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ART MEETS SCIENCE WITH OPEN-AIR FILM AND TALK PROGRAM — SCIENCE CITY SUMMER CINEMA AT THE ROTES RATHAUS

ART MEETS SCIENCE WITH OPEN-AIR FILM AND TALK PROGRAM — SCIENCE CITY SUMMER CINEMA AT THE ROTES RATHAUS

Magic potions, space travel and ecological dystopia. No, this isn’t some kind of parallel universe – it’s the square by the Rotes Rathaus in Berlin Mitte. For the whole of next week, the space will be home to the Science City Summer Cinema (26.07–01.08.2021), an open-air program of films which tackle pressing scientific issues such as ecology, food and the universe in cooperation with broadcasters radioeins and rbbKultur. Part of the Wissensstadt Berlin 2021 series of over 100 science events, the movie line-up includes seven titles from the past 50 years which each shed light on an area of science. To explain the theory behind the film, each screening will be accompanied by a talk between an expert who works in a related field and rbb film critic Knut Elstermann. The series starts with Soylent Green, a 1973 thriller that – fittingly – imagines a world of environmental collapse set in the year 2022. Introducing the film is Professor Monika Schreiner, who researches ways to guarantee a sufficient food supply for the world’s population. On 28.07 actress Thelma Buabeng will introduce the 2016 Oscar-nominated drama Hidden Figures – Unerkannte Heldinnen, which tells the tale of the African American women mathematicians who helped NASA get to the moon.

The week finishes up with the 2011 film Gott des Gemetzels (Carnage), an all-star comedy drama in which a minor dispute between two families escalates into savage fighting. Picking apart the psychology of the characters is body language expert Dirk W. Eilert, who suggests ways to ensure more peaceful human encounters. For a deeper dive into some of these issues, you can also check out the neighboring exhibition. Open around the clock, the open-air exhibits take you through an imaginary city divided into three parts – climate, health and community – topics which we should all be wising up on…

Text: Benji Haughton / Credit: Kulturprojekte Berlin / Photos: Alexander Rentsch & Tima Miroshnichenko

Tickets for the Science City Summer Cinema (26.07–01.08.2021) can be purchased online for €5 each. The exhibition is in German and English; the films are shown in German. Proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to the charity Stiftung Jugend forscht e.V.

@wissensstadtberlin

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AN ARTY WEEKEND IN THE BRANDENBURG COUNTRYSIDE — CERAMICS AND CUISINE AT BIESENTHAL

AN ARTY WEEKEND IN THE BRANDENBURG COUNTRYSIDE — CERAMICS AND CUISINE AT BIESENTHAL

 

Every summer, Berlin art lovers make the 40-minute pilgrimage north to Biesenthal in Naturpark Barnim. The Brandenburg village is home to a former mill that is now a hotspot for contemporary art. The 2021 edition focuses on a medium that is currently much in favor: ceramics. Curators Tjioe Meyer Hecken, Jakub Kubica and Elizaveta Petrova have brought together works by eight artists for a group exhibition that runs until the beginning of August. One of the artists involved is designer and sculptor Yasmin Bawa, who experiments with hemp and clay. Bawa and her colleague Margaret Rae Flatley will be giving first-hand insights into their practice with a workshop this weekend (24–25.07.2021). Over two days, you will learn to create and fire a so-called dorodango – a perfectly-shaped sphere which is a Japanese art form. The exhibition is accompanied by a culinary program that is no less exciting: on Sunday Laura Iriondo from catering firm Taube Grau is offering a four-course picnic menu. Sound artist Samuel Hertz will provide musical accompaniment as you enjoy the fresh summer lunch from tiffin picnic boxes. Natural wines come courtesy of Nature’s Calling with sweet treats from Pars chocolates to finish up the feast.

Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Art Biesenthal, Pars Pralinen & Margaret Rae Flatley

Wehrmühle Biesenthal, Wehrmühlenweg 8, 16359 Biesenthal; map
Shapes of Comfort, until 08.08.2021, Fri–Sun 12–20h
Tickets for the workshop on 24. & 25.07 are available online.
Fortuna Forest – four-course picnic menu from Taube Grau, Sun 25.07.

