September in the air - What to see this week

Image - Hendrik Voerkel - - Malerei - G11 Galerie

In August each year Berlin's art world goes into hibernation as galleries put up "gone fishing" signs and close their doors. The dust settles on the last exhibition which often still graces the walls and plans are made for September when the whole game begins again. While there were a few openings last weekend, possibly to coincide with the Lange Nacht der Museen, this coming Friday and Saturday sees the true kick off of the new season with the opening of a considerable number of fresh new shows. But what to see, with so much to choose from? Well here are a few suggestions of what might be worth a gander: 

DOLL | KOTT - Alexander Ochs Galleries
Eröffnung | Opening - Freitag, 3. September, 19-21 Uhr

Presenting the work of Christina Doll and Anna Kott
In Christina Doll's work, full figure sculptures take centre stage. Anna Kott creates paintings of women. The exhibition DOLL | KOTT arranges an encounter of two autonomous positions.

Born in 1972 in Cologne and 1975 in Ruda Slaska / Poland, both painters focus on human existence, the idea of men and women in their social environment, as well as their cultural, religious and sexual contexts in different ways.
Both Berlin-based artists work with restrained colours, in the sense of a consciously reduced repertoire. While the colour of Christina Doll's work is given by the porcelain and concrete used, Anna Kott restricts herself to two cold colours: grey and a strong contrasting red.
Christina Doll's work can be classified as a part of the long tradition of Berliner statuary since neo-classicism, in which full figure statues, mainly life-size and in honour of the pictured person, were installed in public places. During the romantic era, porcelain and plaster miniatures of these portraits were created for domestic usage.
Anna Kott's work can be seen here:
and Christina Doll's here:

Sophienstrasse 21
10178 Berlin

Come Live in my Head - Galerie WAGNER + PARTNER
Opening reception with the artist:  Friday 3 Sep 7-10 p.m.

The works of Australian artist Natascha Stellmach are emotional investigations into the dark worlds of memory, the unconscious and the unspoken. Her installations, photographs and videos are thought-provoking and compelling.
In Guatemala, children who are scared of going to sleep are given tiny handmade dolls (worry dolls) for underneath their pillow. By passing on their fears to the doll they can then sleep peacefully. In Stellmach’s ongoing series Worry Dolls, she creates unique works that embody the secrets and nightmares of adults and take on monstrous forms. With titles like Nazi Girl, Killer or Fuckhead, these worry dolls reveal personal stories whose biographical core represents collective experiences and thus becomes universal.
In the series Blood, Stellmach uses photographs as mementos in combination with her own text, bringing forth new associations and alternative narratives.
This formal approach of juxtaposing text and image enables Stellmach to link reality with fiction. She brings into play documentary or staged, biographical or found material in order to tell powerful narratives about the transience and darkness of the human condition.
Like French artist Sophie Calle, Natascha Stellmach is a storyteller who harnesses words and images in order to analyse, fictionalise and reassess. She successfully tackles challenging topics through her sense of the poetic paired with intelligence and black humour. With Come Live in my Head Stellmach invites the visitor in a very personal way to explore the self. In the end there is indeed hope for fantastical dreams.

Natascha Stellmach was born in 1970 to German parents who immigrated to Australia. She works across photography and video and resides in Berlin and Melbourne.
Recurrent themes in her practice are tabooed aspects of identity, childhood memories, love and death. Her mode of working is to combine images and text, consciously blurring biographical facts with fictional storytelling. This approach manifests in her artist books, The Book of Back (2007) und It is Black in Here (2010).

Karl-Marx-Allee 87
10243 Berlin


PAULE HAMMER - Galerie Jette Rudolph
Opening: 3. September, 18:00 - 22:00 Uhr

Galerie Jette Rudolph starts their season in September with a solo show of the Lepzig-based artist, Paule Hammer (b. 1975), his first at this gallery. The show is entitled “World Encyclopedia No.4: Anxiety, Love, Dream“ and will introduce a staging of the entire gallery space based on the artist’s large and middle sized canvases, text-based installation works and sound sculptures.

