Dienstag 26. September, um 20. Uhr, Samuel Stevens, Köken Ergun, Gastgeber Saim Demircan
ALLE FOLGENDEN TALKS (wenn nicht anders gekennzeichnet) sind Teil der 'open studio' Serie DOWDOS
Dienstag 30. Mai um 20. Uhr NewYorkRioTokyo Gastgeber Catherine Griffiths
Dienstag 23. Mai um 20. Uhr Mungo Thomson + Martin Boyce Gastgeber Henriette Bretton-Meyer
Dienstag 16. Mai um 20. Uhr Christel Weiler + Sandra Umathum + Barbara Gronau:Vortrag und Diskussion ist Teil des Ausstellungprojektes The Momental (auf Deutsch)
Sonntag 14. Mai, 13:00 - 18:00 Stephan Kurr + J¸rgen Krusche: Walking the City
Dienstag 9. Mai ab 20 Uhr Mark Paterson, "sensuousness and the everyday
in measured space: Haptic Architectures"
Dienstag 25. April ab 20 Uhr ArtistTalk mit Whitney Program Revisited: Artists Discuss the Program's Relation to their Practice, Guests: Sophie Hamacher and Maryam Jafri. Gastgeber Henriette Bretton-Meyer
Dienstag 18. April ab 20 Uhr ArtistTalk mit Suzanne van de Ven + Henrikke Nielsen, Gastgeber Joel Mu
Dienstag 11. April ab 20 Uhr ArtistTalk mit Norwich OUTPOST Gallery, Gastgeber Saim Demircan
Dienstag 4. April ab 20 Uhr ArtistTalk mit Åsa Sonjasdotter und Nils Rømer, Gastgeber Michael Baers
Dienstag 21. März ab 20 Uhr ArtistTalk mit Mikala Dwyer + Claire Healy + Sean Cordeiro, Gastgeber Joel Mu
Dienstag 14. März ab 20 Uhr ArtistTalk mit Maki Takano + Franz Höfner & Harry Sachs, Gastgeber Joel Mu
Dienstag 7. März ab 20 Uhr ArtistTalk mit Althea Thauberger + Kerry Tribe, Gastgeber Henriette Bretton-Meyer
Dienstag 28. Februar ab 20 Uhr Artist Talk mit Fucking Good Art
Dr. Christel Weiler + Barbara Gronau
Ðber die Konsequenzen des "performative turn" f¸r die Theater-Wissenschaft
Als Theaterwissenschaftlerin ist man mehr als in den anderen Wissenschaften mit der Frage konfrontiert, was denn eigentlich der Gegenstand unsrer Untersuchungen und theoretischen Reflexionen ist. Theater findet immer im Moment seiner Auff¸hrung statt, es hinterlsst Spuren, die nur andeutungsweise eine Ahnung davon vermitteln knnen, wie es als Ereignis verlaufen ist. Aus Fotos, Kost¸men, selbst aus Videoaufzeichnungen vermitteln sich immer nur Teilaspekte dessen, was "tatschlich" gewesen ist. Wie lsst sich diesem "Dilemma" begegnen? Ist es ¸berhaupt ein "Dilemma" oder nicht vielmehr eine Chance f¸r die (Theater) Wissenschaft ihre eigenen Vorgehensweisen und Selbstverstndlichkeiten einer Revision zu unterziehen?
In dem Gesprch knnte es also um die Frage gehen: Welche Konsequenzen hat die Beschftigung mit dem Performativen f¸r die Theaterwissenschaft selbst?
Walking the City
J¸rgen Krusche f¸hrt in seine Serie der city-walks
ein, die im Kontext eines Forschungsprojekts an der Hochschule
f¸r Gestaltung und Kunst in Z¸rich enstanden sind.
Die city-walks siedeln sich an zwischen ethnographischer Stadtforschung
und Konzept-Kunst. Neben der Prsentation von Bildern aus Berlin
und Tokio soll auch ein kurzer Einblick in zur Zeit aktuell diskutierte
Raumkonzepte gegeben werden. Erst der Moment des Gehens konstituiert
Mit seiner Arbeit "Erste Entscheidung beim Verlassen
der Wohnung" misstraut Stephan Kurr dem Flaneur, dem "derrive"
des Situationisten, versucht er dem gewohnten Gang ein Schnippchen
zu schlagen, in dem er sich dem orthogonalen Ger¸st der
Stadtstruktur in radikalster Weise beugt. Der Umweg scheint das
Ziel zu sein.
A film/text and public lecture. The sensuous, sensory body is kinaesthetic. As we encounter and experience built environments, the somatic senses (kinaesthesia, proprioception, the vestibular sense) are engaged. With the recent notions of 'haptic architecture' and design for sensory impairments, there is an increased interest in the material mechanisms, materials and technologies of sensory appeal. Sensory appeals based on textured spaces play with the motile body, invoking affective responses. Using particular materials and spatial ordering, bodily trajectories through multi-textured, multi-sensory spaces can start to reveal narratives, embodied spatial stories that come together through sensing and movement.
