since April 2020
with artists, curators, employees and friends of the Bärenzwinger
"Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next" (Arundhati Roy)
In the last weeks, our team has been rattled by the Corona situation and it took some time until we found ourselves reunited as a split-screen.
We have been spending time observing what is happening to determine what our role is in this situation. Like many of us, we spoke more about aerosols than site-specific art. For the time being, we decided not to continue our exhibition and events as a stream, but first and foremost to use this situation to provide a space for the questions that arise and the uncertainty that comes with them.
We are looking for continuity in terms of our collaborations, both current and planned for the year, investing in the invited artists and contributors.
The new annual programme starting with the next exhibition, now postponed indefinitely, is titled "Openings, not Openings". The aim is to work with different opening processes and to focus less on the act of exhibition openings (frequently a one-time event). However, the idea is not "no show", even if it seems that these are the current conditions. We ask ourselves how to deal with the theme of openings while the space is closed and what we can develop when the access to the site, with its specific architecture and history, is currently restricted. Due to the site’s current inaccessibility, we seek to develop new approaches to communication, encourage exchange and seek answers that have not yet found a space to be heard.
We have decided to ask artists, cultural workers, and experts how they experience the current situation, how they are coping and how their methods and collaborations have changed. In the process, we also quest
ion our role and the significance of artistic engagement in the current situation and would like to open and share this conversation, to open up new routes through the crisis.
She is currently curating the exhibition "Who we are and what we do - in the middle of the museum" and "David Polzin 'The Still Chairs'" for Kultur Mitte and the Mitte Museum Berlin.
Activist* and curator*
With Erkan Affan and SchwarzRund we discussed last year in the context of a TheorieMittwoch about exclusion and opening processes. In autumn 2020 Erkan Affan will work as a guest curator in the Bärenzwinger.
Artistic director Klosterruine Berlin
Christopher Weickenmeier was on the artistic direction team of the Bärenzwinger until 2019 and is currently artistic director of the Ruine der Franziskaner Klosterkirche. The online exhibition TIMES IN CRISIS, which he initiated, can still be seen on the YouTube channel of the Klosterruine Berlin.
The migration history of her family lead Monika Gabriela Dorniak to work with refugees for occasional projects. Currently she donated editions to the initiative 'Time To Care' of @Entkunstung, who is raising money for refugees, whose condition has again worsened in the Covid-19 crisis.
Actor, Theater teacher
Im Visier Krawattenhut mit integrierter Maske!
Inga Rosa Kammerer works as a freelance actor for theater, film and TV, as well as in theater pedagogy for children and teenagers. She is giving different theater classes at MiK Jugendkunstschule in Berlin Mitte.
A video by Jasmin Werner relating to her work 'Schloss der Republik Burj Khalifa'.
For »Musée sentimental de l’ours de Berlin« Jasmin Werner developed two installations at the outside area of Bärenzwinger which resemble scaffolding and refer to the history around the Berlin Stadtschloss.
In the visual part of the works different reflections of windows from Stadtschloss and Palast der Republik are merged, episodically telling the story of a changing city between political systems. Transformations Bärenzwinger as a monument for this city has also witnessed, but which didn’t affect it as drastically so far.
The shape of the two towers is inspired by the worlds highest building - Burj Khalifa in Dubai - whose steel structure was partly built with steel from the Palast der Republik.
Artist and Editior
Alternative Embassy of Brazil
project proposal for the Bärenzwinger, Berlin
Only a few meters away from the Bärenzwinger is the Brazilian Embassy of Berlin. In times when Brazil's government is trampling on the country's human rights and democracy, the
alternative embassy serves as a place of refuge and a space where resistance can be organised in artistic and activist ways.
Nadja Abt is an artist and works as the editor for Texte zur Kunst. From 2015-2018 she lived in São Paulo. For her collages, films, and paintings, she uses literature as a starting point to
create formal and textual layers that engage with Brazilian politics and art history, feminist discourses, and the maritime space. We want to work with her in spring 2021 within the
»Openings, not Openings« programme.
Under the synonym ArtPlanner Theres Laux is responsible for the organization of a variety of different cultural and economic events. All planned events, in which people meet face to face, had to be cancelled or postponed. By now some interesting digital alternatives were created, so that cultural education, entertainment and the information flow on products can be continued in virtual space. temporarily, only for a short time period; as it is better to see people being together, carefree, and see them smiling.
Writer and Artist
Recording from Dona Blum during the Viral literature festival. Conversation Series with Authors and Artists, 3 Quarks Daily
Andrea Scrima translates and works as a lecturer for the Kommunale Galerien in Mitte.
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Drawings in my apartment on the kitchewall by me and three roommates (professions: computer scientist, app-developer, architect)
How does the world currently look like?
