Ed Atkins

Video by BAL Productions, filmed by Peter Cairns, edited by Dylan Gephart // Monday, Oct. 30, 2017

British, Berlin-based artist Ed Atkins’ HD videos and text-based works create worlds simultaneously hyper-real and undeniably artificial. His current exhibition ‘Old Food’ at Gropius Bau is no exception: the video works presented in the show are without concrete narrative, but evoke a melancholic emotional landscape built around purposefully generic characters and settings. Atkins’ distrust of language as a conduit forces his exaggerated CGI characters to rely on purely emotive communication tools. The exhibition, which appears as part of Berliner Festspiele’s ‘Immersion’ program, is populated by a collection of costumes borrowed from the Deutsche Oper, and features reflexive information panels by Contemporary Art Writing Daily and a musical score by Jürg Frey.

Berlin Art Link Productions visited Atkins’ studio to talk about his working process and how he culls through a mass of ideas to reach his final, holistic exhibition.

Exhibition Info

Gropius Bau

Ed Atkins: ‘Old Food’
Exhibition: Sept. 29, 2017–Jan. 7, 2018
Niederkirchnerstraße 7, 10963 Berlin, click here for map

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