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20140402170522-richter_01_ghosts Were the Dadaists Time Travellers? and other questions I’d like to ask Hans Richter   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Hans Richter at Martin-Gropius-Bau March 27th - June 30th
Posted 4/2/14

The movie camera – that bastard son of a thousand alchemists, illusionists, inventors, and old showmen – could have been purpose built for the Dadaists and the Surrealists. If it had slipped into obscurity or been written off as gimmick after they had made use of it, its journey into existence could have been said to be worthwhile. It's as if their paths were always destined to cross. In the Hans Richter show Encounters – "From Dada till today" at Martin-Gropius-Bau you can se... [more]

20140319153955-04_harun_farocki_3dead AGITPROP: Harun Farocki's Serious Games   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Harun Farocki at Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart February 6th - January 18th, 2015
Posted 3/19/14

In a darkened, hermetic wing of the Hamburger Bahnhof, images are being instrumentalized: software put to use by the U.S. Army to train ground troops in Afghanistan is recycled to de-traumatize those very same soldiers returning as veterans. Presenting this unlikely process in his 2009-2010 series Serious Games, German video artist Harun Farocki reveals a reality incapable of reconciling with itself. Serious Games takes the form of four video cycles comprising three two-channel and one single-ch... [more]

20140305044210-kw_echtegefuehle_edatkins_simonmartin_courtesy_theartist Moving Image: Film’s Emotional Metalanguage at the KW   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Chantal Akerman, Ed Atkins, Sue de Beer, Harry Dodge, Loretta Fahrenholz, Christian Jankowski, Jesper Just, Stanya Kahn, Simon Martin, Peter Roehr, Roee Rosen, John Smith, Mark Wallinger at KW Institute for Contemporary Art February 23rd - April 27th
Posted 3/5/14

During an early investigation into the language of film it was Christian Metz who observed that “film is difficult to explain because it is so easy to understand.” According to Metz, in film—in contrast to written text or the spoken word—the distance between sign and meaning was too narrow to withstand established codes of semiotic analysis. That distance, whatever its breadth, is central to themes explored in the exhibition Real Emotions: Thinking in Film, currently at K... [more]

20140227041042-jwa_bad_director_s_chair_smb_2014_04 Candid Camera: John Waters and Bad Director’s Chair   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
John Waters at Sprüth Magers Berlin February 7th - April 12th
Posted 2/27/14

The man who heroicized contenders for the title “Filthiest Person Alive” in his 1972 underground classic Pink Flamingos might have smirked a knowing smirk had he watched the line of punters push, shove, queue jump, and bicker as they endured the bottlenecked Schlange that led into his current Berlin exhibition, Bad Director’s Chair, at Sprüth Magers. For John Waters, the push and shove of narcissistic, jealous rivalry was far filthier than any of The Filthiest People Aliv... [more]

20140224061152-picture-_twitter__transfield__boycotttransfield__19bos__refugees_source-_twitter Artists and Gentrification: Don't Let Action Dissolve into Discourse   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 2/24/14

Whether you’re “poor but sexy” in Berlin, or “rich but sexy” in Hamburg[1], creativity brings people together, attracts tourists, and keeps investor money flowing into the real estate market. How do artists, cultural producers and activists deal with their complicity in the production and marketing of the city? In the Berlin project space am Flutgraben 3, concerned members of Berlin's independent art scene recently met with their Hamburg counterparts to sit down and compare... [more]

20140220131517-eshetu_final1 Monument Man: Theo Eshetu’s The Return of the Axum Obelisk   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Theo Eshetu at daadgalerie February 1st - March 15th
Posted 2/20/14

Given the media’s recent fascination with the Cornelius Gurlitt case in Munich, and the blockbuster fanfare surrounding the premiere of George Clooney’s Monuments Men, the world seems abuzz with the thorny issue of repatriation. The daadgalerie in Berlin brings an interesting voice to this conversation with their presentation of Theo Eshetu’s 2009 work The Return of the Axum Obelisk, on view through March 15th. Eshetu’s video installation follows the 2005 repatriation of the Axum Ob... [more]

20140212141557-fritz_klemm View Finder: the world according to an artist’s photojournalist   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Barbara Klemm at Martin-Gropius-Bau November 16th, 2013 - March 9th
Posted 2/12/14

With cameras as commonplace as body parts, what constitutes photojournalism? How does one present images that now seem easily replicated in purpose, content, and style by the average citizen? That seems to be the question implicitly asked in Martin-Gropius-Bau’s retrospective Barbara Klemm: Photographs 1968–2013. Gathering fifty years in some three hundred photos – including political journalism, travel snapshots, scenic visions, and celebrity portraits – the exhibition clearly... [more]

20140209113338-l [VIDEO] Martin Dammann: Aus Dem Über Heraus / Kunstsaele Berlin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Martin Dammann at Kunstsaele January 25th - March 1st
Posted 2/9/14

In this report we focus on the work Schilderwälder (sign forests) from World War II by Martin Dammann exhibited at the Kunstsaele in Berlin. Six large-format banner prints are a precise selection from a total of 700 images, acquired by Martin Dammann from a militaria-trader for a private photo archive. We attend the opening reception of the exhibition Martin Dammann: Aus Dem Über Heraus, and Laura Jung (Manager of Kunstsaele Berlin) provides us with an introduction to the Kunstsaele... [more]

