Article by Dorrell Merritt // Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2016
KIK (Kino International Kunst) is a Berlin-based arts organization, using the iconic Kino International cinema building in Berlin’s Karl Marx Allee as the home for their curated art events. Established in 2014 and now hosting their eighth exhibition within an ongoing series of quarterly showcases, KIK’s latest exhibit will show the work of both emerging and established artists under the theme of the German expression Ganz Grosses Kino. The range of artists, disciplines and approaches cover a variety of takes on the theme, which in its most literal sense exclaims or mocks the events of reality.
Curated collaboratively by Rachel Rits-Volloch (of MOMENTUM), Constanze Kleiner and David Szauder, the exhibition collectively explores the phrase’s relation to life in Berlin, the consciousness of those displaced within society and those who, as part of society’s majority, can immerse themselves within the cinema of life as a means of escape. Our use of the internet; of social media, news, reality television and computer games as distraction ultimately changes our relationship to reality.Ganz Grosses Kino challenges this new status quo, within a collective voice that serves as a testament to the current mobile age.
The exhibition, which will feature the presented works of forty-seven local and international artists, such as Clara Winter, Thomas Eller, Tracey Moffatt, Alexandra Vogt and Wiebke Maria Wachmann, features a diverse range of artistic reactions to the theme, crossing mediums of moving image, photography, painting and performance. Ikono.tv, the first art-only broadcasting channel, will also be present, screening a playlist of visual art across the likes of such artists as Botticelli, Caravaggio, Dürer, Van Gogh, Goya and many more.