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ED ATKINS “OLD FOOD” — CONFRONTING DISCOMFORT

ED ATKINS “OLD FOOD” — CONFRONTING DISCOMFORT

Ed Atkin’s exhibition “Old Food”, is not for the easily unsettled. Now showing at Martin-Gropius-Bau, this is the artist’s largest installation of work to date and consists of a series of CGI animations that portray characters in a melancholic, alternative reality. Describing CGI as our latest “art toy”, Atkins takes our desire to see an augmented and perfected version of our world and does exactly the opposite. Rather than use it to beautify, he mocks our shiny digital dreams, using the technology to enhance and distort the organic properties of human beings for grotesque effect. His eerie artificial protagonists crawl, cry hysterically, play piano in an almost human-like manner, instilling the viewer with a sense of queasy unease. There is clearly a dark, comical undertone to the exhibition. Atkins exploits our emotional investment in the characters, making us wait and watch sequences on repeat, in anticipation of a conclusion. When it comes, it is never what we expected. This exhibition, like the thought of old food, gets under your skin, leaving you with a sense of discomfort that can’t be easily shaken. (Text: Lucy Thorpe / Photos (clockwise from top): Mark Blower, Jansch, c/o Ed Atkins)

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

Wed-Mon 10-19h

Ed Atkins “Old Food” until 7.1.18; program

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CHALLENGE YOUR COMFORT ZONE: JEPPE HEIN AT KÖNIG GALERIE

CHALLENGE YOUR COMFORT ZONE: JEPPE HEIN AT KÖNIG GALERIE

The latest exhibition series to take place in the striking brutalist church turned gallery is somewhat, unknown. Each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 5.11.17 there will be a new opening event led by Berlin-based Danish artist Jeppe Hein. Known best for his installations and interactive sculptures, “Don’t expect anything, be open to everything” is an act of art that is inclusive, involved, and incredibly fun to be a part of. While our experience is singular, as the program for each night is different, we encourage you to embrace the ambiguity and challenge your comfort zone — whatever that might entail. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: c/o König Galerie)

König Galerie, Alexandrinenstr.118, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Tue-Sat 11-19h, Sun 12-19h
Jeppe Hein “Don’t expect anything, be open to everything” until 5.11.2017; program
Event starts: Thu-Sat 19h sharp, Sun 12h sharp

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CONTEMPORARY ART MEETS THEOLOGY AT NIKOLAIKIRCHE

CONTEMPORARY ART MEETS THEOLOGY AT NIKOLAIKIRCHE

Creating a contemporary work of art to display within the oldest church in Berlin is an extreme ask. Even more so when it must commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. However, Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota truly captures the spirit of the occasion in her striking spatial installation, “Lost Words”. Spiralling up the nave of Nikolaikirche is an intricately woven web of black threads intertwined with pages of the Bible — printed in various languages — that catch the light and gleam almost like jewels. The work is inspired by Shiota’s Japanese roots, yet the overarching message of the piece is more global: serving to question the notion of an individual’s ideals and beliefs which, as we migrate, are lost, reclaimed and reinterpreted — just like the scriptures were centuries ago. A powerful installation in a stunning and historic location, whether you’re particularly interested in religion or not, “Lost Words” is an exhibition that will stay with you. (Text: Lucy Thorpe / Photos: Michael Setzpfandt, Leo Seidel)

Nikolaikirche, Nikolaikirchplatz, 10178 Berlin-Mitte; map
Daily 10—18h
Chiharu Shiota “Lost Words” until 19.11.2017

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DUATO & SHECHTER AT KOMISCHE OPER: WIN AN EVENING OF BALLET

DUATO & SHECHTER AT KOMISCHE OPER: WIN AN EVENING OF BALLET

With its stunning architecture, a visit to the Komische Operis an experience in itself, yet the latest double-bill production by the Staatsballett Berlin makes it even more worthwhile. The first performance, “The Art of Not Looking Back” by acclaimed British-Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, takes you on a journey fuelled with absolute physical and emotional power. Opening with Shechter’s recorded voice, he states, “My mother left me when I was two”, as the all-female cast move in incredible ways – pure expressions of despair, anger and emptiness. After a short interval, the stage is transformed into a surreal, plastic-enclosed biosphere for Nacho Duato’s (the artistic director of the Staatsballett) new choreography “Erde”. Set to an electronic composition, two dozen dancers perform this visually stunning work that condemns mankind’s destruction of the planet. Both performances, although completely different in style and purpose, push the aesthetic boundaries of what is expected of a traditional ballet through their choreography and use of technical lighting and electronic sound. Intrigued? We’ve got two tickets for the show at 19.30h on 15.11.17. Send us an email at win@ceecee.cc to enter! Winner will be notified by email on 16.10.17. Good luck! (Text: Lucy Thorpe / Photos: Gunnar Geller, Fernando Marcos)

Komische Oper Berlin, Behrenstr.55-57, 10117 Berlin-Mitte; map
Duato | Schechter until 7.4.18; program and dates

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ARS ELECTRONICA: CURATOR’S WALK & TALK AT DRIVE

ARS ELECTRONICA: CURATOR’S WALK & TALK AT DRIVE

What if humans and machines were no longer clearly divided? What if artificially engineered organs and limbs were to become integral parts of our biological bodies? These are the types of questions that this year’s Ars Electronica is contemplating in the current exhibition, on show now at the Drive. Volkswagen Group Forum. If you have not had a chance to visit the exhibition yet, now is the opportune moment: this Friday and Saturday (6.10.-7.10.2017), you can visit the renowned media arts festival and view works from international artists as part of a walk-through with curator Manuela Naveau. You will receive in-depth background information on concepts and issues and will have the possibility to ask your questions and be part of an inspiring discussion. This curator-led tour is a must-see, so clear your calendar and be sure to put your name down. You might just end up being the most thought-provoking conversation partner at your next party. After all, the future is fast approaching. (Text: Massimo Hartmann)

Drive. Volkswagen Group Forum, Friedrichstr.84 / corner of Unter den Linden, 10117 Berlin-Mitte; map

Ars Electronica Curator’s Walk & Talk: dates and registration

Exhibition open daily 10-20h, free admission

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