September 20 – October 26 2013,
Cruise&Callas, Alexandrinenstraße 1, 10969 Berlin
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Interview with Sibylla Dumke, artist: Sibylla Dumke.
Sibylla Dumke is showing for the third time in the gallery Cruise&Callas. For some time now her work has been quite intuitive having been inspired by the fragments of nature and products of civilization. At the current solo show she installed a scenario where the opposing elements are combined together. Collected branches are tinted by Japan Ink. Consequently, her objects are captured and held together by black colour.
The artist’s ‚Mumifying’ has several layers of meaning which are possible to interpret in different ways. The visual closeness of signification refers to the communication aspects oft he work. The objects composed in this way are signs; a language. Every objects bears a message: they were extracted from the process of returning from their real life function to deadly elements of nature. The branches were constructed as holders for leaves and those for production of air. A broken sole attracts our attention to the object in the dark. Nowadays these objects exist in our environment without a signification and function. Yet, in the constellation arranged in this way, the viewer is able to find a strong identification within himself when in a split second defines his own position in the society.
Ikono On Air Festival,
06 – 29 September 2013,
Kjosk, Cuvrystrasse 2-3, Berlin
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Interview with Elizabeth Markevitch, founder of Ikono.
At the occasion of the Ikono On Air Festival I talked to the founder and director of the TV station Ikono Elizabeth Markevitch. We met in the double decker in the courtyard of Artitude / SRS Berlin in Kreuzberg. Read More
Wake Up! To be Better!
13 June 13 – 10 July 2013
Kleine Humboldt Galerie
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin
Interview with: Meta Marina Beeck, curator; artists: Larissa Fassler, Giulia Giannola, Gesa Glück, Ce Jian, Fan Jian, Folke Köbberling und Martin Kaltwasser, Eva Kotatkova, Mathieu Schmitt, Kateřina Šedá, Hito Steyerl and Ma Qiusha.
The exhibition Wake Up! To be Better! at Kleine Humboldt Galerie shows works of art dealing with the conflict between hope, personal freedom and economic goals. The multifaceted and complex works of art give testimony to the topicality of optimization in today`s global society. Its effects are examined in terms of self-discipline, technical achievements and the tendencies of urban development in modern cities. The failure of these attempts produces new knowledge and opens fresh perspectives that will perhaps lead to higher quality of life. Is the propagated improvement truly an achievement?
In his book Society of Tiredness, the Berlin-based philosopher Byung-Chul Han mentions the collective exhaustion caused by global hyperactivity. Han predicts quite convincingly that this tiredness will increase in the future – if we fail to wake up.
Eagle African Share (Adler Afrika Aktie)
21–23 June 2013
Adalbertstraße 20, Berlin
Interview with Philip Metz; artist: Philip Metz; curated by Martin Kwade.
Eagle African Share (Adler Afrika Aktie) is a project by artist Philip Metz. The project ironically explores the entanglements in German-African history and concurrently, it is an investigation into new approaches to financing art projects.
While Germany has hardly come to terms with its colonial past, this still ignored and concealed part of history is yet a story of great impact, not only on the colonized, but also on the colonizing, with a fundamental impact of our understanding of “center” and “periphery”. The art project Eagle African explores this part of German history using photographs and video-installations, mostly shot in Ghana.
The creation of a “share” to support the project was inspired by the artist’s discovery that the Brandenburgisch-Afrikanische Compagnie (1682-1711), which was active in the triangular trade with bases in West Africa (f.e. in Groß-Friedrichsburg) and the Caribbean, is thought to have been the first German joint stock cooperation.
Gasium et Circenses; May 15 – May 25, 2013; REH Kunst, Kopenhagener Strasse 17, 10437 Berlin
Interview with Gergely László; artist: Katarina Šević and Tehnica Schweiz (Gergely László & Péter Rákosi); curated by Hajnal Németh, Valeska Hageney.
The first part of the double-exhibition Gasium et Circenses is a complex art project that will be realized in various media simultaneously. The focus of the performance is an abandoned open stage in Budapest and its surroundings that have become the stage for the peripheries’ history. In the ancient times it was a colony in the northern parts of the country, the hidden corners of the Roman Empire in a way.