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Öffnungszeiten: Mi -Fr 16-19 Uhr, Sa 14-18 Uhr
aktuelle Ausstellung / current exhibition
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24.02. - 10.03. 2007

The Complaints Choir

An angoing project by Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen


Eröffnung Freitag, 23. Februar 19:00 - 23:00
Opening Friday, February 23. 7pm - 11pm



Sparwasser HQ presents as part of

The Glowing Whistle Festival:

The project The Complaints Choir, shown as a video installation, will be contributing to Sparwasser HQ festival The Glowing Whistle Festival, which aims to ...utilize the exhibition space as a stage.... - is a festival that looks at different artistic positions working within performance and other 'staged' productions.

While the two first contributors to the festival, Ho Tzu Nyen and Köken Ergun, focused on ...extremes of disciplinary exercises in their own country... we consider The Complaints Choir, consisting of 4 videos to be screened, to be an excellent continuation of reflections upon how artists and their work contribute to democratic processes in their disciplinary societies.



The opening will take place on Friday, February 22. between 7 pm and 11 pm,
in Torstrasse 161, Berlin Mitte, you are welcome!

An angoing project by Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen
Since 2005

February 23. - March 10.

In May 2005 we invited people of Birmingham to complain about anything they want and sing their complaints out together with fellow complainers. The project was open to everybody - no singing skills required. Many people sent in their complaints - about Birmingham, about other people, about world issues and most of all: about themselves. Fifteen people finally signed up to the project, who had the courage to take responsibility for their complaints. The Participants transformed the complaints into an impressive choir song during a two-week complaints workshop with the help of a local musician.

The First Complaints Choir of Birmingham became a surprise success and soon after we received many requests from people who hoped for a complaints choir in their hometown as well. They expressed (almost with a certain pride) that in their particular town people are especially talented complainers: either by quantity (Belgrade), existentialism (St. Petersburg) or sophistication (Buenos Aires).

So far Complaints Choirs have been organized in Birmingham, Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg, Helsinki and St. Petersburg. In each place the we worked with a local musician.

The complaints collected to the song can vary from small daily irritations into global issues. Anything that truly annoys people is useful material for the Complaints Choir. In Birmingham people complained for example about unfriendly bus drivers, dead bananas and slow computers. In Helsinki the most favourite topics were ring tones of mobile phones, people who smell in public transport and the fact that Finland always looses to Sweden in competitