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FIGURES THROUGH A LENS — BODY PERFORMANCE AT THE HELMUT NEWTON FOUNDATION

FIGURES THROUGH A LENS — BODY PERFORMANCE AT THE HELMUT NEWTON FOUNDATION

A camera captures the moments, feelings and movements that emanate from human bodies. The fascinating diversity of these bodies is showcased in the “Body Performance” group exhibition currently running at the Helmut Newton Foundation. The show updates Newton’s legendary “Naked and Dressed” motifs, which famously bridged fashion and nude photography. The displayed works include his lesser-known 1980s series taken at the Ballet de Monte Carlo, capturing dancers off duty. In Vanessa Beecroft’s “VB55” by contrast, movement is very much the exception: this filmed performance captures 100 women posing as static mannequins, covered only by transparent underwear. The duo Inez & Vinoodh meanwhile deprive their subjects of their entire humanity, their photos distorting adult models by giving them children’s faces. These photographers and others – Viviane Sassen, Robert Longo, Cindy Sherman, Erwin Wurm and Robert Mapplethorpe – present the diversity and power of being human, leaving the observer with a feeling of humility and hope. (Text: Verena Schwarz / Photos: Viviane Sassen Courtesy Stevenson Gallery, Bernd Uhlig & Erwin Wurm Courtesy König Galerie)

Helmut Newton Foundation at the Museum of Photography
Jebensstr.2, 10623 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map

Body Performance
Until 10.05.2020, Fri–Wed 11–19h, Thu 11–20h, closed Mon
@helmutnewtonfoundation

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THE END OF THE NETWORK: DIGITAL CULTURE AND VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE AT TRANSMEDIALE 2020

THE END OF THE NETWORK: DIGITAL CULTURE AND VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE AT TRANSMEDIALE 2020

Imagine a time before the Internet. Hard, isn’t it? The all-powerful Web and its ability to decentralize infrastructure and make other networks obsolete is the subject of the 33rd Transmediale, titled “End to End.” Running until this Saturday (01.02.2020), the festival for art and digital culture will be exploring how we can approach the concept of the network again – critically, socially and personally. The group exhibition “The Eternal Network” at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt takes us back to the 1960s to address historical issues while making room for contemporary perspectives, while in the video installation “Molecular Sex” from Swiss artist Johanna Bruckner, human and artificial intelligence confront each other directly. AI is also an integral part of the Film & Video Day at the HKW: In Lawrence Lek’s feature film, a fading pop star has new songs written by a computer – “Aidol” – to great success. The week concludes with a two-day symposium, with panels, performances and screenings at the Volksbühne focusing on the pressing questions of what will replace today’s networked systems in the future and what role global political issues (like the climate crisis) will play. This year’s Transmediale focuses on message transfer – so it’s time to expand your own network. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis, Le Fresnoy & Lawrence Lek & Johanna Bruckner)

Transmediale – End to End
Festival week: 28.01. – 01.02.2020
Tickets available online.

Group Exhibition: The Eternal Network
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin–Tiergarten; map

During festival week:
Thu 30.01., 11–22h & Fri 31.01. – Sat 02.02., 11–20h

After festival week:
03.02. – 01.03.2020
Mon, Wed, Fri–Sun 12–19h
Thu 12–22h

Volksbühne, Linienstr.227, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map
Symposium: End to End, Fri 31.01. & Sat 01.02., 10h30–0h
@transmediale

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SOUNDS FROM ON THE BRINK: LIMINAL SPACES & ELECTRONIC MUSIC AT THE CTM FESTIVAL

SOUNDS FROM ON THE BRINK: LIMINAL SPACES & ELECTRONIC MUSIC AT THE CTM FESTIVAL

Even if you’re more of a home bird in January, a good reason to get out is the CTM Festival, which begins again this Friday (24.01.2020). This year’s title is “Liminal”, the ephemeral space located on different thresholds – those areas of transformation, transition and extreme. To help you make sense of the packed festival schedule, here are our highlights. Like every year, the group exhibition at Kunstraum Bethanien is a must: at Interstitial Spaces, various artists explore multi-dimensional spaces with videos, sounds, interactions, photographs and performances. In “You Will Go Away One Day But I Will Not“, Maria Thereza Alves and Lucrecia Dalt transform the Botanical Gardens into a sound-art piece that puts western botanical practices up for debate. CTM offers not just sounds, but structured electronic music too. We are especially looking forward to Icelandic cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir’s live performance of her award-winning soundtrack to the series “Chernobyl” and the Danish sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard, whose “Opus Mors” musical work studies the four phases of death. Sure not to disappoint, CTM is just the thing to lure you out the door even in the dreary winter weather. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Voijd für CTM & Astrid Gnosis & Adrian Morillo)

