Linguistic, Performative, Sound & Vision, Spacial

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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Absolut Art Apartment Berlin | Foto: Sebastian Reuter/Getty Images for Absolut Art
Interview, Spacial, Visual & Iconic

«I think the art market is fantastic.»

Nahema Mehta, CEO of Absolut Art, talks about Berlin, the art market – and shares some tips on how to start collecting art.

Norbert Bayer: Dear Nahema Mehta, how did you choose the artists for this exhibition of the Berlin edition of Absolut Art?
Nahema Mehta: In every city we go into we partner with local curators on the ground and work with them collaboratively to choose the artists that we think represent the city. In Berlin we partnerned with Francesca Gavin and Nadim Samman here.
What was different in Berlin than in other cities?
I love Berlin – there is an incredible balance between historical relevance and unconventional thinking – you can see that tension in all of these works. That for me is spectacular, and unique to Berlin – it’s what’s made Berlin not only an art-hub that the culturely curious always want to come back to – myself included.
When have you been to Berlin for the first time?
Oh my godness, when I was ten, eleven. I grew up in Belgium in Antwerp, so not so far away. I think when I had came to Berlin for the first time, it was even more raw, not so built out, but that spirit still exists.
We hope to cultivate it…
You do! You don’t hope, you accomplish!

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«Performance, Baby!» | Foto: Norbert Bayer
Performative

… oder performst du schon?

Ansprüche und Zwänge zeitgenössischer Performance

«Zeig uns, dass du es kannst!» – so lautet eine der immer wiederkehrenden affirmativen Aufforderungen Heidi Klums an ihre «Mädels», wie sie Teilnehmerinnen der von ihr moderierten Castingshow Germany’s Next Topmodel nennt. Deren mittlerweile achte Staffel konnte 2014 eine weitere Siegerin dem Firmenkonglomerat Klums zuführen, um diese zu vermarkten, wie es in der Managementsprache genannt wird, wenn mit Menschen und deren Images Geld verdient wird.[1]

In diesem und anderem ähnlichen, mechanisch wiederholtem Wortgeklingel Klums treten einige der grundlegenden Eigenschaften und Mechanismen zeitgenössischer per­formativer Kultur deutlich zu Tage: Das «Können», das «Zeigen» und als Folge davon das «Verkaufen». Nun könnte man einwenden, dass die Teilnehmerinnen von Germany’s Next Topmodel durchschnittliche Mädchen seien, die auf der Straße oder in offenen Bewerbungs­verfahren ausgewählt werden, und keine Darstellerinnen und deshalb die Parameter einer Performance im eigentlichen Sinne gar nicht angelegt werden könnten, weil sie demnach lediglich sie selbst seien und gar keine Rolle spielten. Dies ist jedoch mitnichten der Fall und erscheint gelinde gesagt sogar leicht naiv. Denn erstens erfolgt die Auswahl der Mädchen wie bei einer Inszenierung nach einem Rollenschema, bei dem darauf geachtet wird, dass verschiedene Charaktere wie «die Sportliche», «die Zickige», «die Unkomplizierte» jeweils ausgewogen besetzt sind. Darüber hinaus empfiehlt Heidi Klum in ihrem Buch Heidi Klum – Natürlich erfolgreich, das im Original den prägnanten Titel Body of Knowledge trägt, auch dezidiert: «Tu so, als ob, und man wird dir glauben» und weiter: «Was heißt «es rüberbringen»? Für mich bedeutet es, die Person zu spielen [im Orginal kursiv, Anm. des Verfassers], für die ich gehalten werden will. Klingt das unaufrichtig? Das ist es meines Erachtens nicht.»[2] Und an anderer Stelle: «Betrachte es vielmehr als ein Rollenspiel».[3] Der Kundenwunsch ist oberstes Gebot und ständig abrufbare Präsenz in der Rolle erste Modelpflicht.

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