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MAERZMUSIK — ONLINE FESTIVAL FOR CONTEMPORARY MUSIC AND TOPICAL QUESTIONS

MAERZMUSIK — ONLINE FESTIVAL FOR CONTEMPORARY MUSIC AND TOPICAL QUESTIONS

A marathon concert from a legendary New York music initiative and a celebration of a forgotten pioneer of electronic music – these are just two examples of the multi-faceted program of MaerzMusik (19–28.03.2021) from the Berliner Festspiele. The 19th edition of the “Festival for Time Issues” comprises ten days of music and is, for the first time, exclusively available online for free. The daily lineup of live streamsincludes the expected concerts and talks but also a lot for the eyes, including film presentations and performances.

The program kicks off with a project that fits the current climate perfectly: Environment, a joint performance by Berlin solo ensemble Phønix16 and Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos that takes acoustic and cinematic elements and uses them to make the experience of last year’s lockdown palpable. Meanwhile, the exhibition Here History Began highlights the work of late Egyptian-American composer and researcher Halim El-Dabh. In live streams from Savvy Contemporary gallery and the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, El-Dabh’s position within music history is revisited via new works. Finally, if you’re in the mood for musical utopias, you should tune in to the Bang on a Can Marathon where for four hours, the legendary New York music crew will present a live version of a futuristic format developed especially for MaerzMusik. While there is additional distance between performance and listener at this year’s festival, the lineup still reminds us of how art, theory and current affairs are inextricably linked.

Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Lukas Wenninger & Philippe Rebosz

MaerzMusik will take place online from 19–28.3 2021. Festival passes are available free of charge from 15.3. via the Berliner Festspiele website, with donations welcomed.

@berlinerfestspiele

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AN ARTY DAY OUT IN POTSDAM — EXHIBITION AND STROLL AT VILLA SCHÖNINGEN

AN ARTY DAY OUT IN POTSDAM — EXHIBITION AND STROLL AT VILLA SCHÖNINGEN

Fifty years ago, Potsdam-born artist Chris Reinecke wrote the words “Schutz gegen Anfassen” (“Protection Against Touching”) on a piece of denim fabric. At the time this could be read as a response to sexism and a satirical commentary on the treatment of art. Now, as part of the group show 1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1 Art. 8 GG Versammlungsfreiheit, the piece has taken on a new meaning, bringing to mind current coronavirus restrictions that discourage human contact. The question of how people can overcome distance is a regular theme in the 21 works that feature in the exhibition, which sees 14 artists contend with the issue of the right to assembly – whether on a large or a small scale, private or public. The venue for these works is Potsdam’s Villa Schöningen, a building which was commissioned by King Frederick William IV who – as it happens – enshrined freedom of assembly in the Prussian constitution in 1848. Some of the artists – like Marcel Odenbach – address German reunification while others – like painter Marion Fink – reflect on the walls within our own minds. If you want to take your own journey into Germany’s past, you can add on a walk taking you from the Villa along Schwanenallee, once a GDR border area. At least here, as you walk towards the Neuen Garten and the Heiligen See, the title of Jörg Immendorff’s epochal painting from the show rings true: “Alles gut”.

Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Noshe, 2013 & 2020 / Credit: Anna Ehrenstein, Real Thomas Metzinger, 2019 © Villa Schöningen, courtesy of the artist and Office Impart & Fort, The Visit, 2019 © Villa Schöningen, courtesy of the artist and Sies+Höke

Villa Schöningen, Berliner Str.86, 14467 Potsdam; map
1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1 Art. 8 GG Versammlungsfreiheit until 28.03.2021
Fri–Sun 12–18h

@villa_schoeningen

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100 YEARS OF WERNER DÜTTMANN — CITY TOURS AND AN EXHIBITION AT THE BRÜCKE MUSEUM

100 YEARS OF WERNER DÜTTMANN — CITY TOURS AND AN EXHIBITION AT THE BRÜCKE MUSEUM

This year would have seen architect and urban planner Werner Düttmann’s 100th birthday – a fitting time then for the exhibition Werner Düttmann Building. Berlin, which celebrates his life’s work. Walk around Berlin’s west today and you will still see the Düttmann influence in U-Bahn stations, churches, libraries and museums – public meeting places which turn the city into an extended living room. Floor-to-ceiling windows, reduced forms and transitions between the inside and outside characterize Düttmann designs. He created architecture that breathes, appearing without decoration and yet still adorned. With the Academy of Arts, the St. Agnes church and the Hansabibliothek library, Düttmann translated the dynamics of the city into open, flowing spatial sequences. These buildings are among the 30 or so places taking center stage at the Brücke Museum exhibition, set to open in April 2021.

