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Offensive für zeitgenössische Kunst und Kommunikation
10115 Berlin Mitte
Öffnungszeiten: Mi -Fr 16-19 Uhr, Sa 14-18 Uhr
aktuelle Ausstellung / current exhibition
vorausgegangene Ausstellung / previous exhibition
18.02. - 18.03. 2006
Tsui Kuang-yu, Su Hui-yu
Kuratiert von / curated by: The Embassy of Contemporary Art (Manray Hsu and Maren Richter)
Eröffnung: 18. Februar, 19:00-23:00, Torstrasse 161, Berlin Mitte
Podiumsdiskussion: 19. Februar, 19:00-21:00
Mit: Su Hui-yu, Manray Hsu, Maren Richter, Vera Tollmann, Tsui Kuang-yu, Florian Zeyfang.
Öffnungszeiten: Mittwoch-Freitag 16:00-19:00; Samstag 14:00-18:00
Kuratiert von The Embassy of Contemporary Art (Manray Hsu & Maren Richter)
Gefördert von Cultural Centre of Taiwan in Paris
Unterstützt von Council for Cultural Affairs Executive Yuan ROC
(Die Ausstellung wird weiters im Cultural Centre of Taiwan in Paris gezeigt,
9. März - 26. April 2006, www.ccacctp.org)
Der Ausstellungstitel "Wrong(ed) Attitudes" verweist auf einen wichtigen Aspekt in TSUI Kuang-yu'sand SU Hui-yu's Arbeitsweise, der sich, wenngleich durch unterschiedliche Mittel, mit den regulativen Mechanismen des öffentlichen Raumes und den sich darin entwickelbaren Identitätskonstruktionen auseinandersetzt. Auf die Frage, wie man die sozio-politischen Veränderungen im städtischen Raum erfassen kann, um sie dann in Folge kritisch hinterfragen zu können, intervenieren sowohl TSUI Kuang-yu als auch SU Hui-yu performativ in das dichte urbane Gefüge von Taiwan. Mehr noch imitieren die zwei Künstler so genannte "richtige" Verhaltensweisen und Denkweisen, und legen so die Vielschichtigkeit aber auch die Instabilität von sozialen Rollen, urbanen Environments und gesellschaftspolitischen Codierungen mit ironischen Mitteln frei. Dabei jonglieren sie einerseits mit der Definition von falscher (wrong) Einstellung und andererseits mit der Definition von falsch verstandener (wronged) Einstellung.
Tsui Kuang-yu' s Videos, die 2005 bei der Venedig Biennale im Taiwanesischen Pavillon zu sehen waren, spiegeln die Beziehung zwischen ihm und seinem Umfeld wider, indem er versucht, sich in verschiedenste soziale Rollen hineinversetzt, um sich so in seinem unmittelbaren Umfeld auflösen zu können. Oder aber er verhält sich "falsch" im vermeintlich "richtigen" Kontext. In Anlehnung an chinesische Martial Arts Movies verleihen Tsui's aktionistische Perfomances den städtischen Szenarien ein artifizielles und humoriges Kolorit. TSUI zeigt zwei Serien seiner wohl inzwischen bekanntesten Aktionsvideos: Eighteen Copper Guardians in Shao-Lin Temple and Penetration: The Penetration (2'10"), The Perceptive (2'), The Spontaneous (1'50") (2001), and The Shortcut to Systematic Life (Superficial Circumstances, 9", 2002; I Am Fine, I Don't Get Wet, 3'40", 2002; City Spirits, 4'50", 2005).
