Wednesday, 28 May
8th Berlin Biennale opening @ KW
Waiting to get in KW for the opening of Berlin Biennale was a suicidal idea for those who have a low tolerancy for rain and/or queues. A friend was very disappointed because both seriously narrowed the possibility of flirting. The best thing you could do to catch somebody's attention was a poke in the eye with an umbrella.
We were dangerously close to calling it off after we got to the third out of many queues, but we made it, and after all the anticipation, it was inevitably disappointing. With all the instagrammers there in action, it would have been way smarter to stay at home and see the show through the eyes of the iPhones.
Later on, we did not see any photos from Museen Dahlem and Haus am Waldsee. It seems as if nobody took the mysterious U3 to Krumme Lanke to get there on the night of the opening.
It was all about attending a grand event and seeing familiar faces, rather than seeing the show. For that, you will need an entire afternoon to visit three venues, and handle all those kilometers and obscure U-bahn lines.
Friday, 30 May
Jeremy Shaw - Quickeners @ Johann König, Berlin
Cuddling in the dark to watch the 35min long Quickeners, one left on a spiralling journey of confusion, amusement and irritation trying to decipher the visual, voice-over and text material the artist wove together to portray a slowly unraveling and marginally hypnotic situation. It is a video to watch until the end and certainly from the beginning. Watching it with so many others together actually enhanced the experience- thinking of our cult, the art cult...
We have come to anticipate König's opening with actual joy. Not the free-cold-beer joy, although there is plenty, not the look at beautiful people and comment joy, although there is plenty of that too. It is the joy of being HERE, a moment in the history of art, in the history of Berlin, see it unfold and be a part of it.
Friday, 30 May
Kiki Kogelnik - No Coca-Cola @ Johann König, Berlin
Something about Kiki Kogelnik's art resembles female post-punk bands; maybe it is the weird and amazing combination of skulls and spilled guts and vibrant color combos. Maybe the fact that this cool lady did a better job in her genre than her male colleagues.
Friday, 30 May
Eva Kotatkova - Anatomical Orchestra @ Schinkel Pavillon
The only logical thing to do after the show at Johann König, Berlin was to go to the opening of Eva Kotatkova's "Anatomical Orchestra" at Schinkel Pavillon. You could find the way there simply by following the people who were having complicated conversations about Jeremy Shaw's video.
And then suddenly there was another dimension that is Schinkel Pavillon, filled with a confusing pile of things resembling instruments, and some real bodies creeping around them.
Saturday, 31 May
Charles Stankievech - Ecstasy & the Machine Stripped Bare @ Or Gallery
Behind a captivating fun-sounding title, an exhibition with serious keywords such as 'secret communication system' and 'military technology' was hidden. I must admit that it lost me quickly and completely.
If you have a weak spot for ecstasy and/or the machine stripped bare, make sure to check out the show before 05.07.