@artbiesenthal
@taubegrau
@parspralinen
@faradai_spirit
@0800naturescalling

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CULTURE WITH A VIEW — 21 SUNSETS ON THE HKW ROOF TERRACE

CULTURE WITH A VIEW — 21 SUNSETS ON THE HKW ROOF TERRACE

If there’s one good thing that has come out of the past year, it’s rediscovering the joy of outdoor events. One outside highlight this summer is the open-air program from Haus der Kulturen der Welt, which is returning to its beautiful rooftop terrace in July and August. In keeping with the title, 21 Sunsets invites culture fans to regular concerts, readings and film screenings over 21 (hopefully) warm summer evenings. The rooftop space is perfect for enjoying a drink from the kiosk with sunset views of the Spree, Tiergarten and Hugh Stubbins’ iconic 1950s building. As for the program, things kick off today (15.07.2021) with a literary performance from Wolfram Lotz, Nele Stuhler and Irina Sulaver followed by a screening of The Halfmoon Files by filmmaker Philip Scheffner. The film selection is a collaboration with Arsenal, while music is taken care of by Berlin collective Freak de l’Afrique. We’ve already marked some nights in our calendars: the poetic documentary Taming the Garden by director Salomé Jashi (17.07), a reading from author Enis Maci (22.07.), the Listening Session with Flaneur Magazine (07.08) and an evening with culture magazine Das Wetter (12.08).

Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Silke Briel & Rob de Kruif / Credit: HKW & Jennifer Tuffour

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin–Tiergarten; map

21 Sunsets – concerts, films and readings on the HKW terrace, Thu–Sun, until 15.08.2021. Tickets: Concerts €10/8, Literature €5/3, Film €5/3. More details can be found online. Screenings are weather dependent.
 
@hkw_berlin

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A CITY BUILT ON SWAMPLAND — JAKOB KUDSK STEENSEN AT HALLE AM BERGHAIN

A CITY BUILT ON SWAMPLAND — JAKOB KUDSK STEENSEN AT HALLE AM BERGHAIN

For his first solo exhibition in Berlin, Danish artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen has dived into the city’s geological history. After the end of the last ice age, numerous marshes formed in the glacial valley in which Berlin now stands – the city’s name actually derives from the Slavic word “berl”, meaning swamp. Now Steensen is bringing new life to these former wetlands or, more specifically, to Halle am Berghain as part of cultural project Light Art Space (LAS). Steensen has transformed the club space into an immersive, virtual swampland where you, the visitor, can lose yourself. The artist’s aim was to combine relics of the past with local myths and contemporary found objects. The installation that results combines taxidermy with animal sounds courtesy of Berlin’s Natural History Museum, counterposed with alienating photographs of animals and plants taken by the artist during recent travels in Spreewald. Berl-Berl is an exhibition that surrounds you, not least because of the rich musical landscape provided by sound artist Matt McCorkle and singer Arca. As well as at Berghain, you can experience the installations online by visiting BerlBerl.world.

Text: Laura Storfner / Credit & Photos: Jakob Kudsk Steensen & Berl-Berl (2021)

To win a pair of tickets to the installation tomorrow (09.07.2021) at 20h send us an email with your full name, address and telephone number.

Halle am Berghain, Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map

Jakob Kudsk Steensen: Berl-Berl, 10.07–26.09.2021.
Mon–Thu 13–22h, Fri–Sun 11–23h
Tickets and time slots can be found here

@lightartspace
@jakob_kudsk_steensen

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THE STREET AS A GALLERY — ART WALKS WITH BALADE BERLIN

THE STREET AS A GALLERY — ART WALKS WITH BALADE BERLIN

In pandemic times, walking has become the activity of choice for many. It’s a trend that curators Liberty Adrien and Carina Bukuts are embracing for Balade Berlin, an exhibition that takes you on an art-filled tour around Charlottenburg. Some works are housed in conventional venues like Museum Charlottenburg while others appear in more unexpected places, like on Berlin’s legendary cylindrical advertising pillars. For each stage of the walk, Berlin artists have created new works that respond to their surroundings: Christine Sun Kim’s works occupy a 1950s traffic control box on Ku’damm, while Willem de Rooij has taken over the small orangery at Schloss Charlottenburg. The newly-reopened cinemas also have a place in the program: on Sunday (11.07.2021, 11h) Cinema Paris will screen Ulrike Ottinger’s film Paris Calligrammes, in which the artist recreates Paris in the 1960s.

Text: Laura Storfner / Credit: Willem de Rooij, Bouquet XVI, 2015 & Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Delphi Filmpalast; Bettina Pousttchi, Amplifier2021 & Buchmann Galerie, Berlin/Lugano / Photo: Jens Ziehe

Balade Berlin: exhibition in Charlottenburg, 10.07–22.08.2021, various locations.

Free guided tours are offered on 17.07 (English), 24.07 (German sign language) and 14.08 (German) at 11h. The full program can be viewed here. You can register for the tours via email.

@baladeberlin

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