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Sparwasser Hq

Offensive für zeitgenössische Kunst und Kommunikation
Torstrasse 161
10115 Berlin Mitte
Telefon 0174-2577729
Öffnungszeiten: Mi -Fr 16-19 Uhr, Sa 14-18 Uhr
aktuelle Ausstellung / current exhibition
vorausgegangene Ausstellung / previous exhibition


April / Mai 2006

Dialogues of Winter, Discourses of Spring

A series of Art Talks and Collaborations Inviting
artists, artist-run-spaces, curators and cultural producers

DOWDOS presents:

Tuesday 4. April at 8pm at Sparwasser HQ, Torstrasse 161, Berlin-Mitte

Host: Michael Baers, artist

Guests: Nis Roemer and Åsa Sonjasdotter

(This evening's talk will be held in English)


Sparwasser celebrates the long-overdue arrival of spring with a program devoted to nature and agriculture. On Tuesday, April 4, artists Åsa Sonjasdottir and Nis Roemer will talk with Michael Baers about their respective practices as they relate to agriculture, ecology, and the juridical. Over the years, Sonjasdottir has engaged in numerous projects that blend the line between art, activism, and the investigation of public space. More recently she has explored agriculture, collaborating with Indian environmental groups and on her own hobby-farming projects. Roemer works with publications and public art. His work is often collaborative, and frequently explores the global, the local, and the environmental. Tuesday's talk will focus especially on the links between globalization, the environment, and agricultural practices within Europe and without. Look forward to a lively discussion about nature, art, and society. A special post-talk treat will be served.
Nis Roemer is a Copenhagen-based artist who works with public art in the city, on the web and in the newsmedia. With a playfull and interactive approach, he makes situations for change and reflection. He has a special interest in the social and political organization of space and in how processes of globalization affects the city and our natural environment. For further information, please see for more information.
Åsa Sonjasdotter is a visual artist living in Copenhagen and Berlin. Apart from numerous projects involving public space, she is also a founding member of the Danish feminist group, Women Down the Pub. Her current project is a research work involving the humble potato to be shown in Budapest and Amsterdam. For more information, see
Michael Baers is an American artist, writer, and educator living in Berlin. He is currently in residence in Denmark as part of the Danish International Visiting Artist Program (DIVA).

next talk: Tuesday 11/04 @ 8PM
Guests: Norwich OUTPOST Gallery
Hosted by Saim Demircan
online program:

DOWDOWS Concept and Hosted by: Michael Bears, Henriette Bretton-Meyer, Saim Demircan, Catherine Griffiths, Joel Mu and Lise Nellemann.

Continuing Sparwasser HQ's already 5 year commitment to self economy and auto curating, DIALOGUES OF WINTER, DISCOURSES OF SPRING (DOWDOS) re-visits Sparwasser HQ's program of "artists inviting artists" in a series of evening talks open to nomadic artists, curators, cultural producers and artist-run-spaces currently residing or moving through Berlin. These talks hosted by Michael Baers, Henriette Bretton-Meyer, Saim Demircan, Catherine Griffiths, Joel Mu and Lise Nellemann have been organized to turn Sparwasser HQ into an Open Studio, which works towards building future collaborations and partnerships in Berlin and elsewhere.

Opening on Tuesday 28 February at 8pm and then every other Tuesday until the 06 June, DOWDOS will provide the initial architecture for invited participants to make new, or establish further contacts in Berlin, by communicating and distributing their own subject-brand of artistic ideas. Sharing and testing these ideas (and practices) within 6 different hosted settings, DOWDOS will re-examine the model of Artists Talks, by exploring different modes of presentation and discussion. Each evening will have its own particular agenda, structure and intended outcome, including moderated discussion, presentations of artist-run-spaces and exchanges between curators, open studio and collaborative projects with partner exhibiting spaces.



DOWDOS presents:
Tuesday 25. March 2006 at 8pm at Sparwasser HQ, Torstrasse 161, Berlin-Mitte

"The Whitney Program Revisted: Berlin-Based Artists Discuss the Program's Relation to their Practice"
Guests: Sophie Hamacher, artist and critic and Maryam Jafri, artist

Host: Henriette Bretton-Meyer, independent curator

For this evening at Sparwasser HQ, artist and critic Sophie Hamacher and artist Maryam Jafri will be talking about their work, partly in relation to their participation in the Whitney Independent Study Program. Both currently based in Berlin, Hamacher and Jafri participated in the Whitney's Critical Studies Program and Studio Program, respectively.

