Due to Covid-19, Germany is back in lockdown. Since November 2, 2020 museums, cultural centers and project spaces have been shuttered, and as of mid-December, galleries—among schools, daycares and pretty much anything non-essential—joined the list of closures. Therefore, our THE WEEK events section is supplemented here with a selected list of artist talks, exhibitions, festivals, films, publications and other relevant happenings that are available online. We will continually update this selection, so if you know of any others that are not listed here, please share them with us: info[at]berlinartlink.com.
Aug. 20, 2020–Jan. 31, 2021
Now in its sixth edition, 3hd 2020 will act as a queer-feminist biotope created by Creamcake. 3hd 2020 has implemented a decentralized and dislocated festival structure across different locations around the globe. Los Angeles, Milan, and the woods of Norway, are just some of the nodes in the neural network of the extended ECO-centers organism, branching out from its usual base in Berlin. Creamcake will offer their multidimensional festival program, online and IRL, running to January next year.
BCMA Gallery Berlin
Jan. 20-Feb. 7, 2021
The title of the exhibition ‘Lusus Naturae’, curated by Vanessa Souli, alludes to the theme of the works presented: deformation, mutation and monstrosity. The exhibition aims to highlight these “monsters” of (art) history, to give them a voice to speak out and act as wonders of nature accessible to the human eye through the magic lens of art. Exploring the theme of Frankenstein-ism through the eyes of a variety of established contemporary artists, the show offers a unique opportunity for contemplation on the topic and its various expressions.
Launch: Jan. 21, 2021
The Broad announces ‘Time Decorated: The Musical Influences of Jean-Michel Basquiat’, a three-part video series dedicated to the famed New York City artist. The video series includes three segments, ‘Jazz and Bebop,’ ‘Punk and No Wave,’ and ‘Bebop to Hip-Hop via Basquiat,’ where musicians, creatives and scholars discuss the impact of each music genre on Basquiat’s now iconic style. All three segments were filmed at The Broad, in newly installed Basquiat galleries displaying the museum’s uniquely deep representation of the artist’s work. Launching on January 21st, across The Broad’s digital platforms, the first video segment of the series, Jazz and Bebop, was produced, co-directed and written by Alyssa Lein Smith of Quincy Jones Productions and features LA jazz musician Terrace Martin, as well as input from Quincy Jones himself. Martin delves into how the bebop genre, birthed in New York City much like Basquiat, played a role in his artistic vision.
Collective Practices: To Be Continued
Jan. 20-22, 2021
Collective Practices was set to takeover ACUD MACHT NEU’s spaces to examine “collective practice” as it relates to artistic creation, cultural organizing and social coexistence across four thematic explorations. Due to COVID-19, the Collective Practices series of events were restructured and moved from the physical to the digital space. With events popping up since June, the Collective Practices program is coming to a close. The final 3-day event, ‘To Be Continued’, considers the work of exploring collective practices ongoing, and offers a series of workshops, performances and conversations online.
Nov. 21, 2020–May 23, 2021
Copenhagen Contemporary and Chronus Art Center present the group exhibition titled ‘We=Link: Sideways’, featuring 22 works by twenty-seven artists and artist collectives, from the pioneers of net art to millennials. The works on display and online span three decades of net art practice, from arguably the first internet-era artwork of the Thing BBS in 1991 to the most current production continuing to evolve as the exhibition opens.
Jan. 30-Feb. 14, 2021
CTM 2021 ‘Transformation’—taking place in January and February, with additional hybrid events in the second half of the year—aims to respond to some of the challenges facing arts and culture in these exceptional times. Taking place during an intensified winter lockdown period, this 100% online edition is an attempt to experiment with new digital formats, see how to continue to support ongoing artistic work, and find moments of interaction and togetherness as a remote music community and audience. The 22nd edition comprises two virtual club nights, each of which approach the challenges of filling the void of listening to music and partying together in different ways. A series of trans/local commissions task artists with envisioning new ways of creating and performing remotely, be this through new technological innovation, narrative solutions or other explorations. A week-long Discourse programme engages with the ‘Transformation’ theme in multiple ways. Multiple online apps and tools that allow engagement with artists and other viewers can be tested throughout the programme. Previously announced are the multiplayer CTM Cyberia virtual environment and online exhibition hall and the MusicMakers Hacklab where 10 selected fellows seek solutions to online collaboration throughout the festival week.
