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.
documenta archive – Platform6
Launch: Apr. 29, 2021
documenta archive will open the virtual Platform6 on April 29th, in honor of Okwui Enwezor. The dynamically growing online project is intended to be a place for a lively debate about Documenta11 and the topicality of its discourses. As an open, growing project, the web platform of the exhibition curated by Okwui Enwezor in 2002 addresses the current relevance of issues explored at the time. The focus is on discourses of truth, globalization issues, forms of collectivity and solidarity. Platform6 is an homage to Okwui Enwezor, who died on March 15th, 2019 in Munich, his theoretical approaches and his curatorial legacy.
Jan. 21, 2021–Jan. 12, 2022
König Galerie invites you to explore the digital show ‘DREAMING OF ALLIGATOR HEAD’ by Claudia Comte, through the König Galerie app. In the exhibition, the artist conjures an impossible scenario by replanting her underwater sculpture park from its original location in Jamaica into the KÖNIG GALERIE. The digital visitor experiences an intriguing underwater world without traveling, thus the artist raises awareness for marine environments. Comte strives to retain aesthetic formalisms while simultaneously asking how the artistic object can make a difference in the world.
July 16 – Dec. 31, 2021
Launch event: July 16, 2021; 9:30pm
KW Institute for Contemporary Art launches the online program ‘Open Secret,’ featuring 16 newly commissioned artworks, articles by leading thinkers, and a manifold mediation program. Open Secret is a six-month long online program that explores the image of the ‘technological hidden’ in our apparently ‘open’ society. With new contributions released on a monthly basis, the Open Secret website will bring together art, automation, politics, and new patterns of exchange. The opening event ‘The New Extractivism, and Escaping the Clearnet’ with Vladan Joler, Caroline Busta and Nadim Samman, will take place on July 16th at 9:30 pm.
June 28 – Aug. 24, 2021
Sumac Space – art practices of the middle east has launched a new digital exhibition focusing on seven contemporary Egyptian artists, entitled ‘A Whole Population of Poets’ and curated by Davood Madadpoor. In ‘A Whole Population of Poets,’ which borrows the title from one of the artworks, the artists invite us into their personal odyssey. They interpret the stories that people tell about themselves and about others in relation to their daily lives, which will continue to brighten the path in the future. The exhibition includes works by: Mohamed Abdelkarim, Ibrahim Ahmed, Esraa Elfeky, Tareque Elsharquawy, Ezz Monem, Sara Sallam and Islam Shabana.
Times Art Center
Times Art Center Berlin presents the group show ‘ANGST, KEINE ANGST / FEAR, NO FEAR’. The project, initiated by Huang Xiaopeng, and co-curated by Dorothee Albrecht, Antje Majewski, and Stefan Rummel, focuses on the present global state of collective fear and anxiety. It will unfold in three chapters online and offline from April until July, 2021.
Year-long digital programming; exhibition from Feb. to March 2021
transmediale began its year-long festival with the launch of its digital platform ‘Almanac for Refusal’ in January, while the exhibition ‘Rendering Refusal’ is on view through March at 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.
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.
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.
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.
Ruhr Kunst Museen
In the video series RuhrKulturVibes, connections are made between art, culture and yoga. The RuhrKunstMuseen are offering around 30-minute yoga sessions that were recorded in the currently empty museum halls. The sessions are connected with a short art mediation on special works from the own collection. Performance artist and dancer Dwayne Holliday leads the yoga sessions to meditative art enjoyment, so art can be viewed from an active and new perspective during the flow. You can see the first video here, taking place in the Museum Ostwall in Dortmunder U. More videos from the RuhrKunstMuseen will follow in the coming weeks and invite you to practice yoga at home, while having a look at the museums’ collections.
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.
The Wet Altar
The Wet Altar (2021) is a tale with no end. The interactive, digital work commissioned by LAS utilizes Omsk Social Club’s ideas of parallel worlds, their signature style of Real Game Play and the fierce practice of participation as perception. The webbed narrative sits at the crossroads of sci-fi, technology, magick, and current politics. It is reminiscent of choose-your-own-adventure stories, however, the work oversteps the boundaries between fiction and reality. The words echo into the reader’s everyday life through embedded commands. Channelling the worlds of artist Leonora Carrington, philosopher Simone Weil, and author Nnedi Okorafor, The Wet Alter questions the effect of narrative on our subconscious.
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.