Last spring, at the height of a global pandemic and just months before the long-awaited opening of the new Berlin airport BER, TXL, which had been reduced to minimum operation, resembled much less an airport as it did a stranded spaceship. The sudden calm and desertedness revealed the iconic architecture of the building with countless hidden details, captured by the photographers Robert Rieger and Felix Brüggemann in their 88-page illustrated book. The result is a personal homage to Tegel, to the architecture of the sixties and the unmistakable design logic of this airport, cherished by so many.
For the internationally renowned architectural photographer, HGEsch, a construction site is a promise: it is the physical transition from concept to built structure. His exhibition PROCESS ARCHITECTURE—A PHOTOGRAPHIC RESEARCH OF GLOBAL BUILDING SITES at Euroboden Architekturkultur in Berlin depicts the in-between moments of architecture—the structures and details that will ultimately be hidden, vanished and forgotten within the building.
Can data be used as pigment? If the deadly pathology of COVID-19 could be translated into music, how would it sound? What does machine learning have to do with colonial heritage? Or architecture with decay? The Falling Walls Foundation refutes the false binary between art and science—and many more. This year the Falling Walls Conference was reshaping its model to offer a digital stage for researchers and create a global forum for scientific breakthroughs and their initiators. Rather than simply broadcasting the conference, an international call for the most innovative minds has been launched, showing 100 winners in the programme and over 600 finalists in the media library.
Upon meeting Marian Ivan from Ivan Gallery in Bucharest and Olga Temnikova from Temnikova & Kasela Gallery in Tallinn, we couldn’t resist picking their brains on their perspectives of the art world in their home cities. Read the interview on their exhibition project ON ADORNMENTS here.
Architect Khushnu Panthaki Hoof is the Director of the Vastushilpa Foundation for Studies and Research in Environmental Design based in Ahmedabad, India. She has worked for many years alongside Balkrishna Doshi and is a partner at Sangath. In this issue of our JUST FRIDAYS interview series, she reflects on the limits and opportunities of architecture and the challenge of social proximity at a time of physical distance. Read the full interview here.
Thanks to the joint efforts and collaborative spirit of 48 participating galleries, Gallery Weekend Berlin celebrates its 16th edition in a row. As a long-term partner of this outstanding art event, it’s always exciting to take a closer look at this high-calibre exhibition program, showing both emerging and established positions. Among others, highlights include the merchandise store by David Shrigley in BQ, the monumental sculptures by Rondinone in the adjacent space to Esther Schipper, new work analysing our impact on the natural world by Andreas Gursky in Sprüth Magers or this year’s new participating galleries: Ebensperger, Sweetwater and Tanja Wagner.
Probing the relationship between ecology and technology, Andreas Greiner charts concerns of climate change and mass extinction through works emerging from artificial intelligence technologies. For Jungle Memory, a dataset comprising of several thousand photographs, shot by Greiner at the ancient Hambacher Forst and the Polish Białowieża, was fed into a digital calculus to derive the idea of a forest. Andreas aims to challenge the narration of ecological issues, whilst urgently acknowledging the fundamental dependency we have on non-industrialized functioning ecosystems.
In August, after several years of renovation, the Jewish Museum Berlin opened its new core exhibition in the Libeskind Building. Unfolding in 3,500 square meters, the exhibition portrays the past and present of Jewish life in Germany with new points of emphasis. The exhibition architecture, designed from the ground up by chezweitz, allows the contents to be experienced in intuitive, tangible fashion and manages to reintegrate the iconic Daniel Libeskind building into the exhibition.
Boros Foundation, in collaboration with Berghain, presents the exhibition STUDIO BERLIN, showing works by over 100 contemporary artists, living and working in Berlin. Focusing on the studio as a production site, the project offers a platform for the participating artists to examine the relationship with their studios as places of debate, reflection, translation, analysis and conceptual thinking. The show expands over the Panorama Bar, Säule and the adjacent Halle.
Jeewi Lee is a Berlin-based artist who has spent most of her life between South Korea and Germany, when she’s not travelling that is. Earlier this year, after completing a project in Senegal, Jeewi left for what was meant to be a 5-day visit to a friend in Casablanca. 5 days quickly became 4 months as the world as we know it came to a halt and scrambled to find comfort in the unknown. For this issue of Just Fridays Jeewi shares her thoughts on reflection and creative practice for positive change during a truly peculiar time.
Lode van Zuylen and Stijn Remi open the doors to their second restaurant REMI located on the ground floor of the new Suhrkamp publishing house in Berlin Mitte. In collaboration with Ester Bruzkus Architekten, the longtime friends have realised their idea of a lively brasserie with the open architecture of Roger Bundschuh’s building as a starting point. Serving both lunch and dinner, the seasonal dishes shine with simplicity and high-quality ingredients.
Facing a global crisis is challenging for every one of us. FUTURE FORWARD: BEYOND CRISIS is an online journal that explores five personal stories of how such extraordinary circumstances can also be a catalyst for innovative thinking. Over the course of five weeks in summer 2020, the journal presents thinkers, makers and visionaries from the fields of architecture, health care, science, farming and tourism. The project is a collaboration with Archiv der Zukunft Lichtenfels and Herburg Weiland.