Wednesday, 18 Jun
Unclean Conversations: Pedro Bustamante and Mischa Tangian @ SomoS
Hipster or hobo? Neither actually. The composer and violinist Mischa Tangian (he is the guy with the violin, obviously) dressed up as a homeless person in order to communicate the theme of the exhibition "Unclean" (and possibly the "starving artist" cliche) while performing his piece. While his deceiving appearance deserved +20 points, his musical performance should get much more. With his skilled playing and inspired improvisations, the artist successfully guided us through the grey areas between noise and music, and even made one empathic baby cry.
A video-supported lecture by Pedro Bustamante, titled "Sacrificial Rituals in Capitalist Religion", followed the musical performance. The lecture by this philosopher/artist/activist was scattered all over the place, but nevertheless brilliant. You could really learn a lot, and feel provoked by his ideas, if you managed to grasp all of his chaotic references and digressions, and he could probably go on forever if he had the time and the audience for everything he had to say.
Thursday, 19 Jun
It's About Time + Radio Picnic opening and Salon Bruit @ Alte Kindl Brauerei
Exploring the underground maze of Alte Kindl Brauerei was such an amazing experience, even without the original purpose, which is the current exhibition "It's About Time".
The interior and the entire area (upstairs the old brewery and go-kart; downstairs a huge dark basement) is the perfect environment for a very scary movie, or a very underground art show. You could feel the almost extinct excitement of participating in something new and weird and barely legal, so far away from anything that the "white cube" represents.
The art was good, the people were into all of it, and probably more than one person concluded that the space would be great for parties too.
Whether for the party, or another art show, or something completely unexpected, we would love to pay another visit to this wonderfully decrepit place in the belly of Neukölln.
Friday, 20 Jun
Martha Breeze - Remember Umbrella @ Das Gift
The windows of the Giftraum at Das Gift shined brighter than usual on the night of the opening of the show by Martha Breeze, inviting the passers from the street into the loud and humid place filled with good mood. A small group of people made themselves comfortable in the exhibiting space, which started to look like someone's room in the middle of a house party.
The show surpassed the expectations, especially in the way the artist used the walls to arrange the pieces.
+15 for the collection of tiny things: tiny spliff, tiny plastic shoe, tiny toothpaste tubes on tiny deck chairs.
Saturday, 21 Jun
Lilly Lulay - Indistance @ Kuckei + Kuckei
It was quite a brave move to organize an opening on such an unusually eventful Saturday. The gallery and the artist had to deal with the World Cup craze, free concerts all day long, three pride parades, and the fact that it was Saturday and options are always many. There was obvioulsy less people than usual, but just about enough to have someone to meet, or observe from a distance.