End of August is for most of us the very last chance to collect #vacay snaps. It's time to get back to reality and checking the summer resolutions off the list. It is also the most exciting time to be part of the Berlin art scene, as the Project Space Festival presents its final events, and the Berlin Art Week starts unofficially with a few early openings. Take a look at the not-so-sunny, but nevertheless very shiny weeks ahead.
16.00 Monolage Idel / Tabs 3 @ Lage Egal
WHY: As a part of the Project Space Festival Berlin, Lage egal presents Print Performance & Book Launch from 16h on; followed by poetry performance, "LEBEN NEBEL", at 20h. Concurrently, the space will once again become a bookstore/reading library named #TABS, where the public will be able to look through, peruse, and purchase books and editions until September 18.
Lage Egal / Danziger Str. 145, 10407 Berlin, M10 Arnswalder Platz / free entry / more info
17.00 Global Female Inventories @ BOX Freiraum
WHY: NOTE ON presents three transcultural artistic positions from the female perspective at BOX Freiraum. Jeanno Gaussi, Zora Mann and Nina Zeljković’s work encompasses glocally coded, non-individual collections and inventories. Jeanno Gaussi repurposes objects such as traditional Afghan clothing or skateboards as canvases, while Zora Mann probes the formal language of indigenous East African art, connecting these influences with aPop Art and science fiction, among others. Nina Zeljković explores the economics of text and image production used in Serbian online classified ads selling household items, and transfers her research into restaged installations.
BOX Freiraum / Boxhagener Straße 93/96, 10245 Berlin, U Saamariter Str. / more info
11.00 Off the Record @ Nollendorfplatz
WHY: Join Alex Head, artist, amateur geologist and co-director of the "Wasteland Twinning Network“, for a participatory geological survey of Berlin’s enmeshed histories. Following his recent publication "Here Comes Trouble, An Inquiry into Art, Magic & Madness as Deviant Knowledge“, the artist seeks to unearth forgotten narratives – tectonic or otherwise – from Berlin’s historic crust. In order to preserve the dis-functionality of the event’s location, photographic documentation of "Off the Record“ is subject to a 15-year delayed release by request of the artist. Other forms of image creation such as drawing and audio capture are encouraged.
19.00 Premiere: POST MeMeMe – An online sitcom @ Burnrate
WHY: Curated by Weekly is a digital art project aiming to raise questions regarding online formats, web-based distribution, and the acceleration of digital platforms in contemporary art. In a mockumentary-style sitcom presented at Burnrate, five protagonists of Generation Y browse through everyday life in 2016. Watch them love, argue, chat, and celebrate while looking at the upper and the underworld of art in an effort to understand the „Post Contemporary Art“.
Burnrate / Hohenzollerndamm 201, 10717 Berlin, U Hohenzollernplatz / more info
20.00 Premiere: Conglomerate – Block Two @ Kinderhook & Caracas / Kino Moviemento
WHY: Headquartered at Kinderhook & Caracas, Conglomerate is a collaborative Gesamtkunstwerk presented in the form of a television network. The project is realized by a core team of five artists and filmmakers: Sol Calero, Ethan Hayes-Chute, Derek Howard, Christopher Kline and Dafna Maimon. Conglomerate acts as a producer of original programs, also inviting additional Berlin-based and international artists to realize their own segments, sets, commercials and specials for the network. Premiering at Kino Moviemento, „Block Two“ will feature guest contributions from Shana Moulton, Stephen G. Rhodes and others.
Moviemento / Kottbusser Damm 22, 10967 Berlin, U Schönleinstr. / more info
18.00 No Amnesty On Genocide Deutschland @ AFROTAK TV cyberNomads / KuLe
WHY: AFROTAK TV cybernomads – the black German, diasporian African Media, Culture and Education Archive – is led by Adetoun and Michael Küppers-Adebisi since 2001. As activists in the realms of media, culture, academia and art, the independent non-profit initiative has founded Black Media Congress Berlin, May Ayim Award, and Black Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. The discursive interventions of AFROTAK TV cyberNomads have been awarded by the Senate of Berlin, the German Government and the EU. With a literary multimedia performance by this initiative, the Project Space Festival will end this year's tumultuous journey.
KuLe / Auguststr. 10, Berlin 10117, U Rosenthaler Platz / more info
19.00 For a moment, nothing happened @ Loris
WHY: The exhibition „For a moment, nothing happened“ presents work by the three artists – Ulrike Hannemann, Ruth Hommelsheim and Pujan Shakupa – and focuses on the photographic image in a rather specific manner. The exhibition’s title hints on the dicidive moment, abstracted from the passage of time, which constitutes the basis of any photographic image. Hence draws the attention on the different time-related conceptual approaches to the photographic medium.
Loris / Potsdamer Str. 65, 10785 Berlin, U Kurfürstenstr. / open through 24.09 / free entry / more info
19.30 Conditional @ Kunstverein Neukölln e.V.
WHY: The exhibition „conditional“ presents three current positions which interrogate the conditions that make something appear 'real', or lead us to doubt their reality. In his large-format, photo-realist painting, Erik Nieminen explores light reflection and reflecting surfaces that make the world appear weightless and multiple. In the photography works by Michael H. Rohde, gravity seems to have been abolished, whereby objects and spaces seem to take on a magical life of their own. Philipp Hahn’s video installations depict time and space, but at the same time reveal successive interactive elements that cast in doubt their character as illustration.
Kunstverein Neukölln e.V. / Mainzer Str. 42, 12053 Berlin, U Boddinstr. / open through 02.10 / more info
11.00 Käthe-Kollwitz-Preis 2016. Edmund Kuppel @ Akademie der Künste
WHY: The Akademie der Künste is presenting this year’s Käthe Kollwitz Prize to the photographer, sculptor and media artist Edmund Kuppel for pioneering work on the relationship between photography and sculpture. The exhibition is dedicated to a selection of his works produced since the late 1960s. It showcases sculptural photographic works, film, video and individual media art works and projection installations, as well as the Cabinet of Ferdinand von Blumenfeld, based on a series of remarkable bistro landscapes. The exhibition will also be premièring the film Les marches du héros absurde (2016).
Akademie der Künste / Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin, S Bellevue - U Hansaplatz / open through 03.10 / more info
18.00 Lilly Lulay - "Delving into Visual Strata" @ Kuckei + Kuckei
WHY: In her countless series, Lilly Lulay uses found photographic material that often stems from a private sphere. This material comprises photographs that are generally considered insignificant and irrelevant for a broader context. Far removed from a private reality, the snapshots are synonymous with the stereotypes and peculiarities of a past photographic epoch. Lulay not only explores the question of what is being reproduced; she frequently also enquires into the mechanisms that have resulted in specific camera shots.
Kuckei + Kuckei / Linienstr. 158, 10115 Berlin, U Rosenthaler Platz / open through 08.10 / free entry / more info