Interviews

Off space, artist run space, project space, independent, non-profit, temporary, contemporary, avant-garde, hype, playground, cool…yeah yeah. But what do we really know about Berlin’s cultural spaces and the people behind them? We're introducing them to you, one by one.

  • Photo by Gianmarco Bresaola Courtesy by the artist and Nome Gallery
    by Julianne Cordray, 8 May 2017
    James Bridle's work engages with technological developments, software programming and network infrastructure, culminating in visual mappings of these systems and their impacts and interactions within the social and cultural spheres. We spoke with him about his exhibition, ‘Failing to distinguish between a...
  • Image credits: Julianne Cordray
    by Sarie Nijboer, 26 Apr 2017
    The artist couple Maike Abetz & Oliver Drescher have been working together for more than 20 years now. Their upcoming show “Dawn of Tomorrow” at Magic Beans Gallery is an oeuvre of their intimate collaboration and relationship. We spoke with the artist couple about their paintings that are filled with...
  • Team Non Berlin
    by Sarie Nijboer, 13 Apr 2017
    Their open spirit, clean aesthetics and knowledge of both German and Asian art culture sets the Asian Art Platform NON Berlin apart from other project spaces. For NON Berlin, it is not about competing; their aim is to establish partnerships and collaborative efforts between Germany and Asia. We spoke with the people...
  • by Adela Lovric, 3 Apr 2017
    Tom Albrecht, Mariel Gottwick, Maria Korporal, and Javier Pérez-Lanzac make the team of artists running the project space Group Global 3000. Since the initiation of the space in 2012, the team has been organizing art shows and actions revolving around sustainable development, social justice, and environmental...
  • by Adela Lovric, 3 Apr 2017
    Deutsche Bank KunstHalle recently introduced their 2017 "Artist of the Year" – Kemang Wa Lehulere  – with a comprehensive solo exhibition titled "Bird Song". It is the first German institutional solo show of this young South African artist, and it adds up to the growing...
  • by Adela Lovric, 21 Mar 2017
    Loris is a ten-year-old art space in the gallery-packed Potsdamer Straße area, and a joint effort of ten artists with different creative approaches. In a non-hierarchical structure they share the space to present individual and group shows, and regularly invite collaborators and organize exchanges with other...
  • by Adela Lovric, 1 Mar 2017
    Everything was ready for the opening of Veit Schmidleitner's first solo exhibition in Berlin at the time we arrived to Ronewa Art Gallery.  With the excitement of a newcomer and the confidence of an expert in the self-invented field, Veit showed us his mesmerising new series of metal paintings titled "...
  • by Adela Lovric, 19 Dec 2016
    Berlin Art Prize – the independent annual award honoring contemporary art from Berlin – saw its fourth edition this year, led by the motto „Hard Work/Work Hard“. From over 600 applicants, the jury – Karen Archey, Kito Nedo, Emeka Ogboh, Ahmet Öğüt und Susanne Winterling –...
  • by Adela Lovric, 28 Nov 2016
    Perhaps you haven't met Luca Barbeni yet, but you've probably heard of NOME. Luca is the main person behind this fairly young, forward-thinking gallery in Berlin operating between art, pop, culture, politics, and technology. Working with critically engaged newcomers and established artists from a variety of...
  • by Adela Lovric, 1 Nov 2016
    For the 6th "Picture Window" at Maniere Noire, the Philadelphia-based artist Amze Emmons brought a piece of his city into the gallery space in Berlin. His installation, "Street Life Flat Pack“, is a stage-like set of commercially printed signage sourced from photographs taken in the streets of...
  • by Adela Lovric, 21 Sep 2016
    During her brief appearance in Berlin last Friday at the abc – art berlin contemporary, we caught Laure Prouvost for a surreal chat about her work showed at the fair by the gallery Carlier Gebauer. The presentation included a brand new tapestry piece, as well as a performance related to the installation....
  • Caption: Alona Rodeh, Safe and Sound (High Visibility), 2016, installation view at abc. Courtesy Grimmuseum and the artist.
    by Sarie Nijboer, 19 Sep 2016
    On Sunday afternoon we met with Enrico Centonze from Grimmuseum at his booth at ABC. This year he is showing the work of Alona Rodeh. The Israeli artist created for ABC the work Safe & Sound High Visibility. A presentation of 21 graphic works that trace various work-wear designs. How is it going? Are you still...
  • by Adela Lovric, 11 Sep 2016
    In a street located a stone's throw from the bustling Rosenthaler Platz, close to everything but isolated from the noisy tourist traps typical for the area, the young entrepreneur and art enthusiast André Kanya found the perfect space to live, work, and share his passion for art and creative exchange. Since...
  • by Marlene Ronstedt, 4 Sep 2016
    Atonal festival is an established part of Berlin’s electronic music scene. This year the festival went into its 4th round, since it got relaunched in 2013. Initially the festival was founded in the 1980s by Dimitri Hegemann, who is also the founder of Tresor club. Key to the festival is its line-up of...
  • by Adela Lovric, 31 Aug 2016
    Formerly mainly industrial surrounding of Weissensee on the border of Prenzlauer Berg emerged in recent years as an appealing area for artists and craftsmen. The abandoned factories have been turned into studios and workshops, with lots of free space in-between and no rules that normally apply among the residential...
  • by Marlene Ronstedt, 1 Aug 2016
    The Canadian violinist Sarah Neufeld is probably best known for being a member of the indie rock band Arcade Fire. But she has also produced two solo albums, and owns several yoga studios in New York. Last week we spoke with her at A L'arme Festival about self-discipline and creativity, yoga and meditation, and of...
  • by Marlene Ronstedt, 18 Jul 2016
    We often think of design objects as something positive or beautiful. Something to make our lives easier and more comfortable, like the Eames Chair or the iPhone. But what about AK-47s, Euthanasia Rollercoaster, or the Stuxnet digital virus? Those are as much design objects as aforementioned classics. Design can be an...
  • by Adela Lovric, 13 Jul 2016
    Just before the opening of her first solo show in Berlin – "Couples“ at Kanya Berlin – Lisa Tiemann welcomed us in her studio in Kreuzberg to give us a preview of the works almost ready to be displayed at the project space. In her sculptural work, Lisa uses form, materiality, and colour to...

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