Paule Hammer’s complex works narrate stories from the ego-perspective with its content centred on the self-image of the individual going through his inner experiences, thoughts, intentions and fantasies. The Berlin show questions the essential necessities around anxiety, love and dream. It is builds on Hammer’s stage “Weltenzyklopädie III/ World Encyclopedia III”, that formed part of the exhibition “Bilder vom Künstler/ Images from the artist” at the Frankfurter Kunstverein at the beginning of 2010, to locate various social roles & their analysis.

The recent works of the artist focus word and text by means of catchwords taken from the title of the exhibition, which are painted in big letters intertwined in a network of connected ‘islands’ joined by lines and punctuated with synapse-like (thought-) knots. The recipient is encircled by an endless questionnaire of existential descriptive patterns, made of collages. The black and white canvases, similar to charts on blackboards, describe the word “love” through the terms “community”, “violence” as well as “man” and “woman”, “animal” and the level of “being”, “family” and “body”. But only the selective view can penetrate the thick meshwork to feel the lines and isles as parts of the thresholds of the margin and dissolution of sense. The three chapters –“anxiety”, “love” and “dream”– are accompanied by a sound sculpture of a cephalopod, with the notations based on a precise translation from word into music created according to the artist’s own system. Hammer takes the recipient on a journey into his soul to audio-visualize the limits of non-objective as well as objectified corporeality; stripped in his dreams becoming himself by another self.

Galerie Jette Rudolph
Zimmerstrasse 90- 91,
D- 10117 Berlin


Approaching the Onion - WILDE Gallery
Opening Friday 3rd September · 19:00 - 21:00

WILDE Gallery is pleased to announce Approaching the Onion, the first solo exhibition of Spanish painter Antonio Santín with the gallery.

Antonio Santín paints scenes of existential ennui, women depicted in domestic yet surreal environments cluttered with material objects. Santín, who specialized in sculpture during his studies, carves forms out of the layers upon layers of paint that he applies, arriving at densely structured yet luminescent compositions. The subjects that Santín selects for his large-scale paintings are primarily young women, who confront the viewer with a stoic gaze, almost morose in its serenity and yet silently defiant, inquisitive and unforgiving.

Santín is a draftsman of exceptional skill. Deriving inspiration from Spanish masters such as Velázquez, Goya and Greco, Santín renders his subjects with precise detail and controlled painterly flourishes. His brushstrokes take on a three dimensional treatment, reducing the paint to graduated matter that is carved away to excavate the inner being of the subject.

Chausseestrasse 7
D-10115 Berlin


Hendrik Voerkel - Malerei - G11 Galerie
Opening Saturday 4th September at 19:00

Hendrik Voerkel reconstructs in thick bright colours and clear shapes an image of contemporary urban environment that at the same time looks familiar and alien.

G11 Galerie
Landsberger Allee 54, 3.Etage

Open studio day at Takt Kunstprojektraum, Berlin

Tag der offenen Tür Takt Kunstprojektraum Artist Residency

The Artists currently on the residency programme at the Takt Kunstprojektraum will open the doors of their studios and present their work on Sunday, 29th August 2010, between 3pm and 7pm

The Takt Kunstprojektraum is located in Friedrichshain at Grünberger Str. 1-3, 1.OG left (Bell "Takt")

Participating Artists:

Eileen Cubbage, USA
Chris Dennis, England
Tamara Fitzpatrick, USA
Michaela Gleave, Australia
Carlos Gomis, Spain
Sunyung Im, South Corea
Elsa Medra, Spain
Sarah Rushford, USA
Jay Shinn, USA
Anna Steele, Australia
Ed Whalan, Australia

Takt Kunstprojektraum is an autonomous initiative started by artists in 2003. It runs without any external funding.
Since 2009 the residency has become the central element of the project.
10 rooms are set up as an Artist Residency program, designed to host active artists visiting Berlin. The work rooms are the core elements of this effort.
The main goal of the residency program is to provide artists visiting Berlin quick access to an environment that will foster their creative energies.

