When the young lady at the press conference asked Klaus Biesenbach to “say something” about Christoph Schlingensief’s radicality, a giggle went through the room. Asking this is like asking to comment on Christoph Schlingensief himself. He was radical all through. And much too complex to be explained in one sentence. But this young lady had of course, in a way, nailed it: Radicality is really the word that keeps coming back to your mind when walking through the exhibition that opens today at KW - Institute for Contemporary Art, curated by Biesenbach, Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Susanne Pfeffer and Aino Laberenz. Who but Schlingensief would do a “Hitler Stalin Porn”? Or who would make you go through a stair lift procedure, only to discover one of his provocative little videos behind a curtain? And who else would make people sit on stakes for hours to make them profess their fears? A lot has been said about this incredibly diverse artist, film maker, opera director, and his oeuvre. But maybe not enough of it has been seen. We advise you to plan a whole day for your visit of this show. It contains innumerable videos, films and complex installations that deserve a bit of our attention. Their influence cannot be underestimated. There is something else you can do to help Schlingensief’s legacy to live on: Donate for his Opera Village Africa. Help this unique project to survive. We certainly did. http://www.operndorf-afrika.de/index.php/spenden.html http://blog.operndorf-afrika.de/ http://www.betterplace.org/de/projects/14952more
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We believe Berlin's creative energy can best be explored in its niches. Be it unconventional art spaces or inventive architecture, it’s our passion to explore the uncommon perspectives of our city and we want to share it.
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Berlin has much more to offer than the well-advertised museums and reputable galleries. Artists initiatives, non-commercial art spaces and unusual galleries with inventive approaches make Berlin such a special art metropolis.
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Since May 2009 NICHE Art and Architecture Tours has been opening up new Berlin perspectives for art and architecture lovers from all over the world NICHE Berlin is the brainchild of Katharina Beckmann (heritage conservation & architecture), Stefanie Gerke & Nele Heinevetter (both art history).
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„Madame-Redakteur Rüdiger von Naso und die Fotografin Silke Weinsheimer folgten Niche an Orte, an denen jungen Künstlern eine erste Chance gegeben wird, und zu einer Architektur, die man erst einmal entdecken muss. Und waren hingerissen von Charme, Intelligenz und (Insider-)Wissen der drei, die perfekt moderierten, auf jede Frage eine Antwort wussten und anregende Begegnungen ermöglichten. Spielerisch und mit Humor“
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Walking up Heidestraße, around the corner from Hamburger Bahnhof, it’s hard to believe that this street used to be one of Berlin’s gallery hotspots. The area is currently under redevelopment and feels more like no-man’s-land than ever - rows of car garages on one side, construction sites on the other. Even Tanas' staircase in the industrial backyard is pitch-black, but for the glow of a neon sign in arabic. The sign - a work by Mario Rizzi - reads Ash-shaʻb yurīd isqāṭ an-niẓām (‘The people demand of the fall of the regime’), a slogan that first emerged during the Tunisian revolution and became closely associated with the Arab Spring. This political undertone characterizes many of the artworks on display in the current show, The Unanswered Question, Iskele 2, including Olaf Metzel's large, hand-folded aluminum sheets. Olaf Metzel, ‘Taksim’, 2013 Printed with press photographs of protests in Turkey, it is as if the artist had rescued the pages of a crumpled newspaper and given them permanent life inside the gallery. Born and raised in Kreuzberg, Metzel is interested in the way Turkish newspapers in Berlin reported on the events in Istanbul. As the artist explains, ‘Parallel societies here in Germany are evident not just in the language’. Although Tanas describes itself as Berlin’s centre for Turkish art (Tanas is an anagram of the Turkish word for art, ‘sanat’), the current exhibition incorporates artists from many regions, including the Balkans, the Caucasus, the Middle East and Germany. For those who missed Annika Kahrs’ Playing to the Birds at abc,here is your chance to catch another glimpse of the German artist’s beautiful video installation. Using the same medium as Kahrs but striking a much darker note, Adel Abidin's 1 + 2. Ping Pong consists of two players competing in a heated match of table tennis. Instead of a net, a naked woman lies in the middle of the table. As the ball flies back and forth the players are oblivious to the woman’s pain and we as viewers are torn between the thrill of the match and our repulsion at this aggression on the human body. Perhaps this can be seen as an allusion to the suffering of women caught in the crossfire of men’s power struggle? Video Still, Adel Abidin, ‘1 + 2. Ping Pong’, 2009 This, and many other ‘unanswered questions’, are what make Iskele2 one of the most engaging shows of the season. But hurry: the exhibition runs until Sunday, Nov. 3rd, after which Tanas will be permanently closed, as its curator Rene Block moves on to other projects and ventures. Tanas, Heidestraße 50, 10557 Berlin, Tues to Sun 12-6pmmore
