Guide: Berlin Art Week

It's time for art. Exhibition view of Tobias Zielony at Berlinische Galerie, still on view until Sept 30th
It's time for art. Exhibition view of Tobias Zielony at Berlinische Galerie, still on view until Sept 30th

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:

Of course I can’t wait to see what Gelatin will do at Schinkel Pavillon. Calling it Gelatin in discursive construction versus communicative destruction you’ll “see the sculptures happening”. Starting on the 18th of September there is a program on each of the four evenings of Berlin Art Week with different guests like Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkacova, Michael Sailstorfer, Thomas Zipp, Will Benedict, Simon Denny, Lucie Stahl, Michele di Menna, Karl Holmqvist, Gerwald Rockenschraub, Anna Ly Sing or Douglas Gordon a.o.

Schinkel Pavillon, Oberwallstraße 1, 10117 Berlin Mitte. Tel +49.30.208 86 444.
Performances: Sept 18th 17:00 – 21:00, Sept 19th 18:00 – 22:00, Sept 20st 17:00 – 21:00, Sept 21st 15:00 – 19:00

Show Real Drama by Keren Cytter, picture: Hebbel am Ufer
Show Real Drama by Keren Cytter, picture: Hebbel am Ufer

On 19th of September there will be two not-to-be-missed performances happening at HAU: Alexandra Bachzetsis will show A Piece Danced Alone that comprises an open ended suite of solos that are casually transmitted from one performer to the other. The difference between the two slowly dissolves and, like in a hall of mirrors, Doppelgängers appear.
Keren Cytter will Show Real Drama evolving around two actors working on their show reel. Not having managed to find any work since graduating, the two decide to direct and produce their own demo tape out of their favourite scenes. The performance shows their personal relationships and memories but also reality and faked drama.
Also happening at HAU, but two days later: The Unanswered Question. Iskele 2. The performance program is part of the survey exhibition, co-ordinated by Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and the art space Tanas. The project takes the political and cultural upheavals in Turkey and the neighboring regions as an occasion to ask how the modernisation process of the last twenty years has affected aesthetic practice. Artists and musicians from various generations will research the materiality of the in-between spaces – of transit – thus working out new perspectives on the relationship between viewer, work and space.

Alexandra Bachzetsis, A Piece Danced Alone
Thu 19.09.2013, 20:00 + Fri 20.09.2013, 20:00 / HAU3, Tempelhofer Ufer 10 / 10963 Berlin
Keren Cytter, Show Real Drama
Thu 19.09.2013, 21:30 + Sat 21.09.2013, 20:00 / HAU2: Hallesches Ufer 32 / 10963 Berlin
The Unanswered Question. Iskele 2.
Performances on Sat 21.09.2013, 17:00 / HAU1, Stresemannstr. 29 / 10963 Berlin

Or you postpone your visit to the performance of Alexandra Bachzetsis to the 20th and Keren Cytter to the 21st of September – because on the 19th of September there will be also the opening of After Year Zero. Geografien der Kollaboration seit 1945 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. The exhibition, and a series of films, talks, plus a conference will focus on the intertwining of European and African history over the course of decolonization. Furthermore it deals with the attempts to fundamentally transform the parameters of the colonial modern area during this period. It might become the most important exhibition in Berlin this year.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin. Tel. +49 30 39 78 71 75.
Opening hours: Wed – Mon 11:00 – 19:00; from 19th September 2013

Sebastian Stumpf: Puddles, 2013, Video projection. Thomas Fischer Galerie
Sebastian Stumpf: Puddles, 2013, Video projection. Thomas Fischer Galerie

Thomas Fischer will present the works of performance artist Sebastian Stumpf in his gallery. The strength of performance art is usually considered to reside in its immediacy and the bodily presence of the performers. But the effect of the camera’s presence on actions, performances and happenings brings a dimension of spectacle to the event as well as underlining its voyeuristic character – especially if the artist is performing for the camera only. Like Vito Acconci or Chris Burden, Sebastian Stumpf is often an actor without an audience. Be it in the White Cube or in the public space. And just like Valie Export Sebastian Stumpf is interrupting urban chaos with his sculptural bodily presence. His investigations of space are interferences in the public, post-urban, liquefied spaces of our age and as unexpected gestures within the social fabric. By having them filmed, his interventions put the nature of the images into question, and explore the perception and the voyeuristic, but blinded by overburdening view.

Sebastian Stumpf: Unforeseen
Galerie Thomas Fischer, Potsdamer Straße 77-87, Haus H, 10785 Berlin. Tel: +49 30 74 78 03 85. Email: Opening hours Tues – Sat: 11.00 – 18.00.

During the Berlin Art Week I’ll obviously be visiting my own project: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. It brings together time based media works by Pia Greschner, Lisa Junghanss, Sophie Kluge, Jennis Li Cheng Tien, and Nicole Wermers. I’ve compiled the works of these five awesome ladies by starting from the rhizomatically growing and thus highly timely legend of the Garden of Eden. As a topos the Garden of Eden is as much a locus amoenus as a locus terribilis. As myth it is an ambiguous concept. And as a historic site, it yet hasn‘t found a conclusively clarified geographical location. Appropriately the title goes back to a misinterpretation. And it’s even a subject to several legends how and when the line „In a Garden of Eden“ became the mondegreen „In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida“ in the eponymous song by the band Iron Butterfly. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is part of the group exhibition Utopia which will take place at Senatsreservenspeicher, and is organized by my dear friend Tjorg Douglas Beer. Two years after starting my 4-hours-exhibitions at Anna-Catharina Gebbers | Bibliothekswohnung ––which I call something that is more a performance of an exhibition than an exhibition itself–– in 2008 Tjorg Douglas Beer and Meike Cruse started their infamous One-Night-Exhibitions at Forgotten Bar Project which were performative by their own means.

Galerie Utopia Berlin/Athens at Senatsreservenspeicher Berlin, Cuvrystrasse 3-4, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg. Opening Hours: September 19 – September 21 2013 noon – 2 pm

If you are still not tired:
Douglas Gordon’s film installation Silence, Exile, Deceit (2013) will be presented at Volksbühne. The ‘industrial pantomime’ was shot on location in Essen, using blinding light and the deepest darkness, sounds and visual impressions, Gordon poses the question of “who has a say” —- artist, performer, or spectator?

Volksbühne Berlin, 3rd floor, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, 10178 Berlin; September 21, 18:00

Plus: Mathew gallery is presenting a performance by London and Hamburg based artist Than Hussein Clark with music from Philip Venables that will happen on 19 September at 7.30 PM sharp!

Mathew, Schaperstrasse 12, 10719 Berlin, Germany, Tel: +49 30 21021921
Hours: Thu – Sat / 13 – 18 & by appointment

But most important: DON’T FORGET – SUNDAY 22nd of September IS ELECTION DAY! It’s a privilege. People died for the right to vote.

Anna-Catharina Gebbers is a writer and curator, who lives and works in Berlin.
Upcoming exhibitions: IN-A-GADDA-DA-VIDA as part of UTOPIA organized by Tjorg Douglas Beer: 18-21 September 2013, Galerie Utopia Berlin/Athens at Senatsreservenspeicher Berlin, Cuvrystrasse 3-4, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg; CHRISTOPH SCHLINGENSIEF, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Susanne Pfeffer: 1.12.13–19.1.14, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststr. 69 D-10117 Berlin; from March 2014, MoMAPS1, New York