SU Hui-yu hingegen attackiert und persifliert populäre Kulturmechanismen, im speziellen Soap Operas, Musikkanäle und die Modewelt, indem er einen Bezug zwischen subjektiver Identitätsbildung und Kulturökonomie herstellt. In seinen diversen Strategien der Aneignung erzielt er durch Rollenspiele eine Umkehrung der psychologischen und ökonomischen Logik von Pop Kultur. Er interveniert dabei oft direkt in Events der Mainstream Produzenten, wie zum Beispiel in einen der wichtigsten Industriezweige Taiwans, der Modeindustrie, dokumentiert im Video Chiling, The Super Model Love (2005). Die beiden Videos Bad (eine Parodie auf Michael Jackson's "Bad", 2005), und Endless Recalling, No. 2 (2005) belegen ein grundlegendes Prinzip seiner künstlerischen Praxis: Su entlehnt seine Bildsprache aus Medien und aus klischeetierten Repräsentationsformen von Politik und Staat gleichermaßen und sampelt sie zu quasi subjektiven Realitäten. Mit dieser Taktik denunziert SU"richtig " als politisch und popkulturell unzulänglichen, da hoch manipulierbaren, Begriff.
TSUI KUANG-YU UND SU HUI-YU
February 19. - March 18., 2006
Opening: February 18., 19:00-23:00, Torstrasse 161, Berlin Mitte
Panel Discussion: February 19, 19:00-21:00
With: Su Hui-yu, Manray Hsu, Maren Richter, Vera Tollmann, Tsui Kuang-yu,Florian Zeyfang
Opening hours Wed.-Fri. 16:00-19:00, Sat. 14:00-18:00
Curated by The Embassy of Contemporary Art (Manray Hsu & Maren Richter)
Funded by Cultural Centre of Taiwan in Paris
Supported by Council for Cultural Affairs Executive Yuan ROC
(The exhibition will also be shown at Cultural Centre of Taiwan in Paris
March 9. - April 26., 2006, www.ccacctp.org)
"Wrong(ed) Attitudes" is an exhibition of two young Taiwanese artists, TSUI Kuang-yu and SU Hui-yu, whose works deal with the body and space, global culture politics, and the contemporary city as well as social predicaments of Taiwan. Both artists use video as a means to convey performative interventions into everyday contexts. By wryly mimicking the "right" ways of behaviour and thinking, these performances reveal layers of ambiguity and instability of social roles, urban environments, and cultural-political codes, which both plaque and enrich the contemporary society. The attitudes thus projected by the performances straddle between the wrong and the wronged. By
making "intended mistakes", these two artists propose a possible way to reflect on the
current global paranoid of the self and the other.
TSUI's videos, featured at the Taiwan Pavilion in Venice Biennale 2005, show the artist bracketing the relationship between himself and the surroundings by attempts to transform himself to different social roles, or even "plants," in order to "disappear" into the immediate environment, or by wrong(ed) behaviors in seemingly right contexts (such as playing golf on some green spot in the city). Taking cues from Chinese martial arts movie, the performances also inject a supernatural and humorous tint into the scenario. TSUI Kuang-yu will show two series from his famous action-video: Eighteen Copper Guardians in Shao-Lin Temple and Penetration: The Penetration (2'10"), The Perceptive (2'), The Spontaneous (1'50") (2001), and The Shortcut to Systematic Life (Superficial Circumstances, 9", 2002; I Am Fine, I Don't Get Wet, 3'40", 2002; City Spirits, 4'50", 2005).
SU targets on pop culture, particularly soap opera, MTV and fashion, and its overpowering relationship to personal identity and cultural economy. His diverse practices include using role-play to reverse the psychic logic of pop culture and direct interventions into the events presented by mainstream cultural producers such as the fashion industry. SU Hui-yu's recent documented intervention into a promotion event of the Taiwanese super model Lin Chiling, The Super Model Love (2005) will be featured, along with recreations of TV and MTV scenes: Endless Recalling, No. 2 (a recurrent imitation of "No!" in popular TV programs, 2005); Bad (a parody of Michael Jackson's "Bad", 2005). He borrows the images from media and political representation and produces a quasi-subjective reality. With this tactic, he denounces "right" as a politically and culturally driven, deficient term.
