Interviews

Off space, artist run space, project space, independent, non-profit, temporary, contemporary, avant-garde, hype, playground, cool…yeah yeah. But what do we really know about Berlin’s cultural spaces and the people behind them? We're introducing them to you, one by one.

  • by Adela Lovric, 30 Nov 2017
    In anticipation of NOME Gallery's group exhibition, Evidentiary Realism, we spoke with curator Paolo Cirio about his development of the concept, the aesthetics of presenting and revealing evidence, and his own investigatory process of putting together an exhibition of investigative art practice.  When...
  • by Adela Lovric, 23 Nov 2017
    Three buses are towering vertically into today's bright blue sky over the 18th of March Square in the historical center of Berlin. Even from afar, you can already see "Monument“, the disputed installation by the 32-year-old German-Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni, through the pillars of the Brandenburg Gate...
  • by Julianne Cordray, 15 Nov 2017
    We met with artist Paul McDevitt, who runs Farbvision – an elaborately tiled storefront space in which he invites individual artists to present focused exhibitions of their work. With its multi-layered past, some of which is still visible, the space itself reflects McDevitt's aims to foster an environment...
  • by Julianne Cordray, 14 Oct 2017
    Marie DuPasquier's project space Display, and related curatorial work, takes an open, flexible approach to exhibitions – allowing the process to unfold and remain susceptible to unexpected interactions and variations. She spoke to us about the importance of collaboration between people and space within her...
  • Image courtesy Nadira Husain and PSM Gallery
    by Sarie Nijboer, 6 Oct 2017
    The cover of the Bpigs September/October 2017 Issue is shining bright with a contribution by the Berlin based French/Indian artist Nadira Husain. We spoke with the artist about her current show "Rider, Path, and Vehicle" at the brand new location of PSM Gallery that is filled with an installation of...
  • by Julianne Cordray, 13 Sep 2017
    This year's Berlin Art Week is underway, and we've met with the Netzwerk Freier Berliner Projekträume Und –Initiativen – which comprises a crucial part of the independent scene in BAW's program. Board member Chris Benedict, who also runs WerkStadt project space, spoke to us about...
  • by Adela Lovric, 11 Sep 2017
    For its 19th edition of "Appropriating Language" series, organised in partnership with the Berlin Art Week, Manière Noire shows an installation by the media artist and composer Arnold Dreyblatt. We spoke with Arnold about his ongoing show "Replica" and a number of...
  • by Adela Lovric, 4 Sep 2017
    Katharina Maria Raab posesses a rare, almost romantic devotion to art. This passionate art lover, who runs her own gallery since 2015, has launched herself among the most prominent gallerists in Berlin in the last two years of working on her exhibition program. Her "all-in" approach to building a bridge...
  • by Adela Lovric, 31 Aug 2017
    Making friends with BERLIN BLUE art was a no-brainer for the Bpigs team – a young contemporary gallery run by three female artists/curators supporting fellow female artists is the kind of story we are always eager to hear. This new gallery represents emerging and mid-career artists in their space in Berlin-Mitte...
  • by Adela Lovric, 25 Aug 2017
    A fresh curatorial approach and new artistic positions might give you an impression of Galerie im Turm as a fairly recent member of Berlin's art scene. The gallery is, in fact, more than 50 years old, and has existed with the current program format since 2011. Today, as a communal gallery of the district...
  • by Adela Lovric, 23 Aug 2017
    In anticipation of their upcoming exhibition "blow_hot_and_cold" at Import Projects, we spoke with the New York based collective Do Something Good to find out more about the show and the group's diverse practices. The exhibiton is part of "FACT ≠ TRUTH", Import Project's series that...
  • Knowledge Of - Lucas Gutierrez and Protey Temen
    by Julianne Cordray, 22 Aug 2017
    We met with Lucas Gutierrez and Protey Temen in advance of their exhibition opening, 'Knowledge Of', at Aperto Raum, to find out about how they first connected and the processes behind the broader network of connections that led to their collaborative, discussion-based project.  Let’s start by...
  • by Adela Lovric, 31 Jul 2017
    Decad is a not-for-profit art space located in Kreuzberg, developed over the past 5 years by the artist Rachel Alliston. The project in its current form puts an emphasis on discursive roles in the productions of visual culture and social space, and works to advance an appreciation of the mutual influence of these...
  • Artist talk at Edmond Gallery "Ursula Panhans-Bühler, Ludwig Seyfarth, 9mouth", 4th of July
    by Julianne Cordray, 12 Jul 2017
    We met with Yanwu Yuan of Edmond Gallery, who founded and runs the gallery along with her husband, Eric Vinassac. Yanwu showed us around the space in Charlottenburg, which opened last autumn, and spoke to us about their inspirations, ambitions and the levels of cultural exchange and exploration – both...
  • by Julianne Cordray, 5 Jul 2017
    We met with artist Claudia Chaseling at her Berlin studio, a space that she’s been working out of for the last ten years – between frequent travels to Australia, where she is currently completing a studio-based PhD. In her studio, tall, vertical canvases in chaotic combinations of radioactive, translucent...
  • by bpigs team, 28 Jun 2017
    "Nice is boring," asserts Aleks Słota, emphasizing again that he's not here to make people feel good. The Berlin-based artist doesn't mince words though he certainly tests their boundaries. During his performances, words can lose their meaning and disintegrate into blind rhetoric, affect or chaos....
  • Photo by Gianmarco Bresaola Courtesy by the artist and Nome Gallery
    by Julianne Cordray, 8 May 2017
    James Bridle's work engages with technological developments, software programming and network infrastructure, culminating in visual mappings of these systems and their impacts and interactions within the social and cultural spheres. We spoke with him about his exhibition, ‘Failing to distinguish between a...
  • Image credits: Julianne Cordray
    by Sarie Nijboer, 26 Apr 2017
    The artist couple Maike Abetz & Oliver Drescher have been working together for more than 20 years now. Their upcoming show “Dawn of Tomorrow” at Magic Beans Gallery is an oeuvre of their intimate collaboration and relationship. We spoke with the artist couple about their paintings that are filled with...

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