Feature, 05.02.2014

Vom ICC zum ICCC
International Center for Contemporary Culture Berlin

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From ICC to ICCC – International Center for Contemporary Culture Berlin

The ICC, a 38-year-old architectural Gesamtkunstwerk, is one of the most important international buildings in Berlin. The unique icon of the 20th century is to be preserved and at the same time newly challenged. The ICC could become the ICCC, a center for contemporary culture in Berlin. The utilization concept is based on a synergy of conference facilities, a venue for performers and fine arts, a restaurant and cafés, a hotel, an art and media outlet as well as temporary co-working spaces, and studios. „What is needed is a catalyst for the meeting of worlds that represents and is part of our journey in to the future. The first phase of post-Wall Berlin, the art colonisation of the city, is almost complete. Now we need to look towards a new, technically orientated consciousness and what better hub for that endeavour than the ICCC? A mothership for the merging of two cultures in the third industrial age. The architecture of the ICC, the ship-like form that shouts “space” rather than “sea” are all perfect companions to this journey.“ Sophie Lovell (Author & Editor-in-Chief, uncube magazine). Scope of work of BUREAU N was the concept development for future use, together with Florian Heilmeyer and Something Fantastic.

What is needed is a catalyst for the meeting of worlds that represents and is part of our journey in to the future. The first phase of post-Wall Berlin, the art colonisation of the city, is almost complete. Now we need to look towards a new, technically orientated consciousness and what better hub for that endeavour than the ICCC? A mothership for the merging of two cultures in the third industrial age. The architecture of the ICC, the ship-like form that shouts “space” rather than “sea” are all perfect companions to this journey. Sophie Lovell (Author & Editor-in-Chief, uncube magazine)

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Photos: © Nuno Cera

Feature, 25.01.2014

POETRY WILL BE MADE BY ALL!
LUMA/Westbau, Löwenbräukunst, Zurich
30.01. – 30.03.2014

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Credit: Content is Relative

Expanding on the emergent poetics of online distribution systems and the prominence of poetry in 89plus projects to date, the exhibition Poetry will be made by all! will bring together works from renowned and upcoming international poets and writers, born after 1989. Inspired by the seminal exhibition ‘Transform the world! Poetry must be made by all!’ at the Moderna Museet, the exhibition of 89plus will highlight how the written word, far from being diminished, finds a renewed importance within today’s digital information networks. During the opening days of Poetry will be made by all! readings and performances by poets, artists and writers such as Harry Burke, Andrew Durbin, Mashinka Firunts, Sophia Le Fraga, Rui An Ho, Sang-Woo Lee, Trisha Low, Steve Roggenbuck and Dena Yago, as well as Etel Adnan, Caroline Bergvall, Christian Bök, Anton Bruhin, Tao Lin, Tracie Morris, Mendi + Keith Obadike, Eugenie Paultre and many others, will be held, including a performance by concrete poet Eugen Gomringer. For its inaugural exhibition, 89plus is partnered in association with UbuWeb. This platform has expanded to include a remarkable collection of film and video art, critical documents and essays, sound poetry and art recordings, among many other unclassifiable strands of the avant-garde.

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Feature, 01.12.2013

HUMAN-SPACE-MACHINE. STAGE EXPERIMENTS
AT THE BAUHAUS
Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
06.12.2013 – 21.04.2014

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Oskar Schlemmer, 1927, Foto: Erich Consemüller © Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau

The exhibition Human-Space-Machine. Stage Experiments at the Bauhaus presents for the first time concepts and experiments of the legendary Bauhaus stage, where the relationship between man and technology in particular was investigated and explored. In 1921, Walter Gropius founded a theater workshop at the Bauhaus. It conducted new research and experiments on the relationship between humans and technology.

