Thursday, 26 Jun
Wanton Mobility @ KLEMM'S
1:0 for the World Cup against KLEMM'S. Once again, a football match stole the audience of every other event, even in the places where you would least expect it.
It was a bit disappointing to see KLEMM'S without the crowd, not only because the swag that is usually highly concentrated at the openings there was missing, but also because the show is worth seeing.
In case you miss intelligent conversations in a lightminded party-oriented city such as Berlin, this seemed to be the time and the place to involve deeper thoughts and discuss. Hopefully it was just the matter of bad timing. It was pretty early, and the rule for the openings is same as for the parties - not cool to show up first.
Friday, 27 Jun
Francesca Fini, Michal Helfman, Olaf Kühnemann @ Circle 1
Three exhibitions in one (the usual formula at Circle1), with works by Francesca Fini, Michal Helfman, and Olaf Kühnemann, were a perfect fit for the gallery space, which is more or less divided into three departments (there is another very important one, where they serve the wine).
One of the rooms became a separate universe with walls completely covered with the artist's installation. It looked chaotic and fun, but we missed to find out why exactly is that bicycle hung there.
The basement, which was not in use before, was now cleared, perfumed, and ready to become another screening room. Recommended for cooling down on a hot summer day (well, maybe next year...).
The very different works by the three artists and their arrangement in the enlarged gallery space made the show seem much bigger than it was. There was only one element missing for scoring all the points - Monty the dog, who we had the chance to meet and photograph at the previous openings. Where's Monty?
Friday, 27 Jun
Courage @ Studio Chérie
Studio Chérie honoured the work by the winners of their photo contest with an exhibition during the 48 Hours Neukölln festival. Of all the places we passed through on the first night of the festival, Studio Chérie won the most plus points. Even if there was nothing (not Marina Abramovic's Nothing, and not the other Nothing that she allegedly stole), it would be worth visiting for that beautiful space.
The theme of the contest was Courage, and the photographs that won a place on the walls of the studio were stunning. The audience votes for the final winner, and you still have the chance to see the show and support your favorite. It might be hard to choose one, since each of the series is just as special as the next one.
Saturday, 28 Jun
Unclean in Motion @ SomoS
In the second part of the accompanying program of the ongoing exhibition "Unclean", the focus was on the individual, namely, the artist himself.
Josip Horvat was in the spotlight with the performance "Let Him Out", which is dealing with the overcoming of emotional and physical trauma of a victim of domestic violence in a samesex relationship, based on the personal experiences of the artist.
It was a piece where the audience was asked to participate. That is always somewhat confusing for those who spontaneously switch the role and become engaged in such an experience, which was in this case complex and emotionally charged.