16 June 2012

BERLIN: IMPRISONED IN NEUKÖLLN

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from the top: old shower room, photo by Abrie Fourie; installation by Eliana Heredia; video installation by Anne Duk Hee Jordan; bed-installation by Marc Bijl; canvas-installation by Surya Gied; photos by artfridge

This weekend is all about Berlin's 48h Neukölln art and culture festival with an endless list of things to do and to see. Two outstanding curators, Pauline Doutreluingne from Mindpirates and Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung from Savvy Contemporary, have organised the exhibition 'Positioning Osmotic Impulses' in the former youth prison and former asylum seeker accommodation centre including 20 international artists. 15 of the artists comprise the former cells, the rotten shower rooms, the spooky hallways. Five other artists did or will perform live at the location. 

Some pieces, such as Marc Bijl's 'Dutch Bed' (1999) were subsequently integrated into the complicated architecture; and others, such as Surya Gied's minimalist canvas-composition 'Die Zelle ist leer' (2012) evolved from a site-specific interaction. Eliana Heredia's room filling installation 'Magdalena und das Feuer' (2011), an anthropomorphic form, consisting of half burned and half unused muffin-paper-cups, was perhaps the most impressive work to me, as it visualised the idea of non-sense labour while having nothing to do being locked up in prison. The exhibition is, though, not all about misery, being locked up and imprisoned, but it also plays humorously with the space: Anne Duk Hee Jordan's two part video installation 'Disembodiment' (2012), showing a stop-motion plant growing out of a woman's butt, still buzzes the sound of 'PotAto, PotatO, TomAto, TomatO...' in my ears.


Positioning Osmotic Impulses
Curated by Pauline Doutreluingne & Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung
30.6. Finissage 15.00-22.00
Performance Program

Former Prison Neukölln Berlin
Schönstedtstrasse 17
12043 Berlin (Neukölln)

OPENING HOURS:
16.6. 15.00-22.00h
17.6. 15.00-19.00h
21/22/28/29.6. at 12.30 and 17.30 guided tour please rsvp
23/24.6. 15.00-18.00

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photos from the private view on June the 15th 2012, photos by artfridge

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