Program  February - July 2016
artists - life - oeuvre - society

public discourse | July 10th 2017

Reality construction as an applied method

Lecture with Michael Kurzwelly, Artist

As a social and political art project, Nowa America, co-founded by the artist Michael Kurzwelly, is taking innovative paths. In 2010 it emerged as a new region on the German-Polish border region with its own capital, its own parliament, its university and its own language. Capital is „Slubfurt "brought together from the names Slubice and Frankfurt/Oder.


open club | June 26th. 2017


in Cooperatation with Medienwerkstatt Berlin

* Sandra Becker, Video Artist

Medienwerkstatt Berlin im
Kulturwerk des bbk berlin GmbH
Mariannenplatz 2
10997 Berlin


open club | June 19th. 2017

Phenomorphology of the Human Body
Said Bouftass,

more information
Phenomorphology of the Human Body


public discourse | June 12th 2017

Is there an applied political art?
Lecture with Marina Naprushkina

©office for Antipropaganda, 2010

Does one necessarily have to leave the field of art if one wants to move politically?
In 2007 Minsk - based artist Marina Naprushkina founded the Office for Antipropaganda, a platform for artistic and activist debate on the subject of political propaganda, and in 2013 initiated the working group "New Neighborhood / Moabit" to support refugees.

Marina Naprushkina and the New Neighborhood Initiative Moabit were awarded the ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture this year.


public discourse  |  May 22th 2017

Performance between everyday life and art
Talk with Jörn J. Burmester,  Performance Artist
©Foto. Jörn J. Burmester. neoneodada.

How performances as spontaneous or carefully structured encounters can change the perception and experience of artists and spectators, the Performance Artist Jörn J. Burmester explains in his talk about his own works and curatorial projects of recent years.


public discourse | April 24th 2017

On the Apriil the public discourse program starts with the new series of topic ART AND SOCIETY | between fiction and reality. The first block of this topic deals with the scientific and artistic positions on "art and its social effectiveness", curated by Florentine Zurek.

Changing the social reality through art fundamentally comprised the Dada and Fluxus movements of the 20th century. Numerous current art and cultural projects, which refer to the migration movements as a result of war and crises all over the world, make this dynamic visible once again. For this reason, the ARTS CLUB BERLIN 2017 attempts to question the possibilities and influences of artistic action and thinking on current political, social and ethical problems in two blocks "Art and its social effectiveness" and "Art as aesthetic humanism". What happens if the urgency of reality is hogging art and art raises the claim for social impact? Should art be allowed to do anything? Particularly with regard to the personal tragedies of refugees, artists run the risk to exploit the suffering of other people and instrumentalize them in public actions for their own career development. But who, if not art, can question complex social problems with provocative actions and reach a large audience? Is it an assignment of art to "bring chaos into order," as Adorno once remarked?

April 24th 2017 at 7.30 pm
Kunst ist Leben, Leben ist Kunst | Art is Life, Life is Art
Lecture with Heinrich Liman, Director of the Fluxus + Museum in Potsdam

"My art", Wolf Vostell (1932-1998) said once, "has a job to educate people against war and intolerance.“ 50 years after the Fluxus movement we ask Heinrich Liman reffering to the job of the art, its rules and efficacy. As a long-standing friend and collector of Wolf Vostell, Heinrich Liman founded the Fluxus + Museum in Potsdam in 2006.Moderation: Florentine Zurek

open club  I  January 30th. 2017

Waiting for Paradise - Verführungen vor Ort?
Lecture and reading by Tanja Langer


open club | May 15th. 2017

At the invitation of ARTS CLUBS BERLIN, Sebastian Letz and Johannes Milla presented together with Günter Jeschonnek the planned Freedom and Unity Monument "CITIZENS IN MOVEMENT" in Berlin.

The discussion with Johannes Milla and / or Sebastian Letz was moderated by Günter Jeschonnek (director, cultural manager, curator and author. Most recently Managing Director of Fonds Performing Arts Milla & Partner GmbH

PROGRAM public discourse | September - December 2016
ART AND POLITICS | artists - life - oeuvre - society

With regard to political changes in Europe, economic crises, strengthening nationalisms, migration movements and ecological changes artists react worldwide with new artistic strategies and forms of production. Voluntary or involuntary nomadism creates new artistic productions and lifestyles. Although there seems to be a general understanding of artistic existence and working methods in the German society, the role of artists and the expectations of public institutions and market-based interest groups concerning benefits and rights of artists have changed over the centuries. Cultural workers and the curators themselves critically analyze the question of artistic identity and social role of artists, the efficacy of artistic performances in public space as well as the purpose of artistic activity connected with the responsibility of social engagement. In the year of 175th founding of the Verein Berliner Künstler the ARTS CLUB BERLIN addresses current and historical issues concerning live and working conditions of artists. There will be reflections and discussions about cultural-political, socio-cultural and political conditions for artistic production, the future of artistic self-administration as well as the development of alternative marketing strategies with a particular focus on Berlin.

12.12.2016 CITY TALK  / Identity - Self-marketing - Self-assertion

CITY TALK  / Identity - Self-marketing - Self-assertion.
With Jörgen Golz/Exhibition manager Berliner Liste,
and Dr. Sabine Meister/Art Historian / Berlin
Moderation: Catherine Bourdon

Jörgen Golz and Dr. Sabine Meister will talk about the historical and current working conditions of visual artists in Berlin. They will analyze under what cultural-political and economic conditions the artists in the 19th and 20th century had worked. Were there besides the official market, dominated by imperial patronage and Academy, also individual marketing strategies enforceable? What opportunities and difficulties characterized the situation of artists during their artistic production in that time? What conditions for adequate income work and development of the artistic potential characterize the current cultural scene in the 21th century? What roles are playing Berlin’s art fairs in the context of international art fairs and what barriers have newcomers to overcome to develop alternatives in addition to the gatekeepers of the art market?

