As part of the ongoing FOREPLAY series promoting collaborations between performance artists and cooks, the “performative meal” will feature seven dancers creating a solo for their own private song which in turn inspired a seven-dish menu.
The pieces by the performers — including Jeanne Sardou, David Bloom, Rachel Bo Clark, Louise Dahl, Frederic Gies, Anna Nowicka and Jos McKain — will be presented and served “in a dialogue combining movement and flavour – a playlist of senses.”
The Reading Bodies: A Gathering of Inner S(h)elves, a two day-long “exercise of narration composed of different voices”, is on at Berlin’s Agora Rollberg on July 29 and 30.
Ambiguously described as “a composed space as a fleshy archive, which will develop through a program and series of artifacts” and facilitated by Lorenzo Sandoval, the event expands upon Aby Warburg’s articulation of the ‘law of the good neighbor’. Which, was applied as a method in approaching unknown books on library shelves by choosing to look at the book next to the one that is familiar, in order to introduce chance and change the direction of one’s research.
The programme includes work from Ally Bisshop, Maria Cerón, Kate Chen, Michael Jevon Demps, Maira Dietrich, Femke Fredrix, Laura Genevieve Jones, Del Hardin Hoyle, So Hee Kim, Sophie Kitson, Marié Nobematsu-Le Gassic, Paula Querido van Erven, Jana Pacheco, Sophia Schultzand Anya Yermakova.
The press release suggests that this proposition about libraries could be “an operative translation to the understanding of the body as an archive” that “talks about history, present conditions and potential desire”.
The AFFECT 1: WHILE WE WORK: A Temporary State of Affairs group exhibition is on at Berlin’s Agora project space on May 27.
Hosted by the artist run collective and curated by Judith Lavagna, the show is conceived as a time-based structure for one night. WHILE WE WORK operates as a storyteller and as a score that oscillates between the liveness and the memory of Agora’s work in relation to their building —a space in constant mutation, where working phases and changes of plans are part of its daily construction, as well as the multiple informations, stories and rumours that have been circulating.
Affect is Agora’s central programme running for the majority of 2016, acting as co-host to the events that take place at Rollberg, kicking off with this show, collecting and archiving the work within Agora’s work as a whole.
Drawing on the stages and timings of a dinner party, the artist’s unfold an array of performative actions in their new work, ‘In Your Mind, Out of your Body Experience’. The duo challenge popular conceptions surrounding discourses of ‘health’ and explore the ambiguities involved in notions of sustainability as well as ideas of cleansing. A blend of text, sounds and other media suggest new alternative ways of knowledge formation.
The event is part of a broader programme bringing together artists and specialists to consider current issues related to climate change and alarmism.
Berlin, it is widely known, is a global centre of the “emerging” artist, even if said artist doesn’t emerge from his nightlife long enough to see the sun. And the city, now nearly profligate with pop-up project spaces, has decided to dedicate an entire summer month to nothing but. In what (in retrospect) seems a curiously belated move, Berlin celebrates its inaugural Project Space Festival Berlin, inviting 30 of these sites throughout the city to open their doors with a different surprise event scheduled for each day of August.
To open the festival, the Import Projects curatorial initiative screened Austrian artist Ursula Mayer’s contemporary art film, ‘Gonda’ (2012), written by Belfast-born writer Maria Fusco and partially shot in a real-life smoking volcano. The event, titled Vibration / Frequency / Substance, was followed by a conversation between Mayer and curator Nadim Samman, discussing the artist’s approach to narrative structure and notions of the “queer audience”. Despite the seeming abundance of art events on any given night in Berlin, the screening ran past capacity, dozens of nodding heads spilling out of the small room and straining to see amid mid-20s Berlin.
As with anything amalgamating 30 distinct artistic ideologies and practices, Project Space has the potential to be diverse at best, disjointed at worst. Following Import Projects’ Friday film screening, the festival’s opening weekend introduced Agora‘s ‘Stravaganza’, a group performance installation involving, among other things, a man in a billowy white dress that stretched across the Neukölln space’s garden, as well as tête‘s culinary art event, Hors d’œuvre: The Secondary Concern.
By mostly only revealing events for the first two weeks of the festival, Project Space forges ahead with an air of last-minute mystery. Some of the venues –such as the Selda Asal-founded Apartment Project (one of the first artist initiatives in Turkey) –have yet to announce their events, and all that’s left to go on is the promise of eclecticism laid along the conceptual platform of the project space.