Sparwasser HQ, Offensive für Zeitgenössische Kunst und Kommunikation
present the next weekly Tuesday Artists Talk in the series DOWDOS
F ucking Good Art
Tuesday, February 28, 20:00h, in Torstrasse 161, Berlin Mitte
(the evening will be held in English)
Michael Baers will talk with editors Nienke Terpsma and Rob Hamelijnck of the Rotterdam-based art magazine F ucking Good Art about research and methodology in their upcoming International issue. F ucking Good Art - International (Berlin edition) is their 12th issue, set for release in mid-March. It explores Berlin's cultural life and international aspirations in the arts in a mixture of articles, interviews, a crimi, reviews, and commissioned art works.
It is their opening salvo on greater Europe's culturati, taking aim, this time, at the incongruities, banalities, ongoing conversations, and internecine conflicts that make up an integral part of urban cultural life in Berlin. They do this no less with a unique mixture of brevity, wit, and hardball critique while displaying considerable elan. Nienke and Rob are artists/designers and have been in Berlin since October 2005 while in attendance at the Janowitzbrücke residency 'Project Studio Berlin' run by The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.
Michael Baers is an American artist/culture worker who lives in Berlin
(the magazine name had to be written with a free space between F and ucking, because of automatic censorship of this mailing program)
Next artists talk takes place on March 7.
Independent curator Henriette Bretton-Meyer invites the artists Althea Thauberger and Kerry Tribe.
DoWDoS stand for Dialogues of Winter, Discurse of Spring, initiated by Michael Baers, Henriette Bretton-Meyer, Saim Demircan, Catherine Griffiths, Joel Mu and Lise Nellemann. Also the curators/artists of the actual exhibitons of the spring will contribute to this program
DIALOGUES OF WINTER,
DISCOURSES OF SPRING
The DOWDOS: a series of Art Talks and Collaborations Inviting
artists, artist-run-spaces, curators and cultural producers
Tuesday 7 March 2006 at 8pm at Sparwasser HQ, Torstrasse 161, Berlin-Mitte
Host: Henriette Bretton-Meyer, independent curator
Guests: Althea Thauberger and Kerry Tribe, artists
(the evening will be held in English)
Artists Althea Thauberger and Kerry Tribe met in early 2003 and have worked together on nearly all of one another's projects since then. The talk will be an exploration of their collaborations and a chance to see their recent work.
Althea Thauberger's photographic, film, video, and performance works often incorporate collaborative structures and exist within the public domain. They invite critical and sympathetic reflection on alienation, community, and self-presentation. She recently presented a community project for inSite San Diego/Tijuana, and is currently exhibiting at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, the Wolfsburg Kunstverein, and the Tracey Lawrence Gallery in Vancouver. She is currently the Canadian Artist in Residence at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin.
Kerry Tribe works primarily with video, film and installation. Her large-scale projects explore relationships between subjectivity and representation, often by investigating the gray areas between the authentic and the scripted or the collective and the idiosyncratic. She regularly invites the participation of colleagues, actors, strangers and technical professionals to produce ludic philosophical inquiries through structurally rigorous forms. Tribe's work is currently included in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum Voor Actuele Kunst in Ghent, and Kunsternes Hus in Oslo. She is the 2005-2006 recipient of the Guna S. Mundheim Berlin Prize in Visual Art at the American Academy in Berlin and is the American Artist in Residence at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien.
Tuesday 14. March 2006
Guests: Mika Takano + Franz Höfner & Harry Sachs
Hosted by Lise Nellemann + Joel Mu
sparwasser hq c/o trafó galéria
getting to know the 'budapest scene'
March 3. - March 19.
in Trafo, Budapest,
curated by Lise Nellemann/Heman Chong
The project in Trafo will accordingly focus on how different positions (artists, curators, art critics and other cultural producers) function as actors and mediators within local art scenes. This project is challenging the sterotype seperation of global and local networks and interpretates actual activities on street level.The Little Warsaw are invited into the exhibition with the project "Only Artists". Initiated by Sparwasser a small publication "in action!", which is a call for an equal exchange of ideas among curators and artists in Budapest, will be shown. Sparwasser HQ will also present an already existing project "Old Habits Die Hard, 50 videos selected by 50 artist run spaces and collectives".
