Deep States

BBB_(Alla Popp & Alex Traka)

Korhan Erel

Gosia Lehmann

Lukas Liese

Kristina Paustian

ZUGANG Kollektiv (Bruno Siegrist, Ada Kopaz, Can Kurucu, Tama Ruß)

Grafik Victor Schmidt

Grafik: Viktor Schmidt



4–9 pm

09/09/ – 21/11/2021

Exhibition Curation
Maja Smoszna

Events Curation
Lara Huesmann, Annika Maus and Lusin Reinsch

On September 10, 11 and 12, the exhibition »deep states« closes at 5 pm, as we start setting up the performance.


Music performance "The Double" by Holly Childs & Gediminas Žygus (Hydrangea) as part of the Easterndaze Festival


Concert Performance "Songs of Cyborgeoisie" by BBB_(Alla Popp & Alex Traka)

Performance by Viviana Druga

September-October (tba) LARP Lab with Gosia Lehmann

The term 'deep state' in its original meaning refers to a belief in a conspiracy, a secret shadow cabinet that secretly rules the world. Meanwhile, the term ‘deep states’ holds a second meaning, referring to certain moods or emotional states. In the exhibited works, the invited artists explore critical and dystopian scenarios, as well as feelings of powerlessness, mistrust or "fear of the other'' - feelings which have become increasingly apparent during the current pandemic.  Can these emotional states and stances be understood as variants of a 'hermeneutics of suspicion'? This philosophical concept, which can be traced back to Paul Ricœur, can be used to describe a particular attitude that many have adopted during the pandemic, in which the available information is permanently met with scepticism. 

Suspicion is a high-arousal emotion that can certainly cause particular content to go viral. Just like the story of the supposedly high-ranking military officer, who allegedly since 2017 has made it his mission to spread the QAnon conspiracy theory on the internet. Conspiracy theories tend to surface and proliferate in times of crisis. In the case of a catastrophe, a tragedy or a pandemic, certain groups or individuals are blamed on an emotional basis for incomprehensible events - even though the origin of many crises lies beyond what can be logically explained. Cultural theorist Lauren Berlant points to the AIDS epidemic which occurred not so long ago. The spread of the HIV virus is still accompanied by conspiracy narratives and attempts at explanations that lead nowhere. Berlant notes that the term ‘epidemic’ is never "a neutral description" and that thinking about a widespread infectious disease in one or more communities always raises questions of classification, causality, responsibility and decay. 

The exhibition explores the emotive backgrounds of conspiracy narratives in a place - the Köllnischer Park – that itself was once (in 1825) administered by the Masonic lodge called “Zu den drei Weltkugeln” (“To the three globes”). By designing the park to include an orangery, a temple, a pyramid and a labyrinth, the lodge members created a mysterious atmosphere that can still be felt at Bärenzwinger today. In the context of the exhibition, the unusual interior of the former bear pit has been transformed into a multi-layered labyrinth in which critical approaches towards knowledge are interwoven with affective images. The labyrinth stands metaphorically for unmanageable circumstances that are difficult to categorise, as well as for the search for solutions and answers to questions about its beginning and end, and in extension our unknown and unconscious future.

Baerenzwinger Berlin
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BBB_ (Alla Popp & Alex Traka) is a digitally advanced music and performance artist duo that confronts audiences with utopian and dystopian worlds where the boundaries between the human and the digital seem to merge.

Korhan Erel

Korhan Erel creates electronic music and sound art. Erel treats the computer and electronics as instruments that coexist with conventional instruments in free improvisation and other musical genres. Erel often uses field recordings, found sounds or synthesised sounds in instrument designs and sound art projects. 

Erel's music shifts between free improvisation, conceptual sound performances and also structured and composed pieces. Erel presents sound art projects in group and solo exhibitions and also collaborates with visual artists in performances.


Gosia Lehmann

Gosia Lehmann studied at Central Saint Martin’s College in London and at the Berlin University of the Arts. Her works move between video, scenography and sound. She often works with performative and participatory formats. In 2019, she co-founded the art collective Lagoon Parliament, a platform and network established for the independent scene in Berlin. 

Her work has been presented at the following Berlin venues, among others: Kunsthaus KuLe, at 2 OG in the Alte Münze, the Museum für Naturkunde and the Akademie der Künste.


Lukas Liese

Lukas Liese studied free art/sculpture at the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin and at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, USA. In his sculptural work, Liese mainly uses stone. Over the years, he has created a wide variety of works that have this material in common. Through the presence of stone in space, its geological properties and its significance in art and cultural history, Liese builds up an interaction between the content of his works and the material. 

In 2018, Liese was awarded the Mart Stam Prize for his graduation work at the Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin. In 2020, Liese received the Elsa Neumann Scholarship from the State of Berlin.


Kristina Paustian

Kristina Paustian explores cultural anthropological and socio-political themes in her work. She is a co-founder of the Medienkunstverein (mkv), which works towards the promotion of contemporary art with new media, dedicated to the development of experimental narrative- and exhibition formats. 

Paustian's work has been shown at Les Rencontres Internationales Festival, Arsenal Berlin, Visions du Réel International Film Festival, Torino International Film Festival, Odessa Biennale, Athens Biennale, Tashkent Biennale and the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.


Zugang kollektiv

ZUGANG collective members - Bruno Siegrist, Ada Kopaz, Can Kurucu and Tama Ruß - studied fine arts at the Berlin University of the Arts, among others, and work across the fields of film, photography, performance and sculpture. They are interested in the city, its inhabitants and relationships. 

The central theme of their artistic practice is their research into the political dimension of images and the power of relations in public space..

Bruno Siegrist
Can Kurucu

»The double«

The artist duo Holly Childs & Gediminas Žygus explores the history of European colonial gardens in their work. Visitors will be guided through the evening by two performers. In the performance»The Double«, botanical gardens are critically reflected upon by questioning them as places of hidden violence, appropriation and destruction.

The work is presented on the outside terraces of the building and deals with the history of Köllnischer Park, which was privately administered as a garden and park in the 19th century by a Masonic lodge, among others, and was transformed into an aesthetic landscape according to their designs. The artistic intervention»The Double«is now transforming once again, through music and installative elements, the place that until 2015 served as an enclosure for the Berlin city bears.


Im Köllnischen Park
10179 Berlin

T + 49 30 901 837 461



Dienstag – Sonntag

11–19 Uhr

Eintritt frei


U8 Heinrich-Heine Straße

U2 Märkisches Museum

U+S Jannowitzbrücke,

Bus 165, 265, 248


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