Final Girls Berlin Film Festival
Feb. 4-7, 2021
Final Girls Berlin Film Festival showcases horror cinema that’s directed, written, or produced by women and non-binary filmmakers. We are committed to creating space for female voices and visions, whether monstrous, heroic or some messy combination of the two, in the horror genre. We’ve seen more than enough representations of women as beautified victims and constructions of male fantasies or anxieties, and are working towards the primacy of women as subjects and storytellers in horror. This edition’s short film blocks focus on: cyber horror, young girl protagonists, comedy horror, isolation and revenge. The supporting program will include talks on ‘Rethinking Women‘s Horror Filmmaking,’ ‘Girl‘s Gone Wild – Young Girls in Horror’ and ‘A History of Sadomasochism, Domination, and Submission in Horror Cinema,’ from specialists from the US, the UK and Australia. There will also be a screenwriting workshop, a I Spit On Your Podcast episode on satanic horror, a top 10 of horror’s best Final Girls, and more!
Haus am Lützowplatz
Dec. 20, 2020–Jan. 31, 2021
With their AVATAR Tours, Haus am Lützowplatz offers a different take on the virtual viewing format: visitors can experience the exhibition ‘Kunst kann: Einblicke in zeitgenössische künstlerische Haltungen’—featuring works by Arnold Mario Dall’O, Katrin Hilbe, Christiani Wetter und Nicolas Biedermann, Ilona Kálnoky, Sung Min Kim, Cornelia Lochmann, Arno Oehri, Clemens Salesny, Marco Schmitt, Maria Seisenbacher, Peter Senoner, Nicole Wendel and Martin R. Wohlwend—online, as a group or individually, via the interaction of HaL staff (the “avatars”) on the ground in the exhibition. The tours are followed by a Q&A period and conversation surrounding the themes of the exhibition. You can book your time slot here.
Horse & Pony
Jan. 17, 24, 31, 2021
In light of the ongoing lockdown in Berlin, part two of ‘Love Letters: Stories of Distant Proximities’ has been reconfigured to take place in various digital formats. Presented on January 17th by appointment, ‘In Praise of Small’ is a series of experimental online one-to-one concerts by violinist Tobias Preisig, which seek to open alternative formats and revise the listener-performer-spatiality relationship. Playing on the assumption that musician and listener reciprocally inform one another, ‘In Praise of Small’ allows an intimate exchange between the two and fosters a shared and non-hierarchical experience for both parts. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for a song (15 minute appointments at 11am-12:30pm and 2-3pm). Further events in the exhibition will take place on January 24th with Ewa Dziarnowska and on January 31st with Rafał Pierzyński.
Jan. 7–Apr. 1, 2021
Join artist Mary Baxter for a series of online conversations, streaming on MoMA’s website every other Thursday at 12 p.m. EST. These lunchtime conversations between Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter and her fellow artists in ‘Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration,’ bring a wide range of voices into dialogue to consider how bonds are forged through and around creative practice in the face of state-imposed separation. How does incarceration impact existing relationships, and how can art construct new forms of connection—a “chosen family”—in turn?
Jan. 18-22, 2021
On January 18th, Nova Space will launch its online group show on Instagram, exploring the sofa as a state of mind. The exhibition, entitled ‘SOFA SO GOOD,’ includes work by Laura Aberham, Duygu Aydoğan, Hannah Sophie Dunkelberg, Marcus Glahn, Jenna Gribbon, Kanako Ishii, Verena Issel, Madita Kloss, Vera Kox, Li-Wen Kuo, John Russell, Fette Sans, Selma Selman, Ulrike Theusner and Jan Tichy. A supplementary live program each evening between January 18th-21st will include, in order, an artist talk with Jan Tichy, a performance by Fette Sans, a DJ set by VVEBER + LEMMA, a lecture by Boris Buden and a film screening by John Russell.
