Friday, 1 Aug
Ursula Mayer - Vibration/Frequency/Substance @ Import Projects
So, apparently, not everyone is on vacation. The first-ever Project Space Festival just started, and challenged the idea of August being all about sunny beaches and melting icecreams, sunburns and mosquito bites.
Here in Berlin, from now on, August is about getting the spot next to a window at an overcrowded project space, having enough tissues to wipe your forehead frequently, and chugging a beer that went from ice-cold to room temperature before you even got to try it.
There is something truly sweet and romantic about it, about a fairly large group of people putting up with all of it for art, for being a part of something new and great, and making the importance of it that much more visible.
Congrats to Anja & Nadim for being the most charming people, for not having any heat casualties at Import Projects that night, and for making it hard to imagine this festival without their contribution!
Saturday, 2 Aug
Stravaganza @ Agora
Imagine being terribly hungover on a hot and humid afternoon. Maybe also a bit tired, worried, irritated, or generally in a bad mood. Or none of it. Imagine just wandering through Neukölln's streets and parks, and suddenly seeing a silver balloon wave gliding in the sky.
The story continued inside the house, with different parts of the show so well connected to each other in what seemed to be a fairy tale performed live.
Even if you have been to Agora before, you probably never saw it looking as magical as it was on Saturday, in such a wonderful relaxed ambient. Performances and installations were revolving around festivities, but they also captured the purest feeling of summertime, the feeling of soft breeze and the soothing movements of the sea. Incredibly peaceful and profound.
Sunday, 3 Aug
Hors d'œuvre - The Secondary Concern @ tête
This event was about the trick that never fails to attract people to art events, and that is, of course, free food.
The point was to bring your own bites, and try other people's creations, which tured into a tasty and tasteful day-long feast. People would not leave the place because new delicious servings kept appearing endlessly...
Goat cheese with pistachio, plums wrapped in prosciutto, and the most fluffy cake on earth were some of the favorites.