Berlin Autumn Highlights 2017

20 Sep 2017

by Drucilla Burrell

There’s always so much to try and fit in during Berlin Art Week but luckily a large number of exhibits continue on until as late as February 2018. So here’s our rundown of the week's highlights and what you can still catch throughout the coming months. 

Festival of Future Nows 2017 → ∞ at Hamburger Bahnhof blurred performance, inventions and displays. Audience members were captured by drones and fed into deep-dream, entertained by a horse dressed as a pantomime horse and impressed by the beautiful finale - thousands of fireworks sponsored by visitors online and set off from the roof of the building - visible throughout the whole of Berlin. 

Unfortunately, the four-day festival, a cooperation between the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Olafur Eliasson and his Institut für Raumexperimente e.V. – took place during Berlin Art Week only, so you won't be able to see it but here's a trailer of what you missed: 

Festival of Future Nows, Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin. from Studio Olafur Eliasson on Vimeo.

On until the 30th September, the Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg exhibition at Museum Frieder Burda | Salon Berlin is not to be missed. The animated films with hypnotic soundtracks and installations of the Berlin-based Swedish artists Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg (both b. 1978) are shown in dialogue with selections from the late work of Willem de Kooning, the master of abstract expressionism and American postwar art.

C/O Berlin offers a beautiful exploration of the work of Danny Lyon and Willi Ruge. The exhibition runs through 3 December and showcases the portraits, reportage and documentary images of these iconic photographers. Not to be missed for fans of black and white photography.

Danny Lyon Willi Ruge

The sparse space of KW Institute for Contemporary Art invites visitors to experience Whiteout by Willem de Rooij until 17th December. Sitting in the main exhibition hall surrounded by the nighttime communications of howling sledge dogs recorded in Illulissat, Greenland proved both calming and eerie.

Monica Bonvicini’s 3612,54 m3 vs 0,05 m3 didn’t fail to impress at Berlinische Galerie. Exploring borders, boundaries and facades, the piece invites the visitor to make choices and decisions about when and how to cross the space, and deal with any resulting consequences. Both playful and prettifying, the freestanding, breathing, alive installation is definitely worth a visit before 26 February 2018.

Monica Bonvicini Berlinische Galerie

The clear highlight of the week was Boris Charmatz’s A Dancer's Day at Tempelhof Flugvorfeld. The event traced the day of a dancer, from warm-ups, group workshops and final performance within the beautiful ex-air hanger. Aiming to create 10,000 unique gestures the piece resulted in the impressive, slow emerging of a new movement ritual. Highlighting mirroring and the common unconscious elements of human interaction, both the workshops and the piece itself presented a wonderfully interactive, eye-opening experience. A Dancer's Day's run is over, but you can experience Boris's other dance piece Musée de la danse/danse de nuit at Tempfelhof Hangar 5. 

The Care With Which The Rain Is Wrong at Schinkel Pavillon, open until the 12th November, presents the most recent work of Geoffrey Farmer. Mining popular culture to create hybrid arrays of sculpture, collage, video, film, performance and text the site-specific installation proves impressively immersive within this unique venue.

Jon Rafman’s disturbing and confusing Dream Journal is open until 22nd December at Sprüth Magers. The work explores the impact of technology on contemporary consciousness, incorporating the rich vocabulary of online worlds to create poetic narratives that critically engage with the present. Segments of the hour-long film have been drip fed through the artist’s Instagram feed over the past year resulting in a CG animation that’s well worth spending the full hour with.


dream Journal '16 -'17 opens next friday

A post shared by jonrafman (@jonrafman) on Sep 9, 2017 at 9:45am PDT

Schering Stiftung presents Daria Martin’s film A Hunger Artist until 10th December. Highlighting the contradictory human experience of our bodies as objects and subjects, the fifteen-minute piece incorporates the themes of sideshows, voyeurism, power struggles and the myth of the artist.

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Drucilla Burrell is a London based photographer and art enthusiast interested in exploring the currency of the 'real' in an algorithmic social future. Explore visual ramblings on Instagram and Twitter.

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