The Project Space Festival keeps us entertained on a daily basis with events that take us to the lake, on the dancefloor, through the window, and to a sensory feast. In a varied mix of events this week, you can also find some surprises and novelties, such as the open-air Kiez Oper and the first-ever Bubblefest. Atonal is back with five days of amazing music, and galleries such as Christian Ehrentraut and Künstlerhaus Bethanien are back with exciting group shows.
19.00 Inside Out, Upside Down @ NuN
WHY: NuN is in fact a room in a private flat, and the way to get in is up the ladder and through the window. For the Project Space Festival, Brad Downey will empty the exhibition space with a minimal, yet time-consuming installation deep inside the walls. If that does not intrigue you enough, maybe the veggie BBQ prepared on the sidewalk is the thing you would not want to miss.
NuN / Isarstraße 4, 12053 Neukölln, U7 Rathaus Neukölln / free entry / more info
16.30 Berlin Atonal @ Kraftwerk Berlin
WHY: Starting on Wednesday 20.08, Berlin Atonal returns for five days of mindblowing musical performances, world premieres, specially commissioned projects, installations, seminars, workshops, and afterparties in an abandoned powerplant. The unmissable line-up includes artists such as Cabaret Voltaire, Tim Hecker, Biosphere, Murcof, and many more.
Kraftwerk Berlin / Köpenicker Straße 70, U8 Heinrich Heine Straße / ongoing until 24.08 / more info
11.00 Letting Grow @ Espace Surplus Le Grand
WHY: Lucia Kempkes and Jessica Prescott will present a full sensory feast in this luxurious looking project space. Endless drawings, flavorful plants and herbs, freshly baked delicacies, herbal teas and freshly chopped salads will overwhelm you in the best way. This intense festival day celebrates senses, so join the party and feel great!
Espace Surplus Le Grand / Wallstraße 85, 10179 Berlin, U2 Spittelmarkt / free entry / more info
19.00 OPENINGS: Bäcklund, Hansen, Kostroma, Kox, Lindblom @ Künstlerhaus Bethanien
WHY: Künstlerhaus Bethanien will prove you that the more is merrier with five openings of exhibitions of paintings and sculptural work by the current and recent residents Sofia Bäcklund, Hans Kristian Borchgrevink Hansen, Vera Kox, Jenny Lindblom, and Alexei Kostroma. Erez Israel's painting on the outside wall of the building will be presented as a special commission to mark 40 years of the Künstlerhaus Bethanien.
Künstlerhaus Bethanien / Kottbusser Strasse 10, U Kottbusser Tor / open through 16.09 / free entry / more info
17.00 Amorphophallus @ Galerie Christian Ehrentraut
WHY: "Amorphophallus" brings together four artists - Tilo Baumgärtel, Lou Hoyer, Stu Mead and Christoph Ruckhäberle - approaching issues of sexuality and gender roles with ironical distance, but lustful enthusiasm. Against the backdrop of the data streams of interchangeable digital pornography, the framed drawings and small-format canvases emphasize the intimacy of the exhibition, which refers to the presentation of a natural history cabinet.
Galerie Christian Ehrentraut / Friedrichstrasse 123, 10117 Berlin, U6 Oranienburger Tor / open through 06.09 / free entry / more info
18.00 vague horde disrepair in blue clay accretion @ NOTE ON
WHY: NOTE ON and the artists Sonja Gerdes & Allison Peacock, Faye Green and Eilis McDonald, invite you to a series of performances on the shores of Krumme Lanke and in Cyberspace. The meeting point for the journey through creaturely inbetween-worlds, for fantasmatic encounters and breathless attempts of materialisation is the Rhododendron in the front yard of Riemeisterstraße 159.
Riemeisterstraße 159, 14169 Berlin, U3 Onkel Toms Huette / more info
22.00 Kiez Oper: "The Fairy Queen" @ Salon Zur Wilden Renate
WHY: It has been more than two years since Kiez Oper's first event took place in the garden of Wilde Renate. Now you have the chance to enjoy the magic of Kiez Oper again at the two never-to-be-seen-again open-air shows, followed by an all-night party Renate style. This time Kiez Oper will present a brand new, site-specific, fully-staged performance of "The Fairy Queen" by Henry Purcell. Let the performers bewitch you as the story unfolds against the backdrop of the night sky.
Salon Zur Wilden Renate / Alt-Stralau 70, 10245 Berlin, S Ostkreuz / 12€ / more info
11.00 Bianca Rampas - FlipFlop Dancefloor @ after the butcher
WHY: after the butcher presents an art happening titled "FlipFlop Dancefloor" conveniently on Saturday, a day when most of Berlin wears dancing shoes. Artist Bianca Rampas will be covering the space's floor with the used-up dance floor from the Berlin Ballet, which she will then transform bit by bit into flip-flop shoes, that eagerly await to be carried out into the world.
after the butcher / Spittastraße 25, 10317 Berlin, S Nöldnerplatz / free entry / more info
12.00 Bubblefest Berlin @ Rummelsburg
WHY: Berlin's first bubblefest will spread heaps of love this Sunday among the swirls and cascades of bubbles at the open-air party at Rummelsburg. An event organised by a group of friends, who joined their creative skills to realise their own bubbly vision of bliss, will surely bring out your silly inner child and countless smiles. Enjoy the music under the sun in a completely new way.
Rummelsburg Club / Rummelsburger Landstraße 2-12 Berlin, 12459 Berlin / more info