A personal list of great exhibitions, parties and other events in Berlin this Weekend. Read on and enjoy our TOP 10!
-this piece of worldly wisdom, heard everyday over large parts of Africa, provides the title for a remarkable project held by the National Gallery, for which it has invited five internationally acclaimed artists, whose work is primarily shaped by their African origins, to join together in creating a major exhibition in Berlin.
Their works, completed and installed, for the most part, in prominent positions outside four of the National Gallery’s separate venues (Old National Gallery: El Anatsui, New National Gallery: Pascale Marthine Tayou, Friedrichswerder Church: Yinka Shonibare MBE, Hamburger Bahnhof: Zarina Bhimji, António Ole), will together serve to spark a dialogue over questions that are now more topical than ever before, thanks to the radical upheavals currently sweeping political, social and economic systems that had, until now, been considered unshakeable. These questions include: is uncertainty over the future now the greatest certainty we have today? Whose history needs to be told and faced up to now? What is art’s contribution to helping overcome (art) historical constructs, clichés and stereotypes?
Who Knows Tomorrow eschews the common practice of presenting artists in group exhibitions as representatives to speak for an entire continent. Instead, the participating artists reflect and interpret our own history and present us with their views of our culture, against the back-drop of four of the National Gallery’s iconic buildings, which themselves reflect German national identity at various points in the country’s past. The artists’ works bear the signs of historical complexities and ties between Africa and Europe and deal with aspects of the search for identity and globalisation, both of which have currently become extremely topical once again. In the process, a clear link is established between the history of Africa’s colonisation and the situation in 19th century Berlin, then capital of the German Empire. While the question of national identity, so fiercely debated in and around Europe during this period, was hardly raised at all in colonised Africa at the time, it has now undergone a dramatic shift in today’s world. The artists involved in the Who Knows Tomorrow exhibition frequently lay bare forgotten and overlooked cross-ties between Africa and Europe, as well as those that are being formed as we speak. Despite the fact that their works bear witness to a process of intercultural fusion, in which overlapping and mergence become a conceptual stylistic medium, a method, it would be wrong to assume that they merely reflect their own aesthetic history. They amount instead to an analysis of the history of art from a social perspective, over many epochs and cultures. By calling for the salvation of memory and making diversity into a prin-ciple, their works challenge us, their audience in the Western world, to reflect critically on ourselves and realign our relation to them.
The exhibition, which comes under the auspices of the German Federal President, Horst Köhler, is accompanied by an extensive programme of events and a reader packed with insight from a multitude of perspectives.
From 4 June – 26 September 2010
Focus on Eastern Europe
15.09.2010 – 25.09.2010
Experience literary diversity in an era of globalization: Arab poets meet American short story writers, South Korean poets their Russian colleagues, South African novelists meet Albanian young talents.
Wed 15.9. 19 h Opening with Juan Goytisolo | 21 h Concert Serhij Zhadan & Sobaky V Kosmosi (Ukraine)
Exciting new discoveries enjoy equal footing with the established greats of world literature. The foreign emerges and the familiar becomes apparent when more than 200 authors participate in 250 events over eleven days, allowing insights into new and traditional developments in contemporary world literature. Prose and poetry, conversations with the authors and political discussions, children’s and youth literature, film adaptations – the ilb is a lively polyglot forum, by and for literary enthusiasts. The focus of this 10th festival, which takes place this year at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, is the culture and politics of Eastern Europe: between cosmopolitanism and nationalism, tristesse and a new lust for life.
Tickets from 2.8. www.berlinerfestspiele.de , 030 – 25 48 91 00 | info www.literaturfestival.com
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Mon – Sun 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Telephone +49 – (0)30 – 39 78 71 75
Public transport connections
S-Bahn Hauptbahnhof – Main Station (S3, S5, S7, S9, S75)
U-Bahn Bundestag (U 55)
Bus 100 and Bus M 85
Berghain – Leisure System 0.9
Wisp / Monolith -LIVE
Panorama Bar – Dial Nacht
John Roberts – LIVE (Dial)(Album Release)
Tyler Pope (DFA/LCD Soundsystem)
Aaron-Carl (Wallshaker Music)
Pawel DJ-set (Dial)
Begin at: 00:00
Kap Bambino (WWLKO/BECAUSE/UK)
Marvin Suggs (Duscholux/Oye Records)
Begin at: 23:30
5. ÖKOMARKT AM KOLLWITZPLATZ
On a late Saturday morning you should go to where the locals go – the farmer´s market on Kollwitzplatz – 200 Meters from EastSeven. Fresh organic vegetables, varieties of sausages and a lot more of savoir vivre. By your food of the season there, go back to the hostel and prepare it in our fancy self catering kitchen.
Begin at: 09:00
End at: 16:00
From August 19th to September 19th, the 22nd edition of the TANZ IM AUGUST – INTERNATIONAL
DANCE FESTIVAL will present works by internationally renowned choreographers as well as pieces
from a new generation. The largest German dance festival will bring a total of 38 productions from
19 countries in an overview of contemporary dance to Berlin’s stages.
DJ’s: PEPE VARGAS – Best of Worldmusic: Balkan, Latin, French, Oriental, African & Classics.
Live: RATATÖSKA –
What started in 2004 with Ska music now changed to an international cocktail of Berlin, Latin and Balkan Ska.
entrance: 6 Euro till 24.00, afterwards 7 Euro.
Where: SO36, Oranienstr. 190 (U Kottbusser Tor, U Görlitzer Bahnhof).
More information: http://www.terrabeats.de/
Begin at: 23:00
Skalitzer Str. 35 / 10999 Berlin
from 9am till 3 pm (9€)
Paul Frick (the gym, freaks)
DJ MORI (japan)
DJ MORI should be known for a while here in Berlin. Now his friend YOSHIKI, also from Japan and well known there as our Sven Väth, will play for the freaks. with our resident PAUL FRICK that sunday night will leave sore muscles in your dancing legs!
Sunday is fleamarket day. Close to the hostel (500 m)you find the Arkonaplatz Fleamarket and the famous Mauerpark fleamarket. You don´t want to buy something – no problem you first of all go there to see all kind of urban subjects with hangover and even sober ones. Berliners go there – you should as well.