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NOLAN KEITH PARKER RECOMMENDS: FUNKHAUS

NOLAN KEITH PARKER RECOMMENDS: FUNKHAUS

The crowning jewel of Berlin’s vast array of eclectic venues and a growing force in the arena of sound design, Funkhausis a space to be taken in and appreciated time and again. Further east than the clubs and parties of Friedrichshain on the sleepy banks of the River Spree, the historic halls of Funkhaus were initially constructed in the 1950s. The 50,000m2 campus began its story as the radio headquarters of the former GDR, and to this day has maintained its original beauty and minute attention to detail. Warm woods and mid-century design abound in “Saal 1″ and the newly-christened “Living Room” space, while harsh brutalism commands attention in the site-specific 4DSound space, Monom. Also home to Nils Frahm’s recording studio, Funkhaus is rich in visual and emotional power, not asking anything more of its visitors than to be present when in its halls. Upcoming and recommended experiences: Andy Stott (29.6.2018), People Festival (18-20.8.2018) and Aphex Twin (1.11.2018). Go early and have dinner at the recently-opened second branch of Zola as the sun sets over the river for a Berlin evening at its sultry best. (Text: Nolan Keith Parker / Photos: Nino Valpiani)

Funkhaus, Nalepastr.18-50, 12459 Berlin-Oberschöneweide; map

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Nolan Keith Parker came to Berlin from treacherous Cascadia in 2015 and is the co-founder of Berlin magazine and website Schmutz, a resource for everything live music related in Berlin. He lives above a club in Kreuzberg with a llama.

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ROM: A NEW MAGAZINE HOLDING UP A MIRROR TO THE DIGITAL ERA

ROM: A NEW MAGAZINE HOLDING UP A MIRROR TO THE DIGITAL ERA

Hot off the press comes Rom, a sleek new magazine established to take a critical look at the forces shaping, clouding and propelling forward global digital society today. Founded by artist and writer Khesrau Behroz and graphic designers Max Kuwertz and Sascha Bente, the 164 page-long first issue (in German) zooms in on topics like fear of content, housekeeping in the age of smart homes and cryptoraves. Each feature is pleasure to ponder over, thanks to the striking photography and art direction. Get your hands on a copy at this Friday’s (22.6.2018) launch party, hosted at ZweiDrei Raum. Bring your friends and get set to start the weekend on a thought-provoking note. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Gif: Rom)

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ZweiDrei Raum, Gitschiner Str.20, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map

Rom launch party, 22.6.2018, from 19h, Facebook event

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WORLD WITHOUT OUTSIDE: TINO SEHGAL CO-CURATES IMMERSIVE ART EXPERIENCE

WORLD WITHOUT OUTSIDE: TINO SEHGAL CO-CURATES IMMERSIVE ART EXPERIENCE

It’s often the kind of art that demands active engagement that gets under our skin and stays on our minds the longest. Blurring the boundaries between the viewer and the viewed by asking for our participation this summer is “Welt Ohne Außen” (“World Without Outside”), an extensive exhibition hosted by Gropius Bau. Leading the curation is Berlin-based artist Tino Sehgal, known for his “constructed situations,” and Thomas Oberender, director of the institution’s Immersion program. A survey of experiential installations, situations and works spanning the late 1960s up until the present lures us in — from an “environment” created by Lucio Fontana and Nanda Vigo to Carsten Höller’s “Light Wall” and VR experiences by Nonny de la Peña. An accompanying program of daily workshops and live works, open to all, will transcend the boundaries between artistic disciplines and challenge participants to engage their senses, bodies and emotions together with a group of artists that includes Claire Vivianne Sobottke, Maria Francesca Scaroni and Xavier Le Roy. Take a look at the full program here and prepare to test the boundaries of your comfort zone — an experience which promises to challenge and reward in equal measure. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Works: Carten Höller, Wolfgang Georgdorf, Larry Bell / Photos: Attilio Maranzano, Ben Westoby)

Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstr.7, 10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map

Wed-Mon 10–19h

“Welt Ohne Außen. Immersive Räume seit den 60er Jahren,” 8.6–5.8.2018

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CALLING IT INTO QUESTION: THE ELUSIVITY OF PHILIPPE PARRENO

CALLING IT INTO QUESTION: THE ELUSIVITY OF PHILIPPE PARRENO

“Nothing will have taken place but the place.” It is with these words of French symbolist poet and critic, Stéphane Mallarmé, that Philippe Parreno’s untitled exhibition is preceded. Opening tomorrow (25.5.2018) at Gropius Bau, the show forms part of Berliner Festspiele’s “Immersion” program — series of exhibitions occupying the space between display and performance, requiring active viewer engagement, founded by Thomas Oberender in 2016. Paris-based Parreno, who is critically acclaimed for his film, installation and performance art, has been deliberately enigmatic as to what to expect from his latest show. His ongoing examination of the nature of time will be continued, with the reinterpretation of elements found in his former works — like a re-cut of the film “Anywhen” (2016), which was created for the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall Commission, or the floral wallpaper found in “Marilyn” (2012). Does it sound a little elusive? A film program, including a Videoart at Midnightscreening on 8.6.2018, talks and lectures and a guided tourwith Tino Sehgal on 30.6.2018 are on offer to shed light on it all. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Works: Philippe Parreno / Photos: Berliner Festspiele)

Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstr.7, 10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Wed-Mon 10-19h
Philippe Parreno, as part of Berliner Festspiele’s “Immersion“ program, 25.5-5.8.2018

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LOUISE BOURGEOIS: THE WORK OF A MASTER AT SCHINKEL PAVILLON

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: THE WORK OF A MASTER AT SCHINKEL PAVILLON

Tucked away in an unassuming side street off Unter den Linden is one of the most distinctive examples of Berlin’s DDR architecture — an impressive octagonal building constructed in 1969 by Richard Paulick, the lead architect of Karl Marx Allee. It houses Schinkel Pavillon, a contemporary art institution with a curatorial program that’s been going from strength to strength under the creative direction of Nina Pohl. Currently on show is the late work of revered French-American artist Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010), known for her large-scale installations and sculptures exploring sexuality, family, decay and death. The main octagonal room hosts one of her cells, “Peaux des Lapins, Chiffons Ferrailles à Vendre” (2006) — an iron cage structure dedicated to the intersection of memory, pain and desire. Inside, an array of her sack forms in chiffon — resembling organs and genitals, are suspended next to chains, interacting with a column of marble pieces which alludes to a human spine: Lack and decay are omnipresent. Downstairs, four vitrines (2005-2010) and a series of red gouaches (2007-08) continue the artist’s exploration of interdependence and separation. Laden with emotion and subversion, the ensemble of pieces lingers on the mind long after a visit. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Works c/o The Easton Foundation/VG Bild-Kunst / Photos: Andrea Rossetti)

Schinkel Pavillon, Oberwallstr.1, 10117 Berlin-Mitte; map
Thu-Sun 12-18h
Louise Bourgeois: The Empty House, through 29.7.2018

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