November 18, 2009 - Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) - The World as Stage
November 18, 2009

The World as Stage

Carey Young, Uncertain Contract, 2008. Video still.

The World as Stage
November 21, 2009 – January 10, 2010

Opening: Friday, November 20, 7 pm

www.nbk.org

The World as Stage

Tamy Ben-Tor, Claus Carstensen/Peter Bonde/Thomas Andersen, Mads Lynnerup, Jan Mančuška, HuskMitNavn, Jan Northoff, Tilman Wendland, Carey Young

Streets, squares, parks, supermarkets, Internet portals, and other sites have become stages of urban life that allow us to display our everyday actions and behaviors. Many artists today work with the theatrical aspect of staging the self in everyday life. The question of the theatrical has taken on a new relevance due to the multiple forms of self-staging and lifestyle. If everyone plays the main role in his or her own lifestyle film, what is the role of art? The exhibition Die Welt als Bühne (The World as Stage) uses the increasing trend towards lifestyle theater as an opportunity to confront ourselves with alternative life models and to show how existing forms of self-staging can be reinterpreted in an emancipatory fashion.

In their work, the participating artists mediate among art, media staging, and real life. In the exhibition, stages are created (Tilman Wendland) to show collective forms of acting (Mads Lynnerup, Jan Northoff), or interaction takes place with already exiting platforms for performance (Jan Mančuška, Carey Young). The exhibition is a combination of performance, video, photography, as well as the stagings of virtual and architectural platforms that challenge in performative terms existing conventions of the theatrical.

Curated by Solvej Helweg Ovesen (Kopenhagen/Berlin)

Book Series “n.b.k. Discourse”
To accompany the exhibition, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König. Cologne is publishing the essay Die Welt als Bühne (The World as Stage) by Solvej Helweg Ovesen, 126 pages with color illustrations, German/English.

Program
Thursday, November 26, 2009, 7 pm
New Berlin in Second Life
3D tour with Jan Northoff (artist, Berlin)

Thursday, December 10, 2009, 7 pm
Artist discussion with Tilman Wendland (artist, Berlin) and Solvej Helweg Ovesen (curator, Berlin/Copenhagen)

Sunday, January 10, 8 pm
KONTRA
23 min., DK/USA 2010
Film premiere and discussion with Claus Carstensen, Peter Bonde and Thomas Andersen (artists and filmmakers, Copenhagen)
In English

n.b.k. Showroom
Barbara Kalender, Jörg Schröder: März Verlag, 40 Years

März Verlag (1969-1987) can be considered to have been “the publisher of cultural revolution” (Karl Heinz Bohrer, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) and reflects the cultural and social history of West Germany. Books like Acid, Bernward Vesper’s Die Reise, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sexfront, and the works of cartoonists and writers such as Robert Crumb, and Leonard Cohen, along with numerous other “cult” books were published by März Verlag. Since 1990, Barbara Kalender and Jörg Schröder have created a new literary concept in the framework of an “expanded publishing” called Schröder erzählt.

Curated by Marius Babias

Opening hours
Exhibition
Tuesday-Sunday, 12 am-6 pm
Thursday, 12 am-8 pm

Showroom
Tuesday/Thursday, 2-8 pm
Wednesday/Friday, 2-6 pm

Contact
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein n.b.k.
Chausseestraße 128/129
10115 Berlin, Germany
T +49 30 2807020, F +49 30 2807019
E nbk@nbk.org

www.nbk.org

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Neuer Berliner Kunstverein n.b.k.

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