More openings last night, the first I went to was at PROGRAM – an art space in Mitte dedicated to collaborations between art and architecture. The space comprises of a gallery, residency, library and workspaces for groups and individuals. The project which debuted last night was a collaboration between artists Julian Charriere and Andreas Greiner whom collected microbes throughout Germany which they subsequently bred in vitrines in the gallery. The moulds collected created drawings which were positioned within the gallery corresponding to a map of Germany and the locality in which they were found, and the height of the vitrines corresponded with the altitude from where they were collected. The installation was well executed and accompanied by a series of stills from the artists travels during the collection process. The artists have worked together and separately and are members of Das Numen (http://www.dasnumen.com/), a Berlin based art collective that probes questions both biological and mystical. For more info about the exhbition http://www.programonline.de/dominions.html
Something I'd like to see more of - more pooches in galleries!
Around the corner from PROGRAM is gallery n.k.b. (http://www.nbk.org/en/ausstellungen/) . The show which debuted last night was Kunst und Philiosphie – Art and Philosophy a group show of artists whom were invited to present a project defined by their relation to philosophy. I didn’t see anything that I thought was especially compelling but the space is great and there will be a series of lectures coming up in conjunction with the exhibition on Art and Philosophy by group of European philosophers and writers – most of which will be in English so I look forward to seeing more at the space.
Image above: Thomas Hirshhorn
Work in middle of gallery: Swantje Hielscher
Image above: Christian Schwarzwald
And - riding past Check Point Charlie on the way home - surreal!