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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…]


transmediale.11 – RESPONSE:ABILITY

Article by Mikhel Proulx – in Berlin, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011.

The first week of February saw the latest incarnation of transmediale: Germany’s preeminent meeting-ground for art and technology. Like it’s institutional big-brother Ars Electronica (taking place yearly in the Austrian city of Linz), transmediale is amongst Europe’s highest esteemed media arts festivals. Through workshops, lectures, multiple exhibitions, film and video screenings, performances and concerts (presented by [read on…]

On dead fish and Reynold Reynolds at Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Article by Elvia Pyburn-Wilk – in Berlin, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011.

Last week at Transmediale’s grand opening, Reynold Reynolds debuted his Secrets Trilogy, a cycle of three videos that he has been working on for the past three years. Reynolds’ show is supported by the exhibition series LABOR Berlin, which started in 2010 and “is dedicated to the creativity and potential of international artists who have chosen Berlin as their new home.” I had seen two of Reynold’s videos before, but the Transmediale [read on…]

New Age of the Computer Age – ICAS Kitchen: Interventions, Research Projects and an army of DJs.

Article by Jessyca Hutchens – in Berlin, Tuesday, Feb. 08, 2011.

In recent years, the relics of “New Age” culture have become valuable fodder for artistic appropriation, especially in the music world (think Emeralds or Pocahaunted). Belgian artist, Dolphins into the Future, creates dreamy ambience that would not be out of place at a yoga class, while his record covers depict lotus flowers and spiritual apparitions in muted pastel tones. Such nods to the New Age go beyond hipster irony. They seem [read on…]

BERLIN ARCH LINK: Wandern wir zusammen – One Way of Wander through Berlin’s 28th Lange Nacht der Museen

Article by Elizabeth Feder – in Berlin, Saturday, Feb. 05, 2011.

The premise is whimsical: a city transforms itself (its time, its motion, its color, its sound) into an open, exploratory ground. On January 29, Berlin hosted its 28th Lange Nacht der Museen, entitled “Body Meets Soul.” Twice a year, the city turns into five paths, thus linking more than seventy distinct spaces: historical collections are tied to city halls, museums to factories, zoos to libraries. We began at MACHmit! Museum für Kinder, in [read on…]

2010 Art Basel Miami: Berlin in Focus

Article by Monica Salazar – in Miami, Wednesday, Dec. 08, 2010.

Art professionals, curators, collectors and enthusiasts gathered this past week in sunny (but surprisingly cool) Miami for several art fairs held between the 1st and the 5th of December. The central event of this art invasion to an already cultural city was Art Basel Miami. As the little sister of Art Basel, the largest art fair in North America, showcasing the 20th and 21st century artworks of over 2,000 artists. Of the 250 international galleries at the fair, Berlin [read on…]