In 2016 alpha nova & galerie futura will be 30 years old – an ample occasion to devote itself to the actors’ positions, perspectives, and utopias from the past and present; to initiate dialogues, to bring together, as well as to inquire after continuities and breaks. The anniversary program includes the presentation of alpha nova & galerie futura’s 30 year archive, accompanied by events with talks, conversations, film presentations, readings, and workshops, as well as an intergenerative group exhibition at Kunstquartier Bethanien. A panel discussion, performances, workshops, and an exhibition tour will take place within the framework of the exhibition.
Patron: Barbara Straka, art historian, former director of Haus am Waldsee Berlin and former president of Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig
Curated by Uta Koch-Götze, Katharina Koch and Dorothea Nold.
The exhibition Welcome to Futuristan brings artists of different generations together and asks them about their former as well as contemporary understanding of and desires in relation to a self determined artistic practice. Ideas about work and life conditions inequality, discrimination and precarity as well as social counter designs are discussed – in the end, it is about their vision of an “ideal life“. It is not only in connection to feminist art concepts and representational practice of the 1970s and 1980s that once again the question about the subversive potential of art arises. What is currently the situation in terms of need and necessity for confronting the structures of the art system and social norms with irritating viewpoints, disturbing aesthetics and points of view that have as a goal change? What media, materiality, playful as well as combative formats and strategies are developed and or rediscovered for this? How have feminist artists positioned and how are they positioning themselves in light of global crisis and existential social upheaval? By dealing with emancipation utopias the exhibition also has as goal to discover the varied concepts the term utopia has within the framework of artistic production through today – and what eventually might replace it. In this sense the exhibition brings together heterogeneous voices of women that ask themselves what Futuristan might look like, what it might be and what changes would be a precondition for this. With video, sound, installation, object based art, photography and performance the artists design their respective positions for Futuristan.
6.8.2016 // 19:00
Greeting Barbara Straka (patron) pdf
Greeting Frau Dr. Kämper (Senatsverwaltung für Arbeit, Integration und Frauen, Leiterin Geschäftsstelle Gleichstellung)
Introdcution by the curators
Location: Projektraum im Kunstquartier Bethanien
Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin
7.8.– 27.8.2016, daily 14:00-19:00
Workshop by annette hollywood and Marisa Maza.
Guided tour by the curators and artists
13.8.2016 // 16:00
Performance by Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro as part of Project Space Festivals 2016.
18.8.2016 // 18:00
With Sharon Adler, Madeleine Bernstorff, Teena Lange,
Sandrine Micossé-Aikins. Moderator: Dr. Marie-Anne Kohl
25.8.2016 // 16:00