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…]
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…]
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…]
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 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 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…]
| GALLERY WEEKEND KICK-OFF PARTY | KIM Bar | Berlin (Mitte) | Thursday, April 28, 2011 |
ALLISON FALL – Performance Artist – allisonfall.com
DJ ARTSTARS* – Nadja Sayej (The Queen of Sass) – artstarstv.com
DJU DJU B – Juliette Bonneviot (French as Fuck) – www.juliettebonneviot.com
DJ SLK N’ LTHR – Felisa Funes (Casual Goth) – felisafunes.com
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…]
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…]
Video by BAL Productions in Dubai // Mar. 22, 2011
Last week, we sat down with Almagul Menlibayeva (presented by Priska C. Juschka Fine Art) during the 5th Annual Art Dubai fair. Menlibayeva is a Kazakhstan-born artist who lives and works in Kazakhstan and Berlin. She creates a poetic blend of…[read on…]
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…]
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…]