In the first of a 2-part interview series, Gordon invited Berlin Art Link into his studio for a glimpse at his process: a narrative unfolded that revealed his affinity for a wide variety of found objects and his remarkable ability to mobilize them in the pursuit of his work. With Gordon, nothing is wasted and nothing is without purpose: a collection of seven footballs and an assortment of weaponry all have a place in the process and outcome of his practice. Scottish, Berlin-based artist Douglas Gordon gained critical acclaim in the art world with his 1996 Turner Prize win and his piece '24 Hour Psycho', a rear-projected installation of Hitchcock's film 'Psycho' slowed down to last an entire day. Since then, he's created an impressive collection of works in photography, video, installation and public space, largely dealing with issues of collective memory and prompting novel reactions to the familiar.
In 2016 König Galerie presented ‘The Others’, a group exhibition that challenged established ways of portraying ritual and the body within Christian iconography. Curated by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, the exhibition revealed a conceptual take on site-specific art: prior to being a gallery, the site at St. Agnes was a Catholic church, built in the architectural form of Brutalism. Through fifteen works by twelve artists, ‘The Others’ disputed moral edicts in religion as symbolised by the building’s former purpose. Through Elmgreen & Dragset’s curation, the exhibition establishes an interrogation of certain Christian morals, which continue to influence law-making and politics at the expense of humanity. It distorted and redefined the archetypal ‘other,’ forming a narrative that creates a new dialogue of dignity for moral and social issues, honouring those defined as ‘The Others’.
Lebanese sound artist and composer Tarek Atoui curated a section of 2016's Bergen Assembly, located in the recently closed community swimming pool Sentralbadet. In his piece 'WITHIN', Atoui continued his long-standing exploration of hearing diversities and how deafness can influence the way we experience sound performance. Together with the local deaf community, he interrogated different musical instruments that could address both deaf and hearing people. Accompanying ‘WITHIN’ at Sentralbadet, Atoui invited Paris based curator duo, Council (Grégory Castéra and Sandra Terdjman), to create the exhibition ‘Infinite Ear’, a series of “Sonic Therapies” such as Deep Listening and Sound Massage, a program of screenings and exhibitions looking at inaudible phenomena and objects. 'WITHIN' and 'Infinite Ear' were performed in the context of the Bergen Assembly, a triennial event in Bergen, Norway devoted to contemporary art and research. Additional sections of Bergen Assembly were curated by freethought and Praxes. Berlin Art Link Productions interviewed Tarek Atoui about the concept behind his contribution to this year's event.
"If I should die before I wake Boogeyman gets my soul to take! Run as far and fast as you can There is no escaping the Boogeyman!" Darkly confronting and disturbing, ‘Omul Negru’ was Los Angeles curator Aaron Mouton‘s exploration of the real and imagined boogeymen that appear in contemporary culture. The exhibition featured an extensive depiction of the different embodiments of evil in contemporary culture, both in terms of the artists’ personal visions of the boogeyman and the infamous boogeymen that have plagued human history.
The Dhaka Art Summit is a contemporary art hub for South East Asia. In 2016, the Summit included a modern art exhibition, several curated group shows, an architecture show, and more. The solo section demonstrated works by artists in the region, including Ayesha Sultana’s work ‘Space Between Things’, that incorporated commercial materials such as metal and glass, and was meant to be navigated spatially, in relation to the human body.
At ARCOmadrid, Galerie Crone Berlin showcased the work of seven young contemporary artists from Cuba. Poised at a historical turning point, the country has recently become more accessible to a wider international audience with the easing of the embargo. In this new political climate, Galerie Crone stepped forward to provide a platform in Europe for emerging Cuban artists. One of these artists, Rachel Valdes Camejo (1990, Havana), exhibited her dynamic piece Composición Infinita at ARCO 2016. The synaesthetic installation was a playful confluence of projected, coloured light on the walls of a stainless steel, mirror-clad room. The environment created by Valdes had an effect of a repetitive, infinite space and provokes a range of responses. We spoke to the artist about her work at ARCOmadrid 2016 and one of its most crucial components: the public.
Waqas Khan‘s work is a meditative pause in the present moment, taking the form of a series of highly precise yet organic patterns composed of dots or lines. Khan's works are unexpectedly site-specific and so much more than they appear at first glance: they need to be seen from multiple scales and on different registers to reveal various patterns and discontinuities. The result of the work is less the presentation of ink on paper drawings so much as the construction of a moment, a pause, a much-needed silence. Berlin Art Link spoke to Khan about his 2015 exhibition, 'Acoustics of Life / Parterre' and his artistic practice.
Architect and founder of Mitte's Museum for Architectural Drawing Sergei Tchoban sat down with Berlin Art Link to talk about some of his iconic completed works in Berlin and abroad, and the importance of detail and process exploration to his architectural oeuvre. The Tchoban Foundation Museum for Architectural Drawing was opened in 2013 in the Pfefferberg complex, where it stands in dialogue with the former industrial buildings now housing Olafur Eliasson's studio and the Architekturforum Aedes. Crucial to Sergei Tchoban's practice is the integration of new architectural elements amidst historical buildings. Over the years, he has become adept at tailoring his new facades to communicate with their older neighbours.
From February 7-9, 2014, the 2nd edition of the Dhaka Art Summit featured 5 exhibitions curated by local and international curators, 14 solo art projects, a city-wide public art project by internationally acclaimed Raqs Media Collective, screenings of experimental films, performances, and presentations by 33 local and international galleries including over 250 artists from across the South Asian Region.
Aurora 2013 celebrated the theme “Light of Convergence” in October with over 90 international artists presenting art works across a span of 19 city blocks. Light, sound, performance and video art, as well live music, food trucks, and pop-up bars transformed the Dallas Art District into an immersive art space. The iconic architecture of the Wyly Theater served as a projection screen for Aurora 2013′s featured art installation “Blueprints and Perspectives” by the art collective 3_Search, a forest of LED bulbs was created for Audiopixel’s installation “Arbor Borealis”, and Shane Pennington’s “Points of Life” presented an awe-inspiring stage-curtain made from a programmable grid of LED lights, combined with a live music performance by Jazz vocalist Kally Price, accordionist Dan Cantrell and double bassist Daniel Fabricant. These and many more interactive works explored the dialectic and convergence between the individual and communal consciousness. With over 40,000 attendees at the free and public event, Aurora 2013 was widely successful in illuminating its audience with conversation and exchange of ideas.