ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/show en-us 40 Pablo Larios - Tanya Leighton Gallery - July 26th - August 5th <p>To think alone is to think poorly. Philosophy begins with the dialogue: it was through conversations that Plato (and his millions of readers) came to understand the world. Before long, though, philosophy became a succession of monologues. Still, good philosophy has arisen mostly from conversations: Marx and Engels, Horkheimer and Adorno, Deleuze and Guattari. In Greek, dialogos means 'conversation' and refers to logos - reason, language - that doesn't make itself absolute and instead is the outcome of discussion. The result: thinking and speaking 'live'.<br /><br />In the best cases, interviews are conversations. The old-fashioned understanding that an interviewer is ignorant and the interviewee full of knowledge has resulted in interviews that are stiff, boring documents of one-way communication. For Tom Kummer, that's never the case. Kummer doesn't do interviews with people - he speaks to them, which is both easier and more difficult. Easier because it breaks up the unnaturalness of the situation - a situation where one person is repeatedly challenged while having to smile back at another. A situation where the journalist can always retreat to the position of asker: elegant, sitting on an armchair, his microphone as weapon, the legitimating power of the media behind him. But harder, too, because when the questioner becomes an equal conversation partner, he also waives his right to those privileges. Such a journalist doesn't hide himself behind his questioning, but rather brings himself completely into the conversation. This is the genesis of dialogues and - more important still - good texts.<br />&nbsp;<br />To speak with celebrities, for the most part, is to speak with people who have given thousands of interviews. People for whom the transfer of information has become routine and who, just like journalists, have resigned themselves to their roles. These people are surprised when met with a conversation partner and not an interlocutor. They are surprised and threatened at the same time.<br />&nbsp;<br />A celebrity who speaks with Tom Kummer learns - and as you can see, it's also fun for many of them. From Pamela Anderson to Johnny Lydon, from Sharon Stone to Quentin Tarantino.<br />&nbsp;<br />Anyone familiar with the meticulous nature of the preparation done by Kummer before each interview knows that these dialogues are hard work. They begin with a scrupulous accumulation of knowledge, rising to the highest concentration during the interview, ending with stylistic honing while transcribing the tapes. These texts are created by means of a double tongue: the converser's as well as Kummer's own. Only those who take seriously the language of the other and try as authentically as possible to capture it can understand what dialogues are: texts with two authors.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:28:26 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list Xavier Stentz - DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM - July 24th - September 13th <p>Scroll Down for English</p> <p>Lars Dittrich und Andr&eacute; Schlechtriem freuen sich die erste Einzelausstellung &bdquo;First Works&ldquo; von&nbsp;<em>Fresh White</em>&nbsp;zu pr&auml;sentieren.&nbsp;<em>Fresh White</em>&nbsp;ist ein fiktives Unternehmen, das sich zur Aufgabe macht das ber&uuml;hmte<em>HOLLYWOOD</em>&nbsp;<em>Sign</em>&nbsp;und alle Reproduktionen dieser Abbildung frisch wei&szlig; zu streichen. Daraus ergibt sich eine au&szlig;erordentliche archivarisch-forschende und k&uuml;nstlerische T&auml;tigkeit der Firma&nbsp;<em>Fresh White</em>, die uns die ikonografische und pop-kulturelle Tragweite der Idee&nbsp;<em>HOLLYWOOD</em>&nbsp;vor Augen f&uuml;hrt.</p> <p>Die ersten drei Stufen des fortlaufenden Projekts werden dabei in der aktuellen Ausstellung in ihrer konstitutiven und diskursiven Genese einander gegen&uuml;bergestellt. Die erste Stufe zeigt ein fundamentales Archiv des mit wei&szlig;er &Ouml;lfarbe &uuml;bermalten&nbsp;<em>HOLLYWOOD</em>&nbsp;<em>Signs</em>&nbsp;auf allerlei Objekten, wie Postkarten, Werbefl&auml;chen, Plattencovern und Filmplakaten. Diese gro&szlig;e Dokumentsammlung historisiert und illustriert die Interaktionen und Korrelationen des Zeichens&nbsp;<em>HOLLYWOOD</em>&nbsp;mit unserer Gesellschaft, sowie untersucht die Genese des Ph&auml;nomens amerikanischer pop-kultureller Ikonografie. Der zweite Teil des Projektes wiederum zeigt drei mit Spr&uuml;hfarbe bemalte wei&szlig;e Wellbleche &ndash; das Material des&nbsp;<em>HOLLYWOOD</em>&nbsp;<em>Signs</em>. Der in der ersten Stufe archivarisch veranschaulichte Schriftzug, wird hier von seiner starken semiotischen Pr&auml;gung auf ein rein minimalistisches Objekt dekonstruiert und bietet auch in dieser Verbindung viele Interpretationsm&ouml;glichkeiten. Fresh Whites dritter Strang zeigt ein Foto des Zeichens&nbsp;<em>HOLYWOOD</em>&nbsp;auf der Spitze eines Berges bei dem serbischen Dorf Mutanj. Die variierte Mimesis, die den amerikanischen Film-Geist auf Serbien reproduzieren soll, aber ein&nbsp;<em>L</em>&nbsp;weniger hat, wird von dem Unternehmen in kommender Zeit in wei&szlig;er &Ouml;lfarbe erneuert werden. Die Reise wird fortgesetzt und zwar nach Los Angeles zu der &Uuml;bermalung des Urbilds.