Jan. 21-23, 2021
For its second edition, Reference Festival becomes part of Berlin Fashion Week with the support of the Berlin Senate. Interdisciplinary contents are created on location at Berlin’s Zeiss Major Planetarium, Reference Studios’ own experiential space and in public. You are invited to experience them on a specially-built virtual platform, Reference Realities, where you can register now. The festival features Anne Imhof & Eliza Douglas, and is presented by 032C, Slam Jam, Hans Ulrich Obrist & Honey Dijon and Pan.
signs and symbols
Jan. 6-Feb. 6, 2021
signs and symbols gallery continues its online series of solo video exhibitions with German artist Mischa Leinkauf’s work ‘Fiction of a Non-Entry’, launched on January 6th. Leinkauf, who was born and raised in East Berlin, has long been fascinated by the limitations imposed by borders. Continuing this line of inquiry, ‘Fiction of a Non-Entry’ (2019) explores the particular murkiness of borders that cross bodies of water. In this 17-minute video work (and in an accompanying series of photographs), Leinkauf traverses the invisible borders on the ocean floor of the Red Sea and the Strait of Gibraltar. These national lines — between Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Ceuta and Morocco — are guarded and secured, some with fences extending almost 100 feet from the shores into the water. But, further out from the shore, Leinkauf finds himself alone in the tranquil expanse of the ocean, in the presence of only aquatic plant and animal life, passing between territories with ease and without limitation.
Nov. 19, 2020–Feb. 21, 2021
synthesis gallery presents ‘FEELINGS’, a digital exhibition of works by six artists. Curated by Jeffrey Grunthaner and George Vitale, the exhibition is live on Mozilla Hubs, and brings together digital works by aaajiao, Matthew Gantt, Claudia Hart, LaJuné McMillian, Martina Menegon and Kathi Schulz. Designedly filling out the bodiless space of the virtual, the artists featured create new models of interaction between language and object, self and other.
Launch: Jan. 28, 2021
transmediale will begin its year-long festival with the launch of its digital platform ‘Almanac for Refusal.’ The exhibition Rendering Refusal takes place across two venues in Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien and Betonhalle, Silent Green Kulturquartier. Public access will be available as soon as government regulations around the pandemic allow. transmediale will facilitate additional access to the exhibition through Remote Visits and extensive documentation. A key highlight in the January release of the Almanac is the 2021 Marshall McLuhan Lecture by Jason Edwards Lewis. Drawing on the work of the Indigenous Protocol and Artificial Intelligence Working Group, Lewis will discuss how approaching the ‘question of AI’ from a relational rather than instrumental perspective might create new types of computational systems and digital infrastructures.The January Almanac for Refusal also presents a new collaboration commissioned by transmediale & CTM Festival. ‘rehearsal letter’ is a recorded studio session, produced as part of the development of a soundtrack for artist Frances Scott’s forthcoming work Wendy, a film fan-letter to composer and musician Wendy Carlos.
Jan. 12-Feb. 9, 2021
Acute Art and Dazed Media announced that ‘Unreal City’—London’s biggest public festival of AR art—will now be available to view and interact with from inside your home for one-month only. Responding to new lockdown measures and the popularity of the exhibition in London and across the United Kingdom, Acute Art and Dazed Media will make these site-specific artworks available for audiences all around the world to discover from the safety of their homes via the free Acute Art app. You can curate your own exhibition at home by placing works by KAWS, Nina Chanel Abney, Olafur Eliasson, Cao Fei, Tomás Saraceno and more.
6×6 project is an online platform dedicated to the dissemination and promotion of artists’ moving image works. Founded by artist Mirelle Borra in 2017, 6×6 project draws inspiration from the alternative art space movement of the 1970s in New York by utilizing the ‘artists-selecting-artists’ model—six artists, each selecting another artist for inclusion on the platform, every six weeks.
11th Berlin Biennale
The curators of the 11th Berlin Biennale, María Berríos, Renata Cervetto, Lisette Lagnado, and Agustín Pérez Rubio, take you on video tours through ‘The Crack Begins Within’ at the four exhibition venues: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, daadgalerie, Gropius Bau, and 11th Berlin Biennale c/o ExRotaprint.