Transient Spaces – The Tourist Syndrome - NGBK, Opening Friday 27th August

Exhibition and further events at NGBK and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien + film programme at Ballhaus Naunynstrasse
28 August – 10 October 2010
Opening: 27 August 2010, 19:00
Daily, 12:00 – 19:00, Thu – Sa 12:00–20:00, Entrance free

Over the past two years, the interdisciplinary project Transient Spaces – The Tourist Syndrome has been addressing current issues of mobility through workshops, seminars, lectures, artist-in-residence programmes and exhibitions in Italy, Lithuania, Romania and Germany. The themes examined by artists and cultural producers in the context of the project include tourism, migration, and new forms of flexible living and being permanently on the move.

The exhibition in Berlin, taking place at NGBK and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien is concluding the two-year project and offers a multifaceted parcours through the topics via a selection of 25 artistic positions.
The artists and groups involved come from seventeen countries, of which twelve are in Europe. In their works they make use of research, documentation, fiction, design, irony, invention and a wide variety of media. The exhibition also features projects produced within the Transient Spaces – The Tourist Syndrome residency and production grant scheme. Parallel to the exhibition, the programme of events includes performances, discussions, and a film programme in cooperation with Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, Berlin.

Exhibition with:
Isa Andreu (ES) / Timothy Moore (AU), Alex Auriema (USA), Federico Baronello (IT), Ursula Biemann (CH), Aslı Çavuşoğlu (TR), Raphaël Cuomo / Maria Iorio (CH), Carsten Does / Gerda Heck (DE), G-Lab (LT), Daniel Gontz (RO), Sandra Hetzl (DE), Bettina Hutschek (DE), J&K (DE/DK), Thomas Kilpper (DE), Sara Kolster / Suzanne Valkenburg / Eefje Blankevoort (NL), Emanuel Licha (CA), Ives Maes (BE), Plinio Avila Marquez (MX), Eléonore de Montesquiou (FR), Christoph Oertli (CH), Joanne Richardson (USA) / David Rych (AT), Romana Schmalisch (DE), Société Réaliste (FR/HU), Pilvi Takala (FI), Eugenio Tibaldi (IT), Oraib Toukan (USA/JO)

Concept / Initiators:
Marina Sorbello, Antje Weitzel

Venues: Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Oranienstrasse 25, 10999 Berlin,
Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin,

04. – 05.09.2010, 16:00–23:00
Film programme with films by: Christian von Borries (DE), Raphaël Cuomo / Maria Iorio (CH), Sandra Hetzl (DE), Christoph Oertli (CH), Maxim Pozdorovkin / Joe Bender (UK), Paul Rowley / Nicky Gogan (IE), Marie Voignier (FR)

Film programme compiled by: Tobias Hering, Marina Sorbello, Antje Weitzel

Venue film programme: Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, Naunynstr. 27, 10997 Berlin,

The book on the project is published by argobooks, Berlin,


Lange Nacht der Museen

This Saturday 27th August will be the annual Berlin Lange Nacht der Museen (Long night of museums)
Running from 6pm to 2am, this year approximately 80 official venues will be taking part.
The official website can be found here:
Tickets cost 15 euros (or 10 euros with a concession) and children under 12 are free. The ticket also allows visitors to use the shuttle buses provided.

As always there will be a lot of fringe events running parallel to the more official museum programme. One such event which is well worth a visit is the open studio evening in the Gerichtshöfe Atelierhaus. 33 artists in this studio complex located in Wedding will be opening the doors of their studios also from 6pm to 2am. Further information can be found here:

Show VI at MMX Berlin on August 27

Show VI opens on August 27, 2010.  A performative craze has landed at MMX bringing forth 30 artists and 14 performers in a 6-week span. Juan Arata brings his project “Out of Control”; every week one artist leaves after curating a replacement. Each new artist is welcomed into the gallery on Wednesday nights with a mini-opening and special performances. Bernd Bleffert’s klangkunst performs throughout the East wing along with Sarah Rechberger’s sublime work with oscillating light. Ivonne Dippmann unveils outdoor wall works and Kati Gausmann draws the subtle traces of Kleidung. Laura Napier’s public interventions and David Sherry’s cheeky performances counteract the blasé of daily life.  Screening program VI is an eclectic mix of performance work.