</p> <p>Hinter&nbsp;<em>Fresh White</em>&nbsp;steht der K&uuml;nstler Xavier Stentz. Er wurde 1983 in Frankreich geboren und lebt und arbeitet seit 2006 in Berlin. Stentz ist Absolvent der &Eacute;cole Nationale Sup&eacute;rieure d&rsquo;Art de Bourges. Danach schloss er ein weiterf&uuml;hrendes Studium an der &Eacute;cole Nationale Sup&eacute;rieure d&rsquo;Art de Lyon ab. Unter seinem b&uuml;rgerlichen Namen stellte er bereits bei zahlreichen internationalen Gruppen- und Einzelausstellungen aus.</p> <p>&mdash;&mdash;&mdash;&mdash;&mdash;&mdash;&mdash;&mdash;&mdash;&mdash;&mdash;</p> <div> <p>Lars Dittrich and Andr&eacute; Schlechtriem are pleased to present the solo-exhibition &ldquo;First Works&rdquo; of&nbsp;<em>Fresh White</em>.<em>Fresh White</em>&nbsp;is a fictive corporation that aims to repaint the&nbsp;<em>HOLLYWOOD</em>&nbsp;sign and all its multiplied visual reproductions. Hence, this project results in an exceptional archive and research practice by&nbsp;<em>Fresh White</em>, illustrating the iconographic and pop cultural significance of the concept&nbsp;<em>HOLLYWOOD</em>.</p> <p>Therefore, the exhibition features the first three steps of the ongoing project, which will be contrasted in their constitutive and discursive formation. The first strand shows a fundamental archive of the&nbsp;<em>HOLLYWOOD</em>&nbsp;sign each painted over with white oil paint on a variety of objects like postcards, advertisements, album covers and movie posters. The large body of documents historicizes and illustrates the interactions and correlations of the sign&nbsp;<em>HOLLYWOOD</em>&nbsp;within society, scrutinizing the formation of the phenomenon of American pop-cultural iconography. The second part of the project exposes three corrugated steel sheets &ndash; the material of the<em>HOLLYWOOD</em>&nbsp;sign, each spray-painted in white. The archival exemplification of the lettering as a strong semiotic object is here deconstructed to a pure minimalist object, however still enabling many potential interpretations in this connection.&nbsp;<em>Fresh White</em>&rsquo;s third strand shows a photograph of the sign&nbsp;<em>HOLYWOOD</em>&nbsp;on top of a mountain near the Serbian village Mutanj. The varied mimesis, which intends to reproduce the American movie-spirit on Serbia and misses one&nbsp;<em>L</em>, will be repainted in white in the near future by the corporation. The journey will continue, heading towards the repainting of the archetype sign in Los Angeles.</p> <p>The artist behind&nbsp;<em>Fresh White&nbsp;</em>is Xavier Stentz, who was born in France in 1983 and lives and works in Berlin since 2006. Stentz graduated from the &Eacute;cole&nbsp;Nationale Sup&eacute;rieure d&rsquo;Art de Bourges and completed the post-graduate program at the &Eacute;cole Nationale Sup&eacute;rieure d&rsquo;Art de Lyon in 2012. He previously exhibited in various international solo and group shows under his real name.</p> </div> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:48:26 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list Christopher Danowski - Mila Kunstgalerie - August 14th 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM <p>"The video installation is comprised of three different moments of a live performance, where the actors are in a trance. At the center is a video of the performance itself (a play performed in a living room, where romeo and juliet are living in the world of the dead). On one periphery, there are performers commenting on video about acting in a state of trance. At the other periphery, I am commenting as a fake theorist about the importance of theory in performance. The videos interrupt each other, so that the archive of the performance becomes the center of the performance, and the live performance becomes peripheral. My live performances add another layer of intervention." (Christopher Danowski)</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:26:05 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list aleks slota - Mila Kunstgalerie - August 9th 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM <p>"How do bodies react to love and nurturing, how do they react to violence and pain? &nbsp;How do I sublimate the violence I want to inflict? What is the toll on my body and mind? &nbsp;&ldquo;Denial&rdquo; is a performance of real violence." (Aleks Slota)</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:21:14 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list Christopher Danowski - Mila Kunstgalerie - August 9th 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM <p>"The video installation is comprised of three different moments of a live performance, where the actors are in a trance. At the center is a video of the performance itself (a play performed in a living room, where romeo and juliet are living in the world of the dead). On one periphery, there are performers commenting on video about acting in a state of trance. At