Ahead of the show’s official opening, the city experts at Poligonal will be presenting self-guided tours that highlight key Düttmann buildings in Berlin, with walks and bicycle tours extending from Dahlem to Britz. Starting this Saturday (06.03), background information will be shown at each of the stops, and for further reading a comprehensive catalog has been produced with input from artist Anri Sala and writer David Wagner.

Text: Laura Storfner / Credit: Ingeborg Lommatzsch; Wolf Lücking © Franziska Lücking; Pablo Picasso: © Succession Picasso / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021; Katrina Schulz, Wasmuth & Zohlen Verlag; Brücke-Museum

Werner Düttmann: Building. Berlin.

In addition to the main show at the Brücke Museum (17.04–11.06.2021), from 06.03.2021 satellite exhibitions can be viewed at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), König Galerie / St. Agnes, Hansabibliothek and in the foyer of the Academy of Arts. Full information can be found here.

Exhibition catalog (2020, Wasmuth & Zohlen, 372 pages)

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@poligonal.berlin

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OUR PODCAST TIPS FOR 2021— THREE SHOWS FOR CAREER GUIDANCE AND FEMALE LEADERSHIP

OUR PODCAST TIPS FOR 2021— THREE SHOWS FOR CAREER GUIDANCE AND FEMALE LEADERSHIP

For our third collection of podcast tips, we’re starting with the dead – specifically the departed dames that feature in Berlin-based The Dead Ladies Show. Each episode of this monthly radio show invites two guests to present an influential woman from the past, diving into their personalities, lives and achievements. The talents are diverse, from successful athletes and ancient mathematicians to rock’n’roll pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe. And though the stories of these women have been around for a while, they remain instructive and inspiring. Next up is To My Sisters, a podcast hosted by engaging and charming Londoners Courtney and Renee that is packed with wisdom and warmth. The twice-weekly episodes provide insight into the professional and personal lives of two women who have made it their goal to inspire women in business.

Always with a touch of humor, the pair discuss topics such as the realities of being an entrepreneur, following your passion and building a legacy. Besides business, the episodes also touch on topics like childhood trauma, patriarchy and activism, offering thought-provoking insights and practical advice. Last up is a local podcast still fresh from its launch in February 2021: WAA (Women Authors of Achievement). For each 45-minute episode, host and filmmaker Daria Suvorova is joined by key female figures from Berlin’s business world. As you listen to their career successes and struggles, you can feel your own business ambitions and dreams awaken.

Text: Lottie Mac / Credit: Anna Shvets

The Dead Ladies ShowTo My SistersWAA

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WOLF IN SPACE — ART HOUSE CINEMA FROM THE WESERSTRASSE TO ENJOY AT HOME

WOLF IN SPACE — ART HOUSE CINEMA FROM THE WESERSTRASSE TO ENJOY AT HOME

With the cinemas closed, we are not just missing the physical experience of velvet upholstered armchairs and popcorn, but also the chance to discover international film releases outside the Hollywood mainstream. That’s why Neukölln’s Wolf Kino is now bringing arthouse cinema home with their virtual cinema platform Wolf in Space, which lets you stream a curated selection of small indie productions on your devices. Aus einem Jahr der Nichtereignisse (From a Year of Non-events) by Ann Carolin Renninger and René Frölke quietly portrays the everyday life of north German farmer Willi, while Lola Randl’s documentary Von Bienen und Blumen (The Bees and the Birds) tells the story of a post-capitalist utopia in rural Uckermark. Meanwhile, What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? from director Roberto Minervini follows the African-American community of Louisiana’s capital Baton Rouge, where unarmed Alton Sterling was killed by police in 2016. All three films offer unique tellings of different realities, provoking thought and conversation like only well-curated indie cinema can. The films can be rented for a fee or, if you are a member of Wolf, enjoyed as part of your subscription.

Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Credit: Cottonbro & Claudia Schramke for Wolf Kino / Film poster: Aus einem Jahr der Nichtereignisse, Von Bienen und Blumen, What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire?, Ama-San, Tempo Comum & Dijon Àfrica

You can find the complete Wolf in Space streaming program online. All films are offered with English subtitles.

@wolfkinogang
@steppenwolf_films

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