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INTERNATIONAL LITERARY FESTIVAL BERLIN: REINVIGORATE YOUR PASSION FOR READING

INTERNATIONAL LITERARY FESTIVAL BERLIN: REINVIGORATE YOUR PASSION FOR READING

“To comfort the disturbed and to disturb the comfortable.” In her program preface to the 18th International Literature Festival Berlin, Prof. Monika Grütters, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, borrows David Foster Wallace’s definition of the power of literature to launch this celebration of the written word. Eleven days of readings, talks, workshops, poetry slams and screenings will be held all across the city, in German and English. If the comprehensive program overwhelms at first glance, here are three of our picks: A screening of Ai Weiwei’s “Human Flow”, followed by a Q&A with the artist (6.9.2018, 18h), the formidable novelist Rachel Cusk reading from her “Kudos”, the final in her acclaimed trilogy (13.9.2018, 21h), and the special topic series “What Comes After the Nation State?” — performances, readings and discussions dedicated to investigating the precarious past decade post-GFC. Whichever side of Foster Wallace’s dichotomy you fall on, secure your tickets here for what promises to be an enlightened ten (more) days of literary inspiration. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: c/o International Literary Festival Berlin)

Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Schaperstr.24, 10719 Berlin-Wilmersdorf; map
International Literature Festival Berlin, on through 15.9.2018. Programtickets

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LAST CHANCE TO SEE A LOCAL ICON’S RADIANT INSTALLATION

LAST CHANCE TO SEE A LOCAL ICON’S RADIANT INSTALLATION

Make the most of the calm before the September art storm by catching up on summer shows you may have missed — like Carsten Nicolai’s “Tele” installation, on view at Berlinische Galerie through 3.9.2018. The large-scale work explores quantum entanglement through two mirrored sculptures which communicate via luminescent yellow laser beams, offering an experience of visual art inspired by science. Intrigued? Here’s the trailer. As an in-depth accompaniment to the exhibition, Distanz has released a beautiful book on the work, and the artist’s practice, published in both English and German. Containing photos, diagrams, and essays on the nexus between art and technology, it not only makes for an excellent coffee table memento but also provides a good opportunity to brush up on your knowledge of quantum physics. So what’s happening when the storm hits, you ask? Next up is Julian Charrière’s “As We Used to Float” (Gasag Art Prize 2018), a multimedia installation that invites visitors to dive into the Pacific Ocean in exploration of the result of the United States’ testing of thermonuclear weapons at Bikini Atoll. Mark your calendar for the opening on 26.9.2018. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Works: Carsten Nicolai & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, c/o Gallery Eigen + Art / Book Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstr.124-128, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map

Wed-Mon 10-18h

Carsten Nicolai “Tele“, on through 3.9.2018

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AN INDEPENDENT AWARD FOR ARTISTS: BERLIN ART PRIZE 2018

AN INDEPENDENT AWARD FOR ARTISTS: BERLIN ART PRIZE 2018

The concept is simple — and yet somewhat rare these days: The Berlin Art Prize is not about big names, prestigious schools or a linear career; rather, the only thing that is taken into consideration is the art itself. An anonymous application process upholds this philosophy by ensuring that neither the applicant’s name nor their CV can be seen by the jury. Launched in 2013, the independent Berlin Art Prize has been granted to Berlin-based artists (almost) ever since – after a break last year, the event is making a comeback this summer. From 31.8.2018, this year’s nominees (including Doireann O’MalleyLorenzo Sandoval and Monika Grabuschnigg) will showcase their work in a group exhibition for four weeks with an accompanying program of readings, performances and various workshops. The public is warmly invited to join, and take a closer look at the nominees and their work before the three winners are selected at the closing reception on 28.9. at the stroke of midnight. (Text: Lisa Staub / Gif: Berlin Art Prize)

Berlin Art Prize 2018, The Shelf, Prinzenstr. 34, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map

Opening: 31.8.2018, 19h. Exhibition runs 1.–28.9.2018, Tue–Sat 12–18h. Finnisage & award ceremony: 28.9.2018, 19h

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EX-EMBASSY — THE FASCINATING HISTORY OF A PANKOW PREFAB

EX-EMBASSY — THE FASCINATING HISTORY OF A PANKOW PREFAB

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, 135 modular, prefabricated diplomatic buildings, designed by a group of architects led by Horst Bauer, who was responsible for Café Moskau, popped up around Pankow. The largest of these buildings, named “Ingenieur-Hochbau-III”, housed the embassy of Australia, which was the second Western state to officially recognize the GDR. After the diplomatic relationship flailed — before the wall fell — the building was sold as part of the West German-led “Treuhand” privatization process. Currently, this little-known history — together with the nuances of themes such as territory, value, and identity — is being explored on-site in “Ex-Embassy“: an exhibition of five artworks and five texts. Curated by Sonja Hornung, it takes place as part of Berlin’s Project Space Festival, on through 31.8.2018, parallel to an initiative to turn the building into a studio and permanent cultural site. You heard it from us first. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Artworks: Megan Cope (Quandamooka), Sonya Schönberger (DE) / Photo: Adrian Kuppertz)

X-Embassy, Atelierhaus Australische Botschaft (Ost), Grabbeallee 34, 13156 Berlin-Pankow; map

Ex-Embassy: Exhibition and text series at the Former Australian Embassy to the German Democratic Republic

On through 31.08.2018, Thu-Sat 12-18h or by appointment

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WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO: THE 10TH BERLIN BIENNALE

WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO: THE 10TH BERLIN BIENNALE

Forty-six artists, five venues, and a “program of complete disorder”, as South African curator Gabi Ngcobo puts it — quoting Frantz Fanon — in her introduction to the 10th Berlin Biennale’s catalog (Distanz, 2018). The theme of this year’s Biennale, “We Don’t Need Another Hero” (named after Tina Turner’s 1985 hit song), is a response to the “collective psychosis” of our contemporary condition. A varied program of exhibitions, events, performances, and workshops has been spread across KW — Institute for Contemporary Art, Akademie der Künste, Volksbühne Pavilion, ZK/U — Center for Art and Urbanistics, and HAU2. Hot on our radar (28.7.2018) is “A History of Remembering“, round 19 of the performance series “I’m Not Who You Think I’m Not. In collaboration with Aurélie Disasi, Skye Skyetshookii, Babiche Papaya and Troy Lopez, Isaiah Lopaz transcends national and linguistic borders to venture into territories which have impacted people of Black African descent, dedicating a shared dinner and spoken word performances to the memory of that which has been concealed, discarded or eradicated from history’s dominant discourses. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos / Works (clockwise): F. Anthea Schaap, Luke Willis Thompson, Isaiah Lopaz)

We Don’t Need Another Hero: 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
On through 9.9.2018, various venues. Event calendar

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Studio, Auguststr.69, 10117 Berlin-Mitte, map
A History of Remembering #19: I’m Not Who You Think I’m Not
28.7.2018, 19-21h

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