Dr. Mark Paterson is a lecturer in Philosophy and Cultural Studies at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He completed his Ph.D. in Human Geography at the University of Bristol entitled 'Haptic Spaces' in 2002. His research involves the senses, especially touch, as everyday embodied experience, and the alteration of such sensory experiences through technology. He has also been an English teacher in Zimbabwe and Japan, and worked for non-profit organisations.
He is currently on Research Leave, writing a book entitled The Senses of Touch in Sydney, Australia, with a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Recent publications include: Consumption and Everyday Life (London: Routledge) 2005, "Seeing with the hands": Blindness, touch and the Enlightenment spatial imaginary', British Journal of Visual Impairment 2006, The Forgetting of Touch: Re-membering Geometry with Eyes and Hands', Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 2005.
Guests: Heimo Lattner, artist and epram.org
Having tracked down and contemplated a large portion of Berlin's real existing animal sculptures, epram.org is currently focusing its attention on those that exist beyond our physical grasp, either in another time (past/future) or in the mind (planned/imagined), requiring a whole different approach, and posing a whole different set of questions.
Heimo Lattner, working with e-Xplo, has developed maps, routes, sound and film materials as reflections of a multifaceted investigation into location, context, social identity, landscape, and the public space of information.
Original Fassung have been invited by Catherine Griffiths, as part of her on-going research project mapping Berlin's artist-run spaces. The project aims to provide a network for the simultaneously diverse, sprawling and often less established project/artist-run/off- spaces that make up so much of Berlin's creative landscape.
Original Fassung is a series of talks and discussions usually based at the project space General Public in Berlin. They are based on an understanding of collaboration rather than competition motivated by the curiosity of strangers or visitors to tap into different fields, such as science, music, architecture, art, dance, choreography, theater, film, politics, design, media, economics, journalism. The project is organised by Geoff Garrison, Heimo Lattner, Oliver Baurhenn, Cecile Belmont and Angelika Middendorf.
General Public is an independent project space run by a group of cultural workers (visual artists, curators, among others) based in Berlin. General Public was founded in Autumn 2005 and has since produced a number of exhibitions, artist presentations, discussions, film screenings, and performances. Additional to its own program General Public occasionally serves as a host for related external activities and projects.
General Public aims to install and uphold a collaborative, process-related, informal platform for open thought, information exchange, spatial experiments, transdisciplinary approach and the reflection on contemporary visual and auditive culture. Although operating within an international network, General Public's activities are always informed by and related to its local context and situation. Currently the activities of General Public are structured into three distinct series DISK Sessions, LOGE and Orginalfassung (Original Version) and an irregular exhibition program.
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Guests: Sophie Hamacher, artist and critic and Maryam Jafri,
For this evening at Sparwasser HQ, artist and critic Sophie
Hamacher and artist Maryam Jafri will be talking about their
work, partly in relation to their participation in the Whitney
Independent Study Program. Both currently based in Berlin, Hamacher
and Jafri participated in the Whitney's Critical Studies Program
and Studio Program, respectively.
Maryam Jafri is an artist working with video, performance
and photo-collage. Her work focuses on the role of narrative
in the construction of identity,
Everybody's welcome, including past and future Whitney alumni!
Henrikke Nielsen + Suzanne van de Ven
When curating under the term: "independent", degrees of experimentation are generally presumed, whether rightly or not. This lingering association, which in reality may have less to do with curators and more to do with certain curatorial contexts, is nonetheless a possible feature of curatorial practice. These contexts, be they conventional or non-conformist, predicated by some situational context or produced 'neutrally' in either temporary or ongoing projects, forces one, when linking 'independent' with 'experimental', to critically link a relation between different exhibiting spaces and curating, in much the same the way.
In response to these and other issues, Berlin-based independent curator Henrikke Neilson and Amsterdam-based independent curator Suzanne van de Ven will, from the contexts of their of work, discuss recent, current and fore-coming projects vis-à-vis the curatorial and artist profession in general.
Henrikke Neilsen is an independent curator with current projects in Berlin and Copenhagen. She is also an art critic for Art Asia Pacific and Flash Art International as well as having teaching commitments at the Danish Art Academy, Jutland. In 2004, the exhibition, "The build, the unbuilt and the unbuildable" was exhibited at the Institute of Contempoary Art, Copenhagen, followed by the 2005 co-founding of the independent project space CROY NIELSEN in Berlin. For 2006, Henrikke Nielsen has been invited to guest curate "Was ware wenn #5" at JET in Berlin.