The Vernissage on August 27; performances by AlteregoRelativamenteSensibili, Nadia Salom, David Sherry and Laura Napier.  Tacos Berlin will be serving yummy Mexican food all night long.               

Artists: Laura Napier, Bernd Bleffert, Kati Gausmann, Ivonne Dippmann, Sarah Rechberger, Elke Graalfs, David Sherry, Tobias Sternberg, Islamiya Scarr, Jon Rafman, Cari Freno, Jacob Tonski, Andrew de Freitas, Hugh Walton, Ben Kinsley, Inez de Vega, Eric Fleischauer, Zachary Fabri, Michelle Teran, Juan Arata, SSMIDD, Lan Hungh, Phillipe Marcus, Stephanie Custance, Gab Heller, Christel Fetzer, AlteregoRelativamenteSensibili, Nadia Salom, Liang Ya-hui, Elizabeth Wurst, Joakim Stampe & Chuyia Chia, Julischka Stengele, Márcio Carvalho & Brina Stinehelfer, Dovrat and Elana Katz

MMX- Open Art Venue

Linienstraße 142/143, Mitte
Hours- Wed 12-22  Thu-Sun 12-19
Exhibition: August 27- October 10
Opening: August 27, 2010  18:00-22:00


S.LOW is a Berlin-based cross-disciplinary project involving 34 international and national visual artists, music composers working with electronic media, musicologists, performers, engineers, physical scientists and film-makers. The project aims to articulate synergies from such a mixed community of individuals who have been invited to respond to the concept of 'slow' and or 'low ', in the context of th...e city of Berlin.
Thursday 12th of AUGUST 2010

Venue: Metropol Cafe-Bar - Landsberger Allee 62 - 10249 Berlin (map)

15:00-16:00 A chance for S.LOW participants and event attendees to meet informally before evening events.

Venue: 91mQ - Landsberger Allee 54 - 10249 Berlin (map)

16:00-18:00 Dawn Weleski, Cristina Martín Lara. Invited speakers will introduce their work and will invite questions from the floor at the end of the session.

Venue: 91mQ - Landsberger Allee 54 -10249 Berlin (map)

19:00-21:00 Invited speakers to the panel: Dawn Weleski, Iain McCurdy, Jonathan Reus, Ricardo Climent. Moderator: Sunshine Wong

Panel Focus: The manipulation -- or in some cases the subversion -- of technology is fundamental to any creative endeavour. Whether it is the long-standing tradition of sewing or some cutting-edge development in robotics, the art practitioner's role remains that of the innovator who, through varying degrees of deconstruction and recontextualisation, realises previously unexplored potentials. The artists involved in this round of talks will shed light on the media and techniques that have informed their work, and share their views on the utilisation of "old" and "new" technologies in contemporary art.

+ OFF-S.LOW PARTY. Various artists

Friday 13th of AUGUST 2010

Venue: NK - Elsenstr. 52 - 12059 Berlin (map)

16:00-16:30 Welcome to NK / coffee

16:30-17:15 Jonathan Reus (NK Artist in Residence)

For the last year, Jonathan Reus has been conducting research and development of new music performance systems at STEIM (, in Amsterdam. In this presentation, Jonathan will discuss interesting research topics in live computer-music performance, as well as give an overview of the work being done at STEIM in this regard and discuss his current work with ARM-Core embedded processors as part of a recent residency at studio N.K. in Berlin

(short break)

17:30-18:15 Ricardo Climent

This presentation will be a work-in-progress update of the methodologies and processes employed when creating my First Dynamic Documentary Film (DDF) with the working Title 'Calle Garibaldi'. I am exploring a hybrid visual genre, guided through sound, which reunits aspects of DocuFiction, Interactive Inmersive Environments and the Acousmatic tradition in space environments. It builds upon my previous navigation system through sound experience, where music structures are built around our visual experience and intuitive decisions as a method of anticipating sonic behaviour'.


