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Ifran Onurmen: Otopsi

Article by Devon Caranicas – in Berlin; Wednesday, June 8, 2011.

The neighborhood of Tophane has carved itself out as a petite art’s distract within the western side’s new city (complete with it’s own Art Walk Guide boasting a modest 11 destinations). It is in this enclave that I found Ifran Onurmen (b. 1958 Bursa, Turkey), currently showing his signature look of collaged and sculptural newspaper instillations at Pi Artworks. The show, titled Otopsi (Autopsy) is the seventh in Onurmen’s series in this vein, both visually and content wise, possessing social and political undertones that deal heavily with contemporary Turkish society…[read on…]



Interview with Helga Wretman: Every Year of Our Life Has a New Update

Interview by Corinna Kirsch – in Berlin, Monday, May 30, 2011.

Curator and writer Corinna Kirsch sat down with one of Berlin’s busiest and most intriguing dance and performance artists, Helga Wretman— also Germany’s tiniest stunt-double. The two discussed technology, decadence, spandex, and choreography on a recent afternoon in Neukölln…

ArtStars* 55 – Gilbert and George

“ArtStars* 55 – Gilbert and George in Berlin // May 19, 2011
When UK divas Gilbert and George heard that ArtStars* was coming to ARNDT Gallery in Berlin — they left the place running. We chased them down the street on the way to their hotel, to learn that they think all art world liberals are bigots…[read on…]


STRANGE ACTION SERIES: VINCENT & FLO, FLO & VINCENT

Vincent & Flo, Performance at Basso

Interview by Isabel Lewis – in Berlin, Saturday, Apr. 23, 2011.

I encountered the performance work of Florentia Holzinger and Vincent Riebeek at Creature Feature, a monthly performance series held at Basso. Framed as a queer performance series and curated by Jeremy Wade, Creature Feature, more than staking a claim to the ideologies of the artists it presents, points out the utter otherness of performance itself…[read on…]

Last Week I will Have a 1:8 Conversation with Wil Murray: A Conversation with Wil Murray

Wil Murray, photo: Mike Milosh

Interview by Elvia Pyburn-Wilk – in Berlin, Friday, Apr. 15, 2011.

Wil Murray is a Canadian painter currently living in Berlin. I recently met with him at his studio in the the cavernous former DDR radio station, to discuss his upcoming exhibition, Last Summer I Will Build a 1:8 Scale Model of Your Vagina. On the day of our meeting I was successfully lured to the correct studio by the psychedelic rock reverberating from Murray’s boom box through the Berliner Funkaus’ empty halls…[read on…]

Compass at Martin-Gropius-Bau: Navigating the world of Contemporary Drawing

Article by Jessyca Hutchens – in Berlin; Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2011.

Around 2005, I did two things: undertook a course called the History of Drawing and got myself a copy of Phaidon’s Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing. The course, much to my disappointment, was fairly archaic in approach. The history of drawing was treated as a parallel history to the main event, always seen in relation to how it reflected or enhanced an artists “other”…[read on…]

STRANGE ACTION SERIES: Pack Behavior

Article by Isabel Lewis – in Berlin; Monday, Mar. 14, 2011.

A group of Berlin-based performance makers and thinkers band together to present a four-day “performance assembly.” The four-day mini-festival of performances, discussions, and partying is called FOR THE TIME BEING. The self-organizing group of artists and thinkers are an international set (from Australia, Austria, Germany, Poland, Russia, Spain, UK, and USA) whose loose…[read on…]

A Conversation on Curating with Carson Chan

Interview by Clare Ros in Berlin // Mar. 03, 2011
Challenging conventions is not an unfamiliar territory for Carson Chan, a curator of PROGRAM. With a background in architectural design and theory, he comes out of a sensibility when “being exposed to…[read on…]


Crunching Numbers and Conventions: An Interview with Nicky Broekhuysen

Interview by Clare Ros – in Berlin, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011.

Nicky Broekhuysen crunches numbers and societal conventions. Using the language of binary code, she meticulously stamps out new patterns and formations of 1 and 0 to signify the set systems and codes of contemporary culture. Her whimsically complex drawings leave sharp visual imprints, as the stamp formations represent familiar, even when abstract, symbols, icons, and objects. Probing the ‘systems of human existence’ [read on…]

Why James Franco is a Feminist

Article by Elizabeth Feder in Berlin // Feb. 18, 2011
Taking in the entirety of James Franco’s Berlin exhibition of The Dangerous Book Four Boys at Peres Projects is a challenge, but there is a haptic, material quality to the show that acts as…[read on…]