( Events )

Saturday, September 8, 2–3pm
DIY Stink Bomb
with Alanna Lynch, Berlin Art Prize 2018 nominee

Alanna Lynch will show all workshop participants how to create their own sulphur-based stink bombs using household materials and the sun. Together they will discuss the sense of smell and the potential smells have to take up space and trigger emotion. Please bring a magnifying glass, a glass container with a lid and some hair.


Monday, September 10, 7–10pm
How Do We Survive Spaces We Were Never Meant To Enter?
Discussion, Q&A
with Isaiah Lopaz (artist/writer) and Rachael Moore (activist/performer/community organiser)

With a sense of urgency, activist Rachael Moore and artist Isaiah Lopaz will engage in an open discussion which highlights some of the more challenging experiences that People of Color face when working for art and cultural institutions including: unethical working conditions, tokenism, incidences of racial prejudice, and the significant absence of POC in the audience, and in the administration behind public and private institutions and organisations centered on art and culture.


Wednesday, September 12, 6:30–9:30pm
so schön by Ronald Schernikau
Endurance Reading
invited by Berlin Art Prize 2018 nominee​ Markues, with Tucké Royale (performer, author) and Jörg Sundermeier, Verbrecher Verlag

At the Berlin Art Prize, Markues exhibits a parachute with a quote from und als der prinz mit dem kutscher tanzte waren sie so schön, daß der ganze hof in ohnmacht viel. ein utopischer film by Ronald M. Schernikau. In the book, Schernikau writes: “this film tells the story of four young people trying to organize their love. their problem is that their love has long been organized. their love is organized in exclusivity, in self-defense and togetherness.” Tucké Royale will read the entire book, published by Verbrecher Verlag. Three hours of Schernikau beneath parachutes.


Saturday, September 15, 6–9pm
/Common Wages/Common People/
Reading and Concert
with authors Aurelia Guo, Rin Johnson, Alice Miller, Darling Fitch, Hannah Gregory, Susan Finlay, Sarah Harrison und Bianca Heuser in collaboration Arcadia Missa Publishing, music by Paul Arambula

/Common Wages/Common People/ brings together a group of writers working across genre and form to address the question of what meaning “the commons” has in a contemporary context. Instead of a facile seeking of “common ground” the writers approach the question of the commons as a broader topography, posing questions about the nature of individual experience and cultural context. The evening will conclude with a musical performance by Paul Arambula.


Tuesday, September 18, 7–8pm
Dreaming Trans-futurism and Reality Now
with Doireann O’Malley (Berlin Art Prize 2018 nominee), Lou Drago (author, curator), and Pedro Marum (curator, film programmer, DJ) of Xenoentities Network, Elliott Cennetoglu (lighting designer), Pol Merchan (artist, filmmaker), Mateja Hoffman (photographer, stylist)

Doireann O’Malley, nominated artist and director of Prototypes in conversation with the creators and protagonists of the film about the methodologies, themes, experiences and processes explored in the work Actor Lou Drago on Prototypes: “Within the first moments of Prototypes the viewer is confronted with the absurdity of society’s reduction of gender to a binary system as a voiceover enumerates the various chromosome composites that humans possess, several combinations of which do not equate to the limited categorizations of male/female. It is quickly made clear that there is much more involved in understanding the complexity of gender.”


Thursday, September 20, 7–9pm
MOANEY: A Speculative Proposal for Support Structures
Panel, Discussion
with Kate Brown (co-director of Ashley, editor at Artnet), Maurin Dietrich (writer, assistant curator, KW Berlin), Cathrin Mayer (assistant curator, KW Berlin), Penny Rafferty (writer, curator), Chloe Stead (writer, editor and art critic)

Gentrification and exclusion have become the norm in Berlin. As the experimental gallery boom of the early 90s recedes, many spaces are moving away or shutting down completely. Berlin’s art world is in crisis and runs the risk of losing its unique perspective, formulated through its project spaces with a vibrant, antagonistic attitude towards the cultural elite, and populist politics.