After their individual presentations, the speakers are ready to engage in a discussion with the audience on questions relating to their practices, the influence of the Whitney Program on their current work and any other topics raised by the presentations.

Sophie Hamacher is an artist and critic from Berlin. She works primarily with collage, reconfiguring images from major American newspapers into her own painted protests by using documents and reclaiming them from their mere informative quality. She has written extensively on the relationship between art and document, and the unconscious or conscious witnessing of historical events through photography and film. After completing the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2005 she gave a lecture "On Walter Benjamin's Thirteen Theses Against Snobs" at the Whitney Museum in New York. She is a regular contributor to and is currently co-curating an exhibition titled "The Success of Failure - Fail again; Fail better".
Maryam Jafri is an artist working with video, performance and photo-collage. Her work focuses on the role of narrative in the construction of identity, from the indivudal to the national. She is a 2000 graduate of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Malmö Konstmuseum, Sweden and Helsinki Konsthall, Finland. In May she will have a solo show in Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, called "Costume Party: Colony & Native."

Everybody's welcome, including past and future Whitney alumni!
The evening will be held in English.

next talk: Tuesday 2. May 2006
Guests: Original Fassung
Hosted by Catherine Griffiths

online program:

DOWDOWS Concept and Hosted by: Michael Bears, Henriette Bretton-Meyer, Saim Demircan, Catherine Griffiths, Joel Mu and Lise Nellemann.



A series of Art Talks and Collaborations Inviting
artists, artist-run-spaces, curators and cultural producers

DOWDOS presents:

Tuesday 2. May 2006 at 8pm at Sparwasser HQ, Torstrasse 161, Berlin-Mitte


Guests: Heimo Lattner, artist and

Host: Catherine Griffiths

For this evening's discussion the artist Heimo Lattner from Original Fassung and shall invite the audience to a presentation and study trip, which ventures from Sparwasser's HQ and out into it's surrounding neighbourhood.

Having tracked down and contemplated a large portion of Berlin's real existing animal sculptures, is currently focusing its attention on those that exist beyond our physical grasp, either in another time (past/future) or in the mind (planned/imagined), requiring a whole different approach, and posing a whole different set of questions.

Heimo Lattner, working with e-Xplo, has developed maps, routes, sound and film materials as reflections of a multifaceted investigation into location, context, social identity, landscape, and the public space of information.

Original Fassung have been invited by Catherine Griffiths, as part of her on-going research project mapping Berlin's artist-run spaces. The project aims to provide a network for the simultaneously diverse, sprawling and often less established project/artist-run/off- spaces that make up so much of Berlin's creative landscape. See

Original Fassung is a series of talks and discussions usually based at the project space General Public in Berlin. They are based on an understanding of collaboration rather than competition motivated by the curiosity of strangers or visitors to tap into different fields, such as science, music, architecture, art, dance, choreography, theater, film, politics, design, media, economics, journalism. The project is organised by Geoff Garrison, Heimo Lattner, Oliver Baurhenn, Cecile Belmont and Angelika Middendorf.

General Public is an independent project space run by a group of cultural workers (visual artists, curators, among others) based in Berlin. General Public was founded in Autumn 2005 and has since produced a number of exhibitions, artist presentations, discussions, film screenings, and performances. Additional to its own program General Public occasionally serves as a host for related external activities and projects.

General Public aims to install and uphold a collaborative, process-related, informal platform for open thought, information exchange, spatial experiments, transdisciplinary approach and the reflection on contemporary visual and auditive culture. Although operating within an international network, General Public's activities are always informed by and related to its local context and situation. Currently the activities of General Public are structured into three distinct series DISK Sessions, LOGE and Orginalfassung (Original Version) and an irregular exhibition program.

For further information please see:


The evening will be held in English.

