The fifth edition of the Marrakech Biennale poses the question Where are we now? through a dialogue between four disciplines: visual arts, cinema / video, literature and performing arts, the latter a new discipline of the Marrakech Biennale as of 2014. This question can be raised in different fields of the geographical, philosophical and socio-political discourse. Marrakech developed hundreds of years ago into one of the main cultural and religious centres for the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa. Today the city still finds itself within Morocco, the Maghreb, Africa and with a close connection to the Middle-East; but also in the middle of a transition phase of our global society. Founded as a reaction to the international political situation in the beginning of the 21st century and the consequent negative perception of the Arab world, the aim is to gather local, regional and international audiences in order to stimulate dialogues, and to invite emerging and established artists from all over the world to create new pieces of site-specific nature.
This Sweetness Outside of Time. Objects, Books and Films from 1959 to 2014 is the first solo exhibition addressing all aspects of Dorothy Iannone’s opus rich in splendour, humour and the erotic, shifting the focus again to one of the most unusual women artists of the 20th/21st century. For this purpose this comprehensive retrospective is bringing together loans from museums and private collections elsewhere in Germany and Europe, with the aim to illustrate the intermediality and radical subjectivity of this unique artistic ouvre and to make the innovative energy in the art of Dorothy Iannone known to a wider audience. As a pioneering spirit against censorship, for free love and autonomous femal sexuality, the major topic of Dorothy Iannone’s paintings, texts and books is the ecstatic love, which draw uncompromisingly on her own life. Although her depictions of the sexual union between man and woman have an unmistakably mystical dimension rooted in the spiritual and physical union of opposites, her art frequently fell foul of the censors because of allegedly pornographic content.
Run by cultural producers, the Berlin Art Prize is a non-institutional award with the aim to encourage Berlin-based-artists in their autonomous work and to validate their creative work processes. Three artists are honored by a jury composed of local art professionals, with a group exhibition, an accompanying catalog, a residency, prize money and a trophy, and an additional 30 nominated artists will be included in the group exhibition and the catalog. Unlike other awards the artists are evaluated anonymously, with the jury only taking artistic ability into consideration. In June 2014 the next Berlin Art Prize will be awarded, followed by the exhibition, concerts, talks, and events.
In November 2012, Studio Manuel Raeder began developing the three display structures and furniture that make up La letra E está por doquier (The Letter E is everywhere) with fellow studio designer Santiago da Silva for Centro de Diseño de Oaxaca. As the first public institution of its kind in Mexico, it understands design as a tool for social change and, coinciding with the ethos of Studio Manuel Raeder, follows the understanding that form relates to production and production to alternative economic relations based on dialogue and the exchange of ideas. As a result the furniture features seating made out of plastic, wooden stools and upturned buckets, as well as the ubiquitous white plastic Monobloc chairs, reconfigured and covered with woven palm leaf. The modular cake table was produced in collaboration with a furniture factory and local wood producers in Oaxaca. Additionally the cubic structures display a selection of catalogues and artists’ books produced by Studio Manuel Raeder over the past ten years, as well as collected and found objects such as art wares, which the designers collected from their stay in Mexico.
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)
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.
The products of the Berlin based design company NEW TENDENCY are characterized by conceptual design, clear aesthetics and functional form, as well as the fact that they’re manufactured locally. Whether it is a glass, a coat rack or a jewelry collection, the design company’s credo is continually reflected in its new, interdisciplinary creations – expanding its portfolio of original products and collaborations with select designers. Corresponding to this approach, their newest innovation, the shelf rack CLICK is the result of a collaboration with Danish architect Sigurd Larsen. Furthermore, the latest NEW TENDENCY product range includes the MASA table base, the DECEMBER floor lamp, the HASH coat rack, the META side table and the X CHAIR, the RIEN glass as well as the SID & CHAD vases, next to a new oak version of the SHIFT, which received the Interior Innovation Award 2014.
Photos: Haw-lin | Matthias Schmitt & Michael Ott
Maxie Eisen, a Chicago gangster with German roots, was the organizer of 3 Hebrew associations of food dealers in the 1920s – the Hebrew Master Butchers’ Association, the Master Bakers’ and the Retail Fish Dealers’ Association. He made a name for himself as a mafioso in the food business and was respected in the mob scene due to his cunning, but above all, also due to his close association to Al Capone. Maxie and the rest of the gang would meet for diplomatic treaties late at night at the Hotel Sherman, presumably over charcuterie, fish, magnums of stolen red wine and strong drinks. Building on a mix of Jewish food, the history of Frankfurt’s red-light district and the French sensibility of a buvette, Maxie Eisen, located in the middle of the Bahnhofsviertel, will revive and reinterpret the spirit of those bygone times. Pastrami takes center stage; delicious American beef brisket, traditionally cured using mustard, crushed peppercorns, coriander seeds and garlic. Roast chicken and select charcuterie such as duck rillettes are also on the menu. Matzo ball soup, following a traditional recipe, herring with horseradish and raw onions, home-cooked rosemary french fries and fresh salads act as accompaniments.
Photos: Steve Herud
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.
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?
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.