Cincinnati Art Museum
The Cincinnati Art Museum offers several exhibitions online. Currently on view are: ‘Frida Kahlo: Photographic Portraits by Bernard Silberstein,’ ‘The Art Academy of Cincinnati and World War I,’ ‘Robert S. Duncanson,’ and ‘Rembrandt: Master Printmaker and Mementos of Affection.’
Since the fall of 2016, D’EST has formed a contemporary video art platform that maps out female* and collective positions that reflect the post-socialist transformation along post-geographic, horizontal, and feminist focus topics. Shaped by fifteen curators, the platform features forty-three video works, experimental films and documentaries, which open up artistic historiographies to be screened online and at different art institutions.
In a new podcast series, Beatrix Joyce considers how we can adapt the dance industry and performance practices to the digital realm, digging a little deeper into questions of dance and digitalisation. The first three episodes, featuring performance scholar Martina Ruhsam, poet Márió Z. Nemes, and curator Jacopo Lanteri, are now available.
The Enclosed Garden
The second edition of ‘The Enclosed Garden’, an international & annual nighttime exhibition about intimacy, is now online in the form of many possibilities: you are invited to explore 4 hours of video, texts, vocal recordings and music, alone or together. The web design, the concept of exploration and the texts for each room constitute an artwork by Celia Stroom.
Garage Digital, an online platform launched by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, currently hosts musician and artist James Ferraro’s exhibition ‘The Coming World: Ecology as the New Politics 2030–2100.’
Hauser & Wirth
Hauser & Wirth inaugurated their online viewing room with an exhibition of French American artist Louise Bourgeois. Drawing was a daily ritual throughout Bourgeois’s seven-decade career, used as a necessary tool to record and exorcise her memories and emotions. Since then, they have shown several other exhibitions, including ‘Zoe Leonard: The ties that bind’ and ‘George Condo: Drawings for Distanced Figures.’
Hebel am Ufer
HAU has suspended its program until the end of the season 2019/2020. Instead, they’re offering the online programme #HAUonline presented on their YouTube Channel, including many upcoming performances, lectures and concerts. See the full program below.
Henie Onstad Art Channel
Henie Onstad streams exclusive and previously unpublished material of exceptional quality from its archives. In the form of digital concerts, the public will experience recordings, commissioned pieces and concerts with artists such as Ulver, Lindstrøm, When, and Moon Relay. In addition to this, there will be digital guided tours of the closed exhibitions ‘Picasso 347’ and ‘New Visions’.
In a special edition, the digital series ‘CC: World’, presented by HKW, deals with racism and violence in times of Sars-CoV-2. In what form does structural racism emerge in the crisis? What interactions are there between the Black Lives Matter movement and how the black US population is particularly affected by the corona pandemic? How is the pandemic affecting global protests? The contributors to the special edition of CC: World raise these and other questions in artistic video and text contributions, conversations and essays – and try to find personal answers to the global crisis.
The exhibition ‘Aby Warburg: Bilderatlas Mnemosyne’ at HKW Berlin is now available as a 3D tour, produced by the project partner The Warburg Institute, which makes it possible to explore, question and view the atlas without being there. In addition, the tour includes the Gemäldegalerie exhibition ‘Between Cosmos and Pathos’, which shows artworks ranging from prehistory and early history through to the modern age, which Warburg used as the basis for his encyclopaedic image collection.
Jerry Gogosian Podcast
In this podcast, Jerry Gogosian brings together voices from across the art world. The latest episode features renowned art critic Jerry Saltz.
Julia Stoschek Collection
Videos and films from the Julia Stoschek Collection are being continually uploaded and made accessible online. Over 860 works by more than 255 artists are accompanied by explanatory texts about the works.
