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Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City Ocula Report Extra States: Nations in Liquidation at Kunsthal Extra City 8 Dec 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

The nation-state—a nation (a people) presided over by a governing body with jurisdiction over a defined territory (the state)—is either going through a renaissance or demise, depending on one's perspective. There has been talk about the nation-state's end for years—from a 2013 United States National Intelligence Council report...

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Anita Dube Ocula Conversation Anita Dube

On 12 December 2018, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB), referred to as 'the people's Biennale', will open its fourth edition to the public. Considered one of the most significant large-scale exhibitions in South Asia, and by far one of the most attended art events in the subcontinent, this edition is curated by the New Delhi-based artist and critic...

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The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial Keeps Up With The Zeitgeist Ocula Report The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial Keeps Up With The Zeitgeist 8 Dec 2018 : Susan Acret for Ocula

Looking through the windows that front Indonesian artist Aditya Novali's wall installation The Wall: Asian (Un)Real Estate Project (2011), a series of miniature apartments come into view: private interiors that are sometimes bland, strange or garish (Hello Kitty decor characterises one space, for example, while multiple Duchamp-like toilets appear...

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Contemporary art exhibition, Bernd Koberling, Malerei 2003 - 2018 at KEWENIG, Berlin
6 November 2018–26 January 2019 Bernd Koberling Malerei 2003 - 2018 KEWENIG, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Tony Cragg, Tony Cragg at Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
17 November 2018–26 January 2019 Tony Cragg Tony Cragg Buchmann Galerie, Buchmann Box, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Tony Cragg, Tony Cragg at Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
17 November 2018–26 January 2019 Tony Cragg Tony Cragg Buchmann Galerie, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Jörg Herold, Absolutes Numinosum at Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin
22 November–20 December 2018 Jörg Herold Absolutes Numinosum Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Julian Irlinger, Subjects of Emergency at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
24 November 2018–12 January 2019 Julian Irlinger Subjects of Emergency Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Thomas Demand, ARCHIVMATERIAL / NEW STOP MOTION at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
24 November 2018–19 January 2019 Thomas Demand ARCHIVMATERIAL / NEW STOP MOTION Sprüth Magers, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, John Bock, Unheil at Sprüth Magers, Berlin
24 November 2018–19 January 2019 John Bock Unheil Sprüth Magers, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Isa Genzken, Projects for Outside at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
27 November 2018–26 January 2019 Isa Genzken Projects for Outside Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Thomas Eggerer, Asphalt at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
27 November 2018–26 January 2019 Thomas Eggerer Asphalt Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Julia Scher, Wonderland at Esther Schipper, Berlin
14 December 2018–9 February 2019 Julia Scher Wonderland Esther Schipper, Berlin

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10th Berlin Biennale: ‘Let’s be clear; we are at war’ Ocula Report 10th Berlin Biennale: ‘Let’s be clear; we are at war’ 22 Jun 2018 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

'Let's be clear; we are at war.' These were Gabi Ngcobo's defiant words at the press conference for the tenth edition of the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, which she curated: We don't need another hero (9 June–9 September 2018). This militant theme was highlighted by designer Maziyar Pahlevan, through the incorporation of dazzle camouflage...

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Gabi Ngcobo Ocula Conversation Gabi Ngcobo Curator, 10th Berlin Biennale

To those familiar with the work of artist and curator Gabi Ngcobo, it is not surprising that We don't need another hero, the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (9 June–9 September 2018), resisted the desire for a single heroic conclusion. As the exhibition's curator, Ngcobo sought to create a 'multi-layered referential space' with its own...

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Viewpoint: Arthur Jafa at Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin Ocula Report Viewpoint: Arthur Jafa at Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin 17 May 2018 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

Arthur Jafa is a brilliant filmmaker, cinematographer and artist, whose practice is concerned with identifying and developing a specifically Black visual aesthetic. His work tackles the complexity of African-American cultural identity, as defined by an existential paradox that places the Black subject 'in essential intimacy with death', as Saidiya...

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Body  Conscious:  Gallery  Weekend  Berlin Ocula Report Body Conscious: Gallery Weekend Berlin 4 May 2018 : Mitch Speed for Ocula

What do you need, in order to arrange a perfect storm of an artistic encounter, like Gallery Weekend Berlin (27–29 April 2018)? Galleries and a weekend, that much is obvious; but it's the next question that gets me. How does this Gallery Weekend differ from the other 50-odd weekends when art is exhibited throughout the year, in any given place?The...

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The Lowdown: shows to see during Gallery Weekend Berlin Ocula Report The Lowdown: shows to see during Gallery Weekend Berlin 20 Apr 2018 : Phoebe Blatton for Ocula

Gallery Weekend Berlin is a long-established highlight in the German art world's calendar. This year, the fourteenth edition takes place from 27 to 29 April, and features no less than 47 participating galleries showcasing emerging talent alongside established names. With many other exhibitions and events taking place across one of Europe's most...

