REALIZED BEINGS – EXHIBITION CATALOGUE
REALIZED BEINGS – EXHIBITION CATALOGUE
Fiona Bennett is known as a hat artist far beyond national borders. Born in Brighton in 1966, raised in Berlin, three years after the fall of the Wall she opened her first studio in the city’s newly conquered center. Today, her hat salon in the midst of the Potsdamer Strasse gallery scene is the primary stage of her creative energy, an exhibition space for her creations, which have always had an inherent sculptural power. Surreal, profound and light at the same time.
Conceived by a free spirit that needs no categories. Fiona Bennett reinvents interiors, such as most recently the “Flush” in the Berlin Wintergarten Variete (with Hans-Joachim Böhme), creates costumes for theater and film, and is a successful entrepreneur and member of the “International Women’s forum”.
Her hat object “Nosedive” was shown at VON BARTHA Gallery in Basel, was part of the exhibition “Surrealism & Beyond” at Museum Boljmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam in 2016 and is currently on view at Alexander Ochs Gallery.
“Nosedive II,” created by Fiona Bennett specifically for the Grain Test Store, departs from familiar territory. Connects the headwork with the space and the space with the viewer. And allows an image to emerge in the reflection that has as many facets as the person who sees themselves in it.
Title NOSEDIVE II
Medium Mirror, wooden base with polished stainless steel frame, 2000 gold chrome plated molded and cut goose feathers, fiberglass-laminated styrofoam body
Size 170 x 210 cm
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The Micropaintings series involves chemical reactions on a glass carrier with a maximum size of 5 x 5 centimeters which are instantaneously digitally documented under a microscope during the reaction process.
Self-organization processes are a major factor in the creation of the image.
Self-organization (Chaos theory), also called spontaneous order (in the social sciences), is a process where some form of overall structural order arises from local interactions between parts of an initially disordered system without a controlling external element.
Hence some part of the artistic work is taken from the artist and executed by the medium itself, passing beyond the realm of human creation. The manifold naturally occurring orderly structures, sometimes symmetrical, are mostly perceived as aesthetically pleasing.
Stitching techniques are used to be able to show the rich information contained in these images.
Many detail photos combined provide an insight into new worlds, impossible to perceive with the unaided eye.
Thus, large pigment prints can be created and a transfer from microcosm to macrocosm happens. The prints are mounted on a fiberglass body and cut out following the outline of the chemicals formed on the glass carrier. Finally, the mounted photo is sealed with poured clear resin. Often the analogies between these images and pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope, google earth and all kinds of highly magnified microscopic worlds is quite remarkable.
Title Untitled (Heliotrop)
Size 100,00 cm x 102,58 cm
Description chemical reactions on a glass carrier, documented digitally
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Antonio Navas, born under the equatorial sun of Caracas, Venezuela, has woven his life’s canvas with a tapestry of innate artistic flair. A chance encounter at the age of 9, when he brushed against the hand of a wailing Pope depicted in Francis Bacon’s portrayal of Innocent X, forever imprinted in him the vulnerability and unease that art can evoke. His artistic journey has since been a quest for his place within the grand tapestry of humanity, frequently drawing inspiration from the annals of history. Music, an indispensable lifeline, permeates every corner of Antonio’s existence. His devotion to its melodic embrace is irrevocable, a sentiment embodied by his cherished 1965 vinyl of “A Love Supreme,” a source of solace and focus. Antonio’s perceptive eye, honed through his art direction pursuits, and impeccable taste, cultivated during his tenure as a creative director, have yielded unforgettable creations for renowned global brands. The cosmic marriage of photography and the enchanting realm of advertising played into his favor, cultivating connections with luminaries like Richard Avedon, Elliott Erwitt, Nadav Kander, Ralf Schmerberg and collaborations with artistic icons including Andreas Gursky and Annie Leibovitz. In his art, he masterfully bridges the chasm between aesthetics and commerce, a rare feat, and generously imparts this gift to the aspiring talents he mentors. Antonio’s brilliance lies in his ability to articulate profound cultural truths that resonate across geographical boundaries. His work reverberates with visual resonance, his philosophy eloquently communicated through deeds rather than words. His legacy is not just a collection of creations but a legacy of actions that continue to shape the artistic world he adorns.
