Fulbright Mulert Award Announces 2012 Recipient Christopher Janosch Delcker

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The German Fulbright Alumni Association is pleased to announce this year’s recipient of the prestigious Juergen Mulert Memorial Award on Mutual Understanding, Christopher Janosch Delcker for his multi-media photo journal “Urban Observations.”

The Mulert Award, in memory of Dr. Juergen Mulert, founder of the German Fulbright Alumni Association, is given yearly to researchers, artists, professionals and volunteers across disciplines, whose work reflects and advances discourse and peace through mutual understanding. The award will be presented at the Winter Ball in Schwerin, January 27-29, where Christopher Janosch Delcker, guest of honor, will present his work in an artist’s talk.

“Urban Observations” (http://www.urbanobservations.de/) is a photographic journey of the lives of natives and transplants living in Berlin and New York. Twelve still photographic video portraits form a collage of images and experiences. Shot in black and white, Delcker invites us to join him as observers, where fixed meanings of identity transforms and morphs into new realities. To observe is to step back. To participate from an objective point of view, receiving knowledge through the senses. Although seemingly detached, it is a visceral experiencing. From drag queen to curator to cartoonist, Delcker has created a series of windows into the worlds of people often living on the edges of society. They are the chroniclers of society, whether it be through their drawings, writings, or performances. Their stories reflect a multitude of fragments that create new mosaics of being and living. Delcker is not so much interested in answers, but rather the questions. It is through the questioning that ideas come into being. This is a love story. A love story of why and how people choose to live in one place over another, and why they stay.

Christoph Janosch Delcker is a video journalist based in Berlin and New York. In addition to his videos for Spiegel Online, the New York Times and ZDF Online, Delcker has also created a series of videos, “In May” and “The End of the Line” which continue to explore the personal stories of people in New York and the non-spaces in Berlin. Articles include European Voice (The Economist), Die Tageszeitung (taz) and Idealist Magazine. In addition to a B.A. from Humboldt University, Berlin and Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, Delcker holds a M.A. in German Literature and Media. He is a 2009/10 Fulbright recipient.

This award, made possible by the German Fulbright Alumni Association, was established in 2010 in memory of Dr. Juergen Mulert, scholar, poet, inventor and former Fulbright Awardee. Tireless in his support and efforts in fostering the intercultural mission of the Fulbright, Mulert established the Fulbright Alumni Association in 1986.

Other guests of honor for this year’s Alumni Association Winter Ball include Inmi Patterson, Consul General of the United States of America in Hamburg, Silke Gajek, Vice President of the Parliament of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and Dr. Rolf Hoffmann, Executive Director of the German-American Fulbright Commission.

For additional information regarding the Mulert Award and the Fulbright Alumni Association, please visit https://fulbright-alumni.de/mulertaward

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