Suzanne van de Ven is an independent curator (e.g. The 24th Contemporary Artists Exhibition, Aksanat Istanbul, PORTAL I-II, Kunsthalle Fridericianum Kassel, and Cargo Series, Loods 6 Amsterdam) and writer (Metropolis M, Paletten, Art-Ist) based in Amsterdam. She holds a guest-professorship Exhibition Practice and Analysis at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, conducts and initially implemented the curating class of the University of Amsterdam in cooperation with the Sandberg Institute, and is an external advisor for SKOR, the Dutch foundation for art and public space. Van de Ven is presently working on an exhibition project in Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam that will transconnect with further locations, among which Diyarbakir (Turkey), and on a collaborative project in Tallinn (Estonian Art Museum).
TONIGHT'S TALK HAS BEEN KINDLY SUPPORTED BY THE ROYAL NETHERLAND'S
OUTPOST gallery Norwich, Uk
(This evening's talk will be held in English)
In November 2003 Sparwasser HQ was invited, amongst others, to talk about artist-led galleries at an EASTdiscourse at Norwich School of Art & Design, before exhibiting 'Old Habits Die Hard' at Norwich Gallery in January 2004.
The discourse acted as a precursor for Outpost, an artist run gallery that opened a year later in November 2005 in Norwich, UK. Outpost operates through an open membership and exhibits 12 shows a year split between members and invited artists, as well as regular film screenings and external events.
For this talk Kaavous Clayton, Julia Devonshire, Jay Barsby, Sophie Marritt, Simon Liddiment and Neil Smallbone, all of whom live and work in Norwich and are co-founders and current committee members at Outpost, will introduce and outline the criteria of the gallery and it's exhibitions and events to date, as well as talk about their future plans and discuss the necessity of an artist run gallery for a local artistic community.
This talk is also an invitation for Berlin's artist-led community to find out about one of the UK's emerging artist run galleries with the aim of creating a broader awareness between them.
Nis Roemer and Åsa Sonjasdotter
(This evening's talk will be held in English)
Sparwasser celebrates the long-overdue arrival of spring with a program devoted to nature and agriculture. On Tuesday, April 4, artists Åsa Sonjasdottir and Nis Roemer will talk with Michael Baers about their respective practices as they relate to agriculture, ecology, and the juridical. Over the years, Sonjasdottir has engaged in numerous projects that blend the line between art, activism, and the investigation of public space. More recently she has explored agriculture, collaborating with Indian environmental groups and on her own hobby-farming projects. Roemer works with publications and public art. His work is often collaborative, and frequently explores the global, the local, and the environmental. Tuesday's talk will focus especially on the links between globalization, the environment, and agricultural practices within Europe and without. Look forward to a lively discussion about nature, art, and society. A special post-talk treat will be served.
Nis Roemer is a Copenhagen-based artist who works with public art in the city, on the web and in the newsmedia. With a playfull and interactive approach, he makes situations for change and reflection. He has a special interest in the social and political organization of space and in how processes of globalization affects the city and our natural environment. For further information, please see www.free-soil.org for more information.
Åsa Sonjasdotter is a visual artist living in Copenhagen and Berlin. Apart from numerous projects involving public space, she is also a founding member of the Danish feminist group, Women Down the Pub. Her current project is a research work involving the humble potato to be shown in Budapest and Amsterdam. For more information, see www.potatoperspective.org.
Michael Baers is an American artist, writer, and educator
living in Berlin. He is currently in residence in Denmark as
part of the Danish International Visiting Artist Program (DIVA).
Artist group Little Warsaw, artist Lars Mathisen and introducing
the book project 'Home for lost ideas' by Catherine Griffiths
and Daniel Rees
(This evening's talk will be held in English)
Little Warsaw are an artist initiative from Budapest; they consist of two artists, András Gálik and Bálint Havas. They are currently showing a video installation in the Sparwasser exhibition "A complete guide to re-writing your own history 2". Little Warsaw simultaneously produce works of art and the peculiar systems of reference that stand behind them. The public sculpture is especially important as something that in its message and appearance seeks to be 'communal', the vehicle of ideas and aesthetic values whose tradition greatly relies on the notion of consensus, agreement on aesthetics and content. At the 2nd Berlin Biennale (2001) they appeared for first time in front of an international audience and have since presented an installation project for the Venice Biennale (2003) involving the over institutionalized Nefertiti bust in the Egyptian Museum Berlin ('Body of Nefertiti', 2003-05-26). At the end of 2004 Little Warsaw removed a Hungarian public statue and exhibited ('INSTAURATIO!') in the Stedelijk Museum. Parallel to their conceptual projects they have a permanent interest in artist initiated and critical approaches, a field which they have researched through several projects such as The Artwork of The Week (2001), The Last Biennale Memorial (2002), Monitor (2003), Tableau Vivant I-II. (2005) and Only Artists (2006).