CTM Liminal 
24.01.–02.02.2020; Tickets online.
@ctmfestival
 
Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Group exhibition: Interstitial Spaces
Daily 10–22h

Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin, Königin-Luise-Str.6–8, Berlin–Dahlem; map
Installation: You Will Go Away One Day But I Will Not
Daily 9–19h

Silent Green Kulturquartier, Gerichtstr.35, 13347 Berlin–Wedding; map
Concert: Hildur Guðnadóttir – Chernobyl, 29. & 30.01., 20h
Performance: Jacob Kirkegaard – Opus Mors, 02.02., 15h (Betonhalle)

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DISAPPEARING BERLIN — TRANSIENT LOCATIONS HOSTING CONTEMPORARY ART AND PERFORMANCE

DISAPPEARING BERLIN — TRANSIENT LOCATIONS HOSTING CONTEMPORARY ART AND PERFORMANCE

What makes Berlin unique? There are many answers to this question, but the architecture of the capital, with its temporary structures and construction sites, comes up again and again. In this vein, the “Disappearing Berlin” event series from Schinkel Pavillon has since 2019 been uncovering spaces that are about to undergo radical change to highlight the urban architecture of transition with various performances, screenings and concerts. This evening, the festival heads to Kotti’s Xara Beach bar with “Leylet Hob (A Night of Love)”: inspired by the cabaret of the Middle East, curator Martha Kirszenbaum will present films by Arab female artists and host a performance by Lafawndah. Next Thursday (30.01.) the action moves to soon-to-be-closed Mitte dance institution Clärchens Ballhaus where Lebanese artist Mohamed Bourouissa will tell a story of two cities – Berlin and Beirut – in dialogue with Youmna Saba, Sina Araghi and Tony Elieh. Schinkel Pavillon manages to capture the fleeting nature of urban spaces in a format that is itself marked by change. Numbers are limited for the events so make sure you arrive early! (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Meriem Bennani, Disappearing Berlin & Lienhard Schulz)

Disappearing Berlin presented by Schinkel Pavillon
@schinkelpavillon

Xara Beach, Adalbertstr.98, 10999 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Leylet Hob (A Night of Love)
Thu 23.01.2020, 20h

Clärchens Ballhaus, Auguststr.24, 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mohamed Bourouissa with Youmna Saba, Sina Araghi and Tony Elieh
Fri 31.01.2020, 20h

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PREPARED PIANOS AT THE KW: OPENING THE LID ON A NEW MUSICAL WORLD

PREPARED PIANOS AT THE KW: OPENING THE LID ON A NEW MUSICAL WORLD

When musicians modify their pianos, they open up a whole world of musical possibilities. With a five-day program of piano-based explorations, the KW gallery is celebrating just this. The highlight: 24 “prepared pianos” taken from Italian patron Francesco Conz’s (1935-2010) Archivio Conz collection of avant-garde artworks. The instruments are “prepared” by placing objects between or on the strings, and the exhibition is a testament to the musicians who have experimented with their keys and strings through the ages. These visual displays challenge the idea of the piano as the tool of the privileged virtuoso, and bring together works from major avant-garde artists including Ay-O, Dorothy Iannone, Carolee Schneemann, Nam June Paik, as well as Ben Patterson, whose piano – that most staid of instruments – is turned into a tropical wonder with a whole array of exotic plants. Alongside the exhibited pianos is a series of music and visual performances. Our tip: grab a ticket for Charlemagne Palestine’s show, featuring his minimalist synth and organ sounds. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Courtesy of Archivio Conz)

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststr.69, 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map
Pause: Broken Sound/Remote Music. Prepared pianos from the Archivio Conz collection. 16.–19.01.2020
Concert from Charlemagne Palestine, 17.01.2020, 20h30. Tickets at the KW box office.
@kwinstitutefcontemporaryart

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