Michael Kirch has been working as an artist, founder and investor in Berlin since 2014. Prior to that, he worked for thirteen years in New York and London as a mathematician and Wall Street strategist. In his studio in Berlin-Neukölln he has created a series of sculptures and kinetic installations in bronze, marble and alabaster that are elegant and original.
In Michael Kirch’s works, sensuality, sexuality and beauty combine to create a creative, healing force. As the viewer walks around each sculpture, object and viewer together play a game of shyness and boldness, vulnerability and security, being seen and hiding. The sculptures balance in aesthetic harmony, revealing a rich inner life through a change of perspective.
For example, in “Balancing Act / Balanceakt,” a black polyester sphere 16 cm in diameter glides across a 3-meter-long white marble slab. Even at rest, the physical presence of the 100 kg marble slab, suspended on thin steel wires and floating freely in space, is impressive. The slow movement of the sphere seems to come to a complete halt at times, adding to the sense of tension and wonder. The constantly alternating movement, created by an invisible balancing mechanism, is an invitation to silently meditate.
The Balancing Act is the first installation of its kind. It relies on complex technology and intelligence in the controls to balance the sphere with movements imperceptible to the naked eye. The marble slab was intricately handcrafted. Man and machine work together.
Michael Kirch says, “The invisible puppeteer performs the Balancing Act solely for our entertainment. The performance has a calming and peaceful effect. In this way, the Balancing Act is a counter to the machines that cause unrest and war on social media without being recognized.”
Title Balancing Act
Medium Marble plate, steel wire, polyester sphere
Size 300 cm (length) x 16 cm (diameter)
Description Marble slab, suspended on thin steel wires, floating freely in space
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SALLY SANTANA –
CHOOSE YOUR FIGHTER
Choose your fighter is a performance piece exploring the era of digital identity. The work challenges the supposed distinction between online and IRL. An artificial realm glitches into reality, morphing generations of players with their online avatars.
Set on a road with a scene of cars, the performers embody movements and animations from these digital worlds, while sound effects inspired by online gaming pierce through a cinematic soundscape. The garments reflect themes of morality seen in survival video games — tactical gear, combat boots, and blood splattered miniskirts. The audience is invited to follow characters as they travel out of bounds and stretch the limits of the digital body.
Artist Sally Santana and Xiomara Virdó
Title Choose your fighter
Idea and Installation Sally Santana
Producer Ollie Mackay
Movement Xiomara Virdó in collaboration with performers
Sound Hala Namer // Lazergazer
Costumes Kilian Mercadié
Casting Xiomara Virdó and Sally Santana
Makeup Olivia Nwachukwu asst. Niccolò Brumat
Kalil Anaël Bat
Dorothea Nold is a visual artist with a background in sculpture and installation. She received a Master of Fine Arts from the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris (studio Vincent Barré and Richard Deacon). She has been invited to numerous residencies and research trips, mainly in Turkey, Armenia, Iran, Afghanistan, China and Mali. In her artistic work she deals with transformation processes of physical and social spaces, its connections, intersections and interdependencies. Her sculptural interventions explore its limits and borders and also its convertibility. Nold has been writing a PhD since 2013 at the HfBK Hamburg with a scholarship from the Cusanuswerk. Her research analyzes initiated, produced and temporarily transformed religious, holy and transcendental spaces in urban environments.
Since the beginning of his artistic research, Bernhard Vierling has been circling around questions of inner, outer and collective processes: in the form of drawing, notation, sculpture, performance, cartography or systemic art action. This work has evolved over the past decades from participatory-performative art projects in organizational contexts (consulting.art&friends) to drawing to installative experimental arrangements and neo-scientific lecture-performances. The series of essence-apparatuses synthesize these strands of investigation. They open up a complex experiential space that incorporates different schools of thought and experimentation – including radical constructivism, pragmatism, recourse to alchemy – and allows a Third to emerge. The last apparatuses deal with the condensation of philosophical concepts, e.g. in ointments, creams, lotions, the liquification of light, the production of earth before man appeared, etc. The used materials and crafts result from the questions of the processes.