Venue: Projektraum Schwarz - Weichselstrasse 34 - Berlin-Neukölln (map)

19:00-21:00 Iain McCurdy sound installation opening

SU-Bahn Sonicography presents an interactive sound installation in which visitors are invited to explore physical channels in the piece's surface with their finger tips. The shapes and arrangement of these channels has been inspired by a stylized map of the Berlin transport network and its musical inspiration from the ideas of interdependence within an internally dynamic yet globally equilibrius system. This piece continues my work exploring interdependence in the sonic realisation resulting from multiple interactions with the piece. The interdependent nature of control creating a social music making environment. The metaphor being applied is that the musical outcome will represent the equilibrium state resulting from all forces (interactions) acting upon the device. The number of musical possibilities resulting from a such a system can be huge, therefore this will be an instrument that remains enigmatic to the visitor and one that will resist swift reduction as a simple analogue electronic device.

Opening times: Friday 13th to Wednesday 18th August 18.00 - 22.00.


Two interesting opening this Friday in Berlin


Marc Bijl, Thomas Chapman, Sven Drühl, Lori Hersberger, Daniel Jackson, Clemens Krauss, Olivier Mosset, Jan Muche, Mario Neugebauer, Manfred Peckl, Nathan Peter, Richard Priestley, Marcus Sendlinger, Peter Thol

Opening Fr. 6.08.10, 8:00 p.m , live B-MEN
Exhibition 6.08. - 21.08.2010 , Thu-Sat 4 - 6 p.m.
curated by Marcus Sendlinger


Glasgow School of Art MFA International Exhibition
Berlin > Bethanien > Mariannenplatz 2

Opening: 6 August, Friday, 7-11 pm
Exhibition: 7 - 28 August 2010
Tuesday to Saturday 11-6 pm

Oliver Braid, Fiona Burke, Celeste Carballo, Kirstin Carlin, Kaifeng Chun, Emily Donnini, Caroline Douglas, Solveig Einarsdottir, Hannah Ellul, Kitty Finer, Emma Fitts, Sarah Forrest, Ellie Harrison, Tom Harrup, Gayoung Jang, Amy Marletta, Gaby Peters, Charlotte Prodger, Rosemary Scanlon, Peter Schoeffer, Olga Schulz, Darren Tesar, Deniz Uster, Tobias Wootton, Jamie Wright

curated by John Calcutt and Graham Ramsay

Artnews Projects c/o Bethanien
Mariannenplatz 2, D-10997 Berlin

Last days to see the 2010 Berlin Biennale

The 6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art which opened on the 11th June and will close in 3 days on the 8th August. The last event of the Biennale takes place on Sunday, 8.8.2010 at 7 pm at KW Institute for Contemporary Art and this will be a talk in English entitled In the body of the victim with Ion Grigorescu, participating artist of the Biennale.

Marta Dziewanska, Editor of the publication Ion Grigorescu. In the body of the victim (2010)
Kathrin Rhomberg, Curator of the 6th Berlin Biennale and the exhibition Ion Grigorescu. In the body of the victim 1969–2009, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2009. The talk is accompanied by the book launch: Ion Grigorescu. In the body of the victim. Ion Grigorescu, born in 1945 in Bucharest, was one of the first Romanian conceptual artists and advocates of anti-art, postulating a radical consolidation of artistic activities with quotidian life. The publication is the fruit of the exhibition prepared in 2009 by Kathrin Rhomberg and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, which for the first time gathered works from 1969 to 2009. As part of the 6th Berlin Biennale Grigorescu's film Sleep (2008), the photograph Topbottom (2008) and a diary of the artist are shown at KW.

On Sunday, 8.8.2010 the 6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art will remain open at KW Institute for Contemporary Art until 9 pm.

Thursday Evening Ticket: for the last time on 5.8.2010

The Thursday Evening Ticket costs 5 Euro and is valid on Thursday evening from 7 to 10 pm at Oranienplatz 17 or at KW Institute for Contemporary Art.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69