20140122105116-versuchsanlage The infinite potential of everything   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Roman Signer at Galerie Barbara Weiss December 14th, 2013 - February 15th
Posted 1/22/14

Berlin in January is a dark and cold place. There is no better time to stay indoors and look at some art. And even though some of the current exhibitions exacerbate the feeling of gloom by combining the Winter theme with a site-specific post-war historical touch, there are also a few that can counteract the melancholy. Topping the list of feel-good shows is the Roman Signer exhibition at Barbara Weiss. This show presents six new objects by the Swiss artist that transform the gallery into a place of... [more]

20140108082458-african_twin_towers Will be televised   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Christoph Schlingensief at KW Institute for Contemporary Art December 1st, 2013 - January 19th
Posted 1/8/14

King of schlock and shock, the late Christoph Schlingensief is widely considered one of the most eminent artists to emerge out of Germany in the last fifty years. Beginning as a filmmaker, he later incorporated theater, sculpture, installation, performance, and even literature into his practice before his untimely death at the age of fifty. Appropriating pop culture iconography for social activism, his democratic version of the post-Wagnerian Gesamtkunstwerk (total art) sought to integrate the publi... [more]

20131225141903-east_side_gallery Avoiding the Pomeranian Stampede: Berlin in Review   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 12/25/13

I can’t say I didn’t see this coming: the end of year review. I approach this time of year with a mix of dread and depressed resignation with our current mediascape. My Facebook feed currently includes such reflective gems as “The 40 Most Influential Poms of 2013” and “35 Most Important Texts of 2013.” (Spoiler alert: they’re neither important nor deserving of the title “text.” Also, “Poms” is short for “Pomeranians,” in case... [more]

20131211144950-b-nczech-13-0029 Authorial Checks and Balances   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Natalie Czech at Capitain Petzel November 23rd, 2013 - January 25th
Posted 12/11/13

Sign. Sensation. Meaning. The conveyance of subjective experience has always been, if not at the heart, then in the blood of art. I Cannot Repeat What I Hear, Natalie Czech’s new exhibition at Capitain Petzel is an eloquent experiment in mediation and interpretation coupling the conceit of synesthesia with her signature combination of text, collage, and photography. As the title suggests, the running theme questions an artist’s ability to convey her reception and interpretation of the w... [more]

20131127133303-daimler_ac_usa_003_300rgb Mashup alert! Daimler Contemporary goes contemporary   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Josef Albers, Jo Baer, Robert Barry, Karl Benjamin, Ilya Bolotowsky, Krysten Cunningham, Gene Davis, Adolf Richard Fleischmann, Andrea Fraser, Michelle Grabner, Marcia Hafif, Peter Halley, Frederick Hammersley, Michael Heizer, Al Held, Nic Hess, Alexander Liberman, Sylvan Lionni, John McLaughlin, Kenneth Noland, David Novros, Amish People, Robert Ryman, Tom Sachs, Oli Sihvonen, John Tremblay, Larry Zox at Daimler Chrysler Collection: Daimler Contemporary October 17th, 2013 - March 16th
Posted 11/27/13

Despite its prime Potsdamer Platz location in one of the busiest and most central areas of Berlin, the Daimler Collection remains a bit of a secret, brilliantly hidden in plain sight. To find it one must avoid getting sucked into the nearby shopping mall, multiplex theatre, or one of the uncountable restaurants. Look for Haus Huth, the only remaining historical building at Potsdamer Platz. A doorman will let you in. Take the elevator to the top and you’ll suddenly find yourself in a quiet s... [more]

Collector's Catalogue Vol. 5, Issue 2: The Return of the Zine   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 11/27/13

Bibliophilia in Technophobia, Pt. II: The Return of the Zine Mara Goldwyn on the new zine-makers of today Some years back an acquaintance who I guess is about eight years younger than I am (I’m thirty-seven now, so at the time I was probably thirty-two and she twenty-four), sent out an email telling people about her “zine.” In the text, she said something like, “don’t know what a zine is?” and then included a link to a Wikipedia article … on zi... [more]

20131126081712-expozine_2013_poster Bibliophilia in Technophobia, Pt. II: The Return of the Zine   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 11/26/13

Some years back an acquaintance who I guess is about eight years younger than I am (I’m thirty-seven now, so at the time I was probably thirty-two and she twenty-four), sent out an email telling people about her “zine.” In the text, she said something like, “don’t know what a zine is?” and then included a link to a Wikipedia article … on zines.[i] I smiled a bit haughtily; this somehow brought me back to my teens and early twenties, when I never quite... [more]

Collector's Catalogue Vol. 5, Issue 1: Bibliophilia in the Art World; Art Books and Your Career   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
Posted 11/20/13

Bibliophilia in Technophobia: A Dream Come True Mara Goldwyn on the recent resurgence in art- and self-publishing in the art world Let me tell you about a dream I had. It was a working-through, partially, of an 80’s era Twilight Zone I probably saw for the first time late at night on a television where there were still two knobs for UHF and VHF, re-ran on YouTube this past year. In the episode, words began to lose their meaning. The word “lunch,” for example, became “dinosaur,” and by the end of the day, there was s... [more]

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