Christoph Schirmer (Friday 22.11 @ Galerie Hunchentoot)
A tips list that starts and finishes with a festival indicates a great week ahead! Whether you are more into visual art, literature or music, or prefer it all mixed in one, there is an event that will satisfy your specific art need.
19.00 Raindance Film Festival 2013 @ Katerholzig
WHY: Raindance has been celebrating independent film since 1992 with its internationally-renowned film festival taking place each year in London. This year Berlin is lucky to have its first edition of Europe’s biggest independent film festival, with a diverse and original array of shocking, enlightening, inspiring and entertaining cinema. Don't miss exclusive premieres, workshops, director Q&As, panel discussions, after parties and free Jameson Whiskey!
Katerholzig / Michaelkirchstrasse 23, 10179 Berlin, U8 Heinrich-Heine-Strasse / more info
18.00 Anthony McCall - 1970s Solid-Light-Works / Axel Kasseböhmer - 100 x Walchensee @ Sprüth Magers Berlin
WHY: Anthony McCall’s groundbreaking practice occupies a space between sculpture, cinema and drawing, and has influenced a generation of artists working with film and installation. The exhibition at Sprüth Magers Berlin offers an occasion to see 3 of the artist’s seminal ‘solid-light’ works that were produced in the early 1970s in New York. On display in the viewing room will be a selection of working drawings and photographs relating to the three installations. In addition, a number of the artist’s original notebooks from the 1970s will be on view, providing an insight into the planning and production of the works in the exhibition.
At the same time, Sprüth Magers Berlin is presenting the solo exhibition 100 x Walchensee by Axel Kasseböhmer. The one hundred 'Walchensee' pictures, painted between 2010 and 2012, explore through various means the possibilities of the pictorial space. The paintings not only explore the status of the landscape in contemporary art, but also investigate what, precisely, painting itself can achieve today.
Sprüth Magers Berlin / Oranienburger Straße 18, 10178 Berlin, S Oranienburger Strasse / show open through 25.01 / free entry / more info
20.00 READING: Berlin under 30 @ Shakespeare and Sons Bookstore
WHY: It is never too late to make art, they say. But what about too early? With writing it often is - even the great Virgina Woolf said publish nothing before age 30. This Thursday 4 young writers, all under 30, will try to defend their position and prove that quality work doesn't have to be tied with age. Expect fiction and nonfiction by Steven Blum, Josie Thaddeus-Johns, Emma Wippermann and Jonathan Lyon. PS: If interested in participating in future iterations of Berlin Under 30, contact Lauren Oyler at LEOyler@gmail.com.
Shakespeare and Sons Bookstore / Raumerstrasse 36, 10437 Berlin, U2 Eberswalderstrasse / free entry / more info
19.00 Cristoph Schirmer - Earn Your Turns @ Galerie Hunchentoot
WHY: Because Christoph Schirmer's work goes big - with his large-scale installations he remeasures the framework of classical painting. In his second solo exhibition at the gallery he will be showing recent paintings, drawings and three-dimensional works.
Galerie Hunchentoot / Choriner Strasse, 10119 Berlin, U8 Rosenthaler Platz / show open through 18.01 / free entry / more info
18.00 Natalie Czech - I Cannot Repeat What I Hear @ Capitain Petzel
WHY: In her first solo show at Capitain Petzel, Natalie Czech presents works from the series “Hidden Poems”, “Poems by Repetition” and “Voyelles”. In her work she creates a dialogue between printed text and illustration, the literary form of the poem and the artistic practice of photography. For the transformation of literary strategies into visual ones, the artist uses different media such as magazine articles, album covers, books, iPad editions, or Kindle Readers. With the multi- and intermedial character, this show should intrigue even the most demanding audience.
Capitain Petzel / Karl-Marx-Allee 45, 10178 Berlin, U5 Schillingstrasse / show open through 25.01 / free entry / more info
18.00 Leo Gabin - Tallahassee @ Peres Projects
WHY: Composed entirely from appropriated, user generated found footage, Leo Gabin’s video work has no plot, linear narrative, character development, or scene setting. The 40 minutes long story is made up of compelling, disparate images, uploaded online by unknown amateurs, joined together to form a portrait or time capsule of a place called Florida. Tallahassee also includes a group of new large-scale paintings related to A Crackup At The Race Riots and the unique slice of American culture Florida represents. A 192-page artist book entitled Tallahassee, designed by Leo Gabin and published by Peres Projects, will also accompany the exhibition. This publication includes their paintings, panels, collages, sculptures, silk screen films, photocopies and video-stills, and is published in an edition of 500, with 5 different covers.
Peres Projects / Karl-Marx-Allee 82, 10178 Berlin, U5 Strausberger Platz / show open through 04.01 / free entry / more info
20.00 Minimal Studies Festival @ HO Berlin
WHY: Attention music appreciators! Concert agency Palais Wittgenstein launches a new series of events at the 800 square meter former supermarket located at Jannowitzbrücke. It's a new platform for the presentation of atmospheric music between acoustics and electronics, composition and experiment, and to kick off the series, a one-day electro-acoustic festival for contemporary minimal music is taking place on Saturday with Stephan Mathieu, The Pitch and Hanno Leichtmann.
HO Berlin / Holzmarktstrasse 66, 10179 Berlin, S+U Jannowitzbrücke / €13 / more info