Title Apparatur 23.02 Rezeptur LUX IN VULNERE
Medium 3D print/polyester, taken from the bronze figure down, 24 carat gold plated, apple tree root, laboratory glasses, tripod material, anatomical heart, sage, sunflowers, platform.
Size 240 x 240 x 240 cm
Description The installation focuses around a figure of light – a naive figure of light, an inner child – undergoing an operative purification process with sage. Enthroned on the upside-down root of an apple tree
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ARTIST, CURATOR – REALIZED BEINGS
Ein Aktivist ist einer, der sich vor allem aufs Handeln versteht. Nicht unbedacht und auch nicht planlos. Aber in jedem Fall zieht er eine Erfahrung am eigenen Leib – und was sich aus ihr lernen lässt – dem Räsonieren vor. Das bedingt Entscheidungsfreude und Risikobereitschaft. Denn selten lässt sich genau einschätzen, wohin einen die Erfahrung führt. Beides: die Bereitschaft, sich auf Neues einzulassen, und die Fähigkeit zu klaren Entscheidungen, prägt Ralf Schmerbergs Persönlichkeit – Brüche und unverhoffte Wendungen eingeschlossen.
Er wächst in Korntal auf – ‘romantisch’, wie er findet. Doch in der Pubertät erzeugt die kindgemäße Überschaubarkeit des kleinen Stuttgarter Vorortes ein Gefühl der Enge. Er macht seinen Realschulabschluss, obwohl er weitergehen könnte zum Abitur. Statt dessen beginnt er eine Metzgerlehre. Seine Welt ist das nicht, auch wenn er den kunstvollen Umgang mit dem Messer liebt. Im Kino sieht er das Musical HAIR. Darin erkennt er das Lebensgefühl, das er sucht: eine Freiheit, Ungebundenheit. Doch Anfang der 1980er ist die Hochzeit der Hippiebewegung bereits vorbei. Am nächsten kommen ihnen die Sannyassin, die Anhänger des damals ebenso populären wie umstrittenen Inders Bhagwan Shree Raijneesh, auf die er in Stuttgart trifft. Er folgt dem Guru in den neu eröffneten Ashram Rajneeshpuram im US-amerikanischen Oregon, arbeitet – wie alle – unentgeltlich auf der Ranch, ernährt sich vegetarisch, lebt in einer internationalen Großfamilie. Bhagwan vertritt nicht primär seine eigene Lehre, sondern einen Remix des spirituellen Weltwissens, kombiniert mit einem umfangreichen Therapie-Programm. Es ist ein mönchisches Leben im zeitgenössischen Gewand – und ein völliger Kontrast zu Schmerbergs bisherigem Leben. Aber er findet, wonach er gesucht hat: einen Weg zu sich selbst. Gleichzeitig bemerkt er Züge eines – wie er es heute nennt – religiösen Faschismus. Es geht um Gehirnwäsche, Manipulation, Machtausübung. Das sozialistisch intendierte Modell einer neuen Gesellschaft trägt auch totalitäre Züge. Was ihn nach fünf Jahren zum Verlassen der Gemeinschaft bewegt, ist jedoch die schlichte Frage einer Vietnamesin: ob er denn – er ist gerade Anfang Zwanzig – schon einmal versucht habe, sich allein im Leben zu behaupten. Bislang habe er nur den Wechsel von der Klein- zur Großfamilie erlebt. Das leuchtet ihm ein. Wenige Tage später verlässt er den Ashram und kehrt nach Deutschland zurück. Was er mitnimmt: ein gewachsenes Selbstvertrauen und die Erfahrung, dass eine Vision, selbst wenn sie fehl geht, etwas bewegen kann.
