ADN Pförtnerhaus
12.07. – 31.07.2014

Sonya Schönberger's work for the ADN Pförtnerhaus focuses on the figure of the gatekeeper: the power and influence this position could hold within a system of control, and the disappearance of this position once the system collapses. The venue is a 2 square-meter gatehouse once used in the parking lot of the GDR’s General German Intelligence Service, Allgemeiner Deutscher Nachrichtendienst (ADN). This style of one-man control house became a norm throughout the seventies on guarded parking lots for governmental buildings, becoming a regular presence in the public space of the GDR. The artist Christof Zwiener began the ADN Pförtnerhaus project in June 2013, saving the only such remaining GDR monitoring station in East Berlin. Since September 2013, the gatehouse has stood on former grounds of the motor pool for the central committee of the Socialist Union Party (SED) in Berlin-Lichtenberg. There, it has been made available as a temporary exhibition space for invited artists to engage with themes including the legacy of the GDR, state surveillance in general, public space in Berlin and its constant transformation. Schlüsselübergabe will be the last ADN Pförternhaus exhibition in Berlin, as the gatehouse will be transported to Los Angeles for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. There, it will become a traveling exhibition venue on view in various locations throughout L.A. County, and will end up as a permanent loan to the sculpture garden of the Wende Museum in Culver City.

Credit: ADN Pförtnerhaus
Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21)
10.07. – 23.11.2014

With LEBEN, the TBA21 in collaboration with the Belvedere, Vienna continues to expand Carsten Höller’s investigations into paradox, doubling, animal life, the everyday assumptions of reality and the seams where they can begin to crumble. From the most basic ideas of scale, like oversized cages housing bullfinches in the exhibition space or giant mushroom sculptures in the Augarten Park, to the alien concepts of sleeping overnight or getting naked in a museum setting, Höller’s works prompt the visitor to unlearn and experiment playfully. Some of the works in LEBEN have been specially commissioned and conceived, others come from TBA21’s collection, like the Y installation. Y’s hypnotic tunnel of flashing white light bulbs stands in the Marble Hall of the Upper Belvedere; the disparate contexts and materials of the installation against its setting are yet another example of the artists's invitations to question the customs and appearances of life.

All images © Carsten Höller / Bildrecht Wien 2014: Gimpelwaage, Installation view LEBEN, TBA21, Photos: Attilio Maranzano | Installation view (Drawing) Kunst-Werke Berlin, 1999, Photo: Jens Ziehe
The Gorki Apartments are located in an old apartment building from the turn of the century, located near Rosenthaler Platz in Berlin's Mitte district. Opened in winter 2013, the 34 living spaces and two penthouses present something off the beaten track of a traditional hotel experience. Guests can choose to stay anywhere from one night to six months or more in the apartments, each of which were fashioned as a unique home: The interiors were done by Franco-German architect and interior designer Sandra Pauquet in collaboration with architect Kim Wang, and each room has a unique palette of furnishings, art and details. To support the apartment building ambience the designers replaced all room numbers in the building with fictitious names. In addition, every apartment receives its very own doorbell and mailbox and every guest resides under pseudonym, ensuring they can remain anonymous and nearly undisturbed during their stay if desired.

All images courtesy Gorki Apartments
Annual Summit for the creative economy, Weimar
29. – 30.06.2014

The original idea behind the Bauhaus, founded in Weimar in 1919, was not white boxes and tubular furniture, but collaboration: the collaboration of genres and disciplines as well as the interchange of arts, crafts and industries. Digital Bauhaus 2014 takes this idea into the 21st century and explores the formats and frameworks of creative group work, both online and on-site, that shape successful project organization. In the frame of an extensive program of hands-on workshops, keynote talks, panels and spaces for exchange, professional experts on collaboration invited to the summit will share lessons they've picked up, and delve into modes and models of working together both old and new.

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