Andrew Birk

An exercise in speculative fiction around searching for Paradise on Mars at Istanbul’s OJ, Sep 15-29

11 September 2017

The Paradise on Mars group exhibition is on at Istanbul’s OJ Art Space, opening September 15 and running to September 29.  

Curated by Erdem Cetrez, the show is an exercise in speculative fiction. Employing the backdrop of the newly colonised Mars, artists are invited to reflect on the “politically stuck and contradictory state of the present-day Earth” and fantasise on the potential of humankind as they set about establishing a new society on the rust-coloured planet.

The show brings together new and recent painting, sculpture, video and site-specific installation from local and internationally-based artists, including Adam Stamp, Andrew Birk, Berk Cakmakci, Bora Akinciturk, Burkut Kum, Emma Stern, Huey Crowley, Lara Joy Evans, Michele Gabriele, Monia Ben Hamouda, Nicole Colombo, Pinar Marul and Vitaly Bezpalov, 

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Monia Ben Hamouda, ‘Turn Bomb Craters into Swimming Pools,’ (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + OJ, Istanbul.
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Monia Ben Hamouda + Michele Gabriele’s It won’t only kill you, it will hurt the whole time you’re dying at OJ

15 June 2017

Monia Ben Hamouda + Michele Gabriele presented It won’t only kill you, it will hurt the whole time you’re dying exhibition at Istanbul’s OJ Art Space, which opened May 24 to June 10.

Monia Ben Hamouda, ‘Dog II’ (2017) Installation view. Courtesy the artist + OJ Space, Istanbul.

The two-person show presents an installation of re-worked objects and sculptural assemblage. Rather than presenting us with the curatorial premise, the press includes a text that reads:

I’m so confused that I don’t even know if you want me to hug you or you want me to die.
Everyone is running away from that disaster, yet I cannot do it and I have to run to you.
If I only have one chance, one, I have to try to save you.
Or at least see if you are there. 

In addition, the work is accompanied by a special text/poem contribution from Andrew Birk, with an excerpt that reads, “Our moment might soon be over, I want to lose myself forever in a sublime haze of loud distracting life-affirming anything, A shaky pistol emerging from a shadow, Dogs disappear out windows…” **

Monia Ben Hamouda and Michele Gabriele’s It won’t only kill you, it will hurt the whole time you’re dying at Istanbul’s OJ Art Space ran May 24 to June 10, 2017. 

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S.W.I.M. @ In De Ruimte, Oct 2 – 4

2 October 2015

Online once again bleeds into IRL with S.W.I.M., a three-day event at In De Ruimte in Gent, Belgium that will run from October 2 to October 4.

With no theme or subject in mind, S.W.I.M. sets itself up as a dedication to the internet as a “collective mind”, creating artistic synthesis.

Participating are both national and international artists and musicians that each address the notion of transgression as inspired by the internet, including Andrew BirkDebora Delmar Corp, Pierre Clement, Systaime, Kim Asendorf and Joachim Coucke, as well as live acts from Coco Haram and Ssaliva, among many others. 

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