In Deutschland hält er sich mit Jobs über Wasser, trifft auf einen Modefotografen samt Entourage, will es selbst versuchen. Ein Test-Shooting wird arrangiert und Schmerberg merkt schnell, dass er den richtigen Blick hat. Intuitiv begreift er die Prinzipien von Ausschnitten, Achsen, Blickwinkeln und arrangiert die Modelle entsprechend. Er weiß jetzt, was er sein will: Fotograf. Nach Oregon, wo er als einer der Jüngsten weit unten in der Hierarchie rangierte, ist er nun der Puppenspieler. Doch nach zwei Jahren, in denen er die Fotografie durch Jobs finanziert hat, findet er die Ergebnisse seiner Arbeit blutleer und seelenlos. Zu viel Arrangement, zu viel Gott-Spielen. Einmal mehr beschließt er einen radikalen Wandel. Nicht nur will er in Zukunft von der Fotografie leben, vor allem will er den Blick ändern. Nicht mehr
Title My Head Was In The Clouds I
Description SQ0327 Singapore Airlines, 26.09.2014
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Francesca Zangrillo is an Italian multidisciplinary artist with a unique perspective on fashion and its impact on the world. Her journey in the world of art and fashion began with studies at the prestigious Marangoni Institute in Italy, culminating in her pursuit of excellence at the Polimoda Institute in Florence. The transformative year of the global pandemic prompted Francesca to embark on a profound exploration of fashion’s role in our lives and society. This introspection led to the creation of her remarkable collection, “TR[I]BE,” a visionary body of work that would later be showcased in collaboration with Camera della Moda. Francesca’s artistic ethos revolves around sustainability and innovation.
She is a trailblazer in the fashion industry, employing a zero-waste methodology that ingeniously repurposes discarded materials into exquisite garments crafted from recycled fibers. Her dedication to this sustainable approach underscores her commitment to making a positive impact on our planet. Through her distinctive collections and evocative photography, Francesca employs an experimental lens to document and convey crucial social messages. Her work serves as a powerful manifesto, advocating for inclusivity, solidarity, and humaneness within the confines of a capitalist world. Her art celebrates the diversity of human bodies, emphasizing the inherent beauty in each unique form. Each of Francesca’s creations is a reflection of her artisanal craftsmanship, resulting in one- of-a-kind pieces that highlight her unwavering dedication to individuality and creativity.
At its core, Francesca’s projects are a tribute to collectivity and the profound concept of the tribe. She envisions individuals as interconnected beings, bound by a shared humanity and an unwavering sense of unity with one another. Through her artistry, Francesca Zangrillo inspires individuals to embrace the collective spirit and recognize the beauty that exists in their shared journey.
Medium Live Performance, Garments
Description The clothes will be shown in the Main Hall through a performative act involving a group of 13 models and performers, revisiting the canonical concept of the fashion show in a performative key. The act will be introduced by a DJ set by Rouge-ah, a musician who will blend elements of classical music (harp) with others of electronic music. At first, the performers will move in such a way that they never cross each other, and then, on the notes of a second DJ, Casual Treatment (Melvin Ortega), they will gather around the sound source, concluding the performance with dances evoking tribal dances.
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Ryoji Homma, born in Japan, started graffiti works and live paintings in street culture in 2005. He started presenting his works at his own exhibitions and art fairs since 2009. He worked at his studio in Japan from 2012 to 2018. Homma moved to Berlin in 2018 and has a studio in the artist complex “Monopol”. In recent years he has focused on the thoughts and inner life of humans, creating his work through nature and imaginary creatures.
Title When I come to see me
Medium Oil on canvas
Size 400 x 180 x 4 cm
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The Matriarch challenges the boundaries of pleasure. Positioned on a pedestal or chair on the day of her 29th birthday, Kėkė Søl becomes a canvas, aimed at invoking pleasure. The installation is a mutual experiment, assessing the capacity of pleasure-givers to intuit the receptive energy of the pleasure-receiver. It’s a personal exploration of performative pleasure, revealing the interplay between personal gratification and the influence of others in intimate encounters. Representative of the divine feminine, the installation also serves as a test of good will, emphasizing humanization over dehumanization in these intimate exchanges.
