Electricity is energy flow. Without electricity, we could not move, think or feel. For energy to flow, there needs to be connection, both within our cells and within the social organism. Our way of connecting with each other is changing. Pandemic-era social distance and digital communication are affecting our well-being, as individuals and on a global scale. What role can art play here?
MaHalla opens its grand doors for five days and nights during the Berlin Art Week to present, for the second time, its art festival HUMAN ELECTRICITY. The title for this year; RE:CONNECT. A multicosm of artists, musicians and performers will come together on 7000m2 to celebrate art and connection with the audience. During daylight hours, visitors will stroll through an exhibition of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and installations, experience performance art, AR, sound installations and indigenous art in the temporary Huni Kuin Embassy. After dark, there is a program of sound collectives, bands, DJs and psychedelic light art until well into the night. Artist curated gastronomic offerings will provide an inspiring culinary experience throughout the event.
Initiated in 2020 by filmmaker and social activist Ralf Schmerberg, the MaHalla art project has been revitalising the factory halls of Germany’s oldest three-phase power plant in Oberschöneweide for a good year with its experimental cultural program. At the site from which Berlin was first electrified, an artistic laboratory is now being created. A space where inspiration and transformation through collective art experiences can take place and new forms of energy can be explored: Human Electricity.
Amer Al Akel, Araba Ankuma, Fiona Bennett, Stephanie Bothor, Mina Buker, Kirstin Burckhardt, Caratoes, barbara caveng, Jeroen Cremers, Louis Durra, Paula Elion, Matthias Fritsch, Edith Held, Huma, Huni Kuin Tribe, Lisa Junghanß, Maria Kassab, Andy Kassier, Lili & Jesko, Thomas Lüer, Nancy Nasser Al Deen, Katja Pudor, Stefan Ihmig, Music Ashram, Kiss Nuka, Sebastian Pielles, Resorb, Palina Ringe, Sophus Ritto, Maja Rohwetter, Ralf Schmerberg, Selassie, Bettina Semmer, Babette Semmer, Tomomi Senda, Bernhard Vierling, Lena Voutta&Thoas Lindner/The Other Gods, Gordon W., Saskia Wendland, Toni Wirthmüller, Ella Ziegler, Tina Zimmermann, Yaneq & Kohle
Curated by Almut Hüfler and Ralf Schmerberg