Yes, it’s Berlin Art Week, and yes, there’s plenty to see. But there is one little thing, right in the heart of Berlin, which makes you escape from all that bustle. On your way to Auguststrasse you can easily drop by Torstrasse 111. Step through the big old door into the courtyard, where this Saturday The Bakery takes place. At this performance-like project by Egill Saebjörnsson, curated by Annabelle von Girsewald, Berlin based artists broach the issue of food by producing bread. The Bakery is a process-orientated project which will find its end in a “café exhibition” in 2014, which shouldn’t be missed, since there will be cake. Despite this familial happening in the courtyard, one can discover the surrounded group of buildings, where the resident artists exhibit their works. This group-show, which can be visited till Sunday, brings together most different themes. Ausstellungsansicht Tarantula Tentacle In the first room, Diego Fernandez and Thilonius Staudt present a wide range of their paintings, comic-like impressions of contemporary urban life. Still: Ulu Brau, Forst, 2013 Ulu Brauns Forst, screened in the ruin in the back of the courtyard, reflects a modern approach to nature in contrast to an ancient mythic appreciation. The narrative collage-video opposes different situations, contrasting yet enhancing each other. Ausstellungsansicht Tarantula Tentacle The initiator of Torstrasse 111, Ingo Fröhlich, exhibits in another room of the ruin. His abstract chalk-circles on schist lie on the floor and perfectly fit in these rooms, with the old dirty ceiling and white walls. Back in the courtyard there is nothing else to do then soak in the calm atmosphere and enjoy the native garden before you get back to Torstrasse and Berlin’s busiest week. Opening hours Tarantula Tentacle: Sat 3pm - 10pm, Sun 3pm - 10pm. Pictures: All Courtesy Ulu Braunmore
Conceptual yet unpretentious, clear yet fun: Annika Kahrs and Kasia Fudakowski are among our favorite contributors to abc. By the way, we’re delighted to see how many young promising female artists are participating this year! But back to our favorites: Annika Kahrs,Playing to the Birds, 2013, HD-Film, 14 min Courtesy the artist & Produzentengalerie, Hamburg Annika Kahrs’ works address the impact of irritations on the perception of situations. Some might have experienced her performance piece in KW’s show “One on One” lately. It consisted of two piano players pausing their play as soon as you entered the room. At abc, Produzentengalerie presents Kahrs’ video Playing to the Birds, 2013 – a video on the construction of communication and perception. It documents a pianist playing Franz Liszt’s Legende # 1, a solo piece full of twitter-like trills. It is based on the legend of St. Francis of Assisi preaching to and being understood by birds. Now, the pianist’s audience consists of cage birds. The viewer thus observes birds listening to a piano play, based on the »translation« of their communication into a score. Captive in a highly artificial environment exposed to unnatural communication, they have nothing in common with the wild protagonists the saint patron of animals communicated with. Detail: Annika Kahrs, Playing to the Birds Kasia Fudakowski is a story-teller, too. She has this amazing sense for the absurd in real life. She often creates delicate, odd, amorphous objects, often combines steel with diverse materials such as clay and fabric. In one way or the other, her sculptures always refer to something identifiable - no matter how abstract they are. Fudakowskis objects populate the exhibition space like the protagonists of sketches. Some are kinetic, some can be props for performances, too. But then, one single, static sculpture can be as strong as to re-write the context of its surrounding. Fudakowski creates the most unlikely links between objects – and it works: she brings out the absurd in what we thought we were familiar with. We can’t wait to get her intriguing glass balloon sound piece at hand and see Fudakowski perform – every day! Kasia Fudakowski, I am really enjoying this, 2013, glass balloon, mp3 player, headphone, Courtesy the artist & Chert, Berlin What’s the link between Kahrs’ cage birds and Fudakowski’s glass balloons, you’re asking yourself? Both will surely fly high at this year’s abc. Watch out for Fudakowski’s daily perfomance Pessimistinnen.more
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