The world seems to be meeting the beginning of its end, and it’s hard to look away from the disaster in process. Here’s our best attempt to step back from the toxic stream and be present where it‘s sane and safe.
20.00 Conversas Berlin #7 @ Naunynstr. 53
WHY: The 7th evening of Conversas Berlin, the weekly series of informal meetings discussing various projects and interests, presents three new 'Coversadores'. Christina Kral will present her site-specific, sculptural objects and installations–proposals that investigate the transformative potential of everyday objects and routines. Martin Skauen will talk about his Instagram project and his daily posting of absurd art world commentary, erotic surrealism, and other absurdities in modern culture. Fatima Camara is a music producer and writer who will talk about developing artistic direction.
Naunynstr. 53, 10999 Berlin, U Kottbusser Tor / more info
18.00 Faith and Terror - Performance Art Festival @ Meinblau Projektraum
WHY: As a reaction to the development of propensity to violence, eleven artists and artists groups take a stance at the Performance Art Festival Faith and Terror at Meinblau, presenting the link between faith and terror in a manner that is empathetic, dissecting as excessive, paradox as grotesque and, most importantly, immediate. No other art form would be more appropriate to illustrate the disregard of regulations than the performance art, in which no restrictions exist other than the physical and psychological limits of the protagonist.
Meinblau Projektraum / Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin, U Senefelderplatz / ongoing until 12.11 / more info
18.00 I Almost Said @ HilbertRaum
WHY: JOKAklubi is a Finnish artist trio consisting of Niina Lehtonen Braun, Mirka Raito and Tellervo Kalleinen. Their exhibition, „I Almost Said“, consists of multimedia installations, and is made in collaboration with Finnish media artist Miia Rinne. „The Long Goodbye“ is a video performance which merges into a documentation of a street act. „The Ends“ plays with the idea of the film, which is said to run in front our eyes as we die. „I Almost Said“ is an installation including paintings and a song composed by the trio. Miia Rinne´s „Beautiful Confusion“ is hand-painted 35mm film scanned for digital after-process, with soundtrack made by P.P.Puska and Zemlja.
HilbertRaum / Reuterstrasse 31, 12047 Berlin, U Hermannplatz / open through 20.11 / more info
19.00 Suspended: Not an Object But a Subject @ Scotty
WHY: This exhibition at Scotty is a part of the ongoing series dedicated to “flight” and refugees. It is stimulated by the shift in EU strategy to expand its border security to “safe countries of origin”, and raises question about the current refugee policy. Participating artists have dedicated themselves to themes including human rights violations and treatment of minorities . In their current work they reflect on the arrangement between the EU and Turkey, its historical background and its ramifications. The artists focus in particular on the ongoing negotiations between Turkey and Germany, visa exemption versus repatriation and support of refugees.
Scotty / Oranienstr. 46, 10969 Berlin, U Moritzplatz / open through 03.12 / more info
18.30 Scores: Saâdane Afif, Christian Marclay, Ari Benjamin Meyers, Jorinde Voigt @ Hamburger Bahnhof
WHY: „Scores“ is an exhibition and concert project devoted to the musical score, with projects by Saâdane Afif, Christian Marclay, Ari Benjamin Meyers and Jorinde Voigt. The selected artists are interested in the transformation of one medium into another, which is accomplished in close collaboration with the participating musicians. The scores are presented as drawings, objects, lyrics, graphic-photographic-film notation, and as concepts that generate musical events and performances. Performances by Saâdane Afif and Ari Benjamin Meyers take place on November 13, which is also the last day of this ongoing exhibition.
Hamburger Bahnhof / Invalidenstr. 50-51, 10557 Berlin, S Hauptbahnhof / more info
12.00 Yuri Ancarani – „The Challenge“ @ Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi
WHY: In his latest film, „The Challenge“, the Italian artist and director Yuri Ancarani crosses the Persian Gulf to accompany a falconer to an important competition. Among SUVs, Lamborghinis, private jets and Mad Max-like dune bashing contests, the film tells the story of an intense desert weekend in which technological and anthropological microcosms hang in the air, like the falcon, drifting on the irreversible currents of images. The Premiere Screening takes place on Saturday, November 12, at 22h at Kino Babylon (Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, 10178 Berlin). The exhibition is on view from November 15 at Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi.
Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi / Schöneberger Ufer 61, 10785 Berlin, U Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Park / ongoing until 17.12 / more info
18.00 Navine G. Khan-Dossos – „Command: Print“ @ NOME
WHY: Navine G. Khan-Dossos uses painting to meld geometric abstraction with the traditional aniconism of Islamic art. She approaches painting – from egg tempera on wood panel to wall works and murals – as an ‘informational’ act in which fields of knowledge are built from ‘the conflicted and complex relationship of Islam to the West’. In recent years, this has led to a focus on the aesthetics and politics of Islamic State digital propaganda, which the artist sees as a means to „invest in finding a new language that reflects the patterns and connections that underpin these images and generate them in the digital world“.
NOME / Dolziger Str.31, 10247 Berlin, U Samariterstr. / open through 10.02 / more info
18.00 Christopher Kline – „O.K. – The Musical (The Many Ghosts of Martin Van Buren)“ @ WNTRP
WHY: For the past two years, Christopher Kline has been working on, „O.K.", an ongoing project based around the history of the artist’s hometown of Kinderhook, New York. While the project often manifests as installations, artworks or texts, the linchpin has become the creation of an expansive community theatre musical developed scene by scene over several years through workshops, performances, and even a “TV show”, synthesizing and expanding on Kinderhook’s mythology to construct a fresh overview of local history. At WNTRP, Kline presents a scene of puppet theatre from the larger work which depicts the late President Martin Van Buren.
WNTRP / Potsdamer Strasse 91, 10785 Berlin, U Kurfürstenstrasse / open through 21.01 / more info
19.00 Marimbondo e Orquídea / Wasp and Orchid @ Grimmuseum
WHY: The group exhibition „Marimbondo e Orquídea / Wasp and Orchid“ at Grimmuseum is part of a German-Brazilian cooperative project, which consists of 4 exhibitions – 3 in Brazil where 9 artists from Berlin and 9 artists from the cities of Belém, Fortaleza and Recife are interrelated with each other in different constellations. The project title refers to the renowned text “Rhizome”, written by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, in which the authors describe the contact between different realms of experience as a possibility for mutual complementation and fertile combinations.
Grimmuseum / Fichtestr. 2, 10967 Berlin, U Schönleinstr. / open through 17.12 / more info