Sand. Beaches. Sunshine. Tropical drinks with little umbrellas. All are images that come to mind when most westerners think of islands. Islands are places of respite and rest, for vacations from the “real” world. While we may enjoy these utopian oases for a week or two out of the year, what are they for those who inhabit them permanently? What is an island, really? Read more »
Posts By: Elizabeth Stevens
This Sunday Artconnect Berlin hosted our monthly Networking Brunch with the wonderful Anja Henkel from Import Projects, and the lovely ladies of the Berlin Music Video Awards. Once guests were seated with their meals and coffees, Ms. Henkel described the history and mission Import Projects, a non-profit curatorial initiative and contemporary arts space in Charlottenburg, which she runs with Dr. Nadim Samman. Guests were introduced to the scope of the space’s exhibitions and were given a glimpse into the future of this unique institution.
Considering the contemporary trend of art galleries to keep extensive rosters of various artists, with the intention of serving the masses rather than a particular market, it is rare to find a commercial arts space with as distinct a program as Duve Berlin. The gallery’s refined, modern and often overtly masculine aesthetic is manifest in the gallery’s diverse but cohesive program, which currently includes only ten artists. This is true even when the gallery exhibits work from artists whom it does not represent, as it does now with “Very New Works,” a group exhibition featuring Sebastian Black, Markus Amm and Paul Cowan.
Inhabiting the entirety of the enormous Park Avenue Armory exhibition space, Ann Hamilton’s “the event of a thread” is a unique participatory installation in that it combines profound social implications with childish mechanisms. Upon entering the exhibition hall, visitors are confronted with a large desk, inhabited by two cloaked readers reciting philosophical texts to caged pigeons (an exhibition manager explained that the birds served to represent New York City residents). These recitations are amplified on paper-covered speakers–that upon first glance appear to be string-tied packages–which dot the floor and which visitors are encouraged to pick up and listen to. The various droning voices throughout the exhibition space result in a community of unintelligible murmurs wherein one has to wonder if we, like the pigeons, can really be bothered to pay attention…Ann Hamilton: The event of a thread. Photo: James Ewing