‘Bunch of Kunst in Quarantine // Paradox Paradise’ is a virtual exhibition curated by Tina Sauerländer and Mara-Johanna Kolmel, which turns its lens on artistic production in times of Corona. It poses the question of how visual art – in the context of social distancing, national demarcation, domestic retreat, economic downturn, rising nationalism and encompassing surveillance – can open up alternative paths for reflection, transformation and solidarity. The online group exhibition features work by Uli Ap (UK), Katharina Arndt (DE), Lara Verena Bellenghi (AT), Hannah Bohnen (DE), Marta de la Figuera (ESP), Ornella Fieres (DE), Bettina Funke (DE), Sabine Funke & Karlheinz Bux (DE), Fabian Hesse (DE) & Mitra Wakil (AFG), Helena Hunter (UK), Dorien Lantin (DE) & Robert Hecht (DE), Marie-Eve Levasseur (CAN/DE), Martina Menegon (IT/AT), Filippo Minelli (IT), Chiara Passa (IT), Agnese Sanvito (IT), Susan Supercharged (US/UK), Thomas Teurlai (FR), Miloš Trakilovic (BIH/NL).
‘KONTINUUM. Something between Archive and Project Space’ brings together artworks, videos, sounds and thoughts of artists and cultural workers on the topic of digitalization and isolation. The contributions submitted through an open call will be enhanced by selected positions and comments. This project creates an ever-expanding place to capture and reflect on this difficult time, to share our thoughts and feelings, to exchange ideas and to be there for each other. Together we want to create and experience this space. In addition there will be live events that will make it possible to experience art from home. Participants include Cynthia Montier and Mathieu Tremblin, Lucy Beall, George Nebieridze, 5.18 Magazine and many more.
Light Art Space
Berlin-based, non-profit art foundation Light Art Space (LAS) announces the first virtual artwork by acclaimed American artist Judy Chicago, ‘Judy Chicago Rainbow AR’. Through this new commission, Chicago continues her long-running ‘Atmospheres’ series, inviting global audiences to experience a newly created smoke sculpture in augmented reality. Produced in close collaboration with LAS and experience designers International Magic, Chicago has created a new form of her Smoke Sculptures™, which will now be brought into the digital realm. ‘Judy Chicago Rainbow AR’ will be accessible to audiences wherever they are based, allowing them to have their own site-specific experience, activating and ‘beautifying’ their own surroundings. The artwork will be available as an app, which can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store and will be compatible with a broad range of mobile devices.
The Met Unframed
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Verizon launched The Met Unframed, an immersive virtual art and gaming experience, with enhancements powered by Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband, that features more than a dozen one-of-a-kind digitally rendered galleries and nearly 50 works of art from across The Met’s vast collection. At a time when access to one of the world’s greatest art collections is limited, The Met Unframed brings a creatively reimagined Met experience to people wherever they are. TheMetUnframed.com invites online visitors to explore digital galleries and play games that unlock augmented reality (AR) versions of the art on view that can then be displayed virtually at home.
Beijing museum M WOODS presents the online exhibition ‘Art Is Still Here: A Hypothetical Show for a Closed Museum,’ which takes place through the museum’s online platforms. The exhibition is curated by Artistic Director and Chief Curator Victor Wang.
On the occasion of its 10th birthday, MOMENTUM, the Global Platform for Time-based Art, is proud to present a selection of video works reflecting on life before and during COVID-19; the poetry of the day-to-day as it relates to the changing world we inhabit. With one country after another having closed their borders, and with social distancing continued to be measured in meters, countries, and continents, we are instructed to seek safety in seclusion from the world and from one another. So, like its medieval literary namesake, and with a defiant wink in the face of COVID-19, ‘COVIDecameron’ gathers together video works by 19 artists from 12 countries around the globe, for an exhibition online.
Museée du Louvre
The iconic Parisian museum offers virtual tours on its website. Visit the museum’s exhibition rooms and galleries and explore their collections, presenting a wide range of pieces from Antiquity, the decorative arts and more.
Museum für Fotografie
‘SEEN BY #14: Imprinted Matter: Reading Room Loading’ is part of the exhibition series Seen By, a joint project presented at the Museum für Fotografie and organized by the Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). Its aim is to rethink curatorial and artistic strategies for working with contemporary photography. Here you will find a curated look into and digital preview of the publications of UdK artists and beyond about intersectional themes that were produced for the reading room. In this age, these zines, artists books, performative, and installation publications document themselves, raise their voices and reclaim space.
The Paris Opera is putting its most beautiful shows from its archives online free of charge. From ‘Don Giovanni’ to ‘Swan Lake’ and ‘The Tales of Hoffmann,’ there are many great classics to see or rediscover from home.
