Atelier Van Lieshout
Caracas Urban Think Tank
Raul J. Mendez
The exhibition would like to draw attention to the strategies of territorial isolation and social seclusion in 21st century cities. In this context, Dubai and Caracas with their interchanging areas of poverty and wealth are exemplary for the tendencies of urban segregation. The group show, gathering 34 artists and 24 works, aims to point out that polarization, urban demarcations and partitions increasingly also are becoming relevant for European cities, likewise for Berlin. Artists: Atelier Van Lieshout, Sandow Birk, Caracas Urban Think Tank, Peter Coffin, Alice Creischer + Andreas Siekmann, Stuart Elster, Harun Farocki and many others.
List of artists:
Alexander Apostol, Atelier Van Lieshout, Sandow Birk, Sabine Bitter + Helmut Weber, Caracas Urban Think Tank, Peter Coffin, Alice Creischer + Andreas Siekmann, Mauricio Dias + Walter Riedweg, Stuart Elster, Harun Farocki, Peter Fend, Graham Frew, Kristjan Gudmundsson, Emily Jacir, Dorit Margreiter + Anette Baldauf, Raul J. Méndez, Luis Molina-Pantin, Multiplicity (Stefano Boeri + Matteo Ghidoni + Stefano Graziani + Francesca Recchia und weitere), Marjetica Potrcˇ, Javier Téllez, Vangelis Vlahos, Silke Wagner + Beate Anspach, www.decolonizing.ps + Armin Linke + Francesco Mattuzzi + Renato Rinaldi, Carey Young, Michael Zinganel + Michael Hieslmair
The exhibition ISLANDS+GHETTOS would like to draw attention to the strategies of territorial isolation and social seclusion in 21st century cities. In this context, Dubai and Caracas with their interchanging areas of poverty and wealth are exemplary for the tendencies of urban segregation. The group show, gathering 34 artists and 24 works, aims to point out that polarization, urban demarcations and partitions increasingly also are becoming relevant for European cities, likewise for Berlin.
Many of the participating artists have produced new works dealing with the South-American metropolises or the cities around the Persian Gulf. The large format photographs by Venezuelan artist Alexander Apostol, for example, depict how the almost utopian promises made by architects during the boom of the oil town Caracas have turned into closed off, windowless architecture, suggesting that strangers are enemies. The Berlin based artists Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann have extended their project “Atlas (Spaces in Subjunctive)” from 2003, exemplifying the economic situation within Dubai.
During the exhibition, an accompanying program will invite the visitor to experience the theoretic knowledge also against the background of Berlin.
Territorial Security – Lectures and Discussion
Sa 14 March, 19 h The architect Prof. Eyal Weizman will discuss the territorial strategies along the Israel-Palestinian border. The sociologist Prof. Michael Keith presents the »olympic fence« in East London as an emblem for the blending of city planning, security architecture and event culture. In English. Venue: NGBK, first floor, Oranienstraße 25
City walk to the Political Architecture of Berlin
Sun 22 March, 11 h A political cityscape has emerged around the Reichstag. Here, large architectonic gestures of openness meet hermetic enclosure. The walk with artist and writer Matthias Pabsch will deal with this conflict using the most important buildings as examples.
No Go Berlin: Workshop about Berlin city districts and their public image
Private and/or public?Temporary artistic interventions in urban space
With Miss le Bomb, Song of the roundabout and other traffic islands, Petra Kübert, Investitionsvorhaben Alexanderstraße, Varsity of Ma¬neuvers, Canoo trip - Spree islandisation - public research, and Eva Kietzmann. A series of projects from the Institute for Art in Context, UdK Berlin.
More information at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Tel. 030-90298-1464
Fri 13 to Tue 31 March, daily 10 - 18 h Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien presents works of the pupils of the Kurt-Löwenstein School, which have been produced in cooperation with Mona Jas, artist and stipend for the NGBK art mediation, and Alice Thorns, art teacher, on the subject of national identity and home. Guided tours by prior appointment at Tel.: 030/90298-1464.
Opening: 13 March, 19h
Mariannenplatz 2, Berlin
Oranienstraße 25, Berlin