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ODEON KINO: A VINTAGE CINEMA WITH A CULT FOLLOWING

ODEON KINO: A VINTAGE CINEMA WITH A CULT FOLLOWING

A vivid neon green sign illuminates the entrance to Odeon Kino, the neighborhood cinema with a cult following. In true American cinema style, the buttery scent of salted popcorn lingers in the foyer welcoming all inside – especially those who want to see films in their original language. The Schöneberg cinema has a strong following for just that reason: Odeon claims to be Berlin’s ‘pioneer of OV culture’ as the first cinema to show films in their original English version. Opened originally as ‘Sylvie’ in the 1950s, Odeon was taken over by Yorck Kinogruppe — Berlin’s largest cinema association — in the 80s and has retained its stellar reputation ever since. With just one hall of close to 400 comfy red seats, Odeon Kino feels like a step back in time and is well worth a visit the next time you want to see an English movie. But be warned: There are no designated seats, so you’ll need to get there early if you want to nab a good spot. (Text: Laura Box / Photos: Yorck Kinogruppe & Daniel Horn)

Odeon Kino, Hauptstr.116, 10827 Berlin-Schöneberg; map

Mon-Sun, check the program for screening times.

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100 YEARS BAUHAUS: EXPERIMENTAL FESTIVAL KICKS OFF AT ADK

100 YEARS BAUHAUS: EXPERIMENTAL FESTIVAL KICKS OFF AT ADK

2019 will be marked by functional design and modern architecture: the famous Bauhaus was founded precisely 100 years ago and seems to be more present than ever, not only in Germany but all over the world. Under the motto “Rethink the World,” the Bauhaus Association 2019 is honoring the centenary with a year’s worth of cultural events, kicking it all off with the opening festival at the Akademie der Künste from 16.01 to 24.01. Apart from its focus on architecture, it also offers a rich experimental program on the thresholds between art, film, dance, and music. The virtual reality installation “Das Totale Tanz Theater 360°” blurs the lines between body and space, questioning the relationship between man and machine in true Bauhaus manier. Exclusively for the concert series “Signalraum: Unikate,” artists developed their own musical instruments. Annette Krebs creates electro-acoustic assemblages, while the performance by director Horst Konietzny and experimental musician Marek Choloniewski transforms brain waves into soundscapes. In the final presentation of the workshop “Bauhaus and Me” on 21.01, dance artist and choreographer Jo Parkes with students from Bertolt-Brecht-Oberschule explore the impact that the Bauhaus might have on the lives of young Berliners today. The Bauhaus continues to be a source of inspiration and now you can join in on the celebrations. Check the festival website for the complete program and ticket information. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Bauhaus100, Scott Kaplan)

100 Years Bauhaus Opening Festival: Website
Das Totale Tanz Theater 360°: 17.-24.01.2019
Signalraum: Unikate I: 17.01.2018, 20:30h-22:45h
Bauhaus and me: 21.01.2018, 16 & 17.30h
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin-Tiergarten; map

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TRAUM & TRAUMA AT THE PERGAMON

TRAUM & TRAUMA AT THE PERGAMON

Ornate, delicately woven middle eastern textiles contrasted with the scent of charred wool, fire bombs, and caustic chemicals – this is the Museum of Islamic Art’s newest permanent exhibit, Traum und Trauma. The Pergamonmuseum – parent to the Museum of Islamic Art — has had this collection of rugs and textiles from present-day Turkey, Iran, and the Caucasus since its inception, gifted from Wilhelm von Bode’s personal collection. Some of the artefacts date as far back as the 15th century. The rugs are on display again for the first time since being irrevocably damaged in the 1945 fire-bombing of Berlin. Amidst controversy over cultural ownership of many of the Pergamonmuseum’s antiquities, this new exhibit discusses the layered history of these artefacts, from their artistic importance in the Middle East to their destruction in Western Europe. Reconstructions of the textiles, an olfactory station, and an interactive rug-knotting display guide you through the relics’ history. Despite the museum’s ongoing multi-year renovation, this new exhibit may be the reason you’ve been waiting for to return for a visit. (Text: Michael Rice / Photos: Pergamonmuseum)

Traum und Trauma, Pergamonmuseum, Bodestr.1–3, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map
Fri-Wed 10–18h, Thu 10–20h

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100 ARTISTS — 100 FILMS: VIDEOART AT MIDNIGHT TURNS 10

100 ARTISTS — 100 FILMS: VIDEOART AT MIDNIGHT TURNS 10

You’re likely already familiar with Videoart at Midnight (VAM), a monthly screening of films aimed at taking time-based art out of galleries and onto the big screen. To celebrate their 100th screening and 10 year anniversary, VAM is planning their Festival ’18. The two day celebration (15-16.12.2018) features 100 artists and 100 films divided into 13 screenings, each featuring multiple short films in succession. Taking place at the historic Babylon cinema in Mitte, the festival showcases the work of past contributors from around the world such as Wolfgang Tillmans and Shingo Yoshida. Preceding the festival will be a symposium discussing the past, present and future of video art as well as a retrospective of British video artist Ed Atkin’s work. If you can’t make it to the weekend’s screenings, check out the exhibitions at one of four participating galleries. From the brash to the ethereal, the archival to the premiere, this festival is sure to challenge your perceptions of film’s role in contemporary art. (Text: Michael Rice / Photos: Videoart at Midnight, Simon Faithful, Nina Fischer, & Maroan el Sani)

Kino Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Str.30, 10178 Berlin; map

Videoart at Midnight Festival ’18

Opening talk: 14.12.2018 22-1h

Film screenings: 15.12.2018 12-24h, 16.12.2018 14-24h

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METABOLICA: BIOLOGY MEETS ART

METABOLICA: BIOLOGY MEETS ART

In an unassuming warehouse turned gallery in Weißensee, Austrian artist Thomas Feuerstein has created a mesmerizing microcosm of biology and art. The focal artwork of “Metabolica“ centers around the carbonization of algae, a process that takes hundreds of thousands of years in nature but can be accomplished with his otherworldly sculpture/pressure reactor in just 22 hours. He presses the coal from his reactor into charcoal pencils used to create the drawings featured in the exhibition. Metabolica explores the delicate balance between nature, science, and production. This exhibition is a must see from Sexauer Gallery. Buzz the front door to enter, and the staff will happily explain the artwork in both German and English. They may even turn off the gallery lights so you can fully appreciate the ethereal glow of Feuerstein’s creations. (Text: Michael Rice / Photos: Thomas Feuerstein / Metabolica)

Sexauer Gallery, Streustr.90, 13086 Berlin-Weißensee; map

Thomas Feuerstein “Metabolica”, on through 26.1.2019

Wed-Sat 13-18h and by appointment

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