Spacial, Visual & Iconic

Berlin Artweek 2017: Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann at Galerie Noah Klink, Sarah Ancelle Schönfeld and Reto Pulfer at Bärenzwinger & «Festival of Future Nows 2017 → ∞» by Olafur Eliasson

Here are three carefully selected picks from this week’s Berlin Artweek 2017. By chance all of them include plants, refer to organisms and exhibit nature somehow – other connections surely can be found.
Always remember: «The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness» as John Muir put it.

Berlin Artweek 2017 is in full swing and Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann from Hamburg presents his exhibition «Dr. Perversi» at the recently opened Galerie Noah Klink until 10th of October 2017.
Frohne-Brinkmann who won the New-Positions-Prize of the artfair Art Cologne in 2016 presents an environment which cites waiting rooms of doctor’s offices. He refers to the furniture, the plants and the art usually found in these places of transit. On the wall he hang drawings modeled after the ones which are applied to patient’s bodies before plastic surgery and on the shelves he arranged sculptures of carnivorous plants made from clay. (I already mentioned before that clay is heavily trending again.) ⠀
The almost symmetric drawings bring to mind the images of the notorious and controversial Rorschach test used in psychological treatments which tries to analyze the patient through his or her perception of given inkblots images which are a priori without any given message. ⠀
While the Rorschach test is used to examine a person’s psyche, working with clay is also used a form of therapy. It is said that this non-verbal and playfull method has a balancing effect and strengthens the self-confidence and autonomy through the expression of feelings. ⠀
Frohne-Brinkmann combines the targeted perfection of optional beauty surgeries with the decay of the carnivorous plants to comment in a nonchalant way on the phase of a young artist in which he works constantly on his inner and outer personality while waiting until he gets called up, because the «artworld will see him now» – and one way or another gets swallowed up by it. •

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Performative, Sound & Vision

Achievements & Activities & Berlin & Coexistence & Dance & Performance

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Berlin has a vivid scene of performing and dancing artists who work in various forms and at diverse places – here are just two of many projects established in the city. Local artists and institutions working in these fields need a proper and reliable support and not just promises – but of course it must not come along with the destruction of other successful and popular venues in the city. 

These are photos of the artist Stella Geppert and dancers inside her work «Hieroglyph Ceiling» from 2015/2016. This year she developed a performative artwork with the title «10 Scores for a Sculpture» based on it which will have its world premiere at 30th of August 2017 in the exhibition space of Haus am Lützowplatz which is the oldest art society of Berlin. These photos are from the final rehearsals earlier this week. ⠀
Stella Geppert’s work has ever since been a practice which connects performative concepts with installations and drawings. It is therefore consequent that she takes her work to the next level now and researches about spatial phenomena through the communicative and social behaviour of the human body to make collective action visible. ⠀
For «10 Scores for a Sculpture» all dancers wear a special sort of head antennae which constists of pipes attached to their heads and have a piece of charcoal at their end. With the help of these tactile sort of «communication organs» and body-expanding dance prostheses the team members explore the limitations of the physical «white space» and the given framework which both form the environment for the whole setting. So the description «framework» for her sculpture which is built as a walk-in space is taken literally in this performance. ⠀
Through these actions the word «score» unfolds its double meaning: It signifies the trace the bodies leave via the transmitting coal on the white wall and the subtle sounds emitted during the performance which refer to the acustic potential of the word, as scores are used as a way of musical notations. ⠀
As the movements are improvised we can be curious which data excactly will be collected in this unique form of human media art at its first official release by her and the accompanying professional dancers Jan Burkhardt, Lukas Geschwind, Kathleen Heil, Michelle Lui and Hilla Steinert. •

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Performative, Spacial, Visual & Iconic

A Glimpse Inside The Exhibition Of documenta 14

Let’s focus on the 14th edition of documenta which is still on display in Kassel until September 2017.

