What does infinity feel like? At the Berliner Festspiele‘s temporary installation on Mariannenplatz, it’s actually rather comfortable. As part of the second edition of their “Immersion” programme of art, talks and performances, the Festspiele have created “The New Infinity”, a futuristic laboratory that looks like a UFO from the outside and a planetarium inside. It provides an intimate and cosy setting for performances like visual essay “The Happiest Thought” by National Gallery Prize 2017 winner Agnieszka Polska. In it she describes a natural disaster that occurred 240 million years ago which led to the biggest extinction of species in history. Meanwhile the Metahaven collective, known for design at the intersection of politics and internet culture, draws on the domed architecture in their “Elektra” visual piece, a parable for our networked, interconnected present. And in “Non-Face”, sound artist Robert Lippok and digital artist Lucas Gutierrez bring the impossible to the screen as they explore the geometries of shapes that can only be represented digitally. In addition to “Non-Face”, Lippok & Gutierrez will also be presenting “Applied Autonomy”, a live audio-visual performance where graphic and rhythmic abstractions meet in real time. Tickets for this performance will be raffled online.(Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Mathias Völzke, Agnieszka Polska)
Do you want to experience a moment of Infinity? We are giving away tickets to an exclusive screening of “Elektra” (Metahaven) this Friday night at 20h50 (13.09.2019). Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win two.
Artist Talk with Metahaven & Luiza Prado de O. Martins, 12.09.2019, 20–21h30, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Studio 1
Artist Talk with Robert Lippok, Lucas Gutierrez & Natalie Koerner, 17.09.2019, 20–21h30, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Studio 1
Robert Lippok & Lucas Gutierrez, “Applied Autonomy”, 22.09.2019. 20–21 & 21h30–22h30 (Berliner Festspiele are giving away tickets for this event)