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AN UNCENSORED GAZE ON THE BODIES OF BERLIN

AN UNCENSORED GAZE ON THE BODIES OF BERLIN

“Your post has been removed as it doesn’t follow our community guidelines.” The controversial, arbitrary and often discriminatory rules governing which body parts can and can’t be shared on Instagram goes directly against the platform’s own mission to be “an authentic and safe place for inspiration and self-expression.” Rallying against this problematic digital reality with a showcase of images that would all transgress these censorship policies is the exhibition Uncensored Berlin (7.-10.12.2018) hosted by I Heart Berlin. The event features the work of artists such as Aja Jane, Cochon de Cauchemar, Ema Discordant, Spyros Rennt, Tea Marta and many more. Come by and indulge your voyeurism in celebration of the body positivity, gender inclusivity and sexual liberation this city, its artists and its muses have become renowned for. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos (clockwise): Mischa Badasyan, Spyros Rennt, Eylül Aslan)

I Heart Berlin presents Uncensored Berlin
Blogfabrik, Oranienstr.185, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
7.-10.12.2018, 12-20h. Facebook event

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INTIMATE ENCOUNTERS WITH MASTERS OF SURREALISM

INTIMATE ENCOUNTERS WITH MASTERS OF SURREALISM

This contribution is featured in our Cee Cee No.2 Book, which is available for purchase here — and incidentally makes for a great Christmas present ;-)

Opened to the public in summer 2008, the Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg features an impressive collection of art, including eminent works from old and recent masters such as Francisco de Goya, Max Ernst und René Magritte. Located out west opposite the Charlottenburg Palace, the collection holds 250 works ranging from paintings to sculptures and works on paper across three floors. In addition, the museum offers a film program of classic films by Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí and contemporary Surrealist artists. Just across the street, the Berggruen Museum presents classical modernist masterpieces, which can be accessed with a combined entrance ticket. (Text: Victoria Pease / Photos: Nina Straßgütl, David von Becker)

Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg, Schloßstr.70, 14059 Berlin-Charlottenburg; map

Tue-Fri 10-18h, Sat-Sun 11-18h

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ARS ELECTRONICA INVESTIGATES THE ART OF IMPERFECTION

ARS ELECTRONICA INVESTIGATES THE ART OF IMPERFECTION

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t”. Those are the motivating words of Thomas A. Edison, whose wisdom on failure provided the inspiration behind art, tech and society platform Ars Electronica’s upcoming digital media exhibition, “Error — The Art of Imperfection“. On view from 17.11.2018 at Drive. Volkswagen Group Forum — as part of an ongoing collaboration between the two innovators — the group show presents a range of cutting-edge interactive machines, video works and innovative sound installations. Each work explores the idea of deviations from the norm, taking the concept of “failure” beyond its common association with start-up land jargon to question how non-judgmental approaches to the idea of “error” can improve our lives both on a personal and global level. From visual forensics and AI to bitcoin miners and robotics, this show offers a much-needed positive outlook for the future, one tentative iteration at a time. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos (clockwise): Waltz Binaire, César Escudero Andaluz & Martín Nadal, Anna Ridler)

Drive. Volkswagen Group Forum, Friedrichstr.84/Ecke Unter den Linden, 10117 Berlin-Mitte; map
Mon-Sun 10-20h
Ars Electronica presents “Error — The Art of Imperfection“, 17.11.2018-17.2.2019

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FACING NORTH KOREA: FOUR ARTISTS CONFRONT THE MYTHS

FACING NORTH KOREA: FOUR ARTISTS CONFRONT THE MYTHS

The West’s concurrent fascination with and repudiation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is unabating. Yet its realities remain opaque, and the stereotypes surrounding it continue to be perpetuated. “Facing North Korea“, a new group show at Meinblau Projektraum aims to address this with the works of four artists confronting North Korean history, politics and culture in service of fostering greater understanding. Byungjun Kwon’s soundscape “Forest of Subtle Truth 3″ (2017) explores the dark history of Kyodong — an island just below the military demarcation line. Chan Sook Choi’s installation “Yangjiri” (2018) focuses on the architecture of a South Korean propaganda village where North Korean war refugees were settled. In the name of radical empathy on a 2017 visit to the DPRK, Bernhard Draz inserted himself into modified propaganda posters, realized as a series of large-format paintings. And Georg Klein’s “The Sound before Silence – Souvenirs from North Korea” (2018) de- and re-constructs the performance of a traditional North Korean song, setting it in dialogue with South Korean Gayageum player Youjin Sung. Taken individually and together, the works promise thought-provoking perspectives on this country. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Bernhard Draz, Meinblau)

Meinblau Projektraum, Pfefferberg Haus 5, Christinenstr.18-19, 10119 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map

Mon-Sun 11-19h

Chan Sook Choi, Byungjun Kwon, Bernhard Draz, Georg Klein: Facing North Korea, on through 3.12.2018

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BEHIND THE SCREENS: JAMES BRIDLE CURATES AGENCY AT NOME

BEHIND THE SCREENS: JAMES BRIDLE CURATES AGENCY AT NOME

Amidst a climate of mass surveillance, information overflows and unbridled capitalism, the more we know, the less ability we seem to have to act. How can individuals retain, and regain, the power to navigate our present reality with meaning? From this Friday (27.10.) this will be amongst the questions are on the table (well, walls) at Nome, a 2015-founded gallery working at the intersection between technology, art, and politics to raise awareness of the crucial issues of our time. Entitled “Agency“, the group show is curated by artist and writer James Bridle, author of “New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future” (Verso, 2018). Each work grapples with technological complexities and political contradictions in its own unique interrogation of our digital culture — from 3D scanning technology (Morehshin Allahyari) to trawling leaked archives (Anna Ridler) and the deconstruction of technological apparatuses (Ingrid Burrington). That’s just a preview, though — stop by on Friday to kick the weekend off on a thought-provoking note. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos (clockwise): Nome Gallery, c/o British Council, Anna Ridler)

Nome Gallery, Glogauer Str.17, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Tue-Sat 15-19h
Agency” curated by James Bridle: opening 26.10.2018, 18-21h, runs 27.10.-7.12-2018

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