Episode 004: Berlin with artist Adam Raymont

Adam Raymont is an American artist that has been living in Berlin since 2008. Berlin is considered to have the largest contemporary art scene in the world. Adam shares what it’s like to live in a city with an incredibly complex history.

Learn more about Adam Raymont and his artwork here and here.

Interview was conducted while Adam was attending an artist residency at 100W in Corsicana, Texas.

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[01:30] History refresher: end of WWII in Berlin
02:55 2 excerpts from John F. Kennedy Berlin address (edited for time)
03:36 excerpt from Ronald Reagan’s Berlin Wall Speech
[03:59] Berlin’s contemporary art scene explodes
[04:33] Adam’s move to Berlin
[05:21] Effects of the 2008 global financial meltdown
[06:11] Cheap rent and abundant studio space
06:32 Stats for number of artists, galleries, and non-commercial spaces
[07:27] Growing tech sector and gentrification
[08:13] Things Adam misses about living in NYC
[08:44] Citizenship offered to families of victims of religious and other persecution
[10:29] Health insurance
10:52 Artists union in Berlin
[11:48] German language
13:11 Daily life, bureaucracy, and AMTs
[15:06] Preconceptions of Germans and Americans
[17:13] Current feeling of living in Berlin
[18:45] Current political climate
[20:26] Advice for moving abroad
[21:23] How this move has changed Adam
[22:04] Young country vs old country
23:24 excerpt from Donald Trump campaign speech, C-SPAN

NOTE: This episode features the story of one individual’s experience. Experiences of a country and its culture will obviously vary from person to person and it is important to do your own research from a multitude of sources. In addition, immigration rules and regulations are subject to change at a moment’s notice–always check with a country’s official embassy for the latest updates.


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