The panel aims to unpack this spectacle not as a process of mourning for more hedonistic times, but as a procedure for action. Rafferty, Mayer, and Dietrich will outline a new protocol, in which every institution, collection, and gallery is complicit and coerced into creating and maintaining infrastructures of support, survival, and radicalization within Berlin´s creative scene. – Penny Rafferty


Tuesday, September 25, 7–9pm
Bodies at Work: Art, Activism, and Sexuality
Presentation, Q&A
with artists Candice Breitz, Peaches, and Melanie Jame Wolf

Cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances!

Sexuality is as powerful a form of expression as it is sensitive. Taking the varied practices of three artists as a point of departure, the evening aims to open a broad and inclusive discussion on topics, both sensitive and celebratory, related to sex, sex work, and sexuality in contemporary cultural production.

In her most recent work, TLDR (2017), Berlin-based artist Candice Breitz gives voice to a cast of sex work activists who are affiliated with SWEAT (the Sex Workers Education & Advocacy Taskforce, South Africa / www.sweat.org.za). Breitz proposes that feminist practice can only be truly transformative and intersectional if it strives to decriminalize and de-stigmatize sex work.

Musician and performance artist Peaches explores her own sexuality through her rock star persona. Bold, salacious, feminist, and transgressive, she invites us all to join her in a celebration of our bodies, gender identity, female production, and the positive expression of our individual sexuality.

Melanie Jame Wolf works with pop culture and persona to critique how value and exchange are performed in the murky economies of immaterial capital. In “Mira Fuchs” – one of a trilogy of works about performances of womanhood – Wolf examines the contradictions of gender, sexuality, performative intimacy, and the complicated gaze she experienced working as a dancer in a Melbourne strip club.


Wednesday, September 26, 5pm
365 routines
Dance Performance
with Nina Kurtela (Berlin Art Prize 2018 nominee)

In 365 routines artist and dancer Nina Kurtela and her longtime dance partner Hana Erdman sought to create a conceptual work based on a dance phrase: a short choreographic fragment with the feeling of a beginning and an end. In this case, the phrase is eight beats at 60 BPM. Over the course of a year, the two sent these phrases via cellphone video to each other daily, each reacting to the other’s movements. Due to their almost constant travels, they find themselves on opposite sides of the world, with the development of 365 routines becoming both a form of communication and one of the only constants in their global lives. The culmination of the individual videos is projected at the Berlin Art Prize exhibition. At this event Nina Kurtela will perform the entirety of the one-year-choreography live with the video work.


Thursday, September 27, 7.30–9pm
How to Breathe In a Bubble?
An experimental discussion panel
with Marco Schmitt (performance artist and systems coach), Katalin Gennburg (speaker for urban development, tourism and smart city of the Left Fraction in the Berlin House of Representatives), Andreas Krüger (director of Belius GmbH, former director of Modulor, Runder Tisch Liegenschaftspolitik), Sven Lemiss (director BIM), Sandra Meireis (architecture theorist, TU Berlin), Zoe Claire Miller (artist, co-founder Berlin Art Prize), Martin Schwegmann (urban researcher, studio commissioner for Berlin), Alexandra von Stosch (Artprojekt Unternehmensgruppe), Cornelia Wagner (OraNostra), graphic recording by Paul Sochacki (artist)

“Everything is gentrification now” but Richard Florida isn’t sorry. As the city gets more expensive, more tightly packed, some win, others lose. On this evening, Marco Schmitt and participants from art, politics, and real estate will attempt to untangle the socio-economic complex of gentrification using Schmitt’s method of COA CHING. What (moral) scope of action is possible, for those affected and those responsible, when urban space is subject to intense pressure and scarcity?


Friday, September 28, 7pm–late
Berlin Art Prize Exhibition Closing and Afterpary
Award Ceremony at midnight
music by Superposition featuring Judith Grasser, Rugilė, Walter Daniel and Marlene Stark

The winners will be announced live for the first time at a midnight awards ceremony, followed by a festive afterparty with a music program produced in collaboration with Superposition.

The trophy by Zuzanna Czebatul was designed exclusively for the Berlin Art Prize 2018. The Berlin-based artist conceived of the trophies as a reference to the most popular ice cream colors in the 1960s.