Reviews

How does text function as part of visual language? What is the value of criticism? We're not cynics and we like to believe criticism is a practice in critical thinking that leads to a voicing of opinions, constructive suggestions, a few punches on the shoulder, and/or much needed recognition. See which exhibitions and events were worth dwelling on.

  • by bpigs team, 15 Nov 2016
    It’s getting cold outside, but before isolating yourself in the confines of your apartment and getting depressed about the Berlin Winter, I can recommend you to spend time with Siobhán O'Callaghan at one of her UNISEW workshops. Before she settled in Berlin in 2013, Siobhán studied...
  • by Andrea Palacios, 5 Nov 2016
    There’s no place for dignity in this world. A powerful, yet uncomfortable statement introduces you to “Space Refugee”,  the exhibition by Halil Altindere presented at n.b.k. for this year’s Berlin Art Week. As for the news headlines, the city’s day to day life, Berlin is now filled...
  • by Adela Lovric, 16 Sep 2016
    This year sees the ninth edition of abc art berlin contemporary, with 63 galleries from Germany and around the world presenting individual positions and curated projects inside and outside the exhibition halls. As promised in the foreword of this year's programme, the focus of Berlin's biggest art fair is on...
  • by Marlene Ronstedt, 30 Aug 2016
    Last week the internet celebrated its 25th birthday. But apparently 25 years weren’t enough for most of us to get a hang on how the internet’s algorithms are working. Sure we’ve heard of programming languages, but it is still an intellectual minority which is able to speak python, ruby, c, or java....
  • by Marlene Ronstedt, 11 Aug 2016
    “Where technology and nature was traditionally seen as opposed, they now appear to merge or even trade places. We must no longer see ourselves as the anti-natural species that merely threatens and eliminates nature, but rather as catalysts of evolution. - we must learn to think transversally.” - Eric...
  • by Marlene Ronstedt, 4 Aug 2016
    Today the Funktion-One sound system isn’t pumping techno but avant-garde jazz and conceptual classical music. People are standing still, their eyes are closed, the focus seems to be solely on the sonic experience. A L'larme Festival! started with a powerful solo performance by the violinist Sarah Neufeld....
  • by Marlene Ronstedt, 20 Jul 2016
    Drones are buzzing through the air. People are sitting around wearing virtual reality goggles. A young start up guy is taking a 3D image of a woman with an iPad. Friends are cuddled up in a huge day bed. Music is playing in the background. Vendors are offering super foods. Bloggers are typing into their MacBooks....
  • by Aleksandra Poljanec, 15 Jul 2016
    There’s no party like a workshop. Remember those hobbies you had when you were younger? The joy it brought you to make something with your hands, to play with materials and try new things? It’s time to bring it back. In the now somewhat mainstream DIY culture, the secret is already known –...
  • by Marlene Ronstedt, 1 Jul 2016
    A couple of years ago I attended a 3D printing workshop at my university. It was organized by a bunch of nerds who held a revolutionary speech about the opportunities of 3D printing; how it would change our consumer behavior, how it would restructure the market sphere, and how it was basically the end of capitalism....
  • by Adela Lovric, 29 Apr 2016
    Berlin's gallery olympics have just began. Overly excited from the nerve-wrecking choices I had to make (50 galleries in 5 hours...can't do...or?), I headed out with a list of 15 places I would visit even if the atrocious weather held us in like hostages. The Gallery Weekend Guide booklet brought to life this...
  • by Kristy Choi, 28 Apr 2016
    It is ironic that the one time in Berghain I am allowed and encouraged to take photos, the things that I am seeing, hearing, and feeling seem especially impossible to capture.  This is a testament to the success of Raster-Noton’s new audio-visual exhibit “white circle”, which opened yesterday in...
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    by Laura Bianchessi, 19 Apr 2016
    Last week the world of design flew to Milan for one of the most awaited events of its calendar: Milan Design Week and Salone del Mobile.
  • by bpigs team, 15 Apr 2016
    Kasper König is dancing. It’s the evening of the preview day of  the 50th anniversary of Art Cologne, all exhibitors are invited to the traditional “Ausstellerabend” at the historic Gürzenich for dinner and drinks. The band is playing to a half-empty hall, it’s still early in the...
  • by bpigs team, 8 Apr 2016
    April 8–10 is a busy weekend in Milan. 154 galleries from 16 European countries and more than 60 curators gather at Fieramilanocity to present masterpieces, unique objects, contemporary design and young talents' creations. MiArt is the international fair of modern and contemporary art of Milan, organized by...
  • by Adela Lovric, 7 Apr 2016
    Since his game-changing decision to leave communication design and move on to experimenting with technology-based art, Nils Völker has been busy collecting the fame. Back then, an unsuspicious LEGO set instigated a complete change in his approach to creating. Having discovered particular fondness for...
  • by Maria Santos, 29 Feb 2016
    We can now officilly say that the art hangover was totally worth it. Our Madrid adventure probably turned out more intense (and wet) than expected, but we feel lucky to have been able to see a good deal of  galleries and artists from all over the world in many different formats.   Before Arcomadrid...
  • by Sarie Nijboer, 12 Feb 2016
    The art scene of Rotterdam has never been so vibrant before. From 11 till 14 February the city is filled with art fairs, exhibition openings and art related events because of Art Rotterdam, Hollands most important fair when it comes to contemporary art. Charl Landvreugd As a previous inhabitant of Rotterdam I...
  • by Maria Santos, 11 Feb 2016
    Bpigs is currently in Madrid, the capital of Spain, of pinchos de tortilla and beautiful, idyllic blue skies straight out from a Windows desktop. We have told you about the city's vibrant cultural scene before and we are going to keep doing it in the near future, since this month we've got a good number...

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