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20140707031009-deimantas_narcevicius_01 Everything is Near: Culture Softens Violence in Manifesta 10   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Pavel Arseniev, Kathrin Becker, Anna Bitkina, Pavel Braila, Lado Darakhvelidze, Ekaterina Degot, Gluklya, Alevtina Kakhidze, Ragnar Kjartansson, Ilya Orlov and Natasha Kraevskaya, Deimantas Narkevicius, Emily Newman, Kristina Norman, Alexandra Pirici, Jonathan Platt, Rimini Protokoll, Aaron Schuster, Slavs and Tatars, Anna Baumgart and Andrzej Turowski, Mierle Laderman Ukeles at State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (General Staff building) June 28th - October 31st
Posted 7/7/14

The Cossacks are an East Slavic ethnic group who have long retained independence from the Russian territorial zone. They exist in Crimea, Ukraine, South Caucasus, and even China. Brutally persecuted in Soviet Russia, Cossacks have now reassumed their legitimacy in the Russian national identity, building on their previous historical role as paid militia for the Russian Empire. A 2005 law reinstated this role under Putin and it has been ascertained that Cossack paramilitary activities in East Ukraine and Crimea constitute a form o... [more]

Untitled: Agatha Gothe-Snape on the threshold of the 8th Berlin Biennale  
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5/25/14

Berlin, May 2014: An artist rejects the visual to provide words for a Biennale without a title. Since January this year, Melbourne-based artist Agatha Gothe-Snape has been stringing together compositions of words. Her enigmatic phrases appear splayed across the splash page of the Berlin Biennale, placed where you would ordinarily expect to see a curatorial concept. No explanation provided. Title: Untitled. {EVERYTHING HAS TWO HANDLES} was my first hit. Yours might be something else. {ACCRUE! ACCRUE!} or {OCEANIC FEELING}... [more]

20140411061423-tower7 Withdrawal Symptoms: Public Space, Capital, and Boycotting the Biennales   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Alice Creischer, Oliver Marchart, Simon Sheikh, Sarah Vanhee, Joanna Warsza at HAU Hebbel am Ufer April 4th 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Posted 4/11/14

On Friday, April 4th, a conversation about Art in the Public Sphere was held at HAU, Berlin, between Alice Creischer, Oliver Marchart, Simon Sheikh, Sarah Vanhee, and Joanna Warsza, moderated by Helmut Draxler. The evening was a part of HAU's Phantasm and Politics series, and discussion revolved around the upcoming Manifesta in St Petersburg. Afterwards, we had our own conversation. RICHARD PETTIFER: Having to pay €8 for a discussion about public space is the perfect ironic summary of what was discussed on stage. Increasingly, what is “public&... [more]

20140319153955-04_harun_farocki_3dead AGITPROP: Harun Farocki's Serious Games   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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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]

20140224061152-picture-_twitter__transfield__boycotttransfield__19bos__refugees_source-_twitter Artists and Gentrification: Don't Let Action Dissolve into Discourse   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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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]

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