The artwork «Ardoises magiques, Magie» by Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers (1924 - 1976) shown at Neue Galerie

The artwork «Ardoises magiques, Magie» by Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers (1924 – 1976) shown at Neue Galerie

This is the work «Ardoises magiques, Magie» by Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers (1924 – 1976) shown at Neue Galerie. It consists of a publication with the title «Magie» and an old fashioned magna doodle or etch-a-sketch as the title puts it already with his initials. ⠀
Sigmund Freud already described the second part in his essay about the «Wunderblock» (German for etch-a-sketch or magna doodle): With the «Wunderblock» a pen leaves traces which can be easily erased over and over by lifting the upper paper from the ground plate. Although the writings or drawings made on it are always erased on the surface trough the covering paper. Nevertheless on the main board small, almost invisible marks remain. These marks Freud was interested in when he compared this special device to a human mind which is confronted with a bunch of information which stays primarily unnoticed or unconscious, but are important for the subliminal in that what follows. ⠀
When Broodthears puts this tool next to a journal with the title «Magie» – notably in German – he may refer to this essay of Sigmund Freud, which reveals that there is not so much pure magic in our subconscious as we might think. ⠀
Or the other way round, connected to «Art et Politique» also mentioned on the journal: That magic is not only at work in art, but also in politics – even more if it is denied and presented as pure logic and a form of cybernetic systems theory. And that politics leave its marks for longer that we might think, even if it turned out wrong and got erased on the surface. •

A still of the six-channel video installation «Realism» from 2017 by Polish artist Artur Żmijewski (*1966) shown as part the 14th edition of documenta at Neue Neue Galerie (Neue Hauptpost) in Kassel

A still of the six-channel video installation «Realism» from 2017 by Polish artist Artur Żmijewski (*1966) shown as part the 14th edition of documenta at Neue Neue Galerie (Neue Hauptpost) in Kassel

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Archeological & Archival, Spacial

A walk in the Park on the Ilm in Weimar retracing classical Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the modernist Bauhaus

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In Weimar’s valley of the river Ilm a park was created in the style of an English garden between 1778 and 1830. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was initially involved in its creation, but withdraw from its further development. ⠀
The Park on the Ilm is part of the World Heritage Site «Classical Weimar» and features some architectural treasures on its margins.

Already in 1776 duke Carl August had invited von Goethe to Weimar and gave the poet a country house with a garden in the valley as a gift, because he wanted him to stay. Another reason for the gift was, that for the polical functions he was proposed for, the citizenship and property of land were required. So on 21st of April 1776 the house and the property was handed over to J. W. von Goethe and repair work and equipment started soon after. ⠀
The interior was intended to be without ornaments and excuberance – simple and in beautiful forms. We will see this principle recur later in another building near the park. ⠀
Goethe lived in this country house until he moved into the city in 1872. ⠀
During his period in the house he created everlasting poetry like the poem «To the moon» which is also on display in the house, handwritten by the poet himself. Goethe also swam in the river Ilm by night in the moonlight – which was quite unusual in his times, even by day. The main rooms of the house are up to now not yet electrified and give quite a good impression how it was to live there. ⠀
The sculpture «Altar of Agathé Tyché» which is a bowl resting on a cube is said to be one of the first abstract sculptures in Germany. It combines of the stability of the cube with the unsteadiness of the globe. Tyché is the Greek goddess of destiny, agathé is Greek for good – so it’s a symbol for good fortune and therefore also called «Stone of the good luck». •

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The artwork «Untitled» («Nu Descendant Un Escalier») from the year 2004 - 06 by Bethan Huws (*1961) from Great Britain in the exhibition «Art and alphabet» at Hamburger Kunsthalle | Photo: Norbert Bayer
Linguistic, Typo & Image

«Art and Alphabet» at Hamburger Kunsthalle presents the ❤️ of artists for type, lettertype, words and language

Hamburger Kunsthalle just opened a big groupshow under the title «Art and Alphabet» – a perfect match for a blog with the title «Parole, parole, parole…»! Although I’m presenting more images than texts in the last time, but that might hopefully change again soon. 