Watercolor and collage on paper
Eunsun Ko is an artist. Her focus lays on sculptures, drawings, installations and texts. She lives
and works in Berlin and is giving workshops and courses for art projects. Since 2015 she’s working as an art teacher for MiK - Jugendkunstschule Mitte.
Artist and Cartoonist
Depicted are the first 6 pages of the comic „Wa(h)nsee”, a 24-page comic book.The black and white drawings were made during the 24h comic-event of Literarisches Colloquium Berlin last October. In 24 hours 24 comic-pages are being drawn and written, forming a complete story. During the last two months Robert Günther edited and colored the pages digitally. The drawing’s and story's mood fits well into this time of isolation and distancing rules.
The finished book will be published in the end of September with JUTE COMICS Verlag. Robert Günther is an artist and cartoonist. His main focus is drawing and print graphics. After graduating as a Meisterschüler at Berlin University of Arts he worked as a teacher for fine arts and, since 2017, is part of the management team of MiK Jugendkunstschule Mitte.
hugo rex tibiriçá (prefer no pronouns) is a queer artist born and raised in brazil. as far as hugo knows, hugo descends from the ones who colonized as much as from the ones who have been colonized – from european people as well as middle-eastern, amerindian and african people. therefore, hugo carries within hugo’s-self the heritage of the ones who brutalized as well as the ones who have been brutalized - by the processes of colonization, catechization and the legacies of it -, and tries to embody all the contradictions of such heritage within the self through doing art, practicing somatic work and reading books as well as through loving and feeling loved, living life and quarantining.
Screenshots from videoproject „Intimacies and Isolation“
What does lockdown mean for queer identities, which even before had to to be expressed secluded from mainstream society? At what point does longing for closeness turn into a competition for attention? How infectious is the webcam’s gaze?
In his performances and media-installations Torben Jost addresses discursive entanglements of media- and everyday-objects. Using context-shifts and pop his works uncover hidden meanings and power structures. In this he is especially interested in questions of identity and intimacy. „Intimacies and Isolation” was made in cooperation with The Queer Archive Athens.
Artist and art educator
Khansa Humeidan is an artist and art educator. In her work she focuses on art eductation or artistic work in groups in different institutions. Exemplary of that is her development of art eductation formats like peformative audio guides for the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.
Mariana Nobre Vieira (*1989 in Coimbra, Portugal) is a former economic scientist, who started practicing contemporary dance in 2013. She is founding member of the artist collective „The Rabbit Hole”, in which she intensely influenced the club- and art-scene of Lissabon. She visited the masters course SODA (Solo, Dance, Authorship) at HTZ/UDK Berlin and recently graduated. Now she’s working as a performer, teacher and choreographer. Since 2019 Mariana is member of the Berlin-based queer-feminist collective for interventions in rave-culture and gender disorientation „Lecken”. https://mariananobrev.cargo.site
Between April and June the Berliner Kunstverein Experimentelles Zukunftslabor experimented with different forms of creative and peaceful protest in in times of constantly changing social-distancing rules. How do we manage these new challenges as a society? How can we, despite restrictions, interact in public?
The artists and activists of the Verein staged three peaceful actions in public space in Berlin, in which they, while observing current health regulations, artistically expressed their sorrows and wishes for a (post-)pandemic reality.
More infos on the actions: http://experimentelles-zukunftslabor.de/present
Diversity Arts Culture is the concept- and advisory body for diversity-development in the arts.
Commissioned by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Diversity Arts Culture works on a sustainable diversity-oriented opening of the Berlin art-scene since 2017.
Diana Bach works in the Fachbereich Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte des Bezirksamts Mitte.
There she is advising and supervising cultural workers in their work on funded projects. Due to the pandemic every project is now getting reviewed and if possible adapted to the new situation. This time is characterized by an oscillating between different emotional states.
This is how impossible pictures and texts work on the possibility of the struggles.
Hanau was not an Einzelfall (isolated case).
Çiğdem Inan (sociologist) and Katja Diefenbach (cultural studies) are part of the bookstore- and publishing-collective b_books.
b_books is a collective consisting of theorists, activists, artists and filmmakers. Founded in 1996 in Berlin Kreuzberg as a bookstore and venue (montagsPraxis) it later also started publishing and producing films. http://www.b-books.de
dis[ ]tanz podcast
a podcast on the future of dance and performance
Berlin-based performance artist and dance writer Beatrix Joyce explores how digitalisation changes the way we create, experience and engage with dance and performance. Together with invited guests, she delves into the new utopian possibilities that the performing arts may have gained with increased virtual inter-connectivity while also looking at what live art forms may have to lose.
The guest speaker in the first episode, of which this clip is taken from, is Martina Ruhsam.
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