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City Report: Berlin Ocula Report City Report: Berlin 7 November 2017

Berlin-based Ocula contributor Rachael Vance selects her top five institutional shows currently on display in Germany's capital.KW Institute for Contemporary Art Willem de Rooij, Whiteout 14 September–17 December 2017 Eric Bell & Kristoffer Frick, Compound 13 September–17 December 2017Known for his films, photography, sound-recordings and...

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Berlin's belated Biennale: A response to the responses Ocula Report Berlin's belated Biennale: A response to the responses 9 Aug 2016 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

When I walked into the Akademie der Künste to attend the press conference of the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art—titled The Present in Drag and curated by the online collective, DIS—I wondered if it would be possible to locate a grounded position from which to take a pragmatic look at the exhibition. The difficulty of...

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Berlin, Boners and Brecht Ocula Report Berlin, Boners and Brecht 7 Jun 2016 : Diana d'Arenberg for Ocula

Apparently my timing sucks. One week too late for Berlin Gallery Weekend, and one month too early for the Berlin Biennale. ‘You should have been here last weekend for Berlin Gallery Weekend!’ a Berliner friend exclaimed. ‘Everyone was having orgies at Soho House! It was the best art world networking!’ I shifted...

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Louise Bourgeois’s “The Empty House” Related Press Louise Bourgeois’s “The Empty House” Art Agenda : 5 July 2018

It's intimidating to review the work of an artist the stature of Louise Bourgeois, about whom so much has been written, to whom so much has been ascribed. Bourgeois's life spanned nearly the entire twentieth century and helped redefine what a (feminist) artistic practice can be, how art can intertwine with life.

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'We Had to Create Something New': Klaus Biesenbach on Inventing the Berlin Biennale Related Press 'We Had to Create Something New': Klaus Biesenbach on Inventing the Berlin Biennale ARTnews : 7 June 2018

Many of the art spaces in early '90s Berlin were located in vacant, abandoned, often ruined buildings that artists had taken over. Artists were running studio collectives and co-ops, outfitting surprising storefronts, and creating nightclubs and music programs. One very influential artist for me was Daniel Pflumm, who was organizing the...

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In the Studio  Secundino Hernandez Related Press In the Studio Secundino Hernandez Collectors Agenda : 30 November 2017

When searching for painters who are making their mark at the moment it is almost impossible to overlook the Spanish artist Secundino Hernandez who splits his time between Berlin and Madrid. Over the last years, his direct approach to painting has made a strong impression on collectors. He is creating canvases with a powerful presence of physical...

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Working on history: Contemporary Chinese Photography and the Chinese Revolution Related Press Working on history: Contemporary Chinese Photography and the Chinese Revolution ArtAsiaPacific* : 2 November 2017

The group show Working on History at Museum für Fotografie (Museum for Photography) in Berlin was an ambitious undertaking that examined 20th-century history, particularly that of China, through the photographic lens. With a stunning assemblage of 18 artists and helmed by renowned museum director Ludger Derenthal, CAFAM director Wang Huangshen and...

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Thomas Ruff's vintage photo-works make art from artifice Related Press Thomas Ruff's vintage photo-works make art from artifice Wallpaper* : 14 July 2017

A couple of years ago, while browsing Ebay for vintage photographs, German photographer Thomas Ruff happened upon a collection of mid-century press photos featuring models, crime scenes and astronauts in space, the kind used by old newspapers and magazines.

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'2 or 3 Tigers' at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin Related Press '2 or 3 Tigers' at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin Art Agenda : 29 June 2017

Though at present the concept of 'media' is almost wholly equated with communication technologies, throughout the modern period this notion extended beyond the technological field, to include aesthetic and spiritual registers. In the late nineteenth century, a medium was someone with the alleged ability to act as a psychic conduit or transmitter,...

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Julia Stoschek Collection celebrates 10 years with generation spanning video show Related Press Julia Stoschek Collection celebrates 10 years with generation spanning video show The Art Newspaper : 13 June 2017

Julia Stoschek opened her collection of time-based media art to the public ten years ago, and to celebrate the anniversary she has invited the British artist Ed Atkins to curate an exhibition from her holdings. Generation Loss: 10 Years of the Julia Stoschek Collection (until 10 July 2018) opened this week at Stoschek's Düsseldorf gallery.

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'2 or 3 Tigers': Asian new media artists at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt Related Press '2 or 3 Tigers': Asian new media artists at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt Art Radar Journal : 31 May 2017

2 or 3 Tigers explores modernity as a colonial pattern inscribed in the history of nation states, militarisation and financialisation as well as an ontological revolution that fundamentally orders the social realm, national narratives and cosmologies, and whose effects have led to a profound crisis of consciousness as well as myriad and multiple...

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