Last week I noted that being a dance curator is probably a way more exciting job then I could ever have. This week I am not so sure anymore because I might have found something even better. We had the pleasure to meet four young promising talents of the local contemporary dance scene and had the task to do a cheeky, sexy GIF shooting with them. Not bad, huh! And since the summer finally has come to town and everybody is licking on hard cold things, we brought some ice cream to the set just to make the pics more sweet and sticky. If you want to see the whole result of our shoot you have to go to Sophiensaele to see one of the dance pieces of the Gemischtes Doppel dance festival since we are doing an exhibit in the foyer of the theater. Also the GIFs well be shown at the final summer party of Sophiensaele this Friday. It is free so take your chance to dance with us and have some ice cream.
Also we are giving away 2×2 tickets for the 2 dance shows on Friday just before the party. To win just write us a comment recommending your favourite ice cream shop in town. I want to thank Ligia, Vincent, Dani and Gael for shooting with us. I am looking forward to see them dance on stage and I hope you do to. Go and see Ligia and Vincent tonight and tomorrow at 19:30h in The Show Show for some extraordinary dancing, yes dancing, energetically through some dance history (pop songs included) and visit Dani Brown’s Home on Friday and Saturday at 21h for a furious trio with Justin and Gael in a performative mix of text, dance and song. After the jump there is another small preview of our GIFs and some making of pics of the photo shoot.
The Humping Pact
Berlin is the city of sex (mostly cheap and unaffectionate). Already discussed and explained in details here and here and here. So far nothing special about it. But can Berlin become the city of porn? Or maybe better: Can Berlin become the Art Porn Capital of the world? Why not thought curator Cy Iurinic and the Mindpirates inviting us to the Art Porn Week from today until Saturday (June 12-15). Next to several films, performances, workshops, discussions, readings and live music in order to interact with the audience in a pornographic art experience there will be installations throughout the Mindpirates Vereinsheim and Mindpirates Projektraum incorporating drawings, paintings, photography, video and sound. The goal is to seduce the audience to step out mere spectatorship and to engage in learning new ways of sexual understanding. Being open minded Lia and I will try to experience it as good as we can in the following days. Both of us have all ready watched and recommended good porn to our readers (here and here) and are looking forward to find new art porn pearls for future posts. After the jump you find an overview of the upcoming days and some pictures. I would recommend to go there with a new date: it’s the best way to find out if you are the right ones for each other from the beginning.
The design week just started and I just visited the maybe most central event – the DMY fair. Assuming DMY could be compared to other fairs at Flughafen Tempelhof like Bread & Butter is quiet wrong. Experiencing the hangars transforming themselves into giant cocoons for small but bright ideas is every year a unique pleasure of this specific fair. At DMY you will not experience the exhibition of any big design brand like in Milan. But for sure you can see international ideas and refined aesthetics brought to the table. The exhibition surfaces are mostly made of natural materials like wood or stone. Most of the design objects themselves are again a combination of new developed (sometimes recycled) materials and traditional materials like glass, ceramic and wood. What I noticed in comparison to the years before, is that there was less architecture and design for the public space replaced with a lot of home ware and functional interior objects. In general I liked the exhibition even if some holistic design concepts would have inspired me more than just to see individual pieces all great by themselves but not connected to anything. My photographic impressions after the jump.
BRIAN DUFFY, DAVID BOWIE »ALADDIN SANE«, 1973
On 8 June, the gallery Camera Work opens an exhibition with portraits of the some of the world’s most famous bands and musicians. Camera Work rocks features pictures of artists such as Johnny Cash, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg and Kanye West, created by photographers that are equally famous in their metier, such as Richard Avedon, Anton Corbijn, Peter Lindbergh and Annie Leibovitz. In total the exhibition shows more than 100 photographs of more than 30 musicians and bands. Check out a preview after the jump.
Since 1979 the Ars Electronica from Linz, Austria, is exploring the link between art, technology and society with their highly experimental and world-wide renowned exhibitions. Their award – the Prix Ars Electronica – has honored many institutions such as Pixar Studios, Wikipedia and Wikileaks, long before they even became as popular as they are now.
For their latest exhibition titled Like A Second Nature they have teamed up once again with the VW Automobil Forum Unter den Linden in Berlin. In a group show featuring 14 international artists they explore what is artificial and natural in our everyday life and how we experience and differentiate between those two states. All of the artists have very different approaches to this theme. While some of them reflect on perception and self-perceptions, others use the observation of nature to recreate it, all of which have amazing results that can not only be viewed but also experienced. After the jump you will get a little preview of the exhibited pieces.
On Friday at 18:30h we will exclusively host the only guided tour with the curator of the exhibition. So if you want to get the best insights about the artwork you should join us and register for one (or two) of the 20 spots. Details about this after the jump.
Andreas is one of four beard models a friend of mine (being my designated beard agent) sent to me. He’s actually somewhat of a real nature-boy. I like taking pictures of beards with natural materials – the effect of plants and similar items around the face is the most beautiful I think. My mother got me the little garden gnomes that she found in a small deco store. By now she keeps her eyes open for all kinds of little objects that could pretty in a beard. In the end it’s quite good to have such lovely (little) helpers. More of the results and Andrea’s monologue after the jump.
What do people look like when they get more and more aroused and finally have an orgasm? Photographer Clayton Cubitt’s short clips provide an answer to this question. For his project Hysterical Literature the artist asked women to read lines from their favorite books while, invisible for the viewer, being sexually stimulated.
A project called Beautiful Agony toyed with similar images. On this porn-page users could upload clips of their faces, while masturbating. The concept is similar to youporn, but instead of genitals in close-ups and crazy acrobatics you only see grimaces and big smiles.
Both projects seek a beauty in sexual arousal that is hard to find in modern pornography and concentrate their search on the faces of the protagonists. Affects and emotions prior to , during and after the orgasm create little stories and an undeniable tension in the spectator. I find the videos beautiful to watch, funny, subtle and sexy. So take a peak at the clips and let me know what you think…
Anish Kapoor – “Symphony for a Beloved Sun”, 2013. photo: Jens Ziehe
On Friday, the Martin-Gropius-Bau opened a solo exhibition of Anish Kapoor, who is one of the most important sculpture artist of our time. The show, comprising about 70 works, provides a survey of Anish Kapoor’s abstract poetic work from 1988 to the present. Many of the works have been specially designed for this venue. A particular highlight of the exhibition is the installation Symphony for a beloved Sun, which is set up in the atrium of Martin-Gropius-Bau. Check out a preview after the jump.
Since I like Star Wars and have a lightsaber that a friend of mine gave me in my entrance, there had to be a beard theme with that topic as well. Besides I think Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi has a great beard. In this spirit: May the force be with your beard! Another beard photo set with and monologue by Bernard after the jump.
About a week ago our beloved capital was graced with a visit by legendary Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto. If you haven’t heard of him before (shame on you!) he is one of the most groundbreaking designers of our time and had a very strong impact on the aesthetic of avant-garde fashion as we know it today. He established his label over 30 years ago, has grown his brand into several sublabels and also raised the profile of quite a number of big commercial brands such as adidas (he designs the Y-3 line), Hermès and Madarina Duck with his design collaborations.
In Berlin he presented a magnificent retrospective fashion show that featured his designs from the last 32 years, he gave a talk at Soho house and revealed a visual dialogue with the art space MADE. I was lucky to be a guest at the first and third of these three special events and I am glad to have gotten such a close insight into the work and mind of this man who is so influential for this genre of fashion that I also dedicate a lot of my time and passion to in the last couple of years. Some thoughts and impressions from the Yamamoto events in Berlin after the jump.