March 6. at 12.30
Lise Nellemann will talk about Sparwasser HQ (Berlin)
in Intermedia Department (also open for the general public)
H-1063 Budapest, Kmety Gy. utca 27.
March 7. at 7 pm
"Only Artists", Little Warsaw presents András Gálik, Bálint Havas and Lise Nellemann.
Only Artists by Little Warsaw is dealing with artists activism, which raises from the actual situation of critical approaches to art making and exhibiting in Budapest. It is a research into the potential for independent thinking and possibilities for autonomous action.
Finally it is a work in progress, and a next step can be expected (March 7.) Sparwasser HQ artist Lise Nellmann will join the local artist group Little Warsaw to discuss the contexts and practices of Budapest artist groups and networks.
Facilitated by Trafo and our few regional contacts we aimed to establish connection to different networks. A text collection shows Budapest participant's friendly effort to collaborate with us and a book collecting answers to email calls is to be seen in the exhibition.The text contributions will also be published online (www.trafo.hu) and finally appear in a printed version in Hungarian.
Old Habits Die Hard, Fifty artist-run spaces and artist's networks were invited by the organizers, to submit what they considered the best video art work they have encountered, 'their favorit video work'. The Old Habits Die Hard locates and maps international artist's collectives and networks operating today. This collection-based project presents cultural territories formed by expanded artistic practices, territories that surface as alternatives to mainstream exhibition and distribution channels.
Old Habits Die Hard is organized in nine video programs that each feature between three to ten videos and run for approximately one hour. The video programs will be screened at Trafo during a two-week period. The catalog materials of Old Habits Die Hard is also available at the homepage www.oldhabitsdiehard.org
Little Warsaw (András Gálik and Bálint Havas)
Tamas St. Auby, Miklos Erhardt , Little Warsaw, Janos Sugar, Lilla Khoor, Katarina Sevic, Monica Wucher, Livia Páldi, Edit Molnár, Andreas Fogarasi, Reinigungsgesellschaft, Adele Eizenstein, Ferenc Grof, Tamas Oszvald, Nikolett Eross, Szacsva y Pál, Lise Harlev, Sophie Dodelin, Endre Koronczi, Attila Nemes, Jean-Baptiste Naudy del Fat, Tibor Varnagy, Will Potter, Attila Menesi, Christoph Rauch, Szabolcs Kisspal, Balazs Beothy, Alexander Schikowski, Eszter Bircsák, Péter Szabó, Lise Nellemann, Heman Chong and more to come.
Old Habits Die Hard
16 Beaver / Avi Mograbi - bordercartograph / Art Orienté objet - Enjoy / Amy Howden-Chapman & James Findlater - Blue Oyster / Teresa Andrew - Cuckoo / Tessa Laird - AIT Arts Initiative Tokyo / Meiro Koizumi - CAPRI / Vassiliea Stylianidou - FAMEFAME / Daniel Borins - floating ip / Tim Etchells & Hugo Glendinning - AV-ARKKI / Hanna Hasslahti - Cubitt / Klaus Weber - Fournos / Nikos Giavropoulos - G.U.N, Galleri Uten Navn / Henriette Pedersen - Mercer Union / Kika Thorne - Galleri Hlemmur / Markmid - Instant Coffee / Kevin Schmidt - Message Salon / Selina Trepp - Generator / Rebecca Milling - Glowlab / Lee Walton - Kings / Robin Hely - Norwich Gallery / Francis Lamb - le forum itnérant / Georges Cazenove - O2 / Finnur Arnar - offspace / Gernot Wieland - P74 / Saso Vrabic - PAS / Jesper Alvaer - Planet 22 / Horten - Platform / Marcus Lerviks - RAIN / Rachel Mayeri - Program Angels / lothringer13 / Monochrom - >projektgruppe< / Ivan Iegoroff /Alexander Podoprigorov - Raid Projects / Tim Braden - Signal / Natalie Djurberg - rum46 / Morten Larsen - s-m-p / Tere Recarens - S1 Artspace / TC McCormack - Sparwasser HQ / Deborah Ligorio - Sauna / Cecilia Lundqvist - The Danger Museum / Ann Elise Pettersen and Anne Berit Nedland - The Deste Foundation / Morgan Showalter - Switchspace / Craig Mulholland - The Western Front / Nicole + Ryan - Transmission / Duncan Campbell - The Dirt Palace / Xander Marro - United Net-Works / Ola Pehrson - West Space / Dominic Redfern - SWOLLEN PLATFORM / Kristen Smith - Unwetter / Ingrid Molnar - VIDEOART CENTER Tokyo / Masayuki Kawai - Videotage / Ellen Pau
Thanks to Hajnalka Somogyi, Eszter Bircsák and Lucy from Trafo!
