Ugo Rondinone: ‘nuns + monks’ at Esther Schipper Berlin

Stones have been a presence and recurring material and symbol in Ugo Rondinone's practice for several years. In 'nuns + monks', Rondinone continues to address the dual reflection between the inner self and the natural world through this material exploration, while presenting a pure sensory experience of color, form, and mass that aims to offer a contemporary experience of the sublime. 'nuns + monks' is on view at Esther Schipper, Berlin from September 11th to October 17th, 2020.

Video by MONA, Produced by Anna Russ, Filmed and Edited by Robin Thomson

Philippe Parreno: ‘Manifestations’ at Esther Schipper Berlin

‘Manifestations’ is Philippe Parreno’s eighth solo exhibition with Esther Schipper. It includes works spanning various media: a granular soundtrack, a CGI film, atmospheric sensors, robotic systems, computer code, ice and water. For this show, which opened during Berlin Art Week 2020, Parreno transformed his exhibition into a “sympoïetic system”, produced collectively by the assembly of objects. Every element of the exhibition has been conceived to be connected to one another, to look at, perceive, or see one another.

Video by MONA, Produced by Monica Salazar, Filmed and Edited by Peter Cairns

Andreas Greiner: ‘Jungle Memory’ at Dittrich & Schlechtriem

Opening during this year's Gallery Weekend Berlin, Andreas Greiner's solo exhibition ‘Jungle Memory’ at Dittrich & Schlechtriem recreates nature, representing his research into endangered forests in Germany and Poland. In his broad practice, Greiner probes the relationship between ecology and technology. Amid a simulated forest and light scenario that transforms the main gallery space at Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Greiner presents a large-format video work made with the aid of artificial intelligence. We interviewed the artist inside his immersive show, as he walked us through the process behind the exhibited works.

Video by MONA, Produced by Monica Salazar, Filmed and Edited by Peter Cairns

An Interview with Frank Ekeberg: ‘No Man’s Land’

Drawing on natural ecosystems for inspiration and material, Frank Ekeberg’s audio compositions have a cyclical quality akin to the habitats they capture. Field recordings play a crucial role in Ekerberg’s practice and, for him, an environment’s sound quality reflects its overall health. Ekeberg’s sound piece ‘No Man’s Land’ is part of the current exhibition ‘The White, the Green, and the Dark: Contemporary Positions from Norway’ presented by the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin. Tracing the extinction of natural pollinators from the rainforest of Norway, ‘No Man’s Land’ is a critical reflection on the rapid and devastating effects of climate change in the region. We spoke to Ekeberg about this work, as well as his evolving practice and the process behind his audio compositions.

Video by MONA, Produced by Monica Salazar, Filmed and Edited by Peter Cairns

‘Under Earth’: Interview with Ingrid Torvund & Jonas K. Mailand

In the exhibition ‘The White, the Green, and the Dark’, presented by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Berlin, artists Ingrid Torvund and Jonas K. Mailand currently exhibit all three films from their ‘Under Earth’ trilogy: ‘Magic Blood Machine’ (2012), ‘When I go out, I bleed magic’ (2015) and ‘I found you under earth, under blood’ (2019).

Torvund and Mailand have collaborated on the creation of these visionary narratives, which are rooted in the natural landscape of Telemark. The pair’s unique cinematic storytelling mixes Christian mysticism with magic and folklore. Often, Torvund’s costumes, props and sets are exhibited alongside the films themselves, creating a holistic picture of the universe built up in and around these stories. The intricate embroideries and hand-carved creatures are part of a wider sci-fi vision that underlines the trilogy. We spoke to Torvund and Mailand about their process, the evolution of characters and how their films have been received in the art world.

Video by MONA, Produced by Monica Salazar, Filmed and Edited by Peter Cairns

Jonas Wendelin at Dittrich & Schlechtriem

Berlin and Los Angeles-based artist Jonas Wendelin’s first solo exhibition at Dittrich & Schlechtriem, titled ‘Only,’ engages in manufacturing an alternative reality, pursuing futuristic narratives and themes of hope in dystopia. A fictional architectural installation made up of found objects and jarred preserves gives the illusion of a space quickly abandoned in the aftermath of a life-changing event. Using collaboration as a tool to build the exhibition, Wendelin's show also includes the exposed archive of the gallery, a publication compiled and edited by the artist, called ‘The Allusion,’ as well as a series of otherworldly ceramic sculptures. Wendelin walked us through the exhibition, now showing at Dittrich & Schlechtriem until August 29th, 2020.

Video by MONA, Produced by Monica Salazar, Filmed and Edited by Peter Cairns

Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements

‘Dhaka Art Summit 2020: Seismic Movements’ was the fifth edition of the Dhaka Art Summit, which brought together artists, curators and thinkers from different points of the globe to discuss, reevaluate and created work surrounding issues within the normative structure of the art world. This year’s theme of ‘Seismic Movements’ alludes to the inherent connection between culture and place that goes beyond geological and geographic constraints. The exhibition was divided into seven groups: geological, colonial, independence, collective, spatial, modern, and social movements and feminist futures.

Video by MONA, Produced by Monica Salazar, Filmed and Edited by Peter Cairns

Studio Visit with Tomás Saraceno

Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno’s Berlin studio is a space for experimentation and testing out intricate ideas. It contains a room devoted to his spiders, who form the basis of Saraceno’s ‘Arachnophilia’ project. Since 2006, Saraceno has been engaged in arachnid research from the perspective of the web. We spoke to the artist during his recent exhibition ‘Algo-r(h)i(y)thms’ at Esther Schipper gallery, about the complexities of these creatures and how they inform his acoustic installations.

Architecture Meets Nature at SFER IK in Tulum

Exhibition video of ‘Alliga’ at SFER IK in Tulum, Mexico, which features work by artists Cecilia Bengolea, Aki Inomata and Sissel Tolaas and is curated by Claudia Paetzold.

In Residence: James Ostrer ‘Post Apoca-Lips’

We spoke to James Ostrer during his studio residency at Melior Place, where he developed the exhibition ‘Post Apoca-Lips’. The space in Bermondsey will become Kristin Hjellegjerde gallery’s new London home in 2021. Ostrer’s work analyses sexuality and the body in society, through a focus on biopolitics. His repeated patterns and cartoon-like figures, made from various found objects, act as commentaries on late capitalism and rampant over-consumption. From a psychological viewpoint, Ostrer is interested in probing the limits of self-help and wellness ideology, positioning himself as both the therapist and the client. His interest in transgressive behaviours and examining our own place in the contemporary food-chain forms a crucial aspect of his practice.