On friday Viktor Bedö, John Holten and Insitu visited Node to present and talk about their work and current projects. We all had a nice and cozy brunch together and was introduced to interesting people and projects.
On Tuesday and Wednesday the Node residents spent two days visiting the fantastic Künstlerhaus Bethanien artists of the International Studio Programme.
On Wednesday we really gave the U Bahn a workout, starting in Friedrichschain at Peres Projects’ fantastic new space for Mark Flood/Mike Lood’s exhibition ‘ASK OFFICER PEPPERSPRAY’. Aude Pariset then hosted us in her nearby studio where we were able to see original pieces starting from the FX Tridanca series, to her most recent exhibition ‘Exposing: The Guest Rules’ in LA.
Across town to Kurfürstenstr. to meet with Ciarán Walsh. In a couple of weeks he is off to his native Ireland for the group exhibition ‘In The Line of Beauty’, marking the relaunch of the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Finally, in Pankow, Johannes Vogl must have sensed our epic journey as he welcomed us to his studio with cold beers. He has only recently been back in Berlin but has been very busy, exhibiting in the Wirksworth Festival, UK; Beautiful Minds, Kleine Humboldt Galerie, Berlin; and ‘Expansion’, Siemens Sanat, Istanbul.
Today the newly arrived Node residents went on a small trip around Berlin. First we visited District and their exciting project Dissident Desires. Then we went to Berliner Pool, where the Node curators had the opportunity to look through their extensive archive of artists. After a small stop at a turkish restaurant we ended the day with a lovely and interesting studio visit with artist Song-Ming Ang.
Pictures and atmosphere from yesterdays Node-event, ‘Footnotes’.
‘Footnotes’ are traditionally the annotations or additional pieces of information that accompany a substantial body of writing. With that in mind, the Node residents paired up with Berlin-based artists to illuminate the research and references behind the practice of each of these artists’, without showing any artwork. The curators’ individual desks served as a device for presenting the typically unseen content behind an artist’s work.
‘Footnotes’ also acted as a means for the Node curators to investigate their final project, which has an overarching focus on locations in Berlin under transition or flux. We are looking forward to their final project, which will be realised as an exhibition and publication at the end of August.
(Curator | Artist)
Inês Oliveira | Bram Braam
Maria McConaghy | Rui Calçada Bastos
Stephanie Han & Raphael Rogenmoser | Benjamin Deboorse & Wouter de Raeve
Juliette Premmereur |Laura Gorski
Rebecca Heidenberg | Nadia Kaabi-Linke
Charlotte Van Buylaere | Kevin Schmidt
Patrícia Rosas | Miryana Todorova
On Friday Picture Berlin came to Node for their Curatorial Marathon ‘They Shoot Horses, Don’t They’. Picture Berlin is an intensive 5 week residency/art academy for artists. For this part of the program they invite curators from Berlin and abroad to discuss their work and later, meet one-on-one with the artists.
Presenting curator and producer Iain Pate live-tweeted the event here
Invited guests were:
Sandra Teitge (Masa Berlin, Freelance curator, Berlin, DE)
Iain Pate (Freelance curator and producer, London, UK)
Beate Cegielska (Galeri Image, Aarhus, DK)
Marie Jo Ourtilane (General Public, Berlin, DE)
Hannah Goldstein & Katja Klemm (Kleister, Berlin, DE)
Lotte Møller & Jesper Dyrehauge (Die Raum, Berlin, DE)
Peggy Sue Amison (Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, IE)
Bonaventure Nkikung (SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin, DE)
Lydia Matthews (Parsons The New School For Design, New York, USA)
Katharina Haider, kindly hosted us in her studio near Moritzplatz. She is the art conservator behind Bacon Studios and specialises in plastics conservation and restoration, contemporary art conservation and modern materials on a consultancy basis.
During our visit, she showed us the new pieces that she is working on, shared tales of couriering an Andy Warhol from Milan to New York, discussed different options of packing material and had even baked cakes in preparation, brilliant!
This week we have been visiting the artists currently at Künstlerhaus Bethanien. There were 17 artists in town at the time so this made for two very interesting days!
On Thursday we invited some of the new arrivals at ZKU to come and present their practice to us at Node.
The first week of July meant a whole week of workshops for the Node residents. First up was a two day workshop on ‘Exhibition Design’ by designer, curator (and former Node resident/staff) Iohanna Nicenboim. The following day we received an introduction to publishing and inspiring book forms from writer John Holten, who founded and runs Broken Dimanche Press. And finally the residents were taken on a historical journey into ‘Exhibition Narratives’ by cultural producer Lorenzo Sandoval.