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Isaac Chong Wai on Falling Carefully Ocula Conversation Isaac Chong Wai on Falling Carefully By Tessa Moldan, Berlin

Isaac Chong Wai uses video, performance, and sculpture to visualise distributions of power and knowledge within human relationships and social systems.

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Lee Mingwei: Intimacy Online and Off Ocula Insight Lee Mingwei: Intimacy Online and Off By Sherry Paik, Berlin

Now on view at the Gropius Bau in Berlin, Lee Mingwei's first European mid-career survey is accompanied by digital activations connecting distant places and people, creating a space for intimacy.

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German Galleries Reopen After Lockdown Ocula News German Galleries Reopen After Lockdown London, 23 April 2020

Galleries in Germany have cautiously reopened their doors, while those in other parts of Europe expect to remain closed for weeks to come.

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transmediale Artistic Director Kristoffer Gansing Looks Back Ocula Conversation transmediale Artistic Director Kristoffer Gansing Looks Back By Terence Sharpe, Berlin

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.

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Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Ocula Insight Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART By Phoebe Blatton, Berlin

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.

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Maria Loboda’s Historical Constellations in Berlin Ocula Insight Maria Loboda’s Historical Constellations in Berlin By Sarah Messerschmidt, Berlin

It is a dull and grey November afternoon, typical of weather in Berlin at this time of year, and Maria Loboda 's exhibition, Woman observing the Alpha Persei Cluster , at Galerie Thomas Schulte (16 November 2019–11 January 2020) appears particularly striking in contrast to these dreary climactic conditions. Occupying the street-facing...

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Arthur Jafa at Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin: Viewpoint Ocula Report Arthur Jafa at Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin: Viewpoint By Federica Bueti, Berlin

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...

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Berlin’s Gallery Weekend: Body Conscious Ocula Report Berlin’s Gallery Weekend: Body Conscious By Mitch Speed, Berlin

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?...

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The Lowdown: shows to see during Gallery Weekend Berlin Ocula Report The Lowdown: shows to see during Gallery Weekend Berlin By Phoebe Blatton, Berlin

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 By Rachael Vance, Berlin

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 2017 Known for his films, photography...

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Berlin's belated Biennale: A response to the responses Ocula Report Berlin's belated Biennale: A response to the responses By Mohammad Salemy, Berlin

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 By Diana d'Arenberg, Berlin

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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Robin Rhode Ocula Conversation Robin Rhode By Diana d'Arenberg, Berlin

I always want to create situations that are groundbreaking and cutting edge and a little bit risky. This is what contemporary artists have to do, take risks and push boundaries.

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A Report from Gallery Weekend Berlin Ocula Report A Report from Gallery Weekend Berlin By Rachael Vance, Berlin

The 11th iteration of Gallery Weekend Berlin (1-3 May 2015) further strengthened the German capital’s standing within the contemporary art world. With forty-seven galleries in the official programme hosting new exhibitions, this year’s offering proved May is a particularly good month for art in Berlin. Museums and commercial...

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Iwona Blazwick Ocula Conversation Iwona Blazwick By Stephanie Bailey, London

In May 2014, Dimitris Daskalopoulos’s NEON organisation opened a public exhibition at the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece. The project, titled A Thousand Doors after Borge’s Library of Babel, was curated by Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, and marks another step...

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Ilya And Emilia Kabakov Ocula Conversation Ilya And Emilia Kabakov By Stephanie Bailey, Hong Kong

In 2014, Monumenta’s sixth edition was presided over by Russian-born artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Celebrated internationally for their large-scale projects and ambitious installations, the Kabakovs used the invitation by Jean Paul Cluzel, president of the RMN, (the Réunion des Musées Nationaux), who oversee the commission and...

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Ai Weiwei 'Evidence' At The Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin Ocula Report Ai Weiwei 'Evidence' At The Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin By Carmen Ansaldo, Berlin

Ai Weiwei's current survey exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin marks the artist's largest solo project to date, consuming 18 rooms and 3,000 square metres of the institution's floor space. Only open to the public since April, Evidence has already experienced an overwhelming reception that has become the standard for...

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Art Basel Week Ocula Report Art Basel Week By Robin Peckham, Hong Kong

It is a funny thing to return as a visitor to a city one once called home: not so long ago I was a de facto host for the descending hordes during ArtHK and later Art Basel Hong Kong, but this year, for the first time, I am seeing it all through the eyes of an art tourist. As a city and as an art event, Hong Kong has always been a tightly wound...

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Clinton Ng Ocula Conversation Clinton Ng By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

These days, with the Internet, there is no barrier to seeing art. You can go across to the other side of the world to see a show.

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Slavs And Tatars Ocula Conversation Slavs And Tatars By Stephanie Bailey, London

Slavs and Tatars is a collective that represents, in their own words, a “faction of polemics and intimacies devoted to an area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China known as Eurasia.” The collective works across media, disciplines, and to quote the artists, “a broad spectrum of cultural registers...

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Doryun Chong Ocula Conversation Doryun Chong By Anna Dickie, Hong Kong

Doryun Chong is Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong’s super museum for visual culture. Prior to joining M+, Chong was Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, and prior to that, he was a curator in the visual arts department at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center from 2003 to 2009. At MoMA, Chong...

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Photography Or Not: A Report From The Düsseldorf Photo Weekend Ocula Report Photography Or Not: A Report From The Düsseldorf Photo Weekend By Stephanie Bailey, Düsseldorf

People are always surprised when I say Düsseldorf is a cool city. But come on : the legacy of the Düsseldorf Art Academy (aka. the Kunstakademie) is enough, even without factoring in the 19th century Düsseldorf School of Painting, or the 20th century Düsseldorf School of Photography spearheaded by the Bechers and developed by their students...

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Synergetic Seoul: Movers In The Korean Art Scene Ocula Report Synergetic Seoul: Movers In The Korean Art Scene By Ines Min, Seoul

It’s easy to list off the most influential gallerists in Seoul. Kukje, Arario, Hyundai, PKM, Pyo and Gana Art. But in recent years, a pivotal band of creative spaces have been taking the South Korean art scene in a different direction, headed by a new generation of artists and gallerists able to adapt to the post-recession economic...

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Jannis Kounellis Ocula Conversation Jannis Kounellis By Anna Dickie, London and Hong Kong

Born in Greece, but living in Italy since 1956, Kounellis has been a major figure in contemporary art for over fifty years. The artist is often referred to as one of the forefathers of the Arte Povera movement – a movement that arose in the 1960s and played a central role in redefining artistic practice with radical and highly original...

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