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Venice Biennale: A Review of the Giardini Pavilions

Article by Monica Salazar in Berlin // June 22, 2011
The Venice Biennale is the Disney World for artists, curators, and collectors. It’s a place where people journey to wander bewilderedly through the maze of the city, get caught in tourist traps, and anxiously wait in long lines— all to see the “spectacular shows.” The art never ends in Venice, it’s merely an impossible undertaking to view it all and becomes a social competition to visit as many museums, galleries, and palazzos as possible…[read on…]


Requiem für einen Untoten

Interview and Article by Marta Jecu – in Venice, June 2, 2011.

I think that the German Pavilion of the 54th Venice Biennial is incorporating the gap between on one hand representativity and identity (signifiers that are meant to express the unchangeability of a certain reality behind) and potentiality (being something that opens up a plurality of possibilities, which remain unknown, but carry change). It is actually the gap between a national, cultural denominator (the idea of a national Pavilion itself) and an open field of idea exchange, which a biennial could offer…[read on…]

BASED IN BERLIN: Monbijoupark Opening

Article by Jessyca Hutchens – in Berlin; Friday, June 10, 2011.

On Tuesday night, the much anticipated Based in Berlin show finally opened at Monbijourpark. The show presents 80 emerging contemporary artists across 5 venues and a nearly two-month long programme. Ambitious to say the least…[read on…]

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…]