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Credits: Xanti Schawinsky, 1926 © Xanti Schawinsky Estate | Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack, 1925, Privatarchiv © Kaj Delugan

The aim was to find a new place for the human being in a technological everyday living environment, to explore his new possibilities of movement and perception, and not least to find new symbols and images for that ambivalent ‘essence’ of the ‘new human being’, defined equally by nature and technology. Accompanying the exhibition, a festival spotlights stage experiments at the Bauhaus. It addresses the influences they exercised on dance, theatre, performance and visual arts, and discusses their current relevance and applicability. For concepts and symbols of a question that is still acute today took shape on the Bauhaus Stage: How much machine can man internalise, and how human can machines become?

Xanti Schawinsky, 1925 © Xanti Schawinsky Estate

Xanti Schawinsky, 1925 © Xanti Schawinsky Estate

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Feature, 28.11.2013

CHRISTOPH SCHLINGENSIEF
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
01.12.2013 – 19.01.2014

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The exhibition Christoph Schlingensief at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin is the first comprehensive show dedicated to the exciting and versatile body of work of Christoph Schlingensief. Transgressing artistic, medial and institutional boundaries the full effect of his work unfolds through continuous fragmentation, synchronicity, dissolution of boundaries and its inter- and trans-medial character. In his oeuvre, which spans films, theater pieces, operas, happenings, performances and installations, Christoph Schlingensief serves comments on and reactions to their respective moments of development and the social contexts they’ve emerged from, touching on topics such as media representations of current events, politics, German history, fascism, Christianity and the institution of family. His radical demand for reaction, his uniquely inventive imagery, his almost obsessive overexertion and challenging demand for similar dedication from anyone involved in his projects secure Schlingensief’s exceptional position in the contemporaneous art discourse.

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Christoph Schlingensief, The African Twintowers, 2005 – 2009 © Filmgalerie 451, Photo: Aino Laberenz | Christoph Schlingensief, Die 120 Tage von Bottrop, 1997 © Filmgalerie 451

KW INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

Feature, 27.10.2013

VERTIGO OF REALITY
Preparation Lab | Wednesdays, 5 pm
Akademie der Künste, Berlin
November 2013 – November 2014

For one year the Akademie der Künste is devoting itself to the topic Vertigo of Reality | Schwindel der Wirklichkeit. There is hardly a single issue in the arts that has been addressed as systematically as the construction and deconstruction of reality. Above all, new media and the interactive possibilities of the digital world have fundamentally altered the arts and their own reflective understanding. The threshold between digital information and the analogue user, between man and machine, between virtuality and body has long since been a dialectical core theme of contemporary art. The focus kicks off this November with a working station – a mobile architecture installed in the Akademie der Künste at Haseatenweg hosting a series of talks, debates and performances every Wednesday at 5:00 pm leading up to the Metabolic Office for the Repair of Reality and a large exhibition in the autumn of 2014.

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Credit: Klaus Staeck, Im Mittelpunkt steht immer der Mensch, 1981 © Edition Staeck, Heidelberg/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013

AKADEMIE DER KÜNSTE, SCHWINDEL DER WIRKLICHKEIT

Feature, 24.10.2013

THE 89PLUS RESOURCES
89plus and the LUMA Foundation are partnering to present the 89
plus Resources Workshop and Panel in Zurich
27.10. – 28.10.2013

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89plus is a long term, multi-platform research project, co-founded and co-curated by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist, mapping the generation of innovators born in and after 1989. The 89plus Resources Workshop and Panel at LUMA is the first event to be structured around a single theme, Resources, engaging the disciplines of art, architecture, literature, science, and technology in a focused conversation. Led by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist a Workshop will bring together environmental activists and artists from the 89plus generation along with experts in resources and sustainable development. The panel discussion will address the potential of new technologies for positive environmental and social change in a world of declining natural resources.