Lars Mathisen, who lives and works in Copenhagen, is currently an artist-in-residence in Berlin. His video installations often employ language and theatrical stage settings along with shifts in the synchronization between sound and image to create a deliberate disorientation on the part of the viewer. Mathisen's selection as Denmark,s official representative in the 2004 São Paulo Biennial confirms his position as one of the most exciting and innovative Danish film and video artists. This evening he will screen a part of his video 'Document in the Past Perfect', which he initially screened at Sparwasser 2 years ago, and will revisit it tonight, also taking the opportunity to discuss the history of its making and his personal art strategies.
Catherine Griffiths and Daniel Rees will present their 'in progress' book project 'Home for lost ideas'. A project that invites conceptual artists to present the failed, incomplete, bad and impossible aspects of their practice. They hope to engage the audience to discuss a work in the making.
Mikala Dwyer and installation artists Claire Healy & Sean
(This evening's talk will be held in English)
In late 2005, artists
This collaborative art project, entitled "vonANGELSzuRIOTS", will be exhibited at the artists-run-space NewYorkRioTokyo from April 14 - May 5, 2006.
Mikala Dwyer is an artist with current projects in Berlin, Warsaw, New Zealand, New York and Sydney. Primarily working with sculpture, her work poetically mulls over ideas around experimental architecture and superstition. In 2003, her work was selected for a group show at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, entitled Face up: contemporary art from Australia, while her other group exhibitions have taken place at the Bonheurs des Antipodes, Musee de Picardie, Amiens, France (2000) and at the 4th International Istanbul Biennale (1995). In 2000, she was invited for solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and at the Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. This year, Mikala Dwyer had been invited to take part in a touring group exhibition in Poland, which will travel to the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw and to the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius.
Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro are installation artists
currently working on projects for Berlin, Copenhagen and Sydney.
Dealing with issues of
Maki Takano and collaboration artists Franz Höfner &
(the evening will be held in English)
Franz Höfner & Harry Sachs's artistic collaboration has spanned over ten years, taking the form of installations, performance, video and public art projects. Based in Berlin, their artistic work critically approaches questions of residential living, as it is in-built within the construction, deconstruction and reconstruction of the housing apparatus. In other works, social history and the activity of contemporary life is playfully disorientated in order to develop alternative experiences and new ways of seeing. Their recent exhibitions include solo exhibitions at andreas wendt in Berlin and at faux mouvement, metz in France. Later this year, they also have an exhibition at the Kunstverein in Göttingen as well as the production of a Berlin public art project, supported by the Berliner Senat. In 2006, they were also awarded a Pépinières européennes grant for an artist residency in Budapest.
Althea Thauberger and Kerry Tribe
Althea Thauberger's photographic, film, video, and performance works often incorporate collaborative structures and exist within the public domain. They invite critical and sympathetic reflection on alienation, community, and self-presentation. She recently presented a community project for inSite San Diego/Tijuana, and is currently exhibiting at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, the Wolfsburg Kunstverein, and the Tracey Lawrence Gallery in Vancouver. She is currently the Canadian Artist in Residence at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin.
Kerry Tribe works primarily with video, film and installation. Her large-scale projects explore relationships between subjectivity and representation, often by investigating the gray areas between the authentic and the scripted or the collective and the idiosyncratic. She regularly invites the participation of colleagues, actors, strangers and technical professionals to produce ludic philosophical inquiries through structurally rigorous forms. Tribe's work is currently included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum Voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent, and Kunsternes Hus in Oslo. She is the 2005-2006 recipient of the Guna S. Mundheim Berlin Prize in Visual Art at the American Academy in Berlin and is the American Artist in Residence at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien.
Editors of Fucking Good Art, Nienke Terpsma and Rob
(the evening will be held in English)
Michael Baers will talk with editors Nienke Terpsma and Rob Hamelijnck of the Rotterdam-based art magazine F ucking Good Art about research and methodology in their upcoming International issue. F ucking Good Art - International (Berlin edition) is their 12th issue, set for release in mid-March. It explores Berlin's cultural life and international aspirations in the arts in a mixture of articles, interviews, a crimi, reviews, and commissioned art works.
It is their opening salvo on greater Europe's culturati, taking aim, this time, at the incongruities, banalities, ongoing conversations, and internecine conflicts that make up an integral part of urban cultural life in Berlin. They do this no less with a unique mixture of brevity, wit, and hardball critique while displaying considerable elan. Nienke and Rob are artists/designers and have been in Berlin since October 2005 while in attendance at the Janowitzbrücke residency 'Project Studio Berlin' run by The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.
Michael Baers is an American artist/culture worker who lives in Berlin
(the magazine name had to be written with a free space between F and ucking, because of automatic censorship of this mailing program)