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A JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EU — GE59 EXHIBITION IN KREUZBERG

A JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EU — GE59 EXHIBITION IN KREUZBERG

Fancy a trip to the center of the European Union? It might seem a nebulous concept, but it’s a real place – and one that’s (no longer) far away. Since the beginning of 2020, a grain field in Gadheim – a hamlet of 80 people in northern Bavaria – has been the geographical center of the EU. As the external borders of the EU shift, so does its center, and with the departure of the UK, Gadheim has been thrust into the middle. Two people who have visited this geopolitical nucleus, Lisa Plesiutschnig and Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen, decided to make a project about it. The resulting work – “Reise zum Mittelpunkt der EU” (“Journey to the Centre of the EU”) – is being presented at creative agency Henkelhiedl’s GE59 Art-Work-Space until 09.06.2022. On display is a book with interviews and fold-out pictures plus a display of photographs taken of Gadheim and its inhabitants. The exhibition explores the village’s background and origins and features stories gathered by the pair during their visit to this European nexus. 

Text: Alison Musch / Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen & Lisa Plesiutschnig

GE59, Urbanstr.116 (2.Hinterhof) 10967 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map

Until 09.06.2022. Tue & Thur 10–14h and by email appointment.

@ge59artworkspace

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FATAL & FALLEN — PROGRAM OF SCREENINGS AND WORKSHOPS IN HAUS DER STATISTIK EXPLORING WOMEN IN EAST ASIAN FILM

FATAL & FALLEN — PROGRAM OF SCREENINGS AND WORKSHOPS IN HAUS DER STATISTIK EXPLORING WOMEN IN EAST ASIAN FILM

Since we first shared it in 2020, Si̇nema Transtopia has been offering a broad program of events and screenings that encourage discourse and solidarity in film. Run by culture collective Bi’bak at Haus der Statistik, the cinema project offers something a little different from the usual movie theater experience. The line-up is committed to diversity in film culture and art, an aim reflected in the upcoming series Fatal & Fallen. Starting tomorrow (27.05.2022), the program examines East Asian exploitation films that involve a common trope: the deadly, fallen, delinquent woman. Spanning movie titles from the 1970s to late 1980s, the selection examines Japan’s sexploitation films, Taiwan’s Black Movies, Hong Kong’s “Girls with Guns” genre and South Korean thrillers. Titles such as Woman of Fire by Kim Ki-Young and Black Cat by Stephen Shin will be screened alongside a three-day workshop which invites participants to critically engage with the socio-political issues depicted in the films. It’s a deep dive into classic East Asian cinema that will have you questioning, learning and appreciating.

Text: Kate Foran / Photos: Woman of Fire, Stray Cat Rock & So Close

Sinema Transtopia at Haus der Statistik, Otto Braunstr.72 (Haus B), 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map
 

@bibak_berlin

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CONSERVATIVE VS. CONTEMPORARY — AN EXHIBITION AT SCHLOSS CHARLOTTENBURG

CONSERVATIVE VS. CONTEMPORARY — AN EXHIBITION AT SCHLOSS CHARLOTTENBURG

Fancy a little bit of Versailles right here in Berlin? Well, it’s just around the corner at Schloss Charlottenburg, where you will find a magnificent melange of baroque, early classicism and rococo. The palace’s imposing halls are finished in gold, silver and marble and adorned with artistic masterpieces – even on the ceilings. But head to the exhibition Clashing Styles?! West Berlin in Turmoil Over a Ceiling Painting (until 31.10.2022) and you’ll discover artworks that are a little more modern. The subject of the show is the fiery post-war debate over the repainting of the ceiling in the palace’s White Hall, which was destroyed during the Second World War. In the argument over whether to be faithful to the original design or introduce modern elements, painter Hann Trier (1915-1999) prevailed and created a contemporary version of the original mural. The exhibition offers a chance to marvel at his colorful ceiling work alongside never-before-seen originals and historical objects.

