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ARTISTS TAKE ON BIG BROTHER: SURVEILLANCE PHOTOGRAPHY

ARTISTS TAKE ON BIG BROTHER: SURVEILLANCE PHOTOGRAPHY

From CCTV and Google Maps to facial recognition on Facebook, contemporary society seems to take permanent observation as a given. But exactly who’s looking – and what are they looking for? A trio of exhibitions opening this Thursday and Friday at Museum für Fotografie and C/O Berlin explore the issues surrounding surveillance, offering us a rare chance to watch the watchers. Including the works of international artists such as Ai Wei Wei, Trevor Paglen and Broomberg & Chanarin, the shows feature image-based explorations of modern monitoring systems and data collection. Taken together, they promise a plethora of thought-provoking — if not unsettling — perspectives on the ever more blurry boundary between private and public life. (Text: Victoria Pease / Photos: Broomberg & Chanarin (l) / Andrew Hammerand (m) / Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Dietmar Katz (r))

Museum für Fotografie, Jebensstr.2, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg; map

“Watching You Watching Me: A Photographic Response to Surveillance” & “The Field Has Eyes. Images of the Surveillant Gaze”

Opening: 16.2.17, 19h

Exhibitions on until: 2.7.2017, Tue-Sun 11-19h

C/O Berlin, Amerika Haus, Hardenbergstr.22-24, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg; map

Watched! Surveillance, Art & Photography”

Opening: 17.2.17, 19h

Exhibition on until: 23.4.17, Mon-Fri 11-20h

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STRUCTURE: CONTEMPORARY NORWEGIAN CRAFTS & DESIGN

STRUCTURE: CONTEMPORARY NORWEGIAN CRAFTS & DESIGN

Unfortunately you can’t take the objects home – although that’s all you want to do after seeing “Structure — Norwegian contemporary crafts and design”. Held at the Nordic Embassies, the design exhibition is yet more proof that Scandinavians have a knack for creating the perfect shapes and color palette. Like the soft blue porcelain plates “Steinlav” by Anette Krogstad, “Monstera”, copper salad servers by Lars Beller Fjetland or “Traced”, structured wooden plates by Sverre Ungher. They’re all objects of desire to say the least. And though you can’t take them with you, there are product cards to keep as a souvenir. The excellently curated show isn’t only worth a visit for the products alone, though – the exhibition design alone provides plenty of eye candy, as well as interior inspiration with three colour tones made uniquely for “Structure”. Now we know the secret to surviving the rest of winter: Tones of dusty pink all round.(Text: Nina Trippel)

Nordic Embassies – Felleshus, Rauchstraße 1, 10787 Berlin-Tiergarten; map

Structure — Norwegian contemporary crafts and design

Regular opening hours: Mon-Fri 10-19h, Sat-Sun 11-16h, exhibition ongoing until 20.4.2017

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BREATH MYTH: AMY FELDMAN’S PERFORMATIVE PAINTINGS

BREATH MYTH: AMY FELDMAN’S PERFORMATIVE PAINTINGS

Explore the relationship between figure and space in a new exhibition launching at Blain Southern this Friday. ”Breath Myth“, Amy Feldman‘s first solo show in Germany, showcases a series of the Brooklyn-based artist’s geometric, cloud-like, figures, which she paints on bare canvas in a single performative motion. Exclusively created in shades of grey, the artist’s pared-back works are liberated from color associations, allowing them to leave a lasting impression through their ambiguity and dark tonality. Feldman demonstrates how an image evolves based on its surroundings, at once expressing something casual and urgent. (Text: Victoria Pease / Photo credit: Blain Southern / Winnie Au)

Blain Southern, Potsdamer Str.77-87, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten; map
Opening night: 10.2.17, 18-21h; Facebook event
Regular opening hours: Tue-Sat 11-18h, exhibition ongoing until 8.4.17

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TRANSMEDIALE: 30 YEARS OF ART, TECH, AND CULTURE

TRANSMEDIALE: 30 YEARS OF ART, TECH, AND CULTURE

It’s back with a bang: This year, Transmediale (2.2.2017 – 5.3.2017) celebrates its 30th birthday with the theme “Ever Elusive”. Dedicated to forging new connections between art, technology and culture, the festival encompasses exhibitions, performances, talks and workshops that explore new frontiers in digital media. Not to be missed is the exhibition “Alien Matter”, which sees 30 local and international artists tackle the blurred boundary between man and machine. This Saturday (4.2.2017), we’re looking forward to Metahaven’s “The Sprawl (Propaganda About Propaganda)”, a film addressing the manipulative geopolitical force of the Internet. The closing weekend (4-5.3.2017) will see pioneering multimedia artist Laurie Anderson’s performance, “The Language of the Future” – a piece mixing spoken word, electronic sounds, and violin music to explore the notions of reality and time. Peruse the full festival program here. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker)

HKW – Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin-Tiergarten; map
Ever Elusive: Thirty Years of Transmediale
Opening night: Thu 2.1.2017, 18h; Facebook event
Festival runs until 5.3.17

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DAS NUMEN ART COLLECTIVE: INAUGURATION WEEKEND

DAS NUMEN ART COLLECTIVE: INAUGURATION WEEKEND

On Friday 27.1.2017, contemporary art gallery Dittrich & Schlechtriem is moving up in the world and into a more spacious venue behind the Volksbühne. Moving in with them is Berlin-based art collective Das Numen. Blending art and science, the four artists are known for their experimental studies of space, blurring urban and green settings while addressing environmental and social issues. Their installation is made up of several organ pipes - each up to five meters in length - which pick up the sounds generated by 20 weather stations around the globe. Translated in real time, the installation demonstrates global wind flows and weather patterns. Learn more about Das Numen and their unique project portfolio here. (Text: Victoria Pease)

Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Linienstr.23, 10178 Berlin-Mitte; map

Opening night: Fri 27.1.2017, 18-21h; Facebook event

Regular opening hours: Tue-Sun 11-18h

Exhibition ongoing until 11.3.2017

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