Tonight Berlin-based artist duo Various & Gould is revealing a street art scavenger hunt as part of the Backjumps exhibition opening at Kunstraum Bethanien. We absolutely love this idea, combining art with an interactive game and making it an experience that goes beyond the traditional gallery visit. What the artists have prepared for this hunt is an illustrated version of a short story by Polina Soloveichik that has been divided in 6 parts that are being spread out along a route in Kreuzberg. With each illustration you will also find a part of the story (in German, but with a QR code you will be able to get a translation in English on your smartphone). We can’t reveal to much, except that it’s about three construction workers named Maik, Paul and Jörg and the secret about some abandoned construction sites. The works will be revealed this evening in conjunction with the opening of Backjumps. You can get updates and more details short notice on the Various & Gould website. With the hashtag #PublicTale photos and comments about the project can be tracked on Twitter and Instagram. Have fun on the scavenger hunt! After the jump a couple of teasers…
artwork: Katerina Belkina
This city has many communities of different nations from all over the world that all live together here mixing their cultures into the big juicy cocktail that is Berlin. One of these many communities are Russian artists living in Berlin. I think they are fairly quiet compared to other nationalities, but with the upcoming Russian Contemporary Art Week making some noise in the city.
The RCAW is taking place in 3 galleries which are The Ballery in Schönenberg that is showcasing the work of 3 highlighted artist, the LemoArt Gallery in Prenzlauer Berg that is showing a bigger selection of younger Russian talents and finally a project by UdK students presented at Panke. The whole thing gets kicked off this Friday (May 15, 2015) with the opening reception of the main exhibition at The Ballery that shows the amazing work of Katerina Belkina, Igor Skaletsky, and Vera Veritas Kochubey. We have a little preview of that after the jump.
Yasmin May Jaafar
Wow, what a load of fun this year’s Pictoplasma festival was! We loved the new venue at the former Crematorium in Wedding now titled “silent green” and the main show (that was good, but maybe a bit small?) and even more so did we love the Academy All-Stars show at Urban Spree! Character design has always been something that deeply fascinates me and so all the creatures, monsters and critters doing funny things just make my heart jump like a candy bar does for a little kid. Enjoy my impressions of the group exhibition at Urban Spree after the jump.
The Ngoro Ngoro group exhibition curated by Christian Achenbach, Jonas Burgert, Zhivago Duncan, Andreas Golder, John Isaacs and David Nicholson that took place in a huge art space in Weißensee was probably the most impressive event during the Gallery Weekend Berlin. The exhibition was made with so much love, there was so much to discover in several halls and buildings, and the atmosphere in the yard with the bars and the pool was so lovely that it was really inviting to stay there the entire weekend. It felt almost like a little art festival. If you missed the show, don’t be sad, we have lots of impressions for you after the jump. And one of the shows will still be open until May 22, 2015.
Gallery Weekend can be a little snobbish and too crowded from time to time. Fortunately there is one event I am looking so much forward to it that it makes up for all other little annoyances: Pictoplasma, the unique festival for contemporary character design is back in Berlin. Presenting a dense program of inspiring artist presentations, conference lectures, animation screenings, workshops, installations, exhibitions, performances and a big party it has something for everybody who is in love with cute art! Also there will be a pop-up shop at the Uniqlo store where you can buy things and get a little workshop with the Japanese artist Akinori Oishi.
The main exhibition under the title Form Follows Empathy with international artists awaits you in the recently re-discovered abandoned crematorium of Wedding, while a group show by last year’s Pictoplasma Academy Alumni will take place at our beloved Urban Spree. For the cinema lovers the big screen of Babylon am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz will show a unique animations program, while lively art happenings and performances at Platoon Kunsthalle ensure that you truly get into character. And the best of it: all of it is for free or with a quite small entrance fee!
And since we are friends with the festival for a couple of years we are giving away 3×2 tickets for the screenings. Just let us know the time and which screening you would love to attend in the comments section (including a valid email-adress). A little preview in pictures and the trailer after the jump.
All photos: Maria Silvano
The new arriving people see Berlin as a promise, as a forest of stories sometimes open and sometimes inpenetrable. The migration dynamics of a Europe without borders are not fundamentally very different from those of the previous century: there are the same dreams of luck and prosperity, the same desire for a better life and a longing for what has been left behind that -it is known- is exacerbated with time.
“Ramificazioni” (Ramifications) is Maria Silvano’s point of view on her new city, Berlin. She took portraits and gathered the voices of fellow Italian migrants who moved to the German capital during the last years. They spoke about their deep and faraway roots, their desires and wishes to see their hopes bloom. Looking into the eyes of this hopeful young men and women involved in amazing projects you hope that they will find a fertile ground in Berlin.
The work consists of 13 photos and is accompanied by a soundtrack in which the voices of the photographed subjects overlap each other: problems of pronunciation and inflections language can be composed to create a forest of voices. Enjoy the pictures after the jump and find out the dates of the exhibition.
photo: Alexandr Kulikov
Paris, Berlin and Moscow are three cities that are substantially different, but they do have some things in common. They are places that are in motion and constant evolution. Paris-Berlin-Moscow is an international project that offers a contemporary view of the artistic creation in those three cities. It brings together multi-disciplinary work by artists from these cities showing the parallels, similarities and differences of these places. After the jump we want to present you a part of the Berlin-themed works from a couple of young photographers who captured their visions of Berlin.
Their work will be shown in the Berlin leg of the exhibition of the same name that accompanies the project and will take place in all three cities. It will open tonight and will run from April 13 – 19, 2015 in the SMAC gallery in Mitte.
photos: Thomas Knights
If you haven’t heard of it, red is the new black. Well, in the world of men admiration at least it seems. For the longest time redheads have had a tough time but now it seems they have become objects of desire for many people and I think that’s great. We live in a time where more and more people seem to appreciate and enjoy the diversity of human kind. I hope this development continues and than we can finally put things like discrimination against people who are different into the history books. Everyone is different in the end.
The British photographer Thomas Knights belongs to one of the many admirers and supporters of red heads and he is hugely successful with it. His portrait series RED HOT has been celebrated in many exhibitions and is widely covered in the media. Berlin-based publisher Bruno Gmünder has now turned the series into a book titled Red Hot 100 that has sold out its first couple of editions as quick as bananas in East Germany. To promote the book they created a huge exhibition with even more than 100 sexy redheads that is traveling around the world and has now reached Berlin. Tomorrow it will open at a gallery space inside the first floor of the Bikini Berlin. They will obviously sell signed copies of the awesome book and you will be able to meet a couple of the hot guys from the book. Enjoy some excerpts from the book after the jump.
You probably know Backyard in Kreuzberg from various parties and events such as the Last Days parties, but Backyard’s origins are that of an art gallery. Tonight they open a new exhibition called Lichtrotor // Hautskizzen with an installation by upcoming industrial designer Danai. The project she did with three other artist shows a hypnotizing kinetic installation that rotates and creates an interaction between humans and the object. In addition, artist Suzan Rinow who you might happened to see at Berghain bar during the weekends, is going to present her beautiful tattoo sketches, right now available in a tattoo studio in Torstr. So tonight, at the opening, you might stumble about your next tattoo motive ( which you can chose exclusively from Suzan ) and get hypnotized by the Lichtrotor installation at the same time. Of course there will be music and we have seen these exhibition openings eventually turning into an after party. You can join the Facebook event here and get an impression of the tattoo sketches after the jump.
artwork: Andrea Wan
On Thursday a very charming exhibition will open at BC Gallery with the work of Berlin-based artist Andrea Wan and we would like to give you a little preview of it. Andrea’s new show titled Fleeting Seasons centers around the theme of the circle of life and death. In her drawings she incorporates humans surrounded by elements of nature and surrealistic symbolism. The surrealism has also been a significant part of her previous works and shows and the playful union that she creates with humans, nature and animals is for me the heart and soul of her art. There is dreaminess and gentleness in her work that I find really fascinating. And even though death is such a dark topic you find yourself thinking, oh how lovely, a cute little skull. Get a preview of the upcoming show as well as some samples of previous works after the jump. Some of her work is available as art prints in her online shop.