Nov.14th, 2016_With Dr.Wolfgang Cortjaens

Oscar Begas (1828–1883) and the Berlin-based Art Associations.
A typical ‘German Carreer’ in the Kaiserreich.

In his work, the portrait painter Oscar Begas, offspring of a successful Berlin-based dynasty of painters, lithographers and sculptors, combined elements of the restrained Prussian Biedermeier with an elaborate sense of representation typical for the Gründerzeit era after the proclamation of the German Kaiserreich. His career can thus be read as substitute for any academic painter of his generation. Begas´ rise as painter of the Berlin ‘high society’ (politicians, bankers, members of the Court) was partly due to his membership in the Royal Academy in Berlin as well as in several bourgeois art associations such as the Verein Berliner Künstler (1871-1883) or the ‘Verein der Künstlerinnen und Kunstfreundinnen zu Berlin e.V.’, which offered to its members artistic participation beyond the strict rules of academic display. The 175th anniversary of the VBK offers a most welcome opportunity to re-evaluate the artistic merits of Oscar Begas and his role within the academic painting of late Nineteenth Century Berlin.

Dr. Wolfgang Cortjaens/Art Historian/ former deputy director of the museum and curator of the BEGAS HOUSE - Museum of Art and Regional History Heinsberg


October 10th 2016_public discourse with Achim Freyer

Artists Multimedia The special place -
The Kunsthaus Achim FreyerAchim Freyer, painter, film director, set designer, collectors, museum director "Messages transmitted by arts are our most loyal companions." This was the credo of the Achim Freyer Foundation. Achim Freyer works as a painter, director and set designer. He was born 1934 in Berlin among others he participated in dOCUMENTA twice and created numerous international productions from Monteverdi to Glass. In 2013 he opened an art house in a villa in Berlin-Lichterfelde, which was under a preservation order. There he opened not only his extraordinary collection of international art of 20th and 21st century, of Naïve Art and Art Brut to the public, but also realized ambitious exhibition projects and events. Today the work of the Foundation consists of retaining the life’s works of Achim Freyer and his wife Ilona Denecke-Freyer as well as the promotion of young artists. In this way the Foundation will carry on in the preserving values for the future and links it to current messages and companions.

September 19th., 2016_Rooms of new media with Dr. Sabine Ziegenrücker

New media open up to spaces for boundaries between reality and the virtual world. The talk shall offer insights to the construction of media spaces and its specific perception and presentation - not without references to art historical issues. Dr.Sabine Ziegenrücker publishes and makes exhibition in the fields of the contemporary art. She works on promotion of the young talents as a manager at Friends of the Arts Berlin / Karl Hofer Society and is a board member at the Bernhard Heiliger Foundation.


July 25th. 2016 | open club/ get together with Artist Susanne Kessler.

© S.Kessler | Installation „Mäander“ | 1550 x 950 x 950 cm  
Materialien: 7 Eisenringe, Bodenspiegel, unterschiedlichen Materialien
Ausstellungsort Dominohaus Reutlingen, Dominoart 2014

In frame of the exhibition ARCHITEKTONISCH talks the artist Susanne Kessler about her artistic work and presents the new published monograph "Framing Space".

The book is published in DISTANZ Verlag Berlin.

Framing Space
English / Italian / German
Verlag: Distanz Verlag Berlin
Authors: Achille Bonito Oliva, Johannes Nathan, Vincenzo Mazarella
ISBN: 978-3-95476-119-7
Book, Hardcover, 232 Seiten

Susanne Kessler  |

Juny 13th 2016, public discourse with Tanja Ostojic

Female Artist Identity, presence feminist art and gender behavior on the art marker

with Tanja Ostojic/ a feminist performance artist.
She lives in Belgrad and Berlin.

07.03.2016_ Soul of Europe with Nele Hertling

Soul of Europe
Nele Hertling, founder for “A Soul for Europe” presents the European cultural initiative.

In November 2004 the first “Berlin Conference” took place. Conceived and planed from a group of Berlin citizens. From the conference, where next to personalities from politics, economics, art and culture, many young Europeans from many countries took part, came the initiative “A Soul for Europe”. The core of this “Strategy Group” initiative was compiled mostly from representatives of a young European generation.  These have close contacts to the local, regional and European political aims.


public discourse I Monday, February 15th, 2016

with Lela Ahmadzai

For the last 50 years, the rights of Afghanistan’s women evolved like the temperature curve on a fever chart: many ups, many downs.  After a time of relative freedom, the latest developments suggest that the withdrawal of NATO troops from the country since 2014, marks yet another turning point on this curve: The multimedia/photo documentary UNDAUNTED accompanies four women from Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, in this difficult time. Their stories reflect the young history of Afghanistan.
The situation of the Afghan women is a reflection of the radical political and social changes in the country.  
Being trained from the Soviet Russians as a working force.   From the Mujaheddin and the Taliban banished in the name of honour under the Burka.  Under the protection of the NATO promoted again.  What comes next?

Lela Ahmadzai, multimedia journalist, photographer, lives in Berlin



September - December 2015
ART AND POITICS  Art in Europe – invisible borders

November, 30th, 2015_Finance(-ing)-System Art-Dealing with Doris Koch

open club

Finance(-ing)-System Art-Dealing with Doris Koch

An artistic work-in-progress in which the aspects of the global financial system seized, are reflected and transformed and
which also constitutes a financing model for art projects.

*Doris Koch (Büro komPlex) conceptual Artist, Cultural Scientist

November 16th.2015_public discourse with PCFC

public discourse
An international forum for artists, curators and cultural producers

Exceeding of cultural-historical borders
Georg Klein / DE , Sven Kalden / DE , Mario Asef / AR
in conversation with Andrzej Raszyk / Berlinerpool

Streichung the borders in discussion about Europe to its colonial history and foundation of ist today’s wealth we are inviting curators of PCFS
(Georg Klein, Sven Kalden) and an author of Crossfade art project (Mario Asef) to place it in current geopolitical context and reflect on public reactions.