The artwork «Abetare» from the year 2015 by Petrit Halilaj (*1986) in the exhibition «Art and alphabet» at Hamburger Kunsthalle | Photo: Norbert Bayer

The artwork «Abetare» from the year 2015 by Petrit Halilaj (*1986) in the exhibition «Art and alphabet» at Hamburger Kunsthalle

Here we see the work «Abetare» from the year 2015 by Petrit Halilaj (*1986) who comes from Kosovo. Petrit Halilaj uses the cute design of his old school book with its playful illustrations to turn them into a wallpaper installation. This book uses the traditional way of teaching the alphabet by connecting each letter with a word and a drawing. Petrit Halilaj learned the Albanian language with this book like all of the other children in the 1990ies – at a time when the suppression of the Albanian population through the Serbian government was at its peak.
So the winsome pictures tell also a different and hidden story about the process of inheriting a language and of transfering it together with its certain cultural knowledge to form single stories into a history. •

«Corner Exclamation» by Richard Artschwager (1923 - 2013) in the big groupshow at Hamburger Kunsthalle with the title «Art and Alphabet» | Photo: Norbert Bayer

«Corner Exclamation» by Richard Artschwager (1923 – 2013) in the big groupshow at Hamburger Kunsthalle with the title «Art and Alphabet»

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A modified version of the notorious logo of «Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz» on a flag outside a house oppsite of the Volksbühne | Photo: Norbert Bayer
Linguistic, Performative

Volksbühne in Berlin: No consensus – but bonus material galore

After 25 years director Frank Castorf has to stop working at Berlin theatre «Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz» — more than a pardigm shift, but a warning to all of us and especially our politicians

Frank Castorf had to leave the Berlin theatre «Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz» as head of directors in the summer of 2017 after 25 years of successfully changing the aesthetics of postmodern theatre — and he and his team of directors and actors left after a fulminating season. For example Castorf himself directed a seven our long version of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s «Faust», were he integrated also questions of colonialism and Paul Celans «Todesfuge» among several other debates and sources.

Frank Castorf (* 1951 in Ost-Berlin) of Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz applaudes to his team to make it come back on stage after the last performance of his adaption of «Baumeister Sollness» by Henrik Ibsen, 1st of July 2017. | Photo: Norbert Bayer

Frank Castorf (* 1951 in Ost-Berlin) of Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz applaudes to his team to make it come back on stage after the last performance of his adaption of «Baumeister Sollness» by Henrik Ibsen, 1st of July 2017. | Photo: Norbert Bayer

On the photo above he stands under a flag with the so-called «Räuberrad» created by Bert Neumann (1960–2015) for the drama «Die Räuber» by Friedrich Schiller in 1992 which later turned into a logo for Volksbühne. It also stood as a sculpture in front of the theatre since end of June 2017, before it was taken away to make clear that the times there will have definitely changed when the new director will start working. The sculpture was taken on tour to the theatre festival in Avignon where the company played its very last shows early July 2017. It is planed to bring it back and then it has to be decided where it will be displayed. ⠀

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Gallery Weekend Berlin 2017: Adam Pendleton, Donna Huanca, Luigi Presicce, Helga Paris, Jeongmoon Choi & Stefan Panhans

A selection of artists and their work shown at galleries, off-spaces, showrooms, municipal galleries and private collections in Berlin.
Most of them will be on display for longer – check them out!

