This year’s pandemic has not just brought dramatic change; it has also forced us to stop and take stock. But what effects will this imposed break have on us, now and beyond? That’s the question guiding Gropius Bau’s summer program Down to Earth, which runs for a month starting 13.08 as part of the Berliner Festspiele’s ongoing Immersion series. For four weeks, the museum’s ground floor and southern square are being transformed into a space that is part exhibition part alternative campus. Performances, lectures, musical interventions, workshops and discussions ask how we can eat, work and travel to the good of the environment. The permanent exhibition features art, research projects and installations on the subject of the environment presented across 14 rooms, with works by Agnes Denes, Alicja Kwade, Yngve Holen, Tomás Saraceno and Tino Sehgal. Also in the program is practical guidance, including Joschka Härdtner and Kay Andrees’s workshop on Tiny Houses and the Repair Café which lets you breathe new life into your electricals. The Roof Water Farm laboratory is open for tours, while lectures on holistic farming and green club culture provide great food for thought. Almost all the performances are shown without electricity, indicating the show’s commitment to radical rethinking. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Agnes Denes, Courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York & Imker Norman Linke, Umweltforum Auferstehungskirche, Berlin)
We are offering readers five pairs of tickets for the exhibition, redeemable for any day during the month-long program. To win, send us an email. Good luck!
Immersion – Down to Earth: 13.08.–13.09.2020
Gropius Bau, Niederkirchnerstr.7, 10963 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Sat–Wed 10–19h, Thu–Fri 10–21h, Tues closed
You can view the full program and buy tickets online.
Tip: on 13.08 you can visit free of charge with a pre-booked ticket.