Invited by Christopher Weickenmeier/Produced by Carolina Redondo
An Online-exhibition on Youtube and on the Social Media Accounts of Klosterruine Berlin
The Better Alchemists: Contemporary artists respond to Leonhard Thurneysser. Vol. VI of the multi-part exhibition project »Unfinished Histories« presents the texts of the "Better Alchemists" Haytham El-Wardany and Monika Rinck, who critically examine Leonhard Thurneysser's approaches. Curated by Katja Kynast and Hauke Zießler. Artistic Production, Carolina Redondo.
31.5.2020 04 - 06:30 pm
The Better Alchemists in Dialogue lecture, reading and talk with Haytham El-Wardany, Jasmin Mersmann, Monika Rinck
Hosted by Babes Bar and moderated by Paz Guevara
The Better Alchemists: Contemporary artists respond to Leonhard Thurneysser. The first installment of the multi-part exhibition project refers to the alchemical puzzle rhymes of Leonhard Thurneysser, who lived in the monastery in the 16th century and ran the first printing press of Berlin. Curated by Katja Kynast and Hauke Zießler. Artistic Production: Carolina Redondo
For »Unfinished Histories Vol. IV« curator Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung has invited Jean-Ulrick Désert (b.1960 Haiti) who has chosen the famous dictum of the late poet Audre Lorde (1934–1992) »YOUR SILENCE WILL NOT PROTECT YOU« because of its relevance today.
Within the framework of the "Er(be)leben" project, young Berliners artistically explored the topic of "heritage" using four historical sites in Berlin-Mitte as examples: Alexanderplatz, Karl-Marx-Allee, Nikolai Quarter and the ruins of the Franciscan monastery church.
The project »Unfinished Histories« begins with the exhibition »Night & Angels« by the Lebanese-American painter, poet and essayist Etel Adnan, which will be accompanied by a sound installation by the composer and sound artist Ulrike Haage and a spoken text by the actor Angela Winkler, staged in the vestry in the cloister ruins. »Vol. I – Night & Angels« is curated by the Publisher and Translator Klaudia Ruschkowski.
With works by Henry Wilde (aka Antonia Baehr), Tom Engels, Bryana Fritz, Neo Hülcker (aka Prof. Puppy), Catalina Insignares, Franziska Lantz, Raimundas Malašauskas, Carolina Mendonça, Luzie Meyer, Arantxa Martinez, Paz Rojo, Pablo Schlumberger, Mårten Spångberg, Else Tunemyr, Max Wallenhorst – curated by Christopher Weickenmeier
Angelika Middendorf was a master student (Meisterschülerin) at the Berlin University of the Arts, where she used her work to explore themes of perception and the construction of reality. Her time-based work works are often developed as snapshots of highly complex realities. The results are minimalist interventions and spatial installations which open an experimental window on space and time. Middendorf’s formal language has always been open, and she works with inter-media formats including video installations, performative interventions and photography
The artists and twin sisters Maria and Natalia Petschatnikov (*1973 in Saint Petersburg) move in their artistic work between painting, sculpture and spatial installations. After studying in New York and Paris the two made use of grants and residency programmes to work in Marseille (France), Mojacar (Spain), Dublin (Ireland) and Dale (Norway), among other places. They then moved to Hamburg and finally to Berlin, where they have lived and worked since 2000.
Light and sound designer Martin Bretag is the first to make sure that the ruins of the minster don’t remain hidden in darkness during the winter. His installation, using spotlights and neon, cloaks the minster ruins in an ambient light and follows the outlines of the unique architecture of the culturally historic monument. His work plays with the historical architectural substance, transforming the site into a modern workshop for light. Bretag uses elements of the surrounding contemporary architecture and transposes them to the ground of the former church interior.