Warm up for colder days with a festival that brings the global South closer to the North, and try to keep up with the busy gallery hopping route throughout the next two weeks. Among many curiousity-provoking exhibitions to come, these are the ones you shouldn't miss.
Nordwind Festival @ Various locations
WHY: The 7th edition of Nordwind Festival will take place from 07.11.2017 till 13.01.2018 in Berlin and from 07 -16.12.2017 in Hamburg. During the festival, 120 artists from 12 countries will present their work in performances, concerts, and exhibitions. This year’s edition will explore questions about the unity, fragility, and diversity of constructions of identity. In “Songs of a Melting Iceberg – Displaced without Moving”, for the first time artists and scholars from the Arctic, northern countries, the African continent, Berlin and Hamburg will be invited to work together on artistic projects.
Nordwind Festival / ongoing until 13.01.2018 / more info
17.00 Stella Hamberg – à travers la tête @ Galerie EIGEN + ART
WHY: In Stella Hamberg's new works the sculptural vocabulary has been simplified, reduced to essences. Detailed execution has disappeared in favor of structure as such, and by employing plaster and wood instead of clay and iron, the methods have fundamentally changed. Hamberg’s works remain close to the figure, to narrative, the object, and in her highly effective treatment of the various forms and of synthetic and natural materials, both intensively worked and raw, create an altogether idiosyncratic, inscrutable poetry.
Galerie EIGEN + ART / Auguststr. 26, 10117 Berlin, U Rosenthaler Platz / open trhough 20.12 / more info
19.00 Mitya Trotzky - Fugitive Souls @ L40
WHY: Every year, the multi-billion-dollar cruise industry transports passengers from the mundane reality of their lives into a carefree fantasy world of luxury. Overlooking a narrow channel where the ships depart, Mitya Trotzky made thousands of candid shots capturing faces that seem to tell a different, much more desperate story.
L40 / Linienstr. 40, 10178 Berlin, U Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz / open through 06.01 / more info
17.00 Kevin Kemter – Bildhelmausstellung @ EIGEN + ART Lab
WHY: Escaping into other realities has become easy these days. Virtuality has become real; if you put on a VR headset, an immersive landscape unfolds that can be fully experienced by moving your head back and forth. Less digital, but equally consistent, Kevin Kemter creates a refuge at the EIGEN + ART Lab that protects the exhibition viewer from the outside through drawings and helmets and, at the same time, leads him/her into a new world of perception and experience.
EIGEN + ART Lab / Torstr. 220, 10115 Berlin, U Oranienburger Tor / open through 15.12 / more info
18.00 Konstantin Déry – Burn, Still @ Magic Beans Gallery
WHY: A slow work process leads to Konstantin Déry´s paintings, and with their intricate motifs taken from nature, the viewer is invited to take them in slowly. By applying the paint with palette knives and small wooden picks, he creates rough surfaces that further increase the intensity evoked by the strong colour harmonies and structural diversity of texture that characterize his paintings.
Magic Beans Gallery / Auguststr. 86, 10117 Berlin, U Oranineburger Tor / open through 22.12 / more info
19.00 Jay Gard – Zeichen unter Zeichen @ Sexauer Gallery
WHY: Jay Gard concerns himself with semiotics, architecture, and visual perception theories. With his artistic position, Gard continues the legacy of artists such as Sol LeWitt, Donald Judd and Richard Artschwager. His works encourage us to rethink the relation between the sign and the signified, the handiwork and the industrial, art and design; to consider writing, global standardization, and the significance of culture anew.
Sexauer Gallery / Streustr. 90, 13086 Berlin, Tram 12 & M13 Friesickestr. / open through 16.12 / more info
18.00 Nikola Röthemeyer – Urbanlandscapes @ Kuckei + Kuckei
WHY: With „Urbanlandscapes,“ Nikola Röthemeyer has initiated two new groups of works. Her urban landscapes combine nature – people, plants, and animals – together with architecture. Her „Innerlandscapes“ make up the second group of works, in which she employs a new approach to break apart and transform already familiar forms and elements. Rounding off the series is a large, room-scale drawing and a number of exploratory sketches („Searchdrawings”) that shed light on her working process.
Kuckei + Kuckei / Linienstr. 158, 10115 Berlin, U Oranienburger Tor / open through 20.12 / more info
19.00 Sinta Werner – The No Make Up Look @ Import Projects
WHY: Sinta Werner explores the manipulation of perception in her work. Her elaborate illusionistic environments mislead and question conventional perspectives and representations. The superimposition of image motive and pictorial ground and the creation of new perceptual spaces are central topics in her work. In „The No Make-Up Look“, a discursive situation is transformed into a bitmap image. Themes of installation, such as the grid in art and reproduction, become the starting point of the discussion.
Import Projects / Keithstr. 10, 10785 Berlin, U Wittenbergplatz / more info
18.00 Beth Letain - The Company She Keeps @ Peres Projects
WHY: Berlin-based, Canadian-born artist Beth Letain works with large-scale paintings. With their minimal shapes, the paintings testify to Letain’s careful selection of forms from a substantial collection of preparatory drawings. Having a background in science, the artist's approach to painting is similar to experimenting in the laboratory – it stems from the necessity to leap into the unknown.
Peres Projects / Karl-Marx-Allee 82, 10243 Berlin, U Weberwiese / open through 22.12 / more info
19.00 Alexnder Wagner - Fox @ Farbvision
WHY: Alexander Wagner will show a new series of small works in enamel, made specially in response to Farbvision’s tiled walls. These intimate abstract compositions at once mimic and combat the decorative grid upon which they are installed.
Farbvision / Schönhauser Allee 28, 10435 Berlin, U Senefelderplatz / open through 16.12 / more info
19.00 Relics of Chaos @ Haus am Lützowplatz
WHY: The works of the exhibiting artists – Yasmin Alt, Nadja Schütt and Leonard Traynor – have devoted themselves to decay and chaos. Between the poles of utopia and dystopia, their works search for possible remains and relicts of civilization. The artists analyze figures, media and technology, as well as architecture and everyday objects in very individual manners.
Haus am Lützowplatz / Lützowplatz 9, 10785 Berlin, U Nollendorfplatz / open through 14.01 / more info