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“EVERYTHING SO DEMOCRATIC AND COOL” — BOOK AND EXHIBITION BY PHOTOGRAPHER CHRISTIAN WERNER

“EVERYTHING SO DEMOCRATIC AND COOL” — BOOK AND EXHIBITION BY PHOTOGRAPHER CHRISTIAN WERNER

Driving through Los Angeles, Christian Werner heard the lyric “Everything so democratic and cool” on the radio and it left such a mark he decided to name his latest book after it. This retrospective catalogue from the Berlin-based photographer collects photos from the period 2007–2020 including fashion shoots, commissions for magazines and private portraits as well as Werner’s own projects. With such breadth in both subject and setup, the images easily fill the book’s 200 pages, taking you from austere electricity pylons captured in a snowy field to meticulously staged portraits of famous faces like Billie Eilish. The work is published by Blake & Vargas, whose Kreuzberg art space is hosting an accompanying exhibition where you can see selections from 13 years of photography on display. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Christian Werner, Blake & Vargas, Sophie Döring)

Everything so democratic and cool” by Christian Werner (2020, Blake & Vargas, 200 pages)

The accompanying exhibition runs until 30.09.2020 at Blake & Vargas, Reichenberger Str.72, 10999 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map

Mon–Fri 11–18h

@blakeandvargas
@christian_werner

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BERLIN ART WEEK 2020 — DIGITAL, OUTDOORS, DECENTRALIZED

BERLIN ART WEEK 2020 — DIGITAL, OUTDOORS, DECENTRALIZED

Time slots, rules, distancing: this year art and culture are different, and so is Berlin Art Week (09.–13.09.2020). More now than ever, the Kulturprojekte Berlin’s week of art has a decentralized concept, with exhibitions, awards and tours at more than 60 locations throughout the city. Under the motto “Move it”, the Project Space Award 2020 will go on tour: award winners including The WatchOQBO and Kunstasphalt will ride on rickshaws from their respective homes to the ceremony and you can even join in the ride yourself with a guided bike tour of the winning locations. Open-air art is everywhere this year: PalaisPopulaire is hosting a temporary sculpture by media artist Valie Export, while HAU will house the outdoor performance “Our Love Goes to the Absent Performers” by political theater collective Gintersdorfer/Klaßen. Meanwhile, online platform Berlin Views is offering exclusive bike and walking tours of 40 galleries including Eigen + Art and Schwarz Contemporary. Extraordinary circumstances aside, the Art Week’s new concept is a real treat, showing off the diversity of Berlin’s art scene and the sheer density of its unique cultural institutions while letting you experience art on a smaller scale. And if you are looking for a pure digital experience, the online Journal and Playlist have got you covered. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Positions Berlin Art Fair, Courtesy Mona Ardeleanu and Galerie Thomas Fuchs; Palais Populaire, Courtesy Tokihiro Sato; Positions Berlin Art Fair; Berlin Art Week)

Berlin Art Week 2020: 09.–13.09.2020
The program takes place at locations throughout Berlin. Check out the special Corona measures on the website.
@berlinartweek
@kulturprojekteberlin

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SCHAU20 EXHIBITION AND MAGAZINE — UDK STUDENTS BRING FASHION PERSPECTIVES FROM A DISTANCE

SCHAU20 EXHIBITION AND MAGAZINE — UDK STUDENTS BRING FASHION PERSPECTIVES FROM A DISTANCE

Creativity can emerge in even the most challenging of situations, as Schau20, a special exhibition by 32 fashion students from the Universität der Künste, proves. Locked down at home after Corona hit, these aspiring fashion designers got to work creating garments and design objects from donated antique tablecloths, overcoming the limits of isolation to create highly innovative pieces. The results of their work can be seen in a special exhibition running during Berlin Art Week (09.–13.09.2020) in the industrial surroundings of Berlin Decks by the Spree canal. In addition to viewing the items, you can also acquire them yourself in a raffle held on the last day, with proceeds going to the Amadeu Antonio Foundation which works against hatred and intolerance. Accompanying the show is a magazine edition designed by our sister agency Cee Cee Creative which includes photos and features in which the students share their experiences of designing during lockdown. You can pick up your copy in selected spots around town or at the opening night (10.09 from 18h), where there will be food and drink plus exhibitions from Office Impart (see below!) and artist Thomas Grandi. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Søren Drastrup, Ramona Razaghmanesh & Sophie Doering)

