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ART, MUSIC & CLIMATE INTERVENTIONS — DOWN TO EARTH AT GROPIUS BAU

ART, MUSIC & CLIMATE INTERVENTIONS — DOWN TO EARTH AT GROPIUS BAU

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.
@gropiusbau
@berlinerfestspiele

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SCHLOSSGUT SCHWANTE SCULPTURE PARK — RECOMMENDED BY OLGA POTSCHERNINA

SCHLOSSGUT SCHWANTE SCULPTURE PARK — RECOMMENDED BY OLGA POTSCHERNINA

Now is the season to head to the countryside, clear your head and – thanks to Schlossgut Schwante Sculpture Park – see some art. Since launching in June 2020, these manor house grounds have been home to sculptures from the likes of Ai Weiwei, Tony Cragg, Hans Arp and Gregor Hildebrandt. The power of these works is heightened in a natural environment, appearing so surreal as to be from another planet. Walking round, you encounter George Rickey’s stainless steel plates dancing leisurely in the wind, a nightmarish crumpled black staircase from Monika Sosnowska, and Gregor Hildebrandt’s huge tower of shell-shaped vinyl records. Toshihiko Mitsuya’s aluminium foliage blends sculpture and nature, the metallic shine of the material contrasting the fine floral forms. When the wind blows through Mitsuya’s leaves, the individual elements rub against each other creating a tinny rustling sounds that is somehow melodic. Maybe this is what the world of Alice in Wonderland is like? “‘This is impossible,’ said Alice. ‘Only if you believe it is,’ replied The Mad Hatter.” (Text: Olga Potschernina / Artworks: Martin Creed, George Rickey & Toshihiko Mitsuya / Photos: Olga Potschernina & Leo Pompinon)

Berlin-born Olga Potschernina is an art historian working at Radioeins. She is most at home in the city’s numerous museums and galleries.

Schlossgut Schwante Sculpture Park, Schlosspl.1–3, 16727 Oberkrämer; map
Fri–Sun 11–18h
Take the RB 55 to Schwante station. The park is a 50 km drive from Berlin. @schlossgut.schwante

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MEIN HEIM: ROUGH SLEEPERS SHARE THEIR LIVES IN COMPASSIONATE DOCUMENTARY PROJECT

MEIN HEIM: ROUGH SLEEPERS SHARE THEIR LIVES IN COMPASSIONATE DOCUMENTARY PROJECT

For many the Corona crisis has been a trying time. But what is it like to live through a pandemic without protection, without money – without a home? That’s the question explored by Mein Heim, an online documentary project by Berlin-based Norwegian visual artist Per Christian Brown. Filmed over the course of May and June at Tiergarten – long a refuge for Berlin’s rough sleepers – the videos capture the lives of 12 homeless people who now have to contend with Covid-19 in addition to the challenges of street life. Brown interviews his subjects matter-of-factly, focusing on what their typical day looks like and the effects of the pandemic. One interviewee, 46-year old Manuell, thoughtfully explains the complexities and contradictions of homelessness, a life he finds hard and yet rewarding. He goes on to describe the house of his dreams – one of many poignant moments in the films. Bringing you face-to-face with people too often forgotten, Brown’s project is required watching for every Berliner. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Per Christian Brown)

Mein Heim, a documentary art project by Per Christian Brown, can be viewed online
To support the people featured in the films, you can make a donation here.

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BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ — ALFRED DÖBLIN’S 1929 NOVEL GETS A MODERN-DAY FILM MAKEOVER

BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ — ALFRED DÖBLIN’S 1929 NOVEL GETS A MODERN-DAY FILM MAKEOVER

July is high season for open-air cinema, and our al fresco film of the moment has got to be Berlin Alexanderplatz, the new reimagining of Alfred Döblin’s 1929 novel which won several awards at this year’s Berlinale and premieres today (16.07.2020). Burhan Qurbani directs this contemporary telling of Döblin’s modernist tale, a three-hour political epic spread over five chapters, with a captivating lead performance by Welket Bungué as Franz. A refugee from Guinea-Bissau, Franz is living in a dormitory in Berlin when the charismatic Reinhold introduces him to the city’s drug underworld. Despite its length, the film is well-paced, with thoughtful dialogue from screenwriter Martin Behnke, who wrote 2014’s “We Are Young. We Are Strong” with Qurbani also directing. Filming mostly at night at well-known Neukölln haunts including Hasenheide and the Lenau-Stuben pub, Qurbani creates a melancholy, haunting urban landscape that fits the material and is perfectly judged for the big screen. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: film scenes & poster Berlin Alexanderplatz)

We’re giving away three fan packages which include two free tickets to the film (redeemable in cinemas throughout Germany) and the novel as an audiobook. To win, send us an email with your full name and Instagram.

Berlin Alexanderplatz is in cinemas now.

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SOUND SCULPTURES AT MONOM — SPEND 90 MINUTES ENVELOPED IN OMNIDIRECTIONAL AUDIO AT THE FUNKHAUS

SOUND SCULPTURES AT MONOM — SPEND 90 MINUTES ENVELOPED IN OMNIDIRECTIONAL AUDIO AT THE FUNKHAUS

As you take a seat in a darkened hall hidden deep within the Funkhaus Shedhalle building, a feeling of tense expectation falls on you and the 39 others nearby. What awaits is Sound Sculptures, an audio experience powered by a 48.9-speaker 4DSOUND system that envelops you with tones, noises, and chords that are so deep and full that you can feel and even see the sound in your mind’s eye. Each of these 90-minute sessions – there are four running every Saturday and Sunday until 01.08.2020 – brings a different soundscape from a resident artist at Monom, which is the name of both the Funkhaus venue and the Berlin-based collective behind the events. The spatial sound that emerges from Monom’s 16 speaker columns has an almost transcendent effect as you sit, lie or meditate in the middle of its aural atmospheres, and stays with you long after emerging from the concrete depths and into the sunlight. The next sessions are this weekend (11.–12.07) with sounds from Croatian Amor and Casimir Geelhoed. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Savannah van der Niet, Sophie Döring & Monom)

Sound Sculptures at Monom, Funkhaus Berlin, Nalepastr.18, 12459 Berlin–Oberschöneweide; map
The series runs every weekend until 01.08.2020. Capacity is limited to 40 to maintain physical distancing. Tickets can be purchased online, with a small number of places available on the door.
@monomsound

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