While there's sadly less sun these days, the fun stays the same. Navigate fully focused through October's rain of invitations with our best-of event guide.
18.00 Conversas @ Herzbergstrasse 123
WHY: Conversas Berlin is a series of weekly informal meetings introducing different projects and discussing a variety of topics. Each meeting features 3 presentations; the second brings Paz Ponce, an independent curator, and two artists - Mario Asef and Heiko Pfreundt, who will talk about their projects. Conversas will continue to run every Thursday until December 1st.
Herzbergstrasse 123, 10365 Berlin, Tram 21 & M8 Herzbergstr./Industriegebiet / more info
20.00 DOKU.ARTS – International Festival for Films on Art @ Zeughauskino
WHY: The 10th edition of DOKU.ARTS focuses on essay films and presents 22 films from 16 countries never before shown in Berlin, mostly German premieres. With its Essaydox-programme, DOKU.ARTS introduces this vibrant cinematic form through new films and presents its relevance, ingenuity, poetry, and political relevance in the 21st century.
Zeughauskino / Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin, S+U Friedrichstr. / ongoing until 23.10 / more info
19.00 Halbseligkeiten @ Haus am Lützowplatz
WHY: The group exhibition, „Halbseligkeiten“, presents a selection of contemporary photographic still lifes by Jan Bünnig, Ekaterina Burlyga, Torben Geeck, Bastian Gehbauer, Göran Gnaudschun, Caitlin Levin & Henry Hargreaves, Carina Linge, Eric Meier, Michael Pohl, Ria Patricia Röder, Maria Sturm & Cemre Yesil, Anna Tea, and Yana Wernicke. Their spectrum reaches from artistic flower and food arrangements to figuratively staged darkroom details.
Haus am Lützowplatz / Lützowplatz 9, 10785 Berlin, U Nollendorfplatz / open through 29.01 / more info
18.00 The Red Gaze @ Zilberman Gallery Berlin
WHY: "The Red Gaze“ presents a constellation of objects in four chapters, with paintings, drawings, poems, sculptures, videos, soundtracks, performances, discussions, on the theme of 'the witness' (specifically 'the artist as witness') in times of duress and war. It combines two works of classical modernity – a self-portrait of the composer Arnold Schoenberg from 1944, and a poem by Pablo Picasso written during the Civil War in Spain – with a 17th century baroque sculpture of an accidentally damaged Cristo vivo, and works of artists from Damascus, Diyarbakir, Istanbul, Lahore, Vienna, and Berlin.
Zilberman Gallery Berlin / Goethestr. 82, 10623 Berlin, U Ernst-Reuter-Platz / open through 23.12 / more info
20.30 Julian Weber - "All Inclusive“ @ District Berlin
WHY: In „all inclusive“, Julian Weber and a group of five dancers explore the parallels and paradoxes of the manic-obsessive culture industry and enact a wholesome, hyper-real holiday resort. In a hybrid setting somewhere between choreographed scenography, museal space, and holiday resorts, the audience itself becomes part of the polymorphic scenery. The performative potential serves here as a foil to question conventions and hierarchies of institutional space in the context of the visual and performing arts.
Tanzfabrik Berlin at the Uferstudios / Studio 14, Uferstr. 23, 13357 Berlin / 12., 13., 14. & 16.10 / more info
17.00 Karl-Heinz Adler – "systeme/systems" @ Galerie EIGEN + ART Berlin
WHY: Karl-Heinz Adler is a major and independent representative of constructive-concrete art that deals with structures composed of repeating elements. Besides his artistic practice, he has been pursuing conception of "producing systems" in collaboration with Friedrich Kracht in the 1950s, which he applied to architecture and environmental design. His work is linked to Richard Paul Lohse's variable systems, Josef Albers' colour layers, François Morellet's serial linework, the spiritual-philosophic and social concerns of constructivist avantgarde, and Bauhaus.
Galerie EIGEN + ART Berlin / Auguststr. 26, 10117 Berlin, U Rosenthaler Platz / open through 19.11 / more info
18.00 Nova Scotia @ HilbertRaum
WHY: In collaboration with the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, HilbertRaum is presenting new positions in Scottish sculpture. The featured works show a highly skilful use of the chosen materials and techniques, as well as playful awareness of the place of art in society and its relationship to design and luxury consumption. In their own different ways, the artists take a decidedly political stance to the world around them; their strategies of disruption and critique are as subtle and refined as they are refreshing.
HilbertRaum / Reuterstr.31, 12047 Berlin, U Hermannplatz / open through 06.11 / more info
18.00 Abigail Reynolds - "A Point in Time“ @ Kuckei + Kuckei
WHY: Abigail Reynolds extends to the viewer the illusion of occupying multiple times and/or places simultaneously. She works with historical sites depicted in photographs taken from old mass-produced books. By splicing two or three photographs together very precisely, a collapse of time or place is effected.
Kuckei + Kuckei / Linienstr.158, 10115 Berlin, U Rosenthaler Platz / open through 19.11 / more info
19.00 Fashal Magazine @ Scotty Enterprises
WHY: "Fashal Magazine“ is a comic magazine created and published by the artists Hala Ismail and Ziad Znklo. It reports on current events in and around the conflict in Syria, and describes a society that has to deal with a new set of values, aspirations, and perspectives. The exhibition shows a selection of pieces from seven editions, complemented with an interview with the artists, which sheds light on their artist position, and their work in this difficult political context.
Scotty Enterprises / Oranienstr. 46, 10969 Berlin, U Moritzplatz / open through 28.10 / more info