pg 52 – The cultural figures and their methods through which Libeskind traces this “permanent human tension” include;
Heinrich von Kleist and “tragic Premonition”
Rahel Varnhagen and “sublimated assimilation”
Walter Benjamin and “inadequate ideology”
E.T.A Hoffman and “mad science”
Friedrich Schleiermacher and “displaced understanding”
Arnold Schoenberg and “inaudible music”
Paul Celan and “last words”.
Libeskind argues that it is the series of encounters between the visiors to the museum and the figures inscribed into the museum that will allow his space to emerge as a “concretized space of encounter”. This is how libeskind seeks to connect museum visitors to the lives and experiences of Germany’s jewish victims – through empathy with those individuals, both Jewish and non-jewish, who struggled for a higher order against the system. such a vision transforms a museum from a static container for exhibits into a living and dynamic space where visitors are not merely passive spectators but active participants.