how do you say it? arabic–> latin—> french—–> english—–> /ˈnākər/ sounds like: baker, maker, a lake, or an acre (which is when someone cuts up a land)
*seen recently (casual, incl spellign mistakes)
Berlin Art Week 2021.
The above two images represent Louise Lawler’s film without a film on the world wide web. I very much enjoyed going into Kino International including the building (always). Including cloying German advertising and previews, absolutely all of which seemed like parody to me (which they were, parody or distorted imitation attempts, of America, minus one low-fi local pharmacy ad which was definitely a regional delight). Including revisiting the film Lawler does not show, which we shall not talk about, because it must be experienced. Humorous and futile, the legally-enforced protective net Louise Lawler attempts to cast over the images that represent the work, as if there are not screenshots possible. (Dear Louise, this is an artist run Journal, where contributors and I think aloud in public, about things seen and done. Please don’t sue. Thank you for your understanding!
And , of course: there was that one woman in front of me who insisted to keep flashing the red focus light of her phone attempting to find object in the dark when recoding a video of blacked out theater. And then reviewing her attempts, lit up by the glow of the phone screen. Pirate activity aside, sure killed the vibe. Though me too, feeling pretty feral, forgot how to be in public after two yers of semi-enclosure.
FYI if you are not familiar with the context: in USSR it was customary to play the Swan Lake ballet on all TV stations after passing of a leader. It was also played on all channels during USSR dissolution, in 1991.
Curiously difficult to find footage of Putin’s commission of ballet on tanks, that’s not a pixelated repurposed recording. I highly recommend to take it all in, and watch the whole thing, including tank pirouettes (firing as they move) and a dancer doing splits at the tip of two parting gun barrels.
So what’s going on here?
Putin is burying Lukashenko alive, as he prepares to take over Belarus, followed by the rest of the world, while Europeans enjoy pipelines and such?
It’s not funny. But then again, it absolutely is.
And: you’d been warned.
Berlin Art Week 2021. Organization and calendar, convoluted. And lots of rain, unlucky for everyone. Except maybe for this work. To be honest I am not sure why it’s been listed as ‘performance’ — sort of annoying because clearly the crowd didn’t need to rush across town be on time for this installation. Why does it matter? Because , personally, I’d prefer to have less press photographer interrupting the viewing. Inside nbk, Berlin, a very well designed exhibition, about the work of Thomas Schmidt whose (Fluxus) intention and method were to use whatever he had underfoot or handy back in the late 60’s. His action of pouring water into bottles arranged in a circle has clearly grown some mould with time. The feeling I got was not discrete and spontaneous, but dense, archive, dry, dusty… Sort of funny how effervescent artworks become these dang balls once they enter collections and institutions. Nina Canell’s version of the original work (there is also Harun Farocki’s version in the exhibit) is the video below (click on three dots to view full size). Updated human activity, already automated in Farocki’s video, now in the backyard, misting and misted, mixing with precipitation.
August 8, Berlin, “Britzenale” Kleinegarten show, somewhere Neukölln that’s beyond the ring.
I didn’t take the picture of the work I liked most, probably bc I was busy thinking about it. but here are the notes from the accompanying booklet and probably butchered translation:
Overwrought and badly installed, very public institution in other words, show at Bethanien, well titled Swimming Pool – Troubled Waters, way too many video ridiculously one after another on monitors with heir headphones, please don’t do this curators, managers, administrators, have some respect for the artists. Both boring and overwhelming. But I like this image of Darth Vader with Brita filter… I mean.