We thought you might need a break from the reality in which Putin is nominated for Nobel Peace Prize and Madonna is turning to curating art on Twitter, so we brought you a list of events that guarantees an escape into the realms of underground, experimental and surreal, and of course some good old simple fun.
19.00 Fock, Madam, Manna, Michael, Schmidt @ Künstlerhaus Bethanien
WHY: Because in this case more is more - this is a chance to be at five openings in the same place at a same time: solo exhibitions by Künstlerhaus Bethanien International Studio Programme residents Emmanuel Madan, Jumana Manna, Panayiotis Michael and Kevin Schmidt, plus a solo show by Carsten Fock. For those that need another extra reason to be there, Ellen Allien will be DJing from 22h on.
Künstlerhaus Bethanien / Kottbusser Strasse 10, 10999 Berlin, U Kottbusser Tor / show open through 03.11 / free entry / more info
18.00 GL Brierley @ Feldbuschwiesner
WHY: In her oil paintings GL Brierley evolves surreal organic objects and achieves a unique fleshy quality with the paint. It appears almost alive as it congeals, wrinkles and alchemically reacts. Motifs such as lace, fur and icing-sugar become part of her multilayered compositions. The emerging figures float between abstract and figuration, seduction and repulsion.
Feldbuschwiesner / Linienstrasse 155, 10115 Berlin, S Oranienburger Strasse - U Oranenburger Tor - U Rosenthaler Platz / show open through 23.11 / free entry / more info
18.00 Other Shadows Embrace Mountains @ Grosser Wasserspeicher
WHY: Seven Berlin artists have joined forces to make a series of exhibitions underground in Berlin. ‘Underground’ taken in the broadest sense to mean the parts of the city that are invisible to everyday life; spaces that are disused or have never before been publicly accessible, allowing us to glimpse under the surface and behind the scenes of everyday life.
Grosser Wasserspeicher / Belforter Str., Berlin 10405, U2 Senefelderplatz / show open through 17.11 / free entry / more info
19.00 Aesthetic Acrobatics @ Agora
WHY: For the first issue of Aesthetic Acrobatics, five artists have been invited to do a one day pop up exhibition on the top floor of Agora. It will be the result of experimenting and re-thinking their practice through snap decisions, discussing ideas, exchanging anecdotes and establishing new terms to work with. The goal is to re-assess their habits and practice by creating short lived pieces based on experiment. This makes Aesthetic Acrobatics a metaphorical playground where unfamiliar working methods or peripheral ideas get a podium to be presented and addressed.
Agora / Mittelweg 50, 12053 Berlin, U7 Karl-Marx-Strasse / free entry / more info
19.00 Nightlife Berlin - 1974 to today @ HAU2
WHY: Hebbel am Ufer is celebrating the new publication that documents the history of Berlin nightlife from 1974 to the present with two days of events - exclusive concerts, performances and DJ sets. “Berlin Nightlife” brings a wide variety of expressive forms on stage and highlights the importance of Berlin's nightlife as an engine of cultural production and as a source of inspiration. Moderated discussions will recall the anecdotes from the past and question the future of nightlife under the changing circumstances.'
HAU2 (Hebbel am Ufer) / Hallesches Ufer 32, 10963 Berlin, U1/U6 Hallesches Tor / more info
19.00 Mindscape #2: Home @ Staycation Museum
WHY: "Mindscape #2: Home" is a collaborative effort combining video and musical performance. Lucia Kempkes and Brittany Gould play mediators between feelings of comfort and alienation. Utilizing video footage of a moving landscape coupled with textural sounds, melodies and voices, the artists create a conversation of what a home is. "These are not my things. This is not my room. This is not my house. This is not my city, but I am home." - many of us can easily relate to the issues explored in this exhibition.
Staycation Museum / Weserstrasse 57, 10245 Berlin, U Rathaus Neukolln / free entry / more info
19.00 Jutta Koether: Luise @ Praxes
WHY: Koether's second installment at PRAXES is centered on "Luise" (2013), a circular PVC shell embellished with metal hinges, fake gold, a knocked-over wine glass and with a large golden shell, emanating a pulsating light. "Luise" is a protagonist in the triptych exhibition structure at PRAXES – and the starting point of a speculative dossier.
On the following day at 17:00, Jenny Jaskey will give a talk about Jutta Koether's 'Mad Garland' series. It is followed by a conversation between Jutta Koether, Jenny Jaskey and PRAXES Directors Rhea Dall and Kristine Siegel. (more info)
Praxes / Alexandrinenstrasse 118-121, Berlin 10969, U Prinzenstrasse / free entry / more info