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 Julianne Cordray, 24 Oct 2017
    Emilija Škarnulytė’s cinematic installations facilitate embodiment of non-human time scales and perceptual modes by speculatively reconstructing archeological narratives from a time that does not yet exist. In Manifold, one of two video compilations installed in large scale at Künstlerhaus Bethanien...
  • by Julianne Cordray, 14 Sep 2017
    The first iteration of art berlin – a new partnership between abc art berlin contemporary and Art Cologne – has opened its doors this Berlin Art Week. The elaborately configured network of stalls filling STATION-Berlin's vast space will spill out into an accompanying, and no less densely...
  • by Julianne Cordray, 17 Aug 2017
    Focusing on spaces for leisure and entertainment through a self-reflective lens, Galerie im Turm's current exhibition, PARK – curated by Celina Basra – considers the communicative strategies of public space, the relationship isolated places of contolled fantasy have to our reality, and the ways in...
  • Emma Adler, “EEEEF#GE”
    by Sarie Nijboer, 9 Aug 2017
    At a time in which there is a constant influx of new artists, the yearly Rundgang is a perfect way to showcase fresh talents from the grid. Though most of the time newly produced art is over- or, better yet, underwhelming, the Rundgang 50Hertz exhibition is not that type of a show. Right at the heart of the 50Hertz...
  • by bpigs team, 16 Jul 2017
    Starting on Friday evening, Miss Read Art Book Fair opened its doors at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. The event invited artists, art periodicals, and art publishers to come showcase and sell their work. The venue allowed for a nice laid back and open feel. There were plenty of friendly people willing to talk about...
  • by Julianne Cordray, 12 Jun 2017
    The most recent production in the Studiogalerie of Haus am Lützowplatz, / interface(s) / Tales of Babel highlighted the idiosyncrasies of distinct visual languages and the moments in which they transgress their own boundaries, slipping into the space of collective memory. Predicated less on a thematic...
  • by bpigs team, 22 May 2017
    Venice never loses its magic. A subtle festive feeling is always in the air wherever you go. And well, it’s this time of the year again: you can dive into the festival of art, surrounded by amazing architecture in a labyrinth of narrow streets. This state of constantly present beauty, the refreshing breeze from...
  • by Adela Lovric, 16 May 2017
    The illuminated writing in warped, post-internet-aesthetics CAPTCHA font stretches over the wall of EIGEN + ART Lab's exhibiton space. "Is anybody home lol" is both the title of this large site-specific neon piece and of the latest exhibition by the Swiss artist collective !Mediengruppe Bitnik...
  • Photo by Julianne Cordray
    by Julianne Cordray, 28 Apr 2017
    As Gallery Weekend gets underway, we've set out to visit the preview. The official start kicks off tonight at 18h, with more than 50 openings taking place across the city. Here's a look at some of our favorites so far: Entering the space at ChertLüdde, visitors immediately find themselves closed in,...
  • by Julianne Cordray, 24 Mar 2017
    Hanne Lippard's new installation in the recently reopened exhibition hall of KW Institute for Contemporary Art. The sparseness of KW’s vast ground floor exhibition space is striking; the only object, a central, cage-like structure coated in creamy beige, extends from floor to ceiling. Its interior...
  • by bpigs team, 16 Dec 2016
    2016 has been a lot of things, but if anything, I have discovered a way to keep all the negatives at bay. The year of BREXIT, Trump and refugee crisis – was my “Year of the Plant”. Starting in Spring, after teaming up with the lovely people from ACUD, I immersed myself in urban gardening, then...
  • 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....

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