the other periphery, I am commenting as a fake theorist about the importance of theory in performance. The videos interrupt each other, so that the archive of the performance becomes the center of the performance, and the live performance becomes peripheral. My live performances add another layer of intervention." (Christopher Danowski)</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:13:50 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list Ato Malinda - Mila Kunstgalerie - August 2nd 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM <p>"Mshoga Mpya, or the New Homosexual (2014), is intimate on two levels. First, the performance can be experienced by only one person at a time. The single audience member comes face-to-face with the artist in an enclosed cubicle. Second, during the performance, Malinda becomes a vessel through which lived experiences of queer individuals are encountered by the one-person audience. (Mshoga Mpya, or the New Homosexual (2014), is intimate on two levels. First, the performance can be experienced by only one person at a time. The single audience member comes face-to-face with the artist in an enclosed cubicle. Second, during the performance, Malinda becomes a vessel through which lived experiences of queer individuals are encountered by the one-person audience." (Ato Malinda)</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:09:53 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list Steven Evans - Mila Kunstgalerie - July 27th 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM <p>"Tangential to my ongoing practice based research I propose to examine the idea of memory as medium or mode of presentation for conceptual works of art. To explore what shape or form could mean to the possessor of a memory (i.e. the artist or the audience) when tempted by &ldquo;experience&rdquo; as catalyst designed to elicit recollection." (Steven Evans)</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:55:52 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list Martin Budny, James Charlton, Christopher Danowski, Lisa Osborn, Laurel Terlesky, aleks slota - Mila Kunstgalerie - August 9th - August 15th <p>Intermezzo #3 presents guest artists from the international Transart collective and Berlin-based artist Aleks Slota, bringing together works of a more experimental character which engage with questions about perception and cognition. The human body and its interaction with the surrounding world are the tie between the works.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:43:53 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list Ato Malinda, Rachelle Viader Knowles, Caroline Künzle, Dyllan Nguyen, Gurpreet Sehra, Nethery Wylie, Joachim Seinfeld - Mila Kunstgalerie - August 2nd - August 8th <p>Intermezzo #2 is the second exhibition from a series of three shows presenting works by guest artists from the international Transart collective and Berlin-based&nbsp;Joachim Seinfeld. This presents a selection from the works of artists with a strong social historical impact. While some of the works are based on found materials, others take the human language, the dialog as origin to raise questions about memory, identity and origins.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:29:06 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list Sylvia Adamcik, Steven Evans, Gabriela Gusmão, Julia Hyde, Christopher Huck, Alexandra Wolframm - Mila Kunstgalerie - July 27th - August 1st <p>Intermezzo #1 is the first exhibition from a series of three shows presenting works by guest artists from the international Transart collective and Berlin-based Alexandra Wolframm. The show brings together works by six&nbsp;artists whose major theme is nature. Working in different media the recurrent questions are those of metamorphosis, due to natural cycles as well as human interaction.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:20:04 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list Jennifer Danos, Ben Dessard - Mila Kunstgalerie - July 18th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <div> <div>Please join us on Friday, July 18 at 18:00 for a short lecture over the nature of the mind, followed by a guided meditation (in English). Ben Dessard is a yoga teacher who has been practicing meditation for over 4 years. &nbsp;He will present the yogic way to train the mind in order to find inner peace and lasting happiness. A guided meditation will follow for you to personally experience the power of a focused mind. We will conclude with an open discussion.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This event is in conjunction with the current installation at Mila,&nbsp;"The Way is not in the Sky"&nbsp;by Jennifer Danos. The labyrinth series explores ideas of time, practice and repetition as it connects her situation-based artistic practice to her personal meditation practice by inviting the viewer to focus on the present moment. Jennifer will also be available to answer questions about the work.</div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:41:50 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ber/Events/list