The throne and 29 selected items will sit as an inactive instillation for the first three days of art week. Then on September 16th, Kėkė will inabit the chair for three hours, from 19:00 to 22:00. During this time, the instillation becomes interactive. The following day, the artwork will be once-again inactive, and all the items that have been used and moved around will remain as they are.
STEFANO TAIUTI –
Stefano Taiuti is a Roman artist based in Berlin who since the end of the eighties has investigated, crossed and mixed body expression techniques by intertwining the principles of modern Western and Eastern theatrical cultures. By experimenting its presence in the halls of small theaters and in the crowded spaces of the clubs of the major European capitals, in video performance experiments and sitespecific installations, Taiuti has made his body the very place of the event, making it fluid and traversable by forms and genres. In his work he explores the potential of the body as a tool for experience and a medium to access alternative states of consciousness. He sees the body as a “spiritual mechanism” and teaches his research in classes and workshops. He designs and realizes dance pieces and performances where the theatrical device acts a generator of multiple metaphors.
Medium Interactive installation, performative action
Description By lifting and lowering the sand bags the audience is invited to move my body, transform it, play with it, collaborate in creating a living sculpture. Our body doesn’t end at the surface of the skin: we are hyper- bodies, each of us being at the center of a net of connections and interactions that deeply affects and transforms us. By stepping out of the limits of individualism and embracing the concept of community we allow ourselves to inspire and be inspired, create collective movement, dance and be danced. The piece also addresses the issue of personal responsibility as part of a net of connections where our singular actions can have remote cumulative effect in affecting others people lives and realities.
A simple machine is a mechanical device that changes the direction or magnitude of a force. In general, they can be defined as the simplest mechanisms that use mechanical advantage (also called leverage) to multiply force. Simple machines can be regarded as the elementary “building blocks” of which all more complicated machines sometimes called “compound machines” are composed. The mechanical advantage of a compound machine is the product of the mechanical advantages of the simple machines of which it is composed.
Harness and the pendulums Nelson Santos
Original soundscape Nathalie Dreier
Installation and dance Stefano Taiuti
Born in Poland in 1985, Kinga Gradowska creates mystical figures and images by laying out elaborate upcycled textiles before “painting them with a camera lens.” Always inspired by nature, her subjects revolve around a supernatural existence of faces which she believes are omnipresent in all dimensions. The artist sees faces in nature and wants her viewers to delve deeper into their souls and understand their connection to Mother Earth (hence the upcycled materials). Her works have unmistakable references to the composite heads of 16th century Giuseppe Arcimboldo, in which he also created faces from natural resources such as vegetables and fruits. Gradowska’s art can therefore be described as modern mannerism with some abstract and surrealist influences, all bundled into a photographic scheme.
Lars Hartmann, born 1972, is dyslexic. Through his works, he shows us his experience of being confronted and excluded by inaccessible text. When the paper becomes part of the narra- tive and letters are replaced by voiceless nails, new dimensions open. Cracks, crevices, wrinkles, dents, and frayed edges make us sense that there are more to the stories than those written in black and white. A secret visual language untranslatable by Google’s AI.
Lars Hartmann lives in a world where letters form visual patterns instead of meaning and where paper is more interesting than words it holds.
Rixa Rottonara is an interdisciplinary Artist based in Berlin and Südtirol. She graduated in performing Arts and Aerial Acrobatics in 2018 and right after started her own company “Rottenart Productions”. Here she connects visual and performing artforms, working with changing artists as well as doing artistic research projects. In the last years she worked with the Vereinigte Bühnen Bozen and Bauhaus Dessau and researched on the use of technology, such as gyro sensorsand AI, within the artistic process
Title Nebula Nocturne
Description “Nebula Nocturne” is a performance that combines theatrical elements and aerial rope acrobatics, illuminating the multifaceted nature of success.
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Tina Zimmermann is a conceptual artist from Berlin working on the intersections of humanity and technology, nature and civilization, consciousbess and function. By collecting, recontextualizing and recomposing the collective debris of our consumer society as well as the naturally growing and dying biomass of the organic life cycles, she celebrates nature’s infinite creation and output and asks questions about beauty, necessity and sanity in the age of the Antropozen.
