Last Saturday Mitte saw the opening of the year: finally, after several delays, the Christoph Schlingensief exhibition, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Anna-Catharina Gebbers and Susanne Pfeffer with the artistic advisory of Schlingensief’s widow, Aino Laberenz, was opened at Kunst-Werke. What was initially planned by Pfeffer and Schlingensief himself, is now, three years after his death, finally visible in the in Auguststraße – although the curators repeatedly insist that it’s not a retrospective, not a concluding show, but the starting point for various inspections of Schlingensief, it’s certainly the broadest survey of his creative work to date. Which also means you should take your time to get at least a glimpse of the massive amount of material on display. Some say you’ll need five days to view it all.
For the opening of the new Mitte store, &Other Stories asked Berlin based artist Sarah Illenberger to create two of her paper pieces to be presented in the windows. She created them together with artist Natalie Loher and they set up the sculptures past Tuesday so I went by the store to snap some pictures.
It’s the second year Berlin is going through without having a traditional art fair but rather testing an alternative model of presenting, supporting and, yes, in the end also selling art by galleries: the abc – Art Berlin Contemporary. As in last year it’s happening at the spacious The Station at Gleisdreieck and luckily again the organizers around director Maike Cruse apply their strict yet compelling concept of one gallery = one artist.
Ugh, there’s loads of arty things to do this week. To grant you an overview of what you’ll need to see when, I asked curator and writer Anna-Catharina Gebbers to send me an list of to-dos:
At the very back-end of Arsenale gardens in Venice, I found an impressive video work during this years Biennale opening. Hito Steyerl’s How Not To Be Seen. A Fucking Didactic Educational .Mov File. Luckily for those of you who won’t make it to Venice on time, this work is now also presented at Berlinische Galerie during their 12×12 IBB Video lounge until September 23rd.
I won’t even try to describe what this video is about, for a quite confusing attempt you should read the information given on the website. Sometimes art impresses me and I am not instantly able to explain why, of course, the juggling of Google Earth with men in green suits and singers in a desert and then test screens and burkas and what not describes the confusing overload of stimuli but before we go down the road of Kunsttext-Bingo, let’s all just enjoy the show.