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A SHINING SPECTACLE: LIGHT ART SPACE & REFIK ANADOL

A SHINING SPECTACLE: LIGHT ART SPACE & REFIK ANADOL

What happens when art merges with science, and light itself becomes the artist’s medium? Entering the giant turbine hall of Kraftwerk Berlin for Refik Anadol’sexhibition “Latent Being”, you see it revealed: an otherworldly audiovisual experience, astounding in its depth and scale. Presented as an immersive journey through four chapters, this is data-driven art, using machine intelligence as well as visitors’ movements to create ever changing digital “paintings”. This dazzling work marks the launch of the Light Art Space (LAS), a foundation dedicated to the connections between art, new technologies and science. Alongside the light show is LAS+, an interdisciplinary program featuring a multimedia show from Berlin-based duo Amnesia Scanner(30.11.2019, 21h) and AI-influenced sounds from composer, musician and sound artist Holly Herndon, performing together with long-time collaborator Mathew Dryhurst (06.12.2019, 21h). Together, the three works show you the cutting edge of man-machine artistry. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Refik Anadol Studio, Camille Blake, Amnesia Scanner and PWR, Holly Herndon – PROTO, Boris Camaca, Courtesy of the artists)

Kraftwerk Berlin, Köpenicker Str.70, 10179 Berlin–Mitte; map
Refik Anadol “Latent Being”, 23.11.2019–05.01.2020
Tickets for Amnesia Scanner here.
Tickets for Holly Herndon here.
@lightartspace

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THE POETRY OF PRINT: HANSJÖRG MAYER AT THE KUNSTBIBLIOTHEK

THE POETRY OF PRINT: HANSJÖRG MAYER AT THE KUNSTBIBLIOTHEK

The young Hansjörg Mayer spent much of his time at his family’s print shop in Stuttgart. Fascinated with the misprints and the random byproducts of printing, Mayer began to collect things that would otherwise have ended up in the bin. His early enthusiasm was later translated into an experimental aesthetic that materialized in his “Druckprozessbildern” – printed typographic pictures. Both his typographic works and his seminal publishing house made him one of the most important protagonists of Concrete Poetry and 1960s art. Many of the most creative artist books passed through his hands, including from the likes of Richard Hamilton, Dorothy Iannone and John Latham. In the universal anti-artist Dieter Roth, Mayer found a partner with whom he consistently explored the boundaries of the printable. In addition early work “The First Alphabet”, the exhibition at the Kunstbibliothek features portfolios, film, records and books that explore Mayer’s printed universe. (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin & Dietmar Katz)

Kunstbibliothek, Matthäikirchplatz; 10785 Berlin–Tiergarten; map
Hansjörg Mayer – Typoems and Artist Books, until 12.01.2020
Tue–Fri 10–18h, Sat & Sun 11–18h

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SOUNDS OF ICELAND — FOUR DAYS OF CROSSING MUSICAL GENRES AT THE KONZERTHAUS

SOUNDS OF ICELAND — FOUR DAYS OF CROSSING MUSICAL GENRES AT THE KONZERTHAUS

Icelandic music is known for having no reservations about crossing genres or crossing oceans and borders – this time all the way to the heart of Berlin for “Sounds of Iceland“, a four-day festival at Konzerthaus Berlin. Starting next week (14.–17.11.2019) the beautiful concert hall at Gendarmenmarkt will host a celebration of musical talent from the volcanic island, bringing together an eclectic line-up of artists such as jazz quartet ADHD, whose performances inspired by the forces of nature will transport you to a sky full of northern lights; multi-instrumentalist and singer Jófríður Ákadóttir of JFDR, deservingly deemed “the next Björk”; and artist in residence Víkingur Ólafsson, who will close the festival with a performance accompanied by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Our tip: let the music wash over you at the Singer-Songwriter Night as Sóley, Snorri and their guests give a glimpse into how Icelanders turn the long dark nights into pure creativity! (Text: Andreea Dragos / Photos: Sebastian Runge, jfdr & Ari Magg)

Konzerthaus Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt, 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map
Sounds of Iceland“, 14–17.11.2019. Buy tickets here.
@konzerthausberlin

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SWIMMING AGAINST THE ANTHROPOCENE: ANAÏS SENLI AT GALERIE IM TURM

SWIMMING AGAINST THE ANTHROPOCENE: ANAÏS SENLI AT GALERIE IM TURM

In her latest book, philosopher Donna Haraway proclaims the dawn of the “Chthulucene”, a new geologic era that will supercede the Anthropocene with its environmental pollution, the extinction of the species, and climate crisis. While the Anthropocene bears witness to the interference of mankind with the very geological essence of the planet, the Chthulucene represents a world after humanity as we know it. In some ways, the artist Anaïs Senli builds on these premises, which draw on science fiction, contemporary critique and fantastic speculation. In the exhibition The Heavy Air That Surrounds Us, Senli uses microorganisms to question the cycle of life: she chooses deep sea phytoplankton as a metaphor – drifting microorganisms which produce oxygen and yet provide the raw material for crude oil. In her drawings, Senli makes visible what is unrecognizable to the human eye, whilst constructing new utopias from evident correlations between nature, culture and fossil-fuel capitalism. (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Anaïs Senli, The Heavy Air That Surrounds Us, Exhibition view Galerie im Turm, 2019, photo: Eric Tschernow, Courtesy the artist and Galerie im Turm)

Galerie im Turm, Frankfurter Tor 1, 10243 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
The Heavy Air That Surrounds Us, Anaïs Senli, running until 12.01.2020
21.11.19, 19–21h, No Matter Functions as a Border: Conversation with Regina de Miguel, María Morata and Anaïs Senli, moderated by Lena Johanna Reisner
@galerie_im_turm

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BETTINA POUSTTCHI AT THE BERLINISCHE GALERIE: BLENDING SCULPTURE, PHOTOGRAPHY AND ARCHITECTURE

BETTINA POUSTTCHI AT THE BERLINISCHE GALERIE: BLENDING SCULPTURE, PHOTOGRAPHY AND ARCHITECTURE

Twisted, entangled guard rails, bicycle stands and barricades – Bettina Pousttchi’s installations seem both familiar and fragile. These anthropomorphic sculptures, stripped of their original functions and displayed colorfully in museums, distort conceptions of freedom and security in public spaces. The Berlin-based artist works fluidly between sculpture, photography and architecture, and her works are often site-specific and engage with their surroundings. For the solo exhibition “In Recent Years” at the Berlinische Galerie, the museum itself has become an exhibit: like an ornamental net, a giant photo installation stretches across the entire glass façade of the building, evoking elements of Middle Eastern architecture. Again and again, Pousttchi succeeds, both playfully and emotionally, in interweaving supposed contrasts – such as national and social identities – through subtle interventions. A successful show that offers a conciliatory perspective on urban architecture. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Berlinische Galerie, Jens Ziehe, Noshe)

Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstr.124–128, 10969 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Wed–Mon 10–18h
In Recent Years” by Bettina Pousttchi: until 06.04.2020
@berlinischegalerie

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