She studied Industrial Design and Interdisciplinary Art in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Her video works have been produced e.g. for the Berlin TV Tower and the Residence of the German President, Schloss Bellevue. After 20 years of extensive work in the media art field she has mostly resigned from the purely mental and de-humanized computer work in favour of physical, sensual, material-based creativity in the fields of installation and sculpture as well as bodymind practice. She is a resident artist of Mahalla Berlin.
Title Heaven and Hell (2018)
Medium Organic Media Art Object
Size 25 x 15 x 52 cm
Description A dystopian surrogate being with its hybrid tadpoles – a maritime reaper-being made of dead coral debris collected on a South China ocean’s shore is spitting out plastic caps of fireworks produced in China (collected on New years day 2018 in Berlin public parks). A few seconds of colorful skies to welcome the New Year produces millions of little pieces of the global plastic pest, that has already irrecoverably penetrated all planetary biospheres – soon hybrid beings will evolve from polymer and organic material.
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Title Chi Machine 1 (2023)
Medium Organic Media Art Object
Size 50 x 25 x 150 cm
Description Another being of the Organic Media Sculpture Series, Shelling a lost consumer electronic products ( here a massage tool called “Chi Machine”) with an organic skin (round seaweed balls found on the beaches of Mallorca) and adding a digital screen element showing a water texture from the Watertextures series. Potential surrogate beings of the Postantropozen – human actions and artefacts have irreversibly infiltrated the substance of the planetary make-up, now biotechnology and Artifical Intelligence are challenging the creational autarky of Nature. New hybrid specimen will evolve by random mutation featuring organic skins and electric hearts, closing the evolutionary gap between techne and physis, product and being.
What is life, what is life energy ? What is CHI? what ist KI? And how and does it all evolve and emote?
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Title Inner Oceans (2023)
Medium Video installation
Size 14:40 min, 1920 x 1080 Pixel Full HD Video Loop
Description We are water my friend. Our entire body and most basic cell structure is made mainly of water, our emotions rise and fall like waters on the shores and oceans of our being. A poetic series of artistic nude photography making visible the individual streams of consciousness and emotion of body and soul intelligence.
Performance Büro is an art laboratory for creating bright, colorful & magical atmosphere. The Büro consists of a variety of artists.
Max Blax (Maksim Piankov) is an artist and dancer, creator and inspirer based on the order of light and color, dynamics, rhythm and its influence on the emotional state. Started his journey with graffiti and breakdance 17 years ago and is still exploring dance, form, light, but already thoroughly and based on post-modernism direction. Francesco Fano is an ideologist, designer, audio & visual director, performer, composer, programmer. Gino Kwon is a director of photography. Alina Znakharenko is a performer, costume director, photographer. Taya Sutomina is a performer, does public relations, hearth keeper and a musician. Jonas Kemler is a DJ, composer. Serj Franz is a DJ, sound manager Palina Ringe is a painter, performer. Johan Planefeld is a DJ, film director. Innokenty Shuvalov is a tea ceremony guide, painter and performer.
Simon Knab is a Berlin based artist working with multiple media in the intersection between nature and altered states of consciousness. This series of large scale cynotypes are actually cameraless photographs working with the shadows of human and non human agents like plants and mushrooms. The Titel „Anima Mundi“ refers to Plato’s idea of a world soul with an intrinsic connection between all living beings, as well as indentifying the univers as one organism itself.
Title Anima mundi
Medium Cynotype on cotton
Size 140 cm x 260 cm
Description Plants mushrooms, animals, and human bodies serve as the subjects that create a negative imprint within this light-sensitive process.
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CoCo was born in Tokyo. She started to work as bodymodification performer in the year 2000 in the Tokyo underground scene. Her unique style is a mix of cult japanese classic form and moden gothic decadence. Her performances between 1999-2011 had a taste of death and natural scents. She moved to Berlin in 2011. For the past 10 years CoCo has focused on body movement with bondage – her native culture. She is collaborating with butoh dancers.