Schau 20 at Berlin Decks, Friedrich-Krause-Ufer 16–21, 13353 Berlin–Moabit; map

Open 10.09 18–22h, 11.–12.09 12–20h & 13.09 12–18h
Entry is free of charge.
@udkfashion

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THE NEW INFINITY — EXPERIENCING CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE ZEISS PLANETARIUM

THE NEW INFINITY — EXPERIENCING CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE ZEISS PLANETARIUM

Planetariums take us to unknown, mysterious places – usually distant stars or foreign planets. But what about the infinite vastness of art and fantasy here on earth? From 11.–13.09.2020 the Zeiss Planetarium is being transformed into a gallery of the future, showing video and sound installations within its giant dome for the Berliner Festspiele’s “The New Infinity” as part of the Immersion series. What might a VR simulation of a psychedelic experience look like? And what is the nature of human existence? Works by artists including Jan Kounen, Caterina Barbieri and Ruben Spini provide answers for this by focusing on “visual music”, where musical structures are translated into visual images. Starting things off is a reimagining of light artist Thomas Wilfred’s meditative symphonies of color which connect art and technology. Meanwhile David OReilly’s new work “The End of Stories” deals with personal accounts of people during the lockdown. Topping things off are full-dome audio-visual performances by Agnieszka Polska, Robert Lippok and Lucas Gutierrez. (Text: Olga Potschernina / Kunst: Makusu Matsutake, Robert Lippok, Lucas Gutierrez & David Oreilly / Fotos: Michael Nast)

For the chance to win a pair of tickets for the performance on 12.09.2020 at 19h30 send us an email with your name, number and Instagram. Good luck!

The New Infinity” at the Zeiss Planetarium, Prenzlauer Allee 80, 10405 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map

The Berliner Festspiele’s Immersion series also includes the summer project Down to Earth, running until 13.09.2020 at Gropius Bau.
@berlinerfestspi

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MORE PICKS FOR A WEEK OF ART EVENTS AND OPENINGS

MORE PICKS FOR A WEEK OF ART EVENTS AND OPENINGS

With Berlin Art Week and more, this coming week is packed full of art openings and events – here are some tips for your calendar. For the first time, C/O Berlin is hosting a retrospective by Agentur Ostkreuz co-founder Harald Hauswald, featuring 250 of his photos capturing GDR life (opening 12.09.2020). Meanwhile, in another first, resident artists of the red-brick Werkhof L.57 in Moabit are opening up their studios for a group show including works by Konstantin Grcic and Katharina Grosse (11.–13.09). Over at Galerie Tanja Wagner, a new solo exhibition by painter Grit Richter explores the concept of collective memory through highly-textured abstract works (opening 11.09 18h). Taking care of the culinary side of things, currently-closed KW Institute is joining forces with the Slavs and Tatars collective to open the Pickle Bar, a Slavic take on an apéritivo bar where guests are offered drinks and fermented foods during three evening rituals (11.–13.09). In Friedrichshain, “Palm Down”, the new solo show by artist and noted Instagrammer Andy Kassier is opening at Hanz.Studio (09.–13.09), while for Gallery Weekend Berlin (11.–13.09) the group exhibition K60 will see Reinickendorf’s Wilhelm Hallen open to the public for the first time (from 06.09. 12h). See you there! (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Tanja Wagner, Andy Kassier & Felicity Hammond)

Some events require registration and tickets – check the relevant gallery websites or for Berlin Art Week the online program.

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