Platform: New York
Platform: New York is a viewing room featuring twelve New York-based galleries, hosted on David Zwirner Online. Participants in Platform: New York represent a cross-section of the city’s gallery community: 47 Canal, Bridget Donahue, Bureau, Company, David Lewis, Elijah Wheat Showroom, Essex Street, James Fuentes, JTT, Magenta Plains, Ramiken and Queer Thoughts. Each gallery will feature a focused presentation of works by a single artist. In some cases, galleries are presenting artists who were intended to be featured in Spring exhibitions or whose shows were cut short by this month’s closures. Among the artists included are Elaine Cameron-Weir, Josh Kline, Park McArthur and Keegan Monaghan.
The digital platform Prototype’s curated selection of new video work is accessible online. The website is curated and edited by Lauren Carroll Harris.
The new podcast of the Schering Stiftung is now online. In Episode 1: “How far is the distance between yourself and your thoughts?”, listen to the two founders of Hyphen-Labs, Carmen Aguilar y Wedge and Ece Tankal, in an artist talk (in English) with the curators of ‘PushMi PullYu’, Christina Landbrecht and Nele Heinevetter. They discuss the genesis of the exhibition, the dialogue between art and science, and the question whether there can be love between robots.
SoS (Soft Solidarity) Assembly
SoS Assembly was a gathering of local artists and activist groups as well as a process-based exchange of ideas, sentiments, and values of solidarity, taking place between November 12th-14th, 2020. During the event, a social and discursive platform was created at Betonhalle (silent green) within the framework of SoS (Soft Solidarity), the eponymous two-year exhibition program at Galerie Wedding – Space for Contemporary Art (2019-20). The team has created a playlist for each SoS Assembly-day of the November event, available on their YouTube channel.
Nomadic project space Neue Berliner Räume’s ‘Stadtschreiber – Berlin in Pictures’ is an ongoing Instagram channel. It gives a platform to photographers to record their personal perspectives on the places, people and stories of Berlin.
Super Dakota gallery in Brussels has just launched a virtual Video Room on their website, which features a program of films, videos and digital art. The program started with the very much appropriate to the situation ‘Opera Calling 2007’ by !Mediengruppe Bitnik.
Times Art Center
Arsenal Institute for Film and Video in collaboration with Times Art Center Berlin will present a selection of time-based works in the virtual cinema arsenal 3. The selected works will offer insights into the art movements of Asia to which the initiatives have been committed. Conversations with the people behind the archives on the presented works, their respective institutional foci, their history and their view of the future will be published on the ‘Archive außer sich’ website. This four-year project is a series of interdisciplinary research, presentation, and exhibition projects dealing with film cultural heritage and its archives. ‘Why an archive?’ is curated by Ariane Beyn in collaboration with Videotage, Asia Art Archive, Video Bureau and is part of a public program for the exhibition ‘Readings From Below’, on view at Times Art Center Berlin until December 12, 2020.
This free and accessible archive began in 1996 as a site focusing on visual and concrete poetry. But since then it has grown to include all things avant-garde on the internet, making available thousands of films and videos, as well as pieces of music and writing.
Video Art at Midnight
Video Art at Midnight Editions is an anthology of artists’ films and installations. The latest, Edition No. 24, is a video work by Berlin-based artist Raphaela Vogel entitled ‘Psychogräfin.’
Volksbühne in Berlin has moved much of its program online. Visit their website for a list of online programming.
David Zwirner announces a new podcast release schedule for ‘Dialogues: The David Zwirner Podcast’ and free access to excerpts from David Zwirner Books publications. The debut episode features artists Mamma Andersson and Jockum Nordström. Other episodes from season three include curator Helen Molesworth in conversation with artists Kahlil Joseph and Karon Davis; a discussion between photographer Tyler Mitchell and writer, curator, and cultural critic Antwaun Sargent; and a conversation with artist Luc Tuymans. David Zwirner has also expanded digital access to David Zwirner Books publications, beginning by sharing individual letters from ‘Letters to a Young Painter’ by Rainer Maria Rilke.