfer tells the captivating story about the fate of a house in Berlin-Dahlem and the lives of those who cannot escape its siren-like appeal.

After the reading, moderator Thomas Böhm will talk with Andreas Schäfer about his work.

Andreas Schäfer, born in Hamburg in 1969, grew up in Frankfurt am Main and now lives as a writer and journalist with his family in Berlin. To date he has published the novels “Auf dem Weg nach Messara”, for which he received the Bremen Prize for Literature, “Wir vier”, which was nominated for the German Book Prize and was awarded the Anna Seghers Prize, and in 2013 "Gesichter". His book “Das Gartenzimmer” was published this summer by Dumont. Andreas Schäfer was a Villa Aurora Fellow in 2017.

Moderation: Thomas Böhm (radioeins/rbb)

More information at vatmh.org/LDoS

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520 Paseo Miramar
Berlin, CA
90272

Bus 2, 302, 534 (Sunset/PCH)

Allgemeine Information

On December 1, 1995, the Villa Aurora opened its doors as an international meeting place for artists. Villa Aurora houses visual artists, filmmakers, composers and writers. An additional 9-month "Feuchtwanger Fellowship" is offered to writers and journalists whose freedom of expression is hampered in their own country, a reminder of the history of German emigration in the 1930s. Since 1995 around 250 artists have enlivened this spiritual place and have themselves been inspired by U.S. culture and scenery, the exiles’ traces, and by their piers who worked alongside them at the Villa.

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Montag 09:00 - 17:00
Dienstag 09:00 - 17:00
Mittwoch 09:00 - 17:00
Donnerstag 09:00 - 17:00
Freitag 09:00 - 15:00

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Villa Aurora - Past, Present and Future

In 1927, the Los Angeles Times, in cooperation with investors, built a “demonstration home” in Pacific Palisades. The project was supposed to attract wealthy buyers to settle outside the boundaries of Los Angeles. Today, that home, called the Villa Aurora, has become a haven for intellectual life, but the journey was a difficult one, producing a quintessentially Los Angeles story of exile, artistic creativity, global connection, education, and real estate.

Villa Aurora was a European-American venture from the start: Wooden ceilings were shipped from Spain and a Renaissance fountain was imported from Tuscany in order to perfect the European atmosphere. Local touches included redwood walls and Moorish-inspired tiles made by the Malibu Tile Company.

After the crash of 1929, the builder-owner Arthur Weber and his family were forced to rent the house from the bank. After they moved out in 1939, the house remained vacant for the following years. In 1943, German exiles Lion and Marta Feuchtwanger purchased the home.

Lion Feuchtwanger was a prominent novelist, and playwright and outspoken critic of the Nazis. Propaganda minister Goebbels dubbed him the “Enemy Number One of the German people” and his name headed the list of Germans who lost their citizenship in 1933. He was on a reading tour through the United States when the Nazis came to power and, as a result, never returned to Germany.


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Hallo liebe Kulturfreunde in Villa Aurora.Bin ausserhalb der Matrix seit Jahren und habe es s e h r schwer.Kann ich bei Euch vielleicht als ausserordentlich begabte und deshalb boykottierte Kuenstlern,Journalistin,Dichterin und internationale Grschaeftsfrau bis Ende September irgendwo uebernachten?Ich bin durch Verlust von Einkommen durch eine falsche Investition auf dem totalen Nullpunkt.Bekomme k e i n e Presse,kein Ueberbrueckungsdarlehen.Was ich denke und was ich zu mir nehme (Naturheilmedizin,viel Nahrungsersetzungsmittel etc.) erregt den Zorn des Vaters von ALWARA HOEFELS (www.die-agenten.de),der wo mein.Bruder ist.Brauche s o f o r t Hilfe.