Kristoffer Gansing traces eight years of change at Berlin's digital media and culture festival transmediale, as his final iteration as artistic director, End to End , opens 28 January.
As Taipei Dangdai returns for its second edition between 17 and 19 January 2020 at the Nangang Exhibition Center, a selection of exhibitions across the city confirm Taipei as one of the region's most exciting art hubs.
Images from abroad , Lada Nakonechna's solo exhibition at Galerie EIGEN + ART in Berlin, considers the barriers that exist between depictions of conflict and their viewers.
Wiebke Siem’s work deliberately blurs disciplinary boundaries between art, architecture, fashion, and design. In her 2014 Goslar Kaiserring laudation, Penelope Curtis evocatively summarized the artist’s practice: 'Wiebke Siem takes two roads and keeps them in balance; she maps a knowledge of the art of the twentieth century (and in its widest sense, thus including craft and design, as well as fine art) onto a lived experience of what the twentieth century has meant, and above all here, in Germany. She knows how artists have sought inspiration and refreshment in the form-making languages of others, be they puppet-makers, furniture makers or mask-makers, in Berlin, Bavaria or Benin. She has borrowed as artists have borrowed, but she has done it in an unusually transformative way, always asking gently insistent questions about who owns what, and who, and insisting on the role of the woman, not just as maker, but as author. Her questions have weight because they shape themselves and find the form of their answers in the slow and elaborate process of making; whether this be sewing or carving, filling or extracting material, adding or subtracting. There is a restrained violence in her work which has, on occasion, broken through. It plays out on the domestic level between woman and man as much as on the level of the community or nation.'
Text courtesy Esther Schipper.
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