You might want to take the next ten days off work: today (07.10.2021) is the launch of The Sun Machine Is Coming Down, one of the most exciting art projects of the season. For its 70th anniversary, the Berliner Festspiele is bringing the Internationales Congress Centrum Berlin (ICC) to life with performance, dance, music and film. A ticket gives you three and a half hours to roam around the conference halls and appreciate the iconic 1970s design by Berlin architects Ralf Schüler and Ursulina Schüler-Witte. With an ambitious program, the exhibitions more than live up to the ICC’s spaceship-like exterior: there are things to see throughout the foyers and halls, opening up new dimensions in the space. You can spot works by artists like Monira Al Qadiri, Cyprien Gaillard and Tino Sehgal all over the building, as well as official performances but also spontaneous happenings. Completing the program are screenings from the Julia Stoschek Collection plus music curated by Martin Hossbach that uncovers connections between sound and architecture. Three and a half hours will probably not be enough to immerse yourself in all this, so why not go twice? Between Tuesday and Saturday, the halls are open until midnight!
Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Credit: Andreas Gehrke; Nuno Cera; Laura Falafel
Internationales Congress Centrum Berlin (ICC), Messedamm 22, 14057 Berlin–Westend; map
The Sun Machine Is Coming Down, 07–17.10.2021, Tue–Fri 16–0h, Sat 14–0h, Sun 14–23h
The program and timetable can be found here. Tickets can be bought online for €23 or €15 for concessions. A ticket gives you access for 3h30.