Daniel Schwartz - "Juxtapose"
A pretty much homogenous week of openings is ahead of us, but we shook it a bit with a controversial documentary and yet another weird menu based performance. Carnival of Cultures left us partly deaf, therefore no sound related tips from us this week. Enjoy the silence.
17.30 Celebration of Art Meets Social Work @ Israeli Department
Infinite Earth celebrates its 5th anniversary with a fund-raiser and presents various projects. The evening starts with a welcome drink and the opening of the exhibition with prints from the Infinite Earth #2 series and pictures from one of the projects, followed by presentation of the foundation and its projects and a film. The main part of the event will be the auction of the last available prints from the series Infinite #2, prints of pictures painted by children from a Berlin orphanage that were created togehter with artists from the foundation, as well as dresses from one of the projects in India. A kosher cold and warm buffet with Israeli and Indian food will be offered for dinner. Musical acts will complete the evening, as well as the party afterwards. The gains of this evening will go into existing and new projects.
Israeli Department / Oranienburger Str. 28-31, 10117 Berlin, S Oranienburger Strasse / 18€ / more info
18.00 Schmutziger Schnee @ invaliden1
WHY: Good references are what makes us believe this should be worthy of your attention. It's the same mechanism that helps you to decide which movie to watch judging by the number of palms and bears on the poster. In this case Bergman and Haneke are the main baits, but wrapping it with 19th century literature and aesthetic, along with portraits of artists as love letters to art and ethical/political nuances is what really makes it interesting.
invaliden1 / Schönleinstraße 25, Berlin 10967, U8 Schönleinstraße / show open through 22.06 / free entry / more info
19.00 Berlin Status  @ Künstlerhaus Bethanien
WHY: Berlin.Status  marks the second survey of new tendencies and trends in Berlin’s art scene, with artists born from 1978–1984 and living in Berlin. It permits a look ahead to the potentials of the youngest generation of artists, but without any delusions of big bang after which everything would be different. With more than 50 names there's a big chance that you'll know some of the artists ( we definitely know one at least), which should be a plus, assuming that it's not a person you want to avoid.
Künstlerhaus Bethanien / Kottbusser Straße 10, U1/U8 Kottbusser Tor / show open through 16.06 / free entry / more info
21:00 Documentary Donnerstag Part 2 @ Urban Spree
WHY: Berlin Film Society advices you kindly not to miss the last film in their ambitious 8-week documentary programme; they saved the best one for the occasion. „Capturing the Friedmans“, a Sundance award winner and an Oscar nominee, is a controversial documentary that reveals a shocking story of a seemingly typical upper-middleclass Jewish family. Key words for this event: scandalous, disturbing, must-see, free-welcome-drinks.
Urban Spree / Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin, S/U Warschauer Strasse / €8 - €4 BFS Members / more info
18.00 Agoraphobia @ Tanas
WHY: Agoraphobia symbolizes the fear of freedom of expression and against collective public actions. This activist fueled exhibition will therefore examine the politics of space as an inevitable vector of freedom and urban public space as a spatial component of the democratic system. It will also serve as a prologue exhibition to the 13th Istanbul Biennial with the critical question of public domain as central to the conceptual framework of the biennial.
Tanas / Heidestrasse 50, 10557 Berlin, S Hauptbahnhof / show open through 27.07/ free entry / more info
19.00 If not, tomorrow @ Artitude / SRS Berlin
WHY: If Not, Tomorrow features young artists whose artistic approaches are characterized by Berlin: by the education, the side job, the gallery and/ or as a place of residence. It brings together works that decompose and abstract an urban everyday life in its forms, gestures, structures and combine it with universal questions of exchange, reproduction, identification. Expect a performance by Voin de Voin at 20h and a „thank you for choosing our opening over a bar on a Friday evening“ gift in the shape of barbecue.
Artitude / Cuvrystr. 3-4, Berlin 10997, U1 Schlesisches Tor / show open through 09.06 / free entry / more info
19.00 (n)on site @ km temporaer
WHY: "(n)on site" presents contemporary positions of analog and digital art that deal with the parameters of space and its territorial binding. Due to different artistic techniques, mapping as an already important strategy in art currently undergoes a renaissance, caused by a cartographic enrichment in the computer culture. The map as an instrument of knowledge and a functional structure of reference gets dematerialised, denied and conversed. This meeting point of art, technology and heavy discourse should be of interest to various types of geeks - us included.
km temporaer / Kremmener Str. 8a, 10435 Berlin, U2 Eberswalder Strasse / show open through 14.06 / free entry / more info
16.00 The Supper III @ kunstraum donauXganghofer
WHY: Supper III marks the end of a three-part performance by French artist Alexine Chanel. A very complex supper concept that kills the appetite (blue glitter soup is the least decadent in the 12 course meal) but tickles the curiosity. Items on the menu are all fake and composed of sculptures of increasing size, coloured and organised in the order of the spectrum of light. The menu plan will be orchestrated around the popular children’s birthday party game, which is supposed to illustrate the competitive art world. Brush your party game skills, or just laugh at others from aside.
kunstraum donauXganghofer / Ganghofer Str. 6, 12043 Berlin, U7 Karl-Marx-Straße / free entry / more info