The globalized world seems at once transparent and opaque. While modern life is characterized by a desire for more transparency in communication, politics and business, limitless access to information has eroded personal privacy, creating an ever-present, now long-running social dilemma. Despite the generally positive promise of transparency, there have been growing doubts about its impact on the community and on our understanding of the public sphere. Transparencies examines the cultural facets and atmospheres of the notion of (non-)transparency. The two-part, joint exhibition project in Bielefeld and Nuremberg is dedicated to developments in »transparent society,« and asks how these are reflected in current work by contemporary artists. Participating artists deal with the paradigm of transparency and the ambivalence of the term in multiple, diverse ways. They examine the consequences of an algorithm- and data-collection-driven, life-world transparency and explore our changed relationship to privacy. Other key points of investigation include interpersonal exchange and its possible control. Curated by Simone Neuenschwander and Thomas Thiel, the exhibitions include contributions by Neïl Beloufa, Juliette Blightman, Ryan Gander, Calla Henkel, Max Pitegoff, David Horvitz, Metahaven, Katja Novitskova and Yuri Pattison.
Following the two major exhibitions “Return of Landscape” in 2010 and “Culture:City” in 2013, Berlin’s Akademie der Künste is now working on their next project coming up in spring 2016 titled, “Demo:Polis”. This exhibition is dedicated not only to the future of public space but the right to this real, physical space. While the Internet simulated a virtual public sphere, its promise was disappointed by Wikileaks and Edward Snowdon’s revelations. In contrast to this, people are again voicing their views with relative anonymity by demonstrating in real public spaces. Today, social media and real public space are the new framework for self-determination. Neo-liberalism has made the real public sphere a target for commercial interests: from advertising, sponsored events and the sale of publicly owned property, almost every public privilege and property have been sold. As cities grow denser, building projects encroach more and more on public space, an issue in which citizens demand to have a greater say in. As an ambitious endeavor on a highly complex issue, always close to failure – just like the constant fight over the right to setting the rules for the meaning and use of public space – “Demo:Polis” will include an exhibition, a catalogue and a series of conferences and parliaments, bringing together multiple approaches and working principles.
What started with an enthusiastic first encounter, turned out to be a much closer relationship. A few weeks back we met with BUREAU A – a Swiss architecture studio from Geneva that had recently transplanted their office to Lisbon – for an interview, finding out more about their migration and unusual practice. And here we are, about to leave our office at Largo da Madalena to move with BUREAU A to Rua dos Anjos No. 3. To jointly celebrate the new palace-like space, a huge old apartment, full of crumbling charm and layers of previous turbulent times in the heart of the Intendente neighborhood, we invite friends, colleagues and like-minded guests to the house warming “FORROBODÓ” party on October 28, from 6pm till late. Meet us in Lisbon: BUREAU N, Rua dos Anjos No. 3, 1º in 1150 – 018 Lisboa, Portugal.
Digital media has radically altered our understanding of art. In last year’s exhibition Vertigo of Reality, the Akademie der Künste showcased artistic strategies and practices reflecting on and engaging with the viewer’s perception. Current developments in game art where located within a tradition of artistic critique and debate going back to the 1960s, evident particularly in closed-circuit video installations, but equally as apparent in performance and participative projects. A recently published reader serves as a comprehensive follow-up documentation of the entire project not only covering the successful exhibition, but also the large number of collateral events like lectures, talks, concerts and performances. The reader includes texts by Horst Bredenkamp, Mark Butler, Michael Diers, Wulf Herzogenrath, Slavko Kacunko and many more. An accompanying video documentation (30 min.) provides additional insights. The bilingual reader can be ordered here.
To those with further interests in the topic, we recommend a closer look at the massive video archive with recordings of many collateral events. It is accessible for free through the project site.
Known for her avantgarde and constantly good taste, entrepreneur Nicole Hogerzeil has established herself as trustworthy style pioneer. Hogerzeil presents her favorite labels such as Dries von Noten, Marni, Isabel Marant, Common Projects and Perret Schaad in her new store SCHWARZHOGERZEIL on Torstrasse — taking the best and new designers from her two former stores. The layout of the 150 m2 space was conceived by the interior designer Sylvester Koziolek, who combines 1940s Parisian charm, inspired by Jean Prouvé, Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, with modern elements such as neon lighting and unique objects. The dominating, dark blue tones are echoed in the walls and the furniture, complementing the 14 meter long collage and curved lamps inspired by Royére. Keeping the same sense of individuality that Hogerzeil has assembling her clothing, Koziolek has created an environment to match her elegant assortment.
AES+F, Still from 3-channel HD video installation Inverso Mundus (The World Upside Down), 2015
The 6th edition of the NORDWIND Festival, with its focus on exploring the North European and Baltic performing arts scene, will also throw a spotlight on Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union this year. Under the title “BALAGAN!!! – Zones of Resistance” Artistic director Ricarda Ciontos presents performances, choreographies and installations by some of the most exciting artistic teams and directors from Northern and North-Eastern Europe such as Oskaras Koršunovas, Stina Nyberg, Verdensteatret, Mungo Park and Elina Pirinen. A special program concentrating on contemporary performance in Russia will show controversial, innovative and formally sophisticated productions by artists such as Dmitry Krymov, Mikhael Patlasov, Olga Jitlina and Petr Pavlensky. “BALAGAN!!! – Contemporary Art from the Former Soviet Union and Other Mythical Places”, an exhibition taking place in three venues across Berlin, will feature works by over 50 artists as well as the first retrospective outside Russia of Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe (1969-2013), comprising his paintings, films, photography and performance.
