A GOD APPEARS IN THE FOREST
bass drone brain entrainment installation
Mark Hunt (videography) & Benjamin Strafe (art direction)
Antina Christ & Hottie de Paris
Collected heteronormative objects
In this museum-like installation, the two artists invite to a reflection on the ubiquitous oppression of the antiquated - but oh, still so alive - binary view of gender.
From “assigned female/male at birth”, we are conditioned into our societal roles, as transpires from clothing, toys, entertainment and education, from the youngest age, throughout childhood and into adulthood, until the bitter end.
The binary “cis-tem” dictates our daily life, our thoughts, our values. Blue or pink. Nothing in-between.
To this day, queer, non-binary, trans* and non-conforming individuals experience the pressure and alienation symbolized by this room. The false dichotomy of the male and female construct continues to be forced upon us.
The artists call for an urgent dialogue and a joint rebellion against this mental and material prison that is the seemingly cosy yet toxic cis-lounge - whether you are blue, pink, or a anything in-between.
Uri Moss + Kollage Kollectiv
ENGINE ROOM #4
Art & Video installation
The installation opens with the question: ’What can I think about - today?
Inside the audience face a barrage of information, images and sounds, imitating the influx of data swamping that we are exposed to on a daily basis in modern times. While people might face this flood more monotonously, being mostly glued to one screen at a time, the installation intensifies this phenomenon. It is an exploration of the spasms of the digital age and its clash with an analogue apparatus.
This site-specific project at Salon - Zur wilden Renate highlights the dance floor as a "document of life" before the global pandemic crisis happened.The wooden floor is reminiscent of the resident building it was before it became a club. A thick layer of dirt and chewing gum are evidence of the infamous Berlin nightlife. The cleaning and sterilizing are adapted as a Covid-19 motif. That way the artist projects onto the dance floor and exposes the pure, golden wood beneath.
Roni Lugassi, Inga Schmidt, Tünde Szakos and Kim Kong
LOCKED IN, LIGHTS ON
Locked in, Lights on aims to explore the darknesses within us, through the various perspectives that make our individual experiences unique. By shining light through lenses or brushes we delve into negative feelings, to appreciate the fascination and intense humanity in these moments. A visual variety of differently interpretable situations and media, the viewer is free to relate in their way. The bedroom, where an infinite number of things can happen or not happen, and an infinite number of thoughts can exist or not exist, physical and mental states constantly fluctuate for any given individual. Often feelings are masked by others, depression brings shame, sexual frustration brings anger brings guilt. We aim to show that all of these feelings, no matter which came before the other, or for what reason they arrived, are valid and are not as dark if opened to discussion.
We all are going through it in our own ways, feeling alienated by a world of plexiglass and masks and an obsession with the illusion of sterility. Here is our minimal-maximalist-retro-futuristic expression of the current state of being, complete with a platform for the spoken word.
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The Velvet Creepers
(Fifi Fantome, Lilly Mortis and Dunja Von K)
THE VELVET PEEPERS
Eyes are the portal to the soul. Society imposes values onto us, trying to change us from the inside, we must watch society to protest the values of those in power. Feast your eyes on the pleasures of The Velvet Creepers, a Berlin-based burlesque and performance art troupe.
Enter their world where eyes and vulvas merge to one as they take you on a journey through the minds of three surrealist feminist performers, featuring Dunja, Lilly Mortis and Fifi Fantome. The Velvet Creepers will be performing in their exhibition The Velvet Peepers exploring issues of sexual assault, intersectional feminism, and the body as a protest. Join us on the journey into the unknown and remember... expect the unexpected.
Chemical Adam & Benjamin Strafe
THE BUTTON (DO NOT PRESS)
Drink and Draw Berlin Collective
(Steven Godden, Travis Hendrix, Janet Davis, Tamara Howie, Julian Dieckert & Helen Céline Blankman)
Chlorine-Green Coronapocalypse is an installation presenting a possible future in which Corona has plunged humanity into chaos, anarchy, and above all, dark comical absurdity. What you see is the breakdown of authority and truth, and the failure of foresight.
Mother Nature has taken her garbage infested world back. Empty chlorine bottles lie abandoned besides skeletons still clinging to protest placards – the ignorant outraged at those blamed for the downfall: Angela Merkel, Bill Gates, the WHOever else.
But who can discern the truth in this hazy virus filled atmosphere? What really happened here? The only history and clues we have are contradicting news articles and reports, stories so absurd, they can’t be true. Is the truth stranger than fiction? Has fiction replaced truth? And what the hell is 5G anyway?
Beautiful, dark, satirical and creeping with plants. Enter the Chlorine-Green Coronapocalypse future – now with 5G!
(Billie Rae & Benjamin Strafe)
Pipi (Anthony de Bono & Fábio M Silva) & Vinzenz Hangler
THE GARDEN OF PIPI DELIGHTS
PIPI - the artist duo Anthony de Bono and Fábio M Silva - collaborated with Vinzenz Hangler, inviting the audience to take a stroll through "The Garden Of PIPI Delights".
With Hieronymus Bosch’s iconic triptych painting "The Garden of Earthly Delights" as their starting point, the artists re-interpret and deconstruct the history of human existence with their unique post contemporary twist. The resulting installation questions societal structures and dogmas whilst playfully enticing the audience's revel in innocent self absorbed bliss. An overwhelming experience of Hell, Paradise and everything else that may lie in between.
Position 14 (Video in staircase/entrance)
Halcyon (the irony in the name should be apparent) was shot over the entire duration of the quarantine, all on Analogue 35mm film, and scanned . The project itself is basically a private form of catharcis for the artist. It consists of a slideshow of 100+ analogue produced images created during the period of the Berlin Coronavirus Quarantine. Through the arresting and explicit yet abstract images we are presented with a more tangible understanding of the pain that comes along with the ending of a relationship, as well as the shared trauma of losing a a friend to death. We are brought on a visually rich journey sumptuously laden with colour.
These images also detail and show the artists own personal performance of catharsis, and the dealing with pain through art. While the slideshow is composed of explicit imagery of both drugs and the human nude, you can not help but notice the lack of fetishism and inherent Othering or any other discomfort being noticeably projected on the subjects.. The artist does not look down upon these different types of people and degeneracy, in fact he feels like it is degeneracy itself that keeps true inspiration flowing.
I wouldn’t of been able to make this work without going through so much pain this last 6 months, but I think I am a better person for it.
HOLDING OUT FOR A SHERO
digital photography on laserprint
Holding out for a Shero deals with the current struggles against the Coronavirus and the effects it has had on our society, which has lead to the exposure of the failures of global systems. It displays the opportunity to leave old conventions behind and the our chance to finally enter the age of matriarchy. The time has come for us to live our vision and for our world to become a sustainable utopia.
Camp Dad and Bleach
CAMP DAD AND BLEACH'S BIG PINK BOX
The ideal form of the pink box that modernism developed for the gallery space is inseparable from the artworks exhibited inside it. Indeed, the pink box not only conditions, but also overpowers the artworks themselves in its shift from placing content within a context to making the context itself the content. However, this emergence of context is enabled primarily through its attempted disappearance. The pink box is conceived as a place free of context, where time and social space are thought to be excluded from the experience of artworks. It is only through the apparent neutrality of appearing outside of daily life and politics that the works within the pink box can appear to be self-contained—only by being freed from historical time can they attain their aura of timelessness.
THE GHOST OF PAST PARTIES
audiovisual projection, environment & sound design
LIFE IS A BEACH AND THEN YOU DIE