Berlin-based artist Dirk Bell is staying with us at Hinter den Vögeln until April 4th. His show INVIII TONIGHTINGALES turns the former flower shop on the graveyard into an enchanted refuge. An experience that verges the lines of absence and presence, Bell’s exhibition takes us on a nostalgic journey towards a recollection of future memories. When walking into Elisabeth Kirchhof II, the first thing one notices is a giant red neon sign on the roof flashing the word ETERNITY (2014) while inside Bell’s staple logo LOVE (2012) bathes the room in red light.Dirk Bell You Don’t Know Me (2015)Next to You Don’t Know Me (2015), a portrait of Klaus Nomi painted on a lakeside a group of metal characters in pairs of N’s and 8’s (N8, 2015), spread on the wall like a flock of birds spelling night and infinity simultaneously. A multi-lingual pun (night, notte, nuit, nacht, noche) like the cry of a nightingale, imitating sounds that know no language, explains Bell.Dirk Bell Thumb Sucker (2014)When entering the space, one is intrigued by the sound coming from the back room; it is a recording that Bell did of street musician Alice Phoebe Lou, interrupted by airplane sounds – and the latest release of his label PanIKEArth. The sounds are part of interactive computer game titled GAYME (ongoing). It consists of an enclosed imaginary space, in which one navigates towards different objects that correspond to existing artworks by Dirk Bell. Each object triggers different sounds. In the same room, there’s a massive grey shelf spelling the word idiot, where the vinyl that appears in the game sits. The IDIOT (2014), as someone who is alienated from society, occupying an internal space, confronts Smile (2014), a painted white skull on rainbow-colored paper. On the side walls hang three t-shirts with Bell’s drawing of the Thumb Sucker (2014) printed on them. The game, in its new-age aesthetic, along with the entire room, suggests a pre-scientific human sensibility that saw the world flat before proving it was round. At the same time, the room reminds one of a time where we lived outside of time: childhood. As one goes downstairs, black light makes further t-shirts glow in the dark.Dirk Bell WARTEZIMMER (2013)Flickering neon light penetrate the basement, furnished with cubes that feature the word WARTEZIMMER (2013), which could also be read as WARTEN IMMER. This means a “waiting room”, where we could “wait forever”. Again the visitor find himself confronted with the recurring themes of the show: the finite and the infinite, the mundane and transcendent, and the flexibility of language: The photographs WARTENDER (2014) refer to Kafka’s story of The Gate, where the subject waits only for a destiny of waiting. It is also reminiscent of the basement itself, which is approximately at the same level as those who are buried in the cemetery. Dirk Bell Dust to Dust (2015)Two small automatic vacuum cleaners, titled …Dust to Dust (2015), with an animal-like presence, mirror two pixel worms or lines featuring in the projected video 1+1=8:8 (1996). These lines appear like two lovers who are incessantly looking but never find each other.Find us every Saturday from 2 to 7 pm – and on appointment.DIRK BELL - INVIII TONIGHTINGALES (20.2.-4.4.)HINTER DEN VÖGELN - NICHE BERLIN Wollankstrasse 66, 13359 Weddingmore
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RECEPTION OF RECEPTION is an exhibition with a high entertainment value – rethinking the notorious enigmatic exhibition texts one’s so often confronted within the contemporary art world. Jonathan VanDyke: Still from “The Long Glance” ((c) Jonathan VanDyke) It goes without saying: creating and presenting art always implies a relation to the audience and the audience’s expectations. But the group show Reception of Reception at Kleine Humboldt Galerie focuses on the curatorial challenge of giving information on an exhibition that makes people understand – without suppressing their own perception. The team of the student-run exhibition space at Humboldt University invited artists whose practice deals with today’s reception of art. One of them is the artist group BANK from London (split up in 2003). Starting in 1998, BANK “corrected” the press releases of galleries such as Gagosian or Friedrich Petzel, suggested better formulations, rated the texts on a scale from 1-10 and returned them to the authors. The results are entertaining to read: BANK points out grammatically wrong sentences and pseudo-intellectual expressions. This confronts the viewers or readers with their own use of press releases – especially the notorious consultation of the text prior to the examination of the exhibited objects themselves. The show also includes more subtle and personal contributions, such as Falke Pisano's video Chillida (Forms & Feelings) and Jonathan VanDyke's performance The Long Glance. Other works reflect the selfie culture and event hype in the art scene: visitors who – unfortunately – didn’t make it to New York to see Kara Walker's show Marvelous Sugar Baby, can shoot a photograph with a “selfie generator” and pretend to have been there. Dan Perjovschi’s drawings caricature the art market while Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca's photo series Edificio recife shows the actual moment of perception by people not familiar with the art world – reading them makes you want to laugh and cry at the same time, as the outsider’s views are so comprehensible and highlight the height of the ivory tower called art world. Dan Perjovschi: “Moma Entrance” ((c) Dan Perjovschi) The curator of the exhibition Reception of Reception, art history student Sebastian Peter, not only chose humorous and thoughtful positions, he also renounced an exhaustive contextualization of the exhibits. There