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.
The archive of alpha nova & galerie futura
In the form of a mobile structure with images, texts, catalogs, documents, objects, and audio-visual media, the archive will be sifted through, processed, and made publicly accessible for the first time in collaboration with artists, authors, and theoreticians. The materials create an installative work that arranges the various media in processual and changeable form. Through the transformation and effect of the art space, the stories, artistic biographies, and works are intriguingly visualized. alpha nova & galerie futura have changed their location in Berlin multiple times: from Zehlendorf, to Friedenau, to the border between Kreuzberg and Treptow. A focus of the reappraisal is to make the gallery’s respective connections and references to its changing local context visible.
The project FUTURA – Female Visions in Culture, Politics, and Art was founded as an experimental place for alternative social concepts in 1986 during a political upheaval, the year of the environmental catastrophe of Chernobyl. galerie futura was a special focus of the FUTURA project. It became a laboratory to oppose the dominant art world logic with its own structures, spaces, and (re)presentational possibilities explicitly for female artists. The founders predominantly belonged to the 68 generation. They were representatives of second wave feminism and their international engagement within the context of the women’s freedom movement. The dragon FUTURA was a symbol in Berlin for women’s resistance after Chernobyl, which as an art object was carried forth in many demonstrations and was chosen as the namesake of the project and the gallery. The anniversary year’s theme takes up this topic again with the title Welcome to Futuristan, drawing a connection to today and while implicitly referencing the future.
Exhibition // Archive Presentation
18.5.- 30.7.2016 // Thurs. 13.00-19.00, Fr.-Sat. 16.00-19.00
10.8.-27.8.2016 after registration: email@example.com
Video installation and Talk with artist Michaela Melián, curated by Felicita Reuschling
19.5.2016 // 19:00
Film als Experiment. Experimental- und Avantgardefilm von Frauen –
Einblicke in eine besondere Sammlung
Lecture, Talk and Film Presentations by Prof. Dr. Annette Brauerhoch
9.6.2016 // 20:00
Wikipedia-Seminare für Frauen* in Kunst und Kultur// Art and Feminism
Workshops mit Wikimedia e.V. und Anett Vietzke
Workshop: 18.6.2016 // 11:00-18:00
Edit-A-Thon: 9.7.2016, 6.8.2016 and 20.8.2016
Feministische Manifeste: Eine Anleitung zur utopischen Spekulation
Readings and Discussions , curated by Felicita Reuschling
30.6.2016, 7.7.2016 and 14.7.2016 // 19:00
Workshop: 14.8.2016 // 15:00-18:00 with ninotschka in cooperation with v.a.m.p.s. and Joel Vogel
Blick zurück am Küchentisch
Talk with artists and participants of the alpha nova & galerie futura and Barbara Straka (patron exhibition “Welcome to Futuristan”)
16.7.2016 // 16:00