Credit: Takeshi Shiomitsu, cleanroom study (i keep on falling falling)

Credit: Takeshi Shiomitsu, cleanroom study (i keep on falling falling)

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Feature, 15.09.2013

ABC ART BERLIN CONTEMPORARY 2013
Station at Gleisdreieck
20.09. – 22.09.2014
Opening 19.09.2013

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Photo: Marco Funke

With its innovative, artist-centred format, abc is consciously focused on artistic practice. Each invited gallery is specifically asked to realize a single position of contemporary art. Rather than presenting their particular programs, the galleries present themselves in their capacities as the producers of selected artists. This year abc will also be reinforced by an expanded program of events including a project called “Upcoming Exhibitions” curated by Shanaynay (Paris).
Around 130 emerging and established galleries from across the Globe will take part this year. The modular, architectural concept responds to the spatial conditions of each individual work and provides a structure which is both clear and open, and particularly well suited to the presentation of installations, sound pieces, performances and video screenings. Info can be found here.

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Feature, 04.09.2013

SOU FUJIMOTO – FUTUROSPECTIVE ARCHITECTURE
CCB – Garagem Sul, Lisbon
10.09. – 17.11.2013

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Credits: House N by Sou Fujimoto Architects, Photo: © Iwan Baan |

Constantly shifting relationships between interior and exterior is one of Sou Fujimoto’s intellectual leitmotifs – which can be discovered in his first monographic exhibition in Europe Futurospective Architecture, presented in Lisbon at the architecture gallery Garagem Sul. Originally conceived by the Kunsthalle Bielefeld, the show displays texts, models and photographs documented and commented on by the architect himself, who seeks to offer more than a retrospective of his buildings and architectural work realized thus far, and to think the architecture of the future akin to a forest. In his words Architecture emerges where the flow is intensified.

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SOU FUJIMOTO, KUNSTHALLE BIELEFELD, GARAGEM SUL

Feature, 04.09.2013

JEUNES COMMISSAIRES
Institut français / Bureau des Arts plastiques initiates young curators’ program

JEUNES COMMISSAIRES establishes new forms of supporting young curators in France and Germany. The program focuses on aiding in their professional integration and accompanies their first steps into the international art world. Serving as a platform for discourse and experience, JEUNES COMMISSAIRES not only offers opportunities for practical intervention within professional structures but also links between young curators and experts for a direct and long-term exchange. Alongside get-togethers and conferences with different curators and directors from Berlin’s art institutions, the participants will also meet independent, progressive curators and will conduct studio visits. The website www.jeunescommissaires.de not only allows insight in the workshop via photo documentations, but portrays its participants in interviews on their curatorial activities and their expectations on the program.

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INSTITUT FRANCAIS

Feature, 03.09.2013

ALBERT OEHLEN – INTERIEURS
Galerie Max Hetzler
07.09. – 19.10. 2013

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Credit: Albert Oehlen, / 5, Courtesy: Albert Oehlen & Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Photo: Stefan Rohner

When in 2008 Albert Oehlen was asked why he had recourse to fragments of advertising posters in his new paintings, he answered: “I wanted emotions! At some points, I had to admit to myself that my approach to art was a bit sober. […] At the same time, I’d always wanted to do Pop Art, big, colourful things with immediate appeal.” (Interview by Max Dax, in: Albert Oehlen 1991-2008 Galerie Max Hetzler and Holzwarth Publications, Berlin, 2008). The ‘trashiness’ of the advertisements is now all over the picture. Simultaneously, the compositions are all evocations of interieurs (interiors), playing with shapes and textures of furniture elements, but also with architecture and perspective, as well as with characters’ silhouettes. There is an obvious ambiguity between figuration and abstraction, produced by the contrast between the imagery of the advertisements and the new picture created. These new large-scale works by Albert Oehlen will be presented in the exhibition Interieurs at the gallery’s new space in Bleibtreustraße 45, Berlin-Charlottenburg.

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Credit: Abert Oehlen, / 36, Courtesy: Albert Oehlen & Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Photo: Lothar Schnepf

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