Since its foundation the biennial NORDWIND Festival has been continuously expanding its interdisciplinary program in terms of output, structure and ambition. This year it will take place in Berlin, Hamburg, Dresden and – for the first time – in Bern. Performance and exhibition venues in Berlin include Volksbühne, Sophiensæle, Max Liebermann Haus and KühlHaus Berlin.
Gedi Sibony`s work is known for guiding viewers attention towards objects, and the processes that act upon them, especially those that seem unexceptional at first. Galerie Neu is showing new large-scale wall pieces that are cut from the sides of decommissioned semi-trailers. Their surface graphics and paint are the consequences of basic and necessary procedures in the world of commerce. Extracted and isolated, these found objects reveal themselves. Gedi Sibony work has been included in numerous international solo and group exhibitions, including most recently the Biennale di Venezia (2015), The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2014), and Culturgest, Lisbon (2012). His work is included in institutional collections such as the MoMA, the Guggenheim and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Gedi Sibony – Untitled (2015) Courtesy the artist and Galerie Neu, Berlin
Paul McCarthy – Horizontal (2012), Photo: Fredrik Nilsen, Courtesy Paul McCarthy and Hauser & Wirth
On the occasion of Berlin Art Week a solo exhibition by US-American artist Paul McCarthy will be presented at the Schinkel Pavillon. McCarthy confronts the viewer with scenarios of raw reality via events transmitted by film and television, exploring the tension between the surface of the transmitted images and their invisible, unsettling origins, particularly with reference to the Hollywood film industry and American pop culture. Employing such diverse media as photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, video, performance, and installation, McCarthy confronts appearances with reality, taking on the contradiction between taboo and spectacle. McCarthy’s point of reference remains the human body, which he sets (often through his own performances) in relation to socially established conventions and calls into question – both through sculpture and directly, in his actions – as a figure in space. The body, (living-) space, and the object are central to the work presented at the Schinkel Pavillon, which is oriented around themes of waking and sleeping, life and death, presence and illusion.
The autumn of 2015 marks the second collaborative project between four of Berlin’s leading art institutions: Berlinische Galerie, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin will present a total of four thematically related and coinciding exhibitions. Titled STADT/BILD (Image of a City), the project approaches the notion of “the city” as thematic cluster from various perspectives. Architects Brandlhuber+ Hertweck, Mayfried will devise a spatial intervention in the Berlinische Galerie. The Dialogic City: Berlin wird Berlin sets out to question the museum as an institution, its acquisition policy, conditions of exhibiting, and different constraints. Xenopolis at Deutsche Bank KunstHalle will focus on the city as a living organism that does not belong to anyone in particular. Working under the hypothesis that there is no such thing as one coherent city, curator Simon Njami explores the multiplicity of cities. At the heart of the exhibition Welcome to the Jungle at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, a “jungle” serves as a desired imaginary space, symbolizing the subconscious, potentially dangerous counterpart of the controlled urban environment. The jungle marks a maximum distance from everyday life, as the name of the best-known discotheque in the history of West Berlin illustrates. With Fluids. A Happening by Allan Kaprow, 1967 / 2015 the Nationalgalerie presents a comprehensive reinvention of Allan Kaprow’s Happenings from 1967 in the public sphere. Originally constructed out of ice blocks, Fluids explored the questions of authorship, participation and communality, temporality, and choreography. Berlin-based artists are invited to react to this process-based work. Their versions of Fluids will appear in different locations around Berlin on successive days during the Berlin Art Week.
With around 100 participating galleries, the innovative and artist-centred format abc art berlin contemporary will be exhibiting it`s eighth edition in the halls of Station Berlin at Gleisdreieck. The galleries, which come from 17 countries, will be showing individual positions in contemporary art – mainly new works and premieres – from established artists to emerging newcomers. The lineup includes works by more than 100 artists such as Saâdane Afif, Julian Charrière, Björn Dahlem, Ryan Gander, Karl Holmqvist, Felix Kiessling, Matt Mullican, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Ryan Trecartin or Jorinde Voigt. For the first time, the architectural concept has been developed by June14 Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff. The abc program includes an exhibition showing works brought together from local private collections by Nikola Dietrich. “Talking Galleries” will be holding panel discussions on Friday and Saturday mornings. Further information on this year’s program can be found here.
On Wednesday evening, prior to abc, all participating Berlin galleries will open exhibitions in their local gallery spaces; the exhibiting artists include Mariana Castillo Deball, Camille Henrot, Sofia Hultén, Barbara Kruger, Friedrich Kunath, Gedi Sibony, Slavs and Tatars, Hito Steyerl, Juergen Teller and Rosemarie Trockel.