•The exhibition project Post Kolonial Flagship Store (PCFS) tackles the structures and methods of a new worldwide economic colonialism, presenting works of 16 artists in the camouflage of commercial culture. What the colonial goods store was a hundred years ago is today the global flagship store. The Objekts and projects exhibited in the PCFS toy with commercial identity, reversing the roles or seducing the visitor with modern forms of colonialism, creating an explicitly post-colonial space – a space in which we become aware of both the past and the present manifestations of colonialism, in order to be able to overcome them.
Project exhibited in freiraum INTERNATIONAL | MuseumsQuartier Wien, 3.10.2014-23.11.2014
Catalogue: PCFS – Post Colonial Flagship Store Vienna, Georg Klein, Sven Kalden, 2014, ISBN 978-3-200-03796-0

Mario Asef’s videos, photographs, collages, installations and interventions deal with social discourse. In his video work entitled “Crossfade”, he addresses the two-way mass migration between South America and Europe. This has been a feature of human and animal life since the beginning of the 16th century.In very personal, poetic images, the history of his Homeland becomes the starting point for historic and political concerns, which include issues such as  conquest,
immigration and emigration, power and oppression, all of which can be read at a global level.
Project exhibited in Kunstverein Junge Kunst e. V., Wolfsburg, 30.11.2012 – 26.1.2013
Catalogue: Crossfade, Mario Asef, KERBER VERLAG, 2013, ISBN 978-3-86678-772-8

October 26th 2015_open club mit David Dibiah

open club  I October 26th 2015

We cordially invite you to the next theme event of the ACB open club with the title
Have you ever eaten rice?

 "Think, it goes beyond the figurative arts. It is what connects us with each other and with a very good artisanal competence, enables survival and life.

With VBK Artist David Dibiah from Nigeria / Performer, Photographer and cultural mediator.

October 12th., 2015 public discourse

Monday, October 12th., 2015
public discourse
An international forum for artists, curators and cultural producers

KUNST UND POLITIK | Kunst in Europa - Unsichtbare Grenzen / Art in Europe - invisible borders

New Structures of the development of cross-border dialogue.
With Daniela Todorova
in talk with Antonia Duende

*Mrs. Daniela Todorova from Bulgaria, visual artist, Art Director of AMATERAS Foundation and curator of "SOFIA PAPER ART FEST", which was awardet EFFE Label for 2015-2016 from Brusse's Commission, will present innovations of AMATERAS Foundation and Priority of Cultural Strategy of Sofia 2013-2023 "SOFIA - CREATIVE CAPITAL"

September 14th, 2015 public discourse

Art in Poland
Working beyond the borderline
with Dominik Lejman, Artist/Prof.Dr.hab. at the University of Arts in Poznań /Poland
in conversation with Andrzej Raszyk /Literary Critic, curator
and Paulina Olszewska / Art Historian, curator

Borders in the context of art and artistic practice. Where were the borders in art before and after 1989? What limits exist for artists today? We look at the younger generation and their experience in the convergence of boundaries of the contemporary world.

September 28th 2015 open club/get together

The art market and its "game species" behind the scenes and in the perspectiv changes of their protagonists
with Christina Wendenburg, Author, Journalist, Art and Media Scientist, portfolio manager.



January - July 2015
ART AND POITICS  Art in Europe – invisible borders

July 13th, at 7 pm public discourse

European Promoter of Culture
touring artists | an information online portal and consulting services for artists as a guest at Arts Club Berlin (ACB) in the Verein Berliner Künstler (VBK)
with Christine Heemsoth, Thomas Weis (IGBK Berlin) and Alicja Adamczyk (SMartDe Netzwerk für Kreative e.V.)

touring artists is a joint project of the Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste IGBK and the International Theatre Institute in Germany ITI, initiated and supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media BKM.The touring artists helpdesk service is a cooperation of IGBK and ITI with SMartDe - Netzwerk für Kreative e.V. ( Supported by Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM).

Kunst in Europa grenzenlos  I  borderless art in europe
Europe is in progress. Europe is not a constant condition. Europe frees our imagination.

June 15th, at 7.30 pm public discourse

Europe is in progress. Europe is not a constant condition. Europe frees our imagination.

Artists in transnational projects TRAFFIC - European artist cooperation
A combination of exhibitions and ventures initiated in the aim to generate a new cross - european dynamic in contemporary art.








with Frederik Vergaert (BE), director of Lokaal 01 and cultural manager Frederiek Weda (NL)

MONDAY, June 1st, at 7.30 pm

MONDAY, June 1st, at 7.30 pm
open artists club/ get together


Niemand hat die Absicht …
Movie Photography 1961-1970 by Herbert Ernst
, Cameraman / Berlin. Known and unknown pictures from the Berlin at the time of the Wall and the first years of the Cold War.
Presented by Ralf Gründer, Kameramann

We invite you, together with the author Ralf Gründer and the cinematographer Herbert Ernst on a journey into the 60s !

Monday, June 1st , 2014
Entrance 7 pm
Starting 7.30 pm

You are sincerely welcome
Greetings from the ACB Team

MONDAY, May 18th 2015, at 7 pm
public discourse

Kunst in Europa grenzenlos  I  borderless art in europe

The next theme event of the ACB public discourse with the title

Artists as border crossers – Working with roots
with Saverio Tonoli Adamo /Italien, Painter and Photographer, lives in Berlin.
In talk with Wolfgang Siano/Art Historian

Zimmer I – Rooted in space

Zimmer I, 2015 variable dimensions, different types of Gesso, oil paint, resin,
wood, fabric, plaster, performer, cactus. In collaboration with performer Zoe Goldstein.

The Zimmer is the recreation of a domestic room depicted on a Greek vase. A figure is standing with an eternal erection in front of a monochrome image, which both lights up and creates the space. The figure is Ermete, associated with mercury, who embodies the coexistence of opposites, as an androgen being and master of winds.

"I freely draw inspiration from this image from the European alchemic tradition, while updating its symbolic value to today. I recreate the room in the space through a still live performance, which will take place during the talk, and where the public itself will become part of the image."

