Category: Art

Art in Berlin: Hito Steyerl

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.

Art in Berlin: White Bouncy Castle

Well yes, this is a giant white bouncy castle. For adults. And it’s even more fun than you already expect it to be. The artist and choreographer William Forsythe placed it in the Naturpark Schöneberger Südgelände for the festival Foreign Affairs.
You should go and bounce asap, the euphoria is unmatched, as is the exhaustion that will quickly set in. Was it that hard back when we were kids? We don’t remember and we don’t care as long as we can bounce, bounce, bounce.
The White Bouncy Castle is bounceable for 20mins until July 14th, admission 4 Euros.
Tue–Wed & Fri 14:00–19:30
Thu 16:00–22:00
Sat–Sun 12:00–18:00

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

Art in Berlin: Tobias Zielony at Berlinische Galerie

I first heard about the photographer Tobias Zielony from my doctor, who told me to write my master thesis in art history about him instead of Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra. He considered his approach to photographing young people, also the main subject of Dijkstra, to be more interesting. Despite me rejecting my doctor’s suggestion, Zielony stayed in my mind since this conversation and naturally I was interested to see his new work Jenny Jenny exhibited at Berlinische Galerie. The just recently finished series portrays different women, without any of them being clearly identified as _the_ Jenny, in what supposedly is their working and living environment. The photographs quickly identify them as sex workers, many of them are taken at night or in artificial, often deep red light, many of them semi- or completely nude, posing for the camera. Additionally, their job is mentioned in the press text to the exhibition.

Best of: La Biennale di Venezia 2013

I went to Venice to attend the opening of the 2013 Biennale last week, and despite the dreary weather and the long lines in front of everything of interest, I’m already planning to go again in two years. Nevertheless, the exhibition “Il Palazzo Enciclopedico” in the Arsenale and the Central Pavillon, that was curated by Massimiliano Gioni, and the more than 80 participating countries with exhibitions in the Giardini and in spaces spread all over the city, is still on view until November and should be a must-see for everyone interested in contemporary art. See my personal best-of here: