The Transmediale / CTM time of the year brings us 10 insanely packed days of the two festivals' brilliantly curated programs, which we attempted to match with the best-of from our Openings section. See our highlights in the eventful weeks ahead.
17.00 Nasan Tur and Christian Rattemeyer in Conversation @ Blain|Southern
WHY: Blain|Southern hosts Christian Rattemeyer, the New York-based curator and specialist for print graphics and drawings for a talk with Nasan Tur about the historical development of the print and its influence on art and politics. The talk is held in context of Nasan Tur's exhibition, „Funktionieren“, where he transformed the gallery space of Blain|Southern into a printing studio. Live printmaking takes place from 17-19h, followed by conversation. The exhibition stays open until January 28th.
Blain|Southern / Potsdamer Str. 77-87, 10785 Berlin, U Kurfürstenstr. / more info
19.00 Posten No. 6 @ Uqbar
WHY: A border post in the buffer zone between Transnistria and the Republic of Moldova becomes the stage for encounters with soldiers and residents of the various conflicting parties. The exhibition tries to explore the complex picture of the "frozen conflict" in all its facets. Documentary material and installation elements reconstruct the central location and the starting point of the observation: the trilateral border post no.6. In addition, a 3-channel video-installation is on view in the exhibition.
Uqbar / Schwedenstr. 16, 13357 Berlin, U Osloer Str. / open through 12.03 / more info
17.00 CTM Festival - Fear, Anger, Love @ Various venues
WHY: Berlin's most adventurous festival dedicated to contemporary electronic, digital and experimental music, as well as artistic activities in the context of sound and club cultures, returns with a dazzling line-up and an 8-day program themed „Fear – Anger – Love“. The festival encompasses 200 participants from 43 conutries, 150 concerts, performances and installations, 3 exhibitions, discourse and workshop program, and more.
CTM Festival / Various venues / open through 05.02 / more info
18.00 Gerhard Winkler – „Here Comes the Night – Nachtstücke 1999 – 2016“ @ Kuckei + Kuckei
WHY: „Here comes the Night“ is Gerhard Winkler's solo exhibition in which he will be showing an overview of his beloved night views captured from 1999 until 2016. Winkler is using his famed hand-colouring technique to turn black and white photographs into eternal images of the night.
Kuckei + Kuckei / Linienstr. 158, 10115 Berlin, U Rosenthaler Platz / open through 04.03 / more info
18.00 Screening: Maria Iorio & Raphaël Cuomo, Sandra Schäfer @ Scriptings
WHY: In the frame of the currently ongoing project „Man schenkt keinen Hund“, Scriptings presents screening of works by Maria Iorio & Raphaël Cuomo and Sandra Schäfer. The project adopts various approaches and artistic/theoretical strategies in an attempt to interrogate the identitarian discourses around the concept of “integration” and to investigate the ways these discourses are manifested in the thematic, iconographic, and pedagogical presentation of teaching materials for integration courses.
Scriptings / Kamerunerstr. 47, 13351 Berlin, U Seestr. / more info
18.30 Transmediale – Ever Elusive @ Haus der Kulturen der Welt
WHY: The 30th edition of transmediale unfolds as a three-day festival with conference and screening program, workshops and performances, under the title „Ever Elusive“. In the accompanying exhibition, „Alien Matter“, 20 exhibiting artists from Berlin and around the world present works about shifts within modern power structures, raising questions about the state of our current environment and whether it has already passed the tipping point, becoming „alien matter“.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin, Bus 100 / festival ongoing until 05.02, exhibition until 05.03 / more info
18.00 Jaguars and Electric Eels @ Julia Stoschek Collection Berlin
WHY: Starting with the idea of the kind of ecology that focuses not only on natural circumstances but also on the economic and socio-political situation, as well as on technological progress, the exhibition "Jaguars and Electric Eels" investigates an alternative interpretation of anthropology and zoology through largely time-based media works of 26 artists.
Julia Stoschek Collection Berlin / Leipziger Straße 60 (Entrance: Jerusalemer Strasse), 10117 Berlin, U Stadtmitte / open through 26.11 / more info
19.00 Elise Florenty & Marcel Türkowsky – „Conversation with a Cactus“ @ Grimmuseum
WHY:A young woman in Tokyo links the mysterious death of a journalist to the Hashimoto experiment that attempted to teach a cactus the alphabet. Fiction and documentary alternate freely, using various film formats. Technology and cultural traditions combine throughout the film, in an airy, dreamy exploration of the self and the other, of myth and history, truth and lies, in relation to the experiment.
Grimmuseum / Fichtestr. 2, 10967 Berlin, U Schönleinstr. / open through 18.03 / more info