*Saverio Tonoli Adamo was born in 1984, Lucca, Italy. He lives and works in Berlin. He studied painting in the Fine arts academy of Brera in Milan. In 2012 he was invited for a residency by Pr. Rainer Crone, New York. In 2010, 2011, 2013 he partecipated to workshops hold by Gian Antonio Gilli, Roberto Cuoghi, Giovanni Morbin, , invited by Progetto Diogene, Turin. More Information about the Artist  Saverio Tonoli Adamo 

Entrance 7 pm
Starting 7.30 pm

More information about the current top ART AND POLITICS  I  borderless art in europe you can find in our ACB flyer.

* The public discourse program is a key element of the ARTS CLUB BERLIN, committed to investigating recent developments, concepts and forms of practice in discourses of contemporary art. At the Invitation of the VBK curators, artists and scientists are asked to organize a discursive program that is internationally oriented yet at the same time retains a focus on the local context of Berlin.The program has a particular focus on different forms of artistic practices and their conditions of production. What is artistic practice today and what are its contexts? Taking this question as a point of departure, the public discourse program seeks to contextualise contemporary concepts of artistic practice within political, social and economic settings in open lectures and discussions with international artists, curators and representatives of non-artistic fields.

27.04.2015 public discourse with Asteris Kutulas

 April 27th 2015, at 7pm 
public discourse
An international forum for artists, Kurators and cultural producers

Kunst in Europa grenzenlos  I  borderless art in europe

Europe is in progress. Europe is not a constant condition. Europe frees our imagination.


Artists as border crossers – Working with roots
LIFE between ART and COMMERCE | between

Asteris Kutulas, Event and Music Producer, Filmmaker and Author

The Greek artist and producer Asteris Kutulas, a resident of Berlin, talks about his „Transcendental homelessness“:

Born in 1960 as the son of Greek refugees in the castle of Graf Dracula on the border of Romania/Hungary, his father was exiled by the Ceauşescu regime in 1968 as a result of his loyalty to Moscow. His family was then able to apply for asylum in the GDR (DDR).

He visited the legendary Kreuzschule in Dresden, which belonged to the Protestant Church. The scholars were able to study the music of Johann Sebastian Bach in the Kreuzchor senior classes.

As a fourteen-year-old in 1975, he visited his homeland Greece where his „Transcendental homelessness“ dawned on him.

He studied German Philology and History of Philosophy with Claus Träger and Helmut Siedel at the Karl-Marx-University in Leipzig and learnt that from the standpoint of the world spirit, everything is relative.

Intoxicated himself in the 80's with the Greek Culture and communicated persistent/associatively with Jannis Ritsos, Mikis Theodorakis and Odysseas Elytis.

He fell in love with the German artist Ina Schildhauer in 1983, who became his wife. They live as a piece of art.

From 1987 until the fall of the Berlin Wall, he published the independent magazine „Bizarre Städte“ which dealt with the bizarre anarchistic life in the GDR.

In a sensual frenzy in the 90's, he organised more than 100 concerts all over the world with Mikis Theodorakis (Songs, Symphonies, Ballet and Opera), as well as a number of CD projects.

He produced more than 40 events between 1999 and 2010 for the director and light architect Gert Hof. He also worked for the Chinese Government (Peking), Donald Trump (Atlantic City), Vladimir Putin (Red Square in Moscow), the Sultan of Oman (Muscat) and the Greek Government (Akropolis, Athens).

While doubting himself, he became the Executive producer and dramatic adviser for the family entertainment horse show „Apassionata“ from 2010 until 2014.

His real life though, that he is only able to live selectively, is that of an author and filmmaker. The most important stations for him is the film „Mikis Theodorakis, composer“, „Recycling Medea“ and „Dance Fight Love Die“ of which the last one is in development, i.e. under the prolonged requirement of „Transcendental homelessness“ and at the same time a wonderful experience of true life.

13.04.15 open club with Prof. grad. Des. Michael Schulze; Artist

MONDAY, April 13th., 2015
open club/get together

Science and art - an odd couple?
Lecture by Prof. grad. Des. Michael Schulze; Artist

© M. Schulze

Art and science live through creativity. What kind of relationship do they have? The question of how much science of radical artistic methods are needed shall be discussed in the lecture to try to solve current and future problems,


MONDAY; MARCH 23th 2015 I public discourse

MONDAY, March 23th 2015
public discourse

Europe's Federal Principle - In Danger?

Fred Dewey/ USA, Artist, Writer, Publisher, cultural Activist. Lives in LA and Berlin.
In talk with Julia Martha Müller/ Art Historian, Political Scientist

MONDAY, February 23th. 2015 | public discourse

MONDAY, February 23th. 2015
open club/public discourse

EAST and WEST and the ART

Hans-Peter in talk with Sabine Rau.
In terms of the leading theme ART and POLITICS I Art in Europe limitless. Europe is in progress, was reflected at this evening also the question of the historical self-understanding of Eastern European artists as an artist in Europe.

Hans-Peter Riese, Author, Art Historian, Journalist and Art Critic has long worked as a Korrespondent for WDR in Eastern Europe and collected hundreds of works of art. In interview with Sabine Rau he talks about his time in Prague (until 1973) and Moscow (1985-1991) and about encounters with artists and art of these countries, the Russian and Czech constructivist Avantgarde.

Sabine Rau, as a foreign Korrespondent for the WDR in Brussels,  ARD capital Korrespondent and presenter in Berlin since 2006, accompanies, reports and comments on the German politics in an international Kontext. She is one of the most experienced journalists of the ARD.

MONDAY, February 9th., 2015 | open artists club


MONDAY, February 9th., 2015
open club/get together

Presentation of project
The beautyness of communication
by Falk Richwien and Johanna Frohberg

© Chiara Dazi
The discussion will focuss on art as a medium of communication, as a vehicle for a journey to the inside, the outside, to the Other and the circumbilivagination of all that. By presenting Falk Richwien MultiData code installations, which connect oil paintings to the internet, painting with film, and the public space with the personal mini-screen of the smartphone, we are going to discuss questions like: Where is it, that the art is? What is it, that appeals to us? What rejects us? and anyway: What are we doing here? What do we accomplish with our art? Self-affirmation? Challenge? A Secret? Something that is higher than ourselves? Or just entertainment for an evening?

