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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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DECONSTRUCTING PRESENT DAY POWER DYNAMICS: 3HD FESTIVAL

DECONSTRUCTING PRESENT DAY POWER DYNAMICS: 3HD FESTIVAL

Queer, playful and critically-minded forms of resistance fill the program of this year’s music and arts festival 3hd, curated by Creamcake with the aim of challenging the powerful systems that dominate our world. From 23.-27.10.2018, installations, performances and workshops will be held in some of our favorite locations across town (OHM, Säule, HAU) and online. The overarching theme of the festival’s fourth iteration is titled “System.Lure”, and questions the connection between humans and machines, nation states and the law, and flows of capital and people. Two highlights on our radar: On 24.10., a film screening curated by Yony Leyser will focus in on the gaps in dominant societal narratives, infusing them with personal perspectives on gender, sexuality, race and identity. On 25.10., Energy Exchange will take over Säule, featuring performances by Bob Vylan, Casey MQ, Golin and Dis Fig — from melancholic soul and hip hop-infused punk to distorted club music. Enjoy the countdown with Simone C. Niquille’s online commission, Public School — a collection of YouTube “how to” videos with low view counts, in subversion of the algorithms that once buried them. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Golin, Kikelomo / Artwork: Salim Bayri)

3hd Festival 2018: System.Lure, 23.-27.10.2018, various dates & locations: program, Facebook event

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FORECAST FESTIVAL — IMAGINING FUTURE POSSIBILITIES AT HKW

FORECAST FESTIVAL — IMAGINING FUTURE POSSIBILITIES AT HKW

A soundtrack to the post-human future, an experimental science fiction radio drama, a critical alternative to traditional museology presentation: When six emerging talents are mentored by six luminaries in their respective fields, the results are bound to be intriguing. In May 2018, the Forecast Forum saw museum director Tulga Beyerle, curator David Elliott, video artist Omer Fast, musician Holly Herndon, artist Laura Lima, and curator and producer Peter Meanwell each select one ascendant young artist to mentor on a project in their respective disciplines of film, sound, radio, exhibition design and artistic intervention. Now the ensuing results are being presented at Forecast Festival, held at Haus der Kulturen der Welt this Friday and Saturday (12.-13.10.2018). To top it off, on 13.10 at 18h, the festival will present a new transnational project, Housing the Human. Prototypes will be presented alongside discussions on possible future scenarios across architecture, urban planning and design. The future’s looking — and sounding — bright. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos (clockwise): Omer Fast, Chayanit Mathong (work by Alisa Chunchue), Frank Paul)

HKW – Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin-Tiergarten; map
Forecast Festival: 12.10.2018, from 18h, 13.10.2018, from 14h
Housing the Human: 13.10.2018, 18h

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THE CEE CEE GUIDE TO ACING BERLIN ART WEEK 2018

THE CEE CEE GUIDE TO ACING BERLIN ART WEEK 2018

New fall season, new art season. We hope you have your favorite sneakers, gallery hopping gang and recovery supplies at the ready, because this year’s Berlin Art Week is a hot and plentiful one. As well as the city’s major fair for modern and contemporary art, Art Berlin at Flughafen Tempelhof, and the second edition of Räume, a diverse group show set in an abandoned iron foundry in Reinickendorf, we’re particularly excited about two sets of exhibitions in particular. Today (27.9.2018) video works are where it’s at: start at Julia Stoschek Collection for KW Institute for Contemporary Art’s new artistic collaboration series, which presents two intriguing works: Beatrice Gibson’s “I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead” and Jamie Crew’s “Pastoral Drama” (19h). Then make your way to Hamburger Bahnhof to experience Agnieszka Polska’s “The Demon’s Brain“, which won the prestigious Preis der Nationalgalerie 2017 (20h). On Saturday (29.9.2018) head to KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst for the opening of “Routinised Absurdity”, a group photography show featuring striking works by ascendant artists like Brooke DiDonato and Ben Zank. Then go north to Gropius Bau, where revered South Korean artist Lee Bul’s first solo show in Germany, “Crash“, will offer an enthralling multi-sensory experience laden with sensuality, humor, and futuristic visions. In case all this leaves you craving more, check out this year’s tours guided by the curators of select project spaces. Themes include “Books and Beer” (29.9.2018, 15-17.30h) and “Fake Fur and Cake” (30.9.2018, 14-16.30h) Ready for it? See you en route! (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Artworks & Photos (clockwise): James Bridle, Lee Bul, Luke Marshall Johnson, Agnieszka Polska)

Berlin Art Week 2018, 26.9-30.9.18, various locations & dates

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WHAT NOT TO MISS — EUROPEAN MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY

WHAT NOT TO MISS — EUROPEAN MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY

“Drawing with light” is what “photography” means, according to the word’s Greek origins, and this year the notion also informs the central theme of the European Month of Photography (EMOP) Berlin 2018: light and time. From 28.9.-31.10.2018, Germany’s largest photography festival will bring together 500 artists across 300 events in 120 locations. Where to begin? On Friday (28.9.2018, 19h), C/O Berlin is the place to be — for the opening of “Back to the Future. The 19th Century in the 21st Century“, which traces the use of traditional 19th-century photographic techniques in contemporary photography. A flourishing schedule of exhibitions, lectures, screenings, studio visits, and guided talks follows. Two that piqued our interest are journalist Andrea Thilo speaking to English national treasure Martin Parr, best known for his gently satirical portrayal of quintessential Britishness, at C/O Berlin (29.9.2018, 12h). Then over at Kehrer Galerie, Austrian photographer Gregor Sailer’s show “The Potemkin Village” showcases mock architecture around the world, from Sweden to China. Then there’s “Between the Films: A Photo History of the Berlinale” — a showcase of press photographs of the famed festival since its inception, presented by the Deutsche Kinemathek. But all this is only a teaser. Here’s the full program — may its offerings illuminate your October. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos (clockwise): Nicolai Howalt, Gerhard Kassner, Gregor Sailer)

European Month of Photography (EMOP) Berlin 2018, 28.9.-31.10.2018, various locations & dates: see program
EMOP Opening Days 28.-30.9.2018
C/O Berlin, Amerika Haus, Hardenbergstr.22-24, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg; map

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