Drama Drama Drama! The Team is grieving and California dreamin', for Despina is leaving Berlin for a sunnier place. All the luck to you, Queen D! While the alpha and omega of Bpigs is conquering LA, we will keep ourselves busy and distracted with many wonderful events. Check out what we selected, and join us for these two weeks of hard nostalgia mixed with early pre-holiday anticipation.
19.00 Openings & Open Studios @ Künstlerhaus Bethanien
WHY: About twenty artists in residence are going to open the doors of the Künstlerhaus Bethanien studios for the last time this year. This already promises lots of jingle & mingle in a holiday atmosphere, additionally warmed up with openings of two solo shows: by Künstlerhaus Bethanien resident Chia-Wei Hsu, and Falkenrot Preis winner Michaela Meise. Chia-Wei Hsu presents his short films characterised by the creation of special 'narratives', while Michaela Meise is showing her newly produced series of ceramic portraits.
Künstlerhaus Bethanien / Kottbusser Straße 10, 10999 Berlin, U Kottbusser Tor / open through 14.12 / free entry / more info
19.00 How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body @ District Berlin
WHY: It is going to be a long and eventful Thursday evening at District. The program will start with the performance "Genullt" by VIP, which reassembles parts of the series of video-pictograms "Genullt I-VII (Nullified I-VII)" that observe the building blocks of contemporary social relations in an ultra-reduced fashion. This will be followed by Elske Rosenfeld's performance "She turns her head, she lifts the pen", and the screening of Marta Popivoda's film "Yugoslavia – How Ideology Moved our Collective Body".
District-Kunst und Kulturförderung / Bessemerstr. 2-14, 12103 Berlin, U6 Alt Tempelhof - S Südkreuz / free entry / more info
19.00 Anja Gersmann - Everything new, but everything good? @ MEINBLAU Project Space
WHY: The simplicity and spirit of optimism is already bygone, and the new metamorphose of the city seems to confirm the quote about Berlin: it is condemned to always be changing and never stay still. For a few years now, photographer Anja Gersmann follows the process of the urban change, and finds places changing every day. The transformation gives rise to many questions for this Berlin-based artist and many other inhabitants of the city. The common ground carries questions, but also the answers - this is the perfect opportunity to find some.
MEINBLAU project space / Christinenstrasse 18-19, 10119 Berlin, U Senefelder Platz/ open through 07.12 / free entry / more info
20.00 Leila Morrissey - Hey Moon it's just you and me tonight @ Das Gift
WHY: Australian artist Leila Morrissey works with the medium of photography, also as a commercial photographer for magazines and record companies worldwide. "Hey Moon it's just you and me tonight" is her first solo show in Berlin. It makes sense to have a show with a lyrics-inspired title in the music-oriented enviroment of Das Gift, and if you are into photography and/or John Maus, it makes sense to check out this show.
Das Gift / Donaustrasse 119, 12043 Berlin, U Rathaus Neukölln / open through 23.11 / free entry / more info
18.00 Brent Wadden - Pit Pony @ Peres Projects
WHY: This Saturday party starts at Peres Projects, at the opening of "Pit Pony" - the second solo exhibition with the part-time-Berlin-based Canadian artist Brent Wadden. Wadden's work can be seen as a rejection of Western notions of the immediate, the cheap and of satisfaction, and it is also concerned with the expansion of new forms of painting. Don't miss the show, but more importantly - don't miss an opening at Peres Projects, which is very often a social event par excellence paired up with great works on display.
Peres Projects / Karl Marx Allee 82, 10243 Berlin, / open through 10.01 / free entry / more info
18.00 Ed Atkins - Ribbons @ Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie
WHY: Ed Atkins is one of the most prominent artists of his generation. Working primarily with High Definition video and text, Atkins subverts the conventions of moving image and literature. He exploits the hyperreal surfaces produced by new software systems to create complex, nightmarish environments populated by virtual characters. "Ribbons" will surely get people talking, so don't miss to see this exciting piece of art.
Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie / Schöneberger Ufer 61, 10785 Berlin, U Mendelssohn-Bartholdy-Park / open through 24.01 / free entry / more info
18.30 OPENHAUS @ ZK/U Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik
WHY: Artists in residence will open the doors of their studios, and present the projects they have developed during their time at ZK/U - work in process or finished projects, which include a variety of artistic approaches and different media. Take a look into the studios, get familiar with the projects that are presented, meet the residents and discuss their works with them. The artists are Nobunye Levin, Rosten Woo, Matthew Crookes, Delphine Bedel, Luca Forcucci, Camille Rajotte, Brigitte Kristensen, and Rafael Nassif, among others.
ZK/U Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik / Siemensstr. 27, 10551 Berlin, U Birkenstr./ free entry / more info
19.00 Adrian Rötzscher - LBENESWLET/LFIEWRLOD @ Institut Für Alles Mögliche
WHY: Relocated from San Francisco, artist Adrian Rötzscher now lives and works in Berlin. With LBENESWLET/LFIEWRLOD, a grouping of new works consisting of self-published chapbooks and art zines as well as new drawings and paintings, he presents his personal explorations. These texts and images delve into themes as ubiquitous and ethereal as phenomenology, communication, ego, and the relationship between personal and communal mythologies.
Institut Für Alles Mögliche / Ackerstr. 10115 Berlin, U Rosenthaler Platz / free entry / more info
20.00 Jakub Slomkowski and Joachim Lenz - Tremors @ Das Gift
WHY: Jakub Slomkowski and Joachim Lenz both deal with perspectives where coherence has been shattered, matter alienated from its context and narration settles into a contemplative pause. In seemingly otherworldly pictorial spaces, with their different painterly styles, they relocate subjects in an atmosphere of isolation and absence. At the same time, in both artist's work, the tension is maintained through their particular handling of figurative painting as their medium of choice.
Das Gift / Donaustrasse 119, 12043 Berlin, U Rathaus Neukölln / free entry / more info
16.00 Pausen Bilder 1 @ OZEAN
WHY: A weekly changing projection of an artist will take place at OZEAN as the last show for this year. There will be three rounds, each starting on Sunday, which can be convenient if you are looking for an alternative and artsy ritual to mark the weeks before Christmas. Certainly different than any of the tacky markets - although Glühwein will probably keep some common ground for these two very unrelated ways of celebration.
OZEAN / Schleiermacherstrasse 31, 10961 Berlin, U Gneisenaustr. / free entry / more info
20.00 [micro]biologies I: The Bacterial Sublime @ Art Laboratory Berlin
WHY: The third exhibition Of Art Laboratory Berlin's series [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies is a solo retrospective of Anna Dumitriu, whose work in the field of art and science brings together historical narratives, cutting edge biomedical research and an interest in ethical concerns. The last day of this very intriguing show is also an exciting opportunity to join the workshop with the artist (registration only).
Art Laboratory Berlin / Prinzenallee 34, 13359 Berlin, U Pankstr. / free entry / more info