Falk Richwien
works as a visual artist, writer and filmmaker since 1985 in Berlin. From 1997 to 2003 he led and curated exhibitions and art-projects in collaboration with the New Academy of Arts and Technology. In 2006, he caused a scandal by the publicslaughter of two rabbits. Since 2005, the core themes of Richwiens work are the informal painting, interactive installations and "art-activities" that involve the viewer into the work and last but not least the analogisation of the digitalisation by means of art. Read more under
Johanna Frohberg
studied sculpture at the National Art-Shool of Cuba in Havana and at the Humboldt University of Berlin philosophy and cultural science. Besides her work as a sculptor, Frohberg works since 2012 onwards different text-picture-projects that cross the boundary between text and image, public space and private note, irritation and information. Here she helps to present Richwiens work. About her own work read more under


MONDAY, January 12th 2015 | open artists club

MONDAY, January 12th 2015
open club / An international forum for artists, Kurators and cultural producers.

Presentation of the Book "Antiken der Zukunft“
by Detlef Suske, Photographer, Artist of VBK
and Roman Pliske /Publisher of the mdv/ Mitteldeutscher Verlag GmbH

The author deals with the embossed human habitat. His photographs emerged at night throughout Europe, show deserted locations and turn to the question"What makes the architecture with the people?

Program September – December 2014



Program September – December 2014

Monday, Dezember 1st, 2014
public discourse
An international forum for artists, curators and cultural producers

KUNST UND POLITIK / ART AND POLITICS worth & value in public discourse

It´s All in the Game
with Manuel Wischnewski, Lukas Töpfer, Melissa Steckbauer, Julian Malte Schindele
Monday, Dezember 1st , 2014

The last event of the four part series worth & value in public discourse aims to summarize and go to the core of the questions asked. Different protagonists, members and decision makers of Berlin’s art scene are gathered around a table in order to reevaluate and negotiate central questions of the current value production of cultural producers in Berlin. Can too much individual effort still serve the community? Can networking lead to more than merely symbolic and economical alliances? Could a worker’s union for freelancers be possible? What do state, economy, private initiatives and citizens contribute to Berlin’s cultural scene? And finally: Who profits from it in the end?

Manuel Wischnewski ,*1984, is a curator, writer and cultural producer, he works and lives in Berlin. Wischnewski is the founding director of Neue Berliner Räume, a Berlin based curatorial initiative, and a founding member of the exhibition initiative Secondary Narratives. His curatorial work includes projects for the Digital Art and Sound Weekend/transmediale 2011 and Picture Berlin 2014 as well as collaborations with C/O Berlin and Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik (Humboldt University of Berlin).

Lukas Töpfer, *1988, works as a curator in Berlin. He organized exhibitions such as “Das Übrige. Der Rest eines Vorschlags/The Rest. What remains of a suggestion” (KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2014), “The Missing, or: One thing next to another” (Kunstsaele, Berlin 2014), “One place next to another” (Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow 2014) and the ongoing series “Der Rückzug der Dinge/The retraction of things” (KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2014/15). He is one of the co-founders of “Secondary Narratives”.

Melissa Steckbauer lives and works in Berlin. Steckbauer is visual artist as well as the founding director of the experimental platform, The Wand in Berlin, a founding member of Secondary Narratives, and a freelance writer for Berlin Art Link. Her work has been featured in Castello di Rivoli—Museum of Contemporary Art, Rivoli; KW, Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Le Salon Du Dessin, Paris; Western Exhibitions, Chicago; District, Berlin; and Hasted Kraeutler, New York.

Julian Malte Schindele,*1984, Freelance curator and co-founder of Bublitz and Secondary Narratives.

Monday, November 17th, 2014 | public discourse

Monday, November 17th, 2014

public discourse
An international forum for artists, curators and cultural producers

KUNST UND POLITIK / ART AND POLITICS worth & value in public discourse
A Critical Dilemma
with Clare Molloy
and Dr. Jörn Schafaff

The title worth & value in public discourse suggests that as soon as culture producers take part in a culture system, which is made up of certain rules and habits, they are inevitably facing a dilemma, if they participate in it: Even with taking a critical stand towards the model and its inherent principles, they are still positioning themselves in a certain free market economical and communicative relation towards it.

A current trend shows that artists and curators develop themselves into small one-person-businesses, creating interdisciplinary positions and embodying all exhibition-related roles in one to enable maximum control over reception, impact and output. These individuals are not only most influential in the exhibition world but are increasingly becoming professionals by getting university education in theory and practice. Traditional subjects such as Art History and Art Theory are getting challenged by competitive study programs, which combine curating, criticism and art education. Is this trend the economization of “independent” education and the preparation for future widely educated and adaptable professionals? Or is the goal to educate independent agents who are able to react through new exhibition models and comments towards current demands and questions in the art world beyond specialist and institutional borders?

We will be discussing these questions with our guests Clare Molloy and Jörn Schafaff.

Clare Molloy received her BA in English Studies from the University of Durham, UK and she is currently studying in the Masters Programme in Curatorial Studies at the Städelschule and the Goethe Universität in Frankfurt am Main, DE. Her most recent curatorial project was as Assistant Curator of the festival FdjT/What Happens in Offenbach Stays in Offenbach. Clare works freelance for the Education Department of the MMK - Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, and is conducting research into her MA thesis.
Dr. Jörn Schafaff received his PhD with research on applied cinema in Philippe Parreno's work. He is currently an associate at the Department of Art History at FU Berlin in the special research section "Ästhetische Erfahrung im Zeichen der Entgrenzung der Künste". He was a member of the team of the Master's Program "Kulturen des Kuratorischen" (Cultures of the Curatorial) at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig from April 2009 until December 2010. He has authored and edited several scientific publications, text collections and essays and is in the process of building up the archive of Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija.