The highlight, however, remains the tour of the White Hall, where designs from the 1950s and 1960s as well as Hann Trier’s monumental 1971/72 works are presented beneath the imposing ceiling painting. The beautiful baroque palace park is also worth visiting, as are the workshops where you can get creative by making your own ceiling painting. No matter whether you look up, down or straight ahead, a trip to Charlottenburg’s finest building will always please the eyes. 

Text: Alison Musch / Photos: SPSG, Wolfgang Pfauder, 2018; Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, SPSG, Andreas Lechtape, 2018; unknown, November 1952 / Credit: Kunststiftung Hann Trier, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021.

Schloss Charlottenburg (new wing), Spandauer Damm 10-22, 14059 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map.

Tue–Wed 10–17h30, Thur 10–19h, Fri–Sun 10–17h30. You can buy tickets online

@spsgmuseum

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THE GARAGE GIRLS — CLUB NIGHT AND FILM SCREENING FROM DJ DUO SERVING THE BEST OF UK GARAGE MUSIC

THE GARAGE GIRLS — CLUB NIGHT AND FILM SCREENING FROM DJ DUO SERVING THE BEST OF UK GARAGE MUSIC

Good news: next Thursday (26.05.2022) is a bank holiday, meaning your Wednesday night can go on a little later than normal. If you want some midweek entertainment with guaranteed good vibes, BLVSH x The Honey Tapes at Paloma Bar is a solid choice. The club night is being co-hosted by The Honey Tapes, a regular radio show on Refuge from London-born DJs Becki and Kenza aka the Garage Girls. The duo have dedicated themselves to bringing banging UK garage music to Berlin’s clubs and airwaves with the help of special guest DJs. The party will see the pair joined by BLVSH, a DJ collective who will be serving everything from jazz and house to breaks, electro and bass. If you want to get acquainted with UK garage in advance, the Girls will be hosting a screening of Rewind 4Ever, a documentary charting the 1990s rise of the influential London-based genre (Sunday 22.05 13h & 15h). Join the duo from midday at Oona Bar for a drink, some vintage clothes shopping and bucketfuls of dance floor nostalgia.

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Catelle, Eliza Rose & Savannah van der Niet

Paloma Bar, Skalitzer Str.135, 10999 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
BLVSH x The Honey Tapes, 25.05.2022 from 23h.
 
Oona, Weserstr.166, 12045 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Screenings of Rewind 4Ever – 22.05 at 13h & 15h
 
@thehoneytapes
@refugeworldwide

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HOT MESS AT KÜHLHAUS BERLIN — SHOWCASING BERLIN’S FRESHEST ART

HOT MESS AT KÜHLHAUS BERLIN — SHOWCASING BERLIN’S FRESHEST ART

This Sunday marks the return of Hot Mess (22.05.2022). Curated by Yolandé Gouws and Vanja Žanko, the annual art show launched in 2020 as a way to give Berlin artists a temporary stage while museums and galleries were closed. Now the series will return to the Kühlhaus exhibition space at Gleisdreieck to showcase the latest happenings in the city’s art scene. Yolandé and Vanja pay little attention to genre boundaries and academic credentials: in addition to well-known names like Alicja Kwade, Ólafur Elíasson and Šejla Kamerić who have been shaping Berlin’s scene for years, the pair have invited artists from the new generation. One is Ahu Dural, whose sculptures combine personal childhood memories and female design history. The ceramics section, curated by artist Tegan Emerson, is particularly exciting: Emerson will be showing her own sculptural works, inspired by coral reefs and lunar landscapes.

Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Ahu Dural, Lexia Hachtmann & Michelle Antonors

Kühlhaus Berlin, Luckenwalder Str.3, 10963 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Hot Mess – 22.05.2022 10–22h – entry €5 (€3 concessions)
 
@hotmess.berlin
@kuehlhausberlinofficial

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