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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


09.05.- Ende August 2007

Sessions and Statements

Contributions from oversees and elsewhere - and regional research
Talks and Workshops

and after appointment / und nach Verabredung
mobile 0049 (0)179 670585 / mail(at)sparwasserhq(dot)de

in by Sparwasser HQ, Torstrasse 161, 10115 Berlin (U8-RosenthalerPlatz):

Sunday, July 1., at 10 PM
2 minutes to midnight
60 minutes performance by
Tobias Bernstrup, Annika Larsson, Sara Lunden and Karl Holmqvist

Friday, July 6. 2007, 8pm
Chto Delat
Self-organisation as method of art production, an open discussion with Dmitry Vilensky (workgroup Chto Delat /What has to be done, St.Petersburg), Zanny Begg (Sydney) and Johannes Raether (Meine Akademie, Berlin)
Moderator: Dmitry Vilensky

July 22. at 6 pm to 10 pm
Skype video dinner with alt.SPACE Festival 2007, Berlin,
London guests from Berlin: Jole Wilcke (UNwetter), Benno Gammerl (UNwetter), Dominic Hislop (Big Hope), Heimo Lattner (General Public), Lise Nellemann (Sparwasser HQ) and friends

July 29. - August 2.
social mental environmental
The Land Foundation, Sørfinnset skole, Vagad Project, Ingrid Book & Carina HedÈn, ecosXchange/Siraj Ishar, Amy Plant/,Ecos, Workstation ideesnwerkstatt Berlin e. V., Body-Memory and Environment, Potato Perspective, UNWETTER, Participatory fieldwork
Organised by:
Åsa Sonjasdotter, Ulrike Sobrig and Nis Rømer


August closed / geschlossen

The Glowing Whistle Festival re-opens on September 1. at 8 PM



Friday, July 6. 2007, 8pm

Chto Delat
Self-organisation as method of art production, an open discussion with Dmitry Vilensky (workgroup ìChto Delat? /Was tun?î St.Petersburg), Zanny Begg (Sydney) and Johannes Raether (Meine Akademie, Berlin)
Moderator: Dmitry Vilensky
Self-organisation as method of art production
The open discussion with Dmitry Vilensky (workgroup ìChto Delat? /Was tun?î St.Petersburg), Zanny Begg (Sydney) and Johannes Raether (Meine Akademie, Berlin).
The main idea of self-organised structures is to keep under their control the full tasks of the creation, production and distribution of the art. It realises its activity in a form of creation of ìArt Sovietsî that are able to politicize cultural production through a process of collective subjectification. The main goal of this structure is to cultivate political instincts, and provoke a democratic, emancipatory activity in the spheres of labor, politics and aethetics.
Itíll be discussed about anti-capitalist practices, Russian situation, collective emancipation, the public as co-creator, radical poverty, inner temporality, a quarrel concerning the common, how not to choose beteween entrism and exodus, non-alienated relations, social impact of micro-political interventions, heated editorial process, local optic, experienced-base for solidarity, and how art not simply reflects the world, but takes risk to change it
everyone is welcomed to think, to argue and hopefully to act together
Chto delat? /// What is to be done? (
a platform for engaged culture
Founded in early 2003 in Petersburg, the platform "Chto delat?/What is to be done?" opens a space between theory, art, and activism. The platform's work is coordinated by a workgroup of the same name: its members include artists, critics, philosophers, and writers from Petersburg, Moscow, and Nizhny Novgorod (see full list of participants on the web site).
It is a project that is aimed at creation and developing a dialogue of different positions about politicization of knowledge production and about the place of art and poetics in this process. The platform's activity aims at triggering a collective initiatives in a form of ìtemporary art sovietsî. The creation of ìTemporary Art Sovietsî, which are involved in the making of the different cultural projects from its earliest phases onward. It is the ìTemporary Artistic Sovietsî that could serve as a prototypical social model, capable of formulating and realizing its goals independently, taking on the function of an alternative power, an open system for interaction with society at large.
The participants of platform engages in a variety of art projects, including videoworks, installations, public actions, radio programs, and artistic examinations of urban space. Its most recent exhibitions and research project is "Drift ñ Narvskaya Zastava" (2004-2005), a community-examination of a constructivist-proletarian neighborhood in Petersburg and ìSelf-Educationî (September 2006) ñ international exhibition and seminars program dedicated to spreading and producing alternative forms of knowledge that continue and further develop the emancipatory traditions of a variety of practices.
This workgroup as an editorial committee publishes English-Russian newspaper, with a special focus on the Russian artistic-intellectual situation. In our editorial approach we do not only want to engage in a confrontational re-reading of various theoretical and practical approaches from the Left, but also to focus on actualization of the potential of Soviet past repressed in the course of Soviet history and how it develops in current situation of neo-capitalism in post-Soviet time.
Each issue of the newspaper is a process that draws artists, critics, activists and philosophers into a heated editorial process, which results in theoretical essays, art projects, open-source translations, questionnaires, dialogues, and comic-strips.
This take away publication is usually made in connection with specific events and is distributed for free at congresses or exhibitions, social forums and rallies where it reaches a broader cultural public.
David Riff and Dmitry Vilensky, editors of the newspaper Chto delat




"Slave magazines"
Friday, 31st of August, at 8 p.m. :
Artist talk with Kain Picken and Rob McKenzie,
presented by Astrid Mania
(evening will be held in English)
Discovering the work of Kain and Rob at the Adelaide Biennale in 2006 where they appeared under the moniker "Slave", I would very much like to introduce these young creative minds to Berlin.
So please join us for a presentation of various "Slave magazines" and art works by Kain Picken and Rob McKenzie - on the screen and on the walls. This will be a casual get-together with drinks and food provided.


"Slave magazines"
Sparwasser lädt ein zu einem
informellen Künstlergespräch mit Kain Picken und Rob McKenzie, präsentiert von Astrid Mania
Freitag, 31. August um 20.00 Uhr (Vortrag in englischen Sprache)
Es wird mir ein Vergnügen sein, das Werk zweier junger, kreativer Geister in Berlin vorzustellen, nachdem ich die Arbeiten von Rob und Kain alias "Slave" zum ersten Mal auf der Adelaide Biennale 2006 gesehen habe.
Bei ess- und trinkbaren Objekten werden auch "Slave Magazine" und natürlich Kunstobjekte zu sehen sein, auf dem Rechner, aber auch an den Wänden.

In Sparwasser HQ on Saturday !

1. September, on Saturday at 8 p.m. curator Frederikke Hansen will tell about and show videos from RETHINKING NORDIC COLONIALISM

and the following week, 5.-8. September, the Sparwasser audience will be able to access the material from this big project RETHINKING NORDIC COLONIALISM in extended opening hours.

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