Monday, November 3rd, 2014 | open artists club


Monday, November 3rd, 2014
OPEN CLUB/get together

Frank Rödel – About an expedition in the Antarctica

Presentation and discussion
with Frank Rödel, Artist VBK

The artist presents his current project:
"I received an invitation to accompany and make recordings from November 28th, 2010 until February 2011 on the German research icebreaker for an 11-week expedition in the Antarctica.44 Members of the crew and 53 researchers from 10 nations sailed down the 0-Meridian from Cape Town to the Atka Bay, near the German research station “Neumeier 3” on the ice shelf,to resupply in a 3-day action.

We carried on through the compact ice of the Weddellmeer where the icebreaker “Polarstern” showed its efforts impressively. Through the Antarctic Sound to the study area of the Krill researchers to the west of the Antartic Pensinsular. We refueled at the English Research station Rothera for the day. Afterwards we also visited the small English station Port Lockroy. We crossed the Gerlachstraße and later, the Drake Passage of Punta Arenas in Chile was our goal and the end of the trip. During the complete expedition at intervals of 30-50 see mile “stations”, partial complex research studies were conducted at the stations.The plotted routed is attached.The trip enabled me to obtain an invaluable insight of this part of the world and the everyday workings of research. Through my photographic occupation, I was able to accompany ice recon flights with helicopters and first drafts and record unusual and spectacular perspectives of my pictures and photos."

Monday, October 20th , 2014 | public discourse

Monday, October 20th , 2014

public discourse 

KUNST UND POLITIK / ART AND POLITICS worth & value in public discourse

Recover to Reuse
with Robert K. Huber, Architect
Initiative zukunftsgeräusche

Entrance 7 pm,
Starting 7.30 pm

The second event of the series worth & value in public discourse deals with the production of value in contemporary art with regards to the specific dealing with and handling of material resources. There is a current trend in contemporary art and exhibition production, which creates value out of previously used material. The economical re-usage in the art world has always played an important role in the production chain: The so-called Young British Artists, like Damien Hirst, or Jeff Koons for instance, combined the value of art, object and market in their artistic practices in a way which makes it impossible to separate these factors from each other. Today’s artists are confronted with their legacy on the one hand and with altered market conditions on the other. The market seems to evoke ideas and production models that have to live up to artistic, entrepreneurial and sustainable demands. The creation of a reflective artistic point of view in regards to the current market conditions requires critical and differentiated decision criteria in the work process as well as an awareness of consumption, production and artistic environment. This leads us to ask: Which materials and formats are being used? Does “re-using” really offer an opportunity to design alternative up- and recycling systems as well as new market rules? Or is the seemingly divergent momentum of circular recreation inherent to an affirmation of existing economical circulation and principles? What is the value of social and political qualities of artworks in this context?

We will be discussing these questions with the architect Robert K. Huber who also works as a journalist and curator and is an associate of zukunftsgeräusche. The platform initiated projects such as “reusecity”, a recycling project which was introduced in 2014 at the abc art fair and “Plattenvereinigung" which is designed to research and experiment with sustainable forms of conduct and culture. It is financially supported by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) and works in cooperation with TU Berlin, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb), UdK Berlin, and many others.

Monday, October 6th., 2014 | OPEN CLUB

Monday, October 6th., 2014
OPEN CLUB/get together

Art project presentation
Returnable bottle
by Ünal Igde and Marie Hoffmann
Money or art? With this question, people of different social and cultural backgrounds, are confronted and accompanied with the camera of the artist. The artist is a protagonist in his own film. The artist takes donations for personalized portraits. The pictures are traded as coupons against  a fixed amount that is higher or lower than the donation itself. What do the owners do with these portraits? On what do they base their decisions? In interviews with the customer, the artist tries to understand these questions. Through dialog, the individual voting behavior of the interviewer is studied and the evaluative side of their character reflected.


Monday, September 15th, 2014 | public discourse

Monday, September 15th, 2014
public discourse

worth and value in public discourse

Caring Capitalism
PD Dr. Wolfgang Heuer, Associate Professor for Political Philosophy and Theory at Otto-Suhr-Institut, FU Berlin
Henrike Naumann, Artist, Berlin

Cooperation between Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and art can be interpreted either as an opportunity to exercise cultural and social duty through private players or as an economic take-over of artistic production and criticism. When corporate companies practice public welfare and cultural sponsorship does it automatically cause the inevitable reinforcement of non-democratically legitimated power? Where governmental regulations are lacking, can there still be artistic processes, which critically reflect their own economic-liberal context of emergence? And if so: how can it be done and what are the consequences?

Discussing opportunities and side effects of CSR in the field of Visual Arts will be Dr. Wolfgang Heuer – Hannah-Arendt-expert and associate professor for political philosophy and theory at Otto-Suhr-Institut (Freie Universität Berlin) who is conducting research on the model and potential of CSR, i.a. with a film about the current situation in Brazil, and Berlin based artist Henrike Naumann, whose spatial video installations, Triangular Stories (2012, diploma project at HFF Potsdam) and Untitled (2013) deal with right-wing extremism in Germany and who is presently working on presentation and preservation conditions of art in capitalist societies.

MONDAY, July 7th 2014 | open artists club

MONDAY, July 7th 2014

open artist club/ get together

lecture by
Elaine Tedesco, PhD in Visual Poetics, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (2009). Work with photography, installation and performance videos.

Process of Artpractice by Elaine Tedesco
Moderation, Sandra Becker, VBK-Künstlerin

MONDAY, June 30th 2014 | public discourse


MONDAY, June 30th 2014
public discourse 

An international forum for artists, curators and cultural producers

Tel Aviv Berlin
Art between politics and escapism

Hanno Hauenstein, jounalist, curator, philosopher
Olaf Kuhnemann, Mati Shemoleof and Hadas Tapouchi, Izraeli artists
In english with translation.