Next talk: Tuesday 9. May 2006
Guests: Mark Paterson, Special Invitation by Patricia Reed on the occasion of exhibition project The Monumental





Artists talk
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A series of Art Talks and Collaborations Inviting
artists, artist-run-spaces, curators and cultural producers


Special Invitation by Patricia Reed on the occasion of exhibition project in Sparwasser HQ: The Monumental
(video chat/ web conference)

Tuesday 9. May 2006 at 8pm at Sparwasser HQ, Torstrasse 161, Berlin-Mitte

"Sensuousness and the Everyday in Measured Space: Haptic Architectures"

Guests: Mark Paterson

Host: Patricia Reed


Sparwasser HQ invites to an


Dr. Mark Paterson
Sensuousness and the Everyday in Measured Space: Haptic Architectures
Lecture and Film Presentation | Video chat from New York
Discussion in English

A film/text and public lecture. The sensuous, sensory body is kinaesthetic.
As we encounter and experience built environments, the somatic senses
(kinaesthesia, proprioception, the vestibular sense) are engaged. With the
recent notions of 'haptic architecture' and design for sensory impairments,
there is an increased interest in the material mechanisms, materials and
technologies of sensory appeal. Sensory appeals based on textured spaces
play with the motile body, invoking affective responses. Using particular
materials and spatial ordering, bodily trajectories through multi-textured,
multi-sensory spaces can start to reveal narratives, embodied spatial
stories that come together through sensing and movement.


Dr. Mark Paterson is a lecturer in Philosophy and Cultural Studies at the
University of the West of England, Bristol. He completed his Ph.D. in Human
Geography at the University of Bristol entitled 'Haptic Spaces' in 2002.
His research involves the senses, especially touch, as everyday embodied
experience, and the alteration of such sensory experiences through
technology. He has also been an English teacher in Zimbabwe and Japan, and
worked for non-profit organisations.

He is currently on Research Leave, writing a book entitled The Senses of
Touch in Sydney, Australia, with a grant from the Arts and Humanities
Research Council (AHRC). Recent publications include: Consumption and
Everyday Life (London: Routledge) 2005, "Seeing with the hands": Blindness,
touch and the Enlightenment spatial imaginary', British Journal of Visual
Impairment 2006, The Forgetting of Touch: Re-membering Geometry with Eyes
and Hands', Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 2005.





Next talk: Tuesday 16. May 2006
Guests: Christel Weiler + Sandra Umathum + Barbara Gronau: Sonderforschungsbereich Kulturen des Performativen / Freie Universität, Berlin (auf deutsch, evening will be held in German) Special Invitation by Patricia Reed on the occasion of exhibition project The Monumental




DOWDOS presents:

Tuesday 23 May at 8pm at Sparwasser HQ, Torstrasse 161, Berlin-Mitte


Host: Henriette Bretton-Meyer, independent curator

Guests: Martin Boyce + Mungo Thomson

(This evening's talks will be held in English)

Martin Boyce is a Glasgow based artist currently spending some time in Berlin. He was invited as a Fellow of the UDK to work in Berlin for nine months, this fellowship finished in December 2005. Martin Boyce has exhibited internationally over the last 10 years. Forthcoming exhibitions include, 'Unlimited', Basel art fair, Solo shows at the Frac des Pays de la Loire, Galerie Johnen, Berlin, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva and Munster Sculpture Project.

Mungo Thomson is an artist based in Los Angeles and sometimes in Berlin. His work can currently be seen in a solo exhibition at REC. in Berlin and in the exhibition Eigenheim at Kunstverein Gottingen. Upcoming projects include Statements at Art Basel 37, a project for Creative Time in New York City this summer, and a residency and exhibition at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia in 2007.



Next talk: Tuesday 30. May 2006
Guests: NewYorkRioTokyo
Hosted by: Catherine Griffiths
online program:

DOWDOWS Concept and Hosted by: Michael Bears, Henriette Bretton-Meyer, Saim Demircan, Catherine Griffiths, Joel Mu and Lise Nellemann.



The Danish Art Council's Committee for International Visual Art cooperates with Sparwasser HQ as part of its aims to facilitate creative dialogues between visual artists in Denmark and international contemporary art.

Der Dänische Kunstrat, Ausschuss für Internationalen Bildende Kunst, arbeitet mit Sparwasser HQ als Teil seiner Ziele zusammen um kreative Dialoge zwischen Bildende Künstler in Dänemark und internationaler zeitgenössischer Kunst zu erleichtern.

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