TOP 4 TOUR. JULY 2013
1. Wir sind hier nicht zum Spaß! Kollektive und subkulturelle Strukturen im Berlin der 90er Jahre @ Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien
Although Berlin has proved to be an always changing city, you can still see the traces left by the sub-culture that invaded it in the 90s and made it so precious and special, fascinating and attracting for years, like honey for bees, young people from all over the world.
This 90s Berlin is presented in the exhibition “Wir sind hier nicht zum Spaß” at the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, showing us how Berlin has remodeled its appearance, but hopefully not its spirit.
In Mike Riemel work it’s exciting to be in front of the 100 flyers of the different clubs, parties and Anti-Nazi manifestations, that have passed through the hands of many young Berliners. The flyer was the only form of communication, in addition to the word of mouth among friends and acquaintances. No phones, no internet, and especially no facebook at that time. Another world, another era, another Berlin.
In Steffy Van Valanger’s video, “Line 58?, shot a few months after the fall of the wall from the window of the tram 58 that ran the route from Falkenberg to Hackescher Markt, a cold and gray Berlin is reported, in which only Traban move and no advertisement sign is around.
Touching the work by Paul Paulun, who along with Stéphane Bauer curated this collective. Paulun draws from the tanks of the memory of thirty young people active in Berlin who describe their experience, Hausprojekte and the buildings that have been demolished or replaced by Kinderspielplaetzen, exclusive restaurants, hotels or offices.
2. Klara Hobza. Der Totale Horror @ Soy Capitán
The work documents the first phase of the project Diving through Europe.
Three years ago, the Czech-German artist decided to cross the European continent through its depths, from the North Sea to the Black Sea.
The purpose of Hobza is an impossible challenge in progress that requires a lot of perseverance and tenacity.
A way to understand ourselves and a new interpretation of Europe. The rivers have been the cradle of civilization, disclosed stories, legends and wars, and still provide the potential for incredible material.
On the seventh day, during a dive, while Hobza tries to access from the North Sea to the Rhine, a container ship is about to invest her and in order to save her life, the artist is forced to swim frantically. Hence the title and the idea of the show that is hosted in the gallery Soy Capitán, that since a few months moved from Neukölln to Kreuzberg, along with Sebastian Klemm and Silvia Bonsiepe. The gallery is located quite close to St. Agnes Kirche, one of the future major artistic attractions of the Kiez.
The text, the photos and the video that constitute the exhibition, make the viewer become witness of the trauma experienced by Hobza during the immersion, and also of some moments that have marked the preparation of the artist to be able to face perhaps the biggest challenge of her life.
In order for the audience to get completely immersed in this unique and exceptional experience, Soy Capitán has changed clothes by painting the walls in two different shade of green water.
3. Tarantel 2 @ Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien
In the folk tradition of Puglia the Taranta or Tarantola is the name of a very common spider, usually called “wolf spider” (Lycosa Tarantula).
The name derives from the town of Taranto or the Tara River. The popular belief wants that the bite of this spider causes a particular disease, known as tarantism, characterized by a state of malaise and general psychiatric symptoms similar to but distinct from epilepsy, and it was believed that it was possible to neutralize the effects of the poison jumping and sweating: hence the popular belief that the dance and the music could heal the disease. The word taranta is in fact also used as a synonym of “pizzica”, the dance and musical genre that tarantism inspired.
The works of four international photographers are presented in this collective : Elin Høyland, Lucia Ganieva, Vadim Gushchin and Thomas Sandberg.
Elin Høyland with The Brothers, Harald (75) and Mathias (80) Ramen, documents and tells in pictures the routine and habits that accompanied them for years. She proposes a reflection about duality, family atmospheres and solitary life.
The photographs in black and white by Thomas Sandberg offer the viewer the opportunity to share with the artist his memories of Ahrenshoop, a town which lies on the Baltic Sea, keeping alive impressions of that part of the city that no longer exists.
4. It’s already tomorrow. Mit Borras, Judith Sönnicken, Sebastien Pesot @ Kreuzberg Pavillon
The Kreuzberg Pavillon has become one of the most famous non-commercial art spaces in Berlin, offering exhibitions that are renewed every Saturday. In just 3 years it has created an active network of contacts between artists, curators and art projects and social activists not only in Berlin, but also in other artistic realities.
The space will open its doors after a short summer break, with the exhibition It’s Already Tomorrow. Have fun!
Text by Azzurra Pettorossi