Italian artist Luigi Presicce is exhibiting in Berlin at M+Project which organized the exhibition «Nostalgia del Futuro» with the Italian artist who is shortlisted for the Premio Anna Morettini this year. ⠀

Italian artist Luigi Presicce is exhibiting in Berlin at M+Project which organized the exhibition «Nostalgia del Futuro» with the Italian artist who is shortlisted for the Premio Anna Morettini this year. ⠀

Italian artist Luigi Presicce is finally exhibiting in Berlin for the first time, because luckily M+Project organized the exhibition «Nostalgia del Futuro» with the Italian artist who is shortlisted for the Premio Anna Morettini this year. ⠀
Although working in performance art, he dates his initiation to become an artist back to his time as teenager when he got in contact with the large-sized paintings by American artist Julian Schnabel. ⠀
The son of a fisherman was born near Lecce in southern Italy and started with a series of self-portraits on sheets which evokes a certain religious reference: The Veil of Veronica, which became a central icon in the Western Church. ⠀
But it must be clearly stressed that Presicce rejects every religious dogma, even when he integrates religious elements in his works to form a hybrid symbolism that deals with various iconographic and iconologic references and as a consequence creates his own individual mythology. ⠀
The mix of performance and pictoriality was the significance of his work ever since his first works and actually his art can be seen as a form of media art – in a literal sense that it tries to preserve the special quality of intermediality and stimulate comunication between different spheres which can’t be clearly devided by general logic. This combination is defined by «tacit knowledge» and its connected skills, ideas and experiences – like sailing does require it or like it is embodied in artistic performances. ⠀
Also modernist movements incorporated this special, sometimes «magic» wisdom – a part of the history of modernism which is mostly ignored, but to a greater extent inspiring generations of artists. ⠀
They work in this special tradition and never forget about the utopian qualities of historic and tacit wisdom – the way Luigi Presicce incorporates it is just striking. •

Stefan Panhans and Andrea Winkler set up an exhibition under the title «A Gallerina's Dream (Arbeitstitel)» at Galerie im Turm.

Stefan Panhans and Andrea Winkler set up an exhibition under the title «A Gallerina’s Dream (Arbeitstitel)» at Galerie im Turm.

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Life in Franconia as seen through a window of Kunstpalais Erlangen which shows an exhibition by Juergen Teller | Photo: Norbert Bayer
Archeological & Archival, Photography, Visual & Iconic

Enjoy your life, Juergen Teller & Franconia!

Juergen Teller, who opens a show in April at Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, was born in Erlangen where he has an exhibition at Kunstpalais Erlangen which is still on display there. 

It’s an intimate show dedicated to his mother Irene, his family and friends and the area he comes from: Franconia. The exhibition is defined by a simple set-up which underlines the private and easy-going approach of both the artworks and the show. It touches on all the different fields Juergen Teller works in: Fashion photography, personal portraits, conceptual works and the mise-en-scène of stars.

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Metanoiasophie | Documenta Diary #3

Zeltskulptur von Rebecca Belmores auf dem Filoppou-Hügel in Athen

Zeltskulptur von Rebecca Belmores auf dem Filoppou-Hügel in Athen

Der erste Tag der documenta-14-Preview beginnt mit dem Aufstieg auf den Filoppou-Hügel. Neben dem Monument des Filoppou, das den Musen geweiht ist, hat die Künstlerin Rebecca Belmores eine Zeltskulptur aufgestellt, in dem man sitzen, sich entspannen und auf die Acropolis schauen kann.
Das Zelt schaut wie aus Marmor aus, aber es ist stattdesssen aus Metal und angemalt. Es zu finden gleicht einem performativen Akt und es scheint nur möglich, es mit Schwarmintelligenz, weil es noch an detailierter Information fehlt, wie man genau hinkommt. Jemand hat davon gehört, eine andere trägt es in die Karte ein und andere rennen vor und zurück, um es endlich in der Mittagssonne zu finden. Es kostet keinen Eintritt und es gibt auch sonst keine Beschränkungen – ein wahrlich demokratisches Kunstwerk, offen für alle und jeden. Eine weitverbreitete Kunstzeitschrift wird es später zu dem signifikanten Kunstwerk der documenta 14 wählen.

Kunststoffblumen vor «The Breeder Gallery», in welche sich später eine Peaches-Darstellerin werfen wird.

Kunststoffblumen vor «The Breeder Gallery», in welche sich später eine Peaches-Darstellerin werfen wird.

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