The Berlin “Brachflächenatlas” was once a playground and inspiration to many architects and builders. Today nearly all gaps in the city’s landscape are filled; the spaces that once characterised the city have disappeared. For the first edition of Abriss-Atlas Berlin, ten Berlin journalists and authors explore the capital’s mixed architecture and offer perspectives for new spaces. In a playful tone, the authors unveil their selected sites for demolition including the O2 Arena, Potsdamer Plats and the Siegessäule.
The ICC, a 38-year-old architectural Gesamtkunstwerk, is one of the most important international buildings in Berlin. Maintained and remodeled, the ICC could now become the ICCC, the international center for contemporary culture. It will accommodate art performances, co-working spaces and studios, a hotel, a restaurant and cafes. „What is needed is a catalyst for the meeting of worlds that represents and is part of our journey into the future.” Sophie Lovell.
The fifth edition of the Marrakech Biennale raises the question Where are we now?via four mediums: visual arts, cinema/video, literature and performing arts. Marrakech developed hundreds of years ago into one of the main cultural and religious centres of the Maghreb. A cultural pole in Morocco, the Maghreb, Africa and with connections to the Middle-East; Marrakech is in the middle of a transition phase into the global scene.
Central Asian Pavilion unfolds six spectacles by artists from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. The site-specific installations explore themes reminiscent of the Soviet era, ideologies, monuments and state propaganda. The Pavilion opened to the art world during the preview of the Biennale di Venezia, along the forum ‘Perspectives Beyond Stagnation’ which is held in partnership with the Lofoten International Art Festival.