are rarely any wall texts or explanations. Instead, visitors entering the atrium are asked to read the info text only after having had a look at the art. A conversation table with two chairs invites to engage in discussions or at least address questions to the participating students. Other than regular press releases with their pseudo-objective tone, giving universal statements about the art and the artists they describe, the brochure of Reception of Reception contains texts by the artists themselves. The show is not about specific answers, but mature visitors. The positions do not give ultimate solutions, but observe. In the end they themselves arise from the art world they try to analyze. by Judith Lau RECEPTION OF RECEPTION at Kleine-Humboldt-Galerie with BANK, Benjamin de Burca & Bárbara Wagner, Patrice Peck, Dan Perjovschi, Falke Pisano, Jonathan VanDyke Atrium of the main building of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin-Mitte Running till 31st January, 2015; Finissage: 29th January, 2015, 7pmmore
Hurry up! You have one more day to see One step ahead, moving backwards at LEAP. It’s an inspiring group show curated by km temporär's curators Lennart Wolff and Elisa R. Linn especially if one takes into account that LEAP does not only focus on digital media arts but also performance based formats. Fabio Marco Pirovino, Drawing (Scribble) VIII, 2014, Luca Pozzi, Wall String #8, 2013 & Tina Kohlmann, Mattak, 2014, Copyright IG Photography, 2014 As the title indicates the leitmotiv is the perception of temporality, more particular time embodied in the artwork and it’s underlying gesture. The result is surprising compilation of 12 distinctive artistic approaches dealing directly or indirectly with time in reaction to the acceleration of social life and market dynamics. (We would have never expected to discover rice-houses by Wolfgang Laib at LEAP!) Tiril Hasselknippe, 29 Palms (earth grid) 1-5, 2014, Copyright IG Photography, 2014 Wether films, sculptures, installations or paintings, the exhibits couldn’t be more different from each other. But of course we have some favorite discoveries. some »traditional« such as Tina Kohlmann’s abstract hand-made rug Mattak (2014), which entailed one month of work, or Tiril Hasselknippe’s rigid yet fragile sculptures, for which she retreated to the desert to pour the plastic/sand objects; some technically more complex like Adriana Ramis e-book The Return Trip is Never the Same (After Trajets de Fourmis et Retours au Nid by Victor Cornetz), whichcontains texts she created from redrawing the pathways of ants onto the Android Swype keyboard in every available language. Adriana Ramić, The Return Trip is Never the Same (After Trajets de Fourmis et Retours au Nid by Victor Cornetz),2014, Copyright IG Photography, 2014 The role of language and communication is the other, important motive of this show that reflects on the process of curating itself: One step ahead, moving backwards results from a months-long conversation Elisa and Lennart had with curator Hicham Khalidi where they start from the idea, that the gesture is the first obvious narrative and indicator of time, to then get wrapped up in discussions full of misunderstandings, detours and interesting conclusions. A 14-page documentation is available on-site and is by itself a good reason to go and see the show! One step ahead moving backwards runs till tonight, November 22nd atLEAPLeipziger Str 6310117 Berlinmore
Last Thursday we finally moved into our extraordinary new work space “Hinter den Vögeln” at St. Elisabeth Kirchhof 2 in Wedding. More importantly, we inaugurated it with the double-show Jetzt und in der Stunde by two of our favorite artists Alicja Kwade and Gregor Hildebrandt. Both are alert observers of quotidian and cultural phenomena, creating beautiful objects and images of outstanding formal clarity – no matter how different their oeuvre may be. Alicja Kwade is known for questioning our concepts of time, (outer-)space, world and reality and often transfers physical laws onto different materials or shifts the common imagery of familiar objects through new compositions. Gregor Hildebrandt creates abstract paintings and installations, whose serenity contrasts with their personal references. Both artists chose four artworks referring to the themes time and self-reflection, ranging from very early to current pieces. The two (black) starting points of their formal dialogue are Lucy (2004-2006) by Alicja Kwade, an oversized diamond made of carbon and the installation auch ich bin zwischen den Häfen (1997) by Gregor Hildebrandt consisting of an urn-like ceramic which he found and painted, and a book on a wooden table. Attentive observers will find the table again: In Alicja Kwades photograph Im Halbkreis (2007) and Gregor Hildebrandt’s cassette-tape-painting “Die Oberfläche des Tisches (Tabula Rasa, Arvo Pärt-Cantus in Memoriam of Benjamin Britten)" (2010). Such direct meeting points in their oeuvre are rare exceptions, and if they exist, it’s by chance and because of their private relation. They do at times use similar motives though, like reflections: Alicja und Ich (2011) by Gregor Hildebrandt is a photograph of their portrait reflected in a marble slab. Alicja Kwade’s Watch (Kienzle) (2009) is a mirrored mechanical wall clock. The beholder hears the ticking clock, but only sees himself in his surrounding – and what time does to him and the world “now and at the hour”. Come by and explore the rest of the show. We’ll be here on Saturdays in October from 2-7 pm – and by appointment. Alicja Kwade & Gregor Hildebrandt Jetzt und in der Stunde Hinter den Vögeln Niche Berlin St. Elisabeth-Kirchhof 2 Wollankstrasse 66 13359 Berlinmore
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