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*LIFE DRAWING BERLIN: Starts This Weekend

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Blog Entry by Henna Räsänen – in Berlin; Wednesday, June 1, 2011.

*Life Drawing Berlin is an artist-run workshop collective based in an old factory at Berlin Wedding. In collaboration with Mica Moca and Bang Bang Berlin, the newly found collective aims to provide cost-effective, accessible and interesting life drawing classes for artists of all levels. Absolute beginner or established artist, everybody is welcome to join the workshops.

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AUTOCENTER: 10th Anniversary

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Blog entry and photos by Jeni Fulton – in Berlin; Tuesday, May 31, 2011.

The owners run the space in their spare time, and have succeeded in creating a platform for curatorial and artistic experimentation over the last ten years. Autocenter’s shows change frequently and showcase a wide variety of works. These have included seven metre murals painted onsite (Saus Braus, Tatjana Doll, 2002) and bus-ride performances: the artist Daniel Seiple charted a coach, and instructed the driver to navigate a series of points in the courtyard of the gallery, picking up bemused passengers at a single stop.

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.HBC: Soylent Green Day

Blog Entry by Chloé Richard – in Berlin; Sunday, May 29, 2011.

Tuesday was Soylent Green Day at .HBC, where the movie of the same name was screened. Each audience member was given a ticket at the door, good for a plate of either “rich” food (bread, French cheese and cranberries) or “poor” food (crackers with cheddar cheese in a can, candy powder and a nice chemical dessert) to get the mind ready for the movie…

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SAND JOURNAL: Art and Literary Fair

Blog Entry by Danielle Griffin – in Berlin; Saturday, May 28, 2011.

Sand Journal will be hosting its Art and Literary fair at Etsy Labs on June 4! It will serve as a showcase for various mediums, and artists from different disciplines will be selling their work. The event is free and open to everyone who wants to check it out, and if you want to participate more directly and show off your work there, Sand is still looking for submissions!

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AN ART NEWSPAPER: The Noughties

Blog Entry by Clare Ros– in Berlin; Friday, May 27, 2011.

An Art Newspaper is pleased to announce the release of its special limited edition DECADE issue giving an extensive look back at The Noughties. One thousand copies only, this special 56-page signed double issue brings to our readers an anthological survey of An Art Newspaper’s greatest hits and liveliest scripts that made the last 10 years what it was.
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THE MONTH of Performance Art

Blog Entry by Henna Räsänen – in Berlin; Wednesday, May 25, 2011.

The numerous locations around Berlin have been a platform for performances of interesting artists from around the world. The program started on May 1st and lasts until the end of the month. If you hurry up, you can still catch the final shows and discussions!

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VECTOR LOUNGE: The Designers Battle

Blog Entry by Henna Räsänen – in Berlin; Tuesday, May 24, 2011.

Vector Lounge’s ‘DRAW YOUR OWN LINE’ series, is a fierce one-to-one designer battle which challenges the graphic designers of four European capitals. The series is held simultaneously in two different cities and is aired live.
After two years of single battles, the contest has evolved to a broader edition with participants from Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen and London.

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LE GUN: The Unknown Room

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Blog entry and photos by SP Williams – in Berlin; Monday, May 23, 2011.

In ‘Mythos Incorporated’, Eckart Hahn puts classical symbolism and mythic force to the test. He paints over the subjects with current day objects such as plastic bags, or masks them in ‘marketing colors’, such as the sickly McDonald’s yellow that I connect with cheeseburgers, childhood and constipation.

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ECKART HAHN: Mythos Incorporated

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Blog entry and photos by SP Williams – in Berlin; Saturday, May 21, 2011.

In ‘Mythos Incorporated’, Eckart Hahn puts classical symbolism and mythic force to the test. He paints over the subjects with current day objects such as plastic bags, or masks them in ‘marketing colors’, such as the sickly McDonald’s yellow that I connect with cheeseburgers, childhood and constipation.

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BERLIN <-> LOS ANGELES

Blog Entry by Clare Ros– in Berlin; Friday, May 20, 2011.

This class, offered at The Public School Berlin, will explore the exchange in theoretical and cultural production between Los Angeles and Berlin during the last 100 years. Beginning with the exodus of Jewish intellectuals during WWII, and looking at the effect of the such exhile on the formation of the American avant garde, the first part of the class will seek to chart the influence of many German emigrants in Los Angeles.

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BUY, TWEET, OR BURN: The Best and Worst of the Berlin Art Scene

Blog Entry by Corinna Kirsch– in Berlin; Thursday, May 19, 2011.

I’m a fan of re-historicizing avant-garde figures whose works have fallen by the wayside. Jack Smith’s films are more erotic than Kenneth Anger and even a little messier. Every time I walked into Barbara Gladstone this week, the galleries were packed with an attentive audience. Artists Ryan McNamara, A.L. Steiner, and T.J. Wilcox were invited to utilize previously unreleased cinematic material by Smith to create contemporary works influenced by Smith’s mysterious, mythic, and performative approach to film making.

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ROCKS AND TREES – Ai Weiwei at Neugerriemschneider

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Blog entry and photos by Jeni Fulton – in Berlin; Tuesday, May 17, 2011.

It is now 40 days since Weiwei was arrested, and his show at the gallery neugerriemschneider serves as a reminder that the culture wars are not over, they have merely relocated. Weiwei’s installation of reassembled trees (Tree, 2011) and white porcelain rocks (Rock, 2011) is intended to invoke associations with traditional Chinese gardens, sites of contemplation and reflection.
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