from Tuesday March 7. the in action! will be online
Old Habits Die Hard
Sparwasser HQ, Berlin
This exhibition and event takes place in
Trafo, Liliom Str. 41, 1094 Budapest
Tue-Sun 16-19 and one hour before and after Performing Hall programs
c/o Trafo Gallery is a series of programs for 2005 and 2006. The common basis of these, approximately, one month long programs is that they are all going to be conceived and executed by an invited independent art space from abroad. In collaboration with Trafo Gallery, this program will involve artists, art professionals and other members of the Budapest and international art scene.
Trafo intends to introduce various strategies represented by the invited spaces, to challenge them with a new context, and to create platforms for communication, investigation and collaboration.
DIALOGUES OF WINTER,
DISCOURSES OF SPRING
A series of Art Talks and Collaborations Inviting
artists, artist-run-spaces, curators and cultural producers
Tuesday 28 March 2006 at 8pm at Sparwasser HQ, Torstrasse 161, Berlin-Mitte
Host: Catherine Griffiths, artist
Guests: Artist group Little Warsaw, artist Lars Mathisen and introducing the book project 'Home for lost ideas' by
Catherine Griffiths and Daniel Rees
(This evening's talk will be held in English)
Little Warsaw are an artist initiative from Budapest; they consist of two artists, András Gálik and Bálint Havas. They are currently showing a video installation in the Sparwasser exhibition "A complete guide to re-writing your own history 2". Little Warsaw simultaneously produce works of art and the peculiar systems of reference that stand behind them. The public sculpture is especially important as something that in its message and appearance seeks to be 'communal', the vehicle of ideas and aesthetic values whose tradition greatly relies on the notion of consensus, agreement on aesthetics and content. At the 2nd Berlin Biennale (2001) they appeared for first time in front of an international audience and have since presented an installation project for the Venice Biennale (2003) involving the over institutionalized Nefertiti bust in the Egyptian Museum Berlin ('Body of Nefertiti', 2003-05-26). At the end of 2004 Little Warsaw removed a Hungarian public statue and exhibited ('INSTAURATIO!') in the Stedelijk Museum. Parallel to their conceptual projects they have a permanent interest in artist initiated and critical approaches, a field which they have researched through several projects such as The Artwork of The Week (2001), The Last Biennale Memorial (2002), Monitor (2003), Tableau Vivant I-II. (2005) and Only Artists (2006).
Lars Mathisen, who lives and works in Copenhagen, is currently an artist-in-residence in Berlin. His video installations often employ language and theatrical stage settings along with shifts in the synchronization between sound and image to create a deliberate disorientation on the part of the viewer. Mathisen's selection as Denmark,s official representative in the 2004 São Paulo Biennial confirms his position as one of the most exciting and innovative Danish film and video artists. This evening he will screen a part of his video 'Document in the Past Perfect', which he initially screened at Sparwasser 2 years ago, and will revisit it tonight, also taking the opportunity to discuss the history of its making and his personal art strategies.
Catherine Griffiths and Daniel Rees will present their 'in progress' book project 'Home for lost ideas'. A project that invites conceptual artists to present the failed, incomplete, bad and impossible aspects of their practice. They hope to engage the audience to discuss a work in the making.
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