Clara Herrmann, curator

“Cheap apartments, beer for half the price and a cosmopolitan atmosphere – a vibrant city that offers a fascinating mix of Eastern and Western Europe, capitalism mixed with the legacy of communism and even a bit of Nazism – well that ́s what they say about Berlin.”

That is how an article published in leading Israeli newspaper Haaretz (Oct. 2013) describes why Berlin might be so attractive to young Israelis, who have been coming to Berlin in such droves, that discussion about Berlin as an escapist vanishing point has reached Israeli parliament. Rightwing politicians complain about “traitors” who leave Israel for Berlin.

In fact, the cliché of this yearning for an intense European experience is only one side of the story: Israeli artists –especially visual artists, film-makers, dancers, writers and others– project a political and a social promise onto Berlin which seems lost or inaccessible in the place they come from: a promise of unlimited freedom of artistic expression, of ideals as well as material sponsorship and of an artistic network, which would not longer be confined to a very specific social and cultural horizon, that is, being Jewish or under certain conditions, accepted as non-Jewish.

But is Berlin able to justify these expectations? Can Berlin live up to the promise as a place of cultural substitution? Where do historical, cultural and political interfaces lie between Tel Aviv and Berlin? What can we learn from an artistic dialogue that is more than just an exotic fetish?

MONDAY, June 26th 2014 | open artists club

MONDAY, June 26th 2014

An international forum for artists, curators and cultural producers

Reading and discussion
with the author Boris von Brauchitsch
about his new book "Lesser Ury. Leichte Fieberanfälle. Dauerregen",
published in 2013 by Verlag BRAUS.

Lesser Ury (1861-1931), a German-Jewish Painter and adversary of Max Liebermann, found his inspiration in the culture metropoles of Brussels and Paris. On the other hand he appreciated Italy only for its landscapes and demonised the old masters. As the first real impressionist in Germany, Ury became famous for his paintings of Berlin by night. His views of European cities, landscapes and cafeteria scenes are the best of German art that the 1900s had to offer. His religious works, although at the time fiercely controversial, is seen in a new light today.

Nevertheless, the Honorary Member of the Berlin Secession, is still placed somewhere behind Beckmann and Corinth, Munch and Liebermann. Ury obstructed himself through his unreasonable mistrust and eccentricity. And even then he possessed an exceptional sensitivity for natural idylls as well as for big city excesses. Both coagulate to paintings of water and light in intense colours. Around his studio at Nollendorfplatz in Berlin the new Berlin flourished and Lesser Ury became one of the most important chroniclers of the emerging metropole.

Boris von Brauchitsch, born in 1963 in Aachen, works as a Photographer, Autor and Curator. He studied art history in Frankfurt am Main, Bonn and Berlin at the FU. He received his Doctorate in 1991 with a study of the Photographer Herbert List. Besides his work as a Photographer he published artist biographies, publications of art as well as novels. He lives in Berlin and Ingenio (Gran Canaria).

Monday, May 26th 2014 | public discourse
Monday, May 26th 2014

public discorse
An international forum for artists, curators and cultural producers

Center for Political Beauty: Finding a Way out of the Crisis
Live performance followed by discussion

Presented by: Nausikaä El-Mecky

Philipp Ruch, “Chief Negotiator” and Founder of the Center for Political Beauty as well as performance art activists belonging to the Center.

Members of the group can usually be identified by the black smudges on their faces, More than 100 creatives, lead by “chief negotiator” Philipp Ruch make up the Center for Political Beauty (Zentrum für Politische Schönheit). The ZPS’ frequently controversial actions have attracted a lot of media attention. They have frequently carried out their actions in strategic locations, for instance at the Reichstag, provoking passers-by with a sense of urgency and even physical danger. The group’s main aim is finding new ways out of the crisis.


MONDAY, May 5th 2014 | open artists club


MONDAY, May 5th 2014

An international forum for artists, curators and cultural producers

lectured by Prof. Dr. Carsten Baumgarth
Art and Management/Area of tension and meetings

Label leadership with art – How can artists strengthen labels?

At the invitation of the ACB team Prof. Dr. Carsten Baumgarth presents intersections between art and labels. Historical collages of points of contact will be presented between art and labels as well as an atlas of current variations. Especially the potential of art from a marketing viewpoint will be examined. Thus marketing responsibility should be motivated so that art and artists can be integrated more strongly in marketing. On the other hand the description of the central decision field of modern brand leadership serve to recognize the own potential for art venture co-operation and to evaluate and develop corresponding offers for the economy.
Since 2010 Prof. Dr. Carsten Baumgarth is Professor for Marketing, especially market leadership at the University of Economy and Law in Berlin and one of the most profiled brand experts in Germany. He has published about 300 works on marketing and brand leadership and has won various awards for his research. He commits himself to jurors and is joint organizer of scientific brand conferences. He also engages in intersections of marketing and culture. In a current research project in co-operation with the University for Technology and Economy in Berlin (Prof. Dr. Berit Sandberg) he evaluates art-enterprise and co-operations. (

Monday, April 28th, 2014 | public discourse


Monday, April 28th, 2014

public discorse
An international forum for artists, curators and cultural producers

In the course of the public discourse we cordially invite you to the programme series of ART & POLITICS
“From competition to cooperation”.

Haroun Farocki and Antje Ehmann
Project presentation: … material or immaterial,
traditional as well as altogether new …Labour in a Single Shot
Moderation: Barbara Green

Haroun Farocki, Filmmaker, Participant of the 55th Biennal di Venezia,
documenta 12. Professor of the Akademie der Künste in Vienna
Antje Ehmann, autor and video artist

Labour in a Single Shot is a project that we – Antje Ehrmann and Haroun Farocki – have been working on since 2011.
“We have initiated Workshops in 15 cities worldwide in which videos have been produced.
The subject matter is “Work”: paid or unpaid, material or immaterial, traditional as well as altogether new. In certain African countries a whole family lives on what they manage to cultivate on divided …In many countries in the EU farmers get paid for letting their fields lie idle, which is controlled by satellite photos.  

It takes a lot of courage to explain the attitude towards work in the cities/regions where the workshops take place. In each city, every single day, work processes can be ob- served: from shoemakers, cooks, waiters, window cleaners, nurses, tattoo artists or garbage men. But the lion’s share of work takes place behind closed doors, and some of it is the kind of work that is not only invisible, but actually inconceivable. In order to change the status quo, this sort of labour has to be traced, researched and brought out into the open.

Where can it be seen? What controls it? What kind of labour takes place in the centre and what kind at the periphery? What is characteristic or unusual for different cities? Which work process could pose a cinematographic challenge?


SUNDAY, April 2th, 2014 | open artists club

SUNDAY, April 2th, 2014

An international forum for artists, curators and cultural producers

Kim Bong Bin
Board of Directors of confideration of Korean Artist Associetion
SOOKI, Moderation

The invited artist Kim Bong Bin talked about tradition and perspectives within the Korean art. In addition he introduced the study of Asian art utensils like brushes and India ink, as well as the characteristics of Korea paper. As a Master he also showed how to deal with Asian motives, for instance Bamboo, plum blossom and mums.

Kim Bong Bin, in Life, 2014
46 x 53 cm
indian ink tint on korean paper, Foto ©
Kim Bong Bin



MONDAY, March 24th. 2014 | public discourse

March 24th. 2014
public discourse
an international forum for artists, curators and cultural producers

Séverine Marguin, art sociologist
Ruth Hommelsheimfoundress of the Gallery Loris
Linda Weiss, Scotty Enterprises
Wayra Schübel, Moderation

ince there have been increased reports of the difficulties small and middle sized galleries are facing in order to compete with the big global galleries, an inventory should be made of alternative administrative structures, namely, those that have been initiated by artists.

Connecting with other artists was and is the main goal of many creative initiatives, which have set themselves the task to lead the way in exploring new avenues relevant to the future of art, to explore new approaches and abolish outdated ones. Although the idea of artists doing their own marketing is not a new one, it is usually met with ridicule from outsiders. Can we really presume that artists are intrinsically incapable of having any basic business acumen?

In fact, the opposite seems to be the case when one considers, that behind every great artist there is often a large com- pany, which is involved in development and expansion of the market, even if these artists are called Damien Hirst or Jonathan Meese.

But how do these companies operate? What benefits do they provide and what risks do they carry?

The oldest production gallery, which is in Hamburg (Germany) is an exhibition venue coveted by many “big names” in the art scene. It is time to cast a light on a variety of Berlin artist initiatives and to present them to the public.


MONDAY, March, 10th. 2014 | open artists club

MONDAY, March, 10th. 2014

OPEN CLUB/get together
An international forum for artists, Kurators and cultural producers

Entrance at 7pm
Starting at 7.30pm

lectured by HELGA FRANZ / VBK artist

at the Invitation of the ACB Team Helga Franz showed some of her work from the past few years, which distinguish basic art, natural science and ecology. The realized exhibitions and projects includes free works like installations, objects, cooperations with the district offices and numerous invitations to competitions for art in public spaces as well. As a photograph and as a pilot she documents severe landscapes like deserts, volcanoes and glaciers from the ground and from the air on different continents.
Exhibitions and installations are often testing grounds and laboratories, procedural characters with organic and inorganic, living and inanimate subject matter for Helga Franz. Presenting physical energy in a climatic context to lure visitors to a perception of dialog. She understands her research with many layered artistic means (medial as well) as an aesthetic approach with themes of spatiotemporal movement and dimensions (velocity and experience) which includes the questions of a four-dimensional (self) geolocation.

*With its monthly club meetings the ARTS CLUB creates an open informal meeting point for international and local cultural producers. The ARTS CLUB BERLIN is a place of hospitality and promotes interdisciplinary, intergenerational and cultural exchange. In addition to establishing solidarity between local cultural producers, another major concern is to provide a point of orientation in the city’s art scene for those who are new to Berlin.

Monday, FEBRUARY 24th, 2014 | public discourse

Monday, FEBRUARY 24th, 2014
public discourse
“From Competition to Cooperation”

www.weibliche. wettbewerbs.wege

Female artists in cooperation
Janne Schäfer and Mathilde ter Heijne /
ff feminist artist group /network artists and curators
Birgit Effinger und Hannah Kruse /
Goldrausch art project, art IT
Moderation: Wayra Schübel

Since the late 1970s, feminist criticism has been targeting the institution of the museum, mainly based on the argument, that women were not represented as acting subjects in mu- seums. Since 2012, generated by reports on the system criti- cism of Moscow punk rock band Pussy Riot, there has been a comeback of the term “Riot Grrl Movement” in the media. The term was originally tied to a movement in the 1990s that was formed to counter patriarchal norms within the art and music scene.


Monday, FEBRUARY 10th, 2014 | open artists club

Monday, FEBRUARY 10th, 2014
An international forum for artists, curators and cultural producers

Britta Jürgs,
publisher by AvivA Verlag

She studied German and Romance Studies and Art History and founded
in 1997 Aviva Publishing, which focuses on the publication of the works
of outstanding women in art, culture and literature.

Monday, FEBRUARY 24th, 2014 | public discourse


Monday, FEBRUARY 24th, 2014
public discourse
“From Competition to Cooperation”

www.weibliche. wettbewerbs.wege
Female artists in cooperation
Janne Schäfer and Mathilde ter Heijne /
ff feminist artist group /network artists and curators
Birgit Effinger und Hannah Kruse /
Goldrausch art project, art IT
Moderation: Wayra Schübel

Since the late 1970s, feminist criticism has been targeting the institution of the museum, mainly based on the argument, that women were not represented as acting subjects in mu- seums. Since 2012, generated by reports on the system criti- cism of Moscow punk rock band Pussy Riot, there has been a comeback of the term “Riot Grrl Movement” in the media. The term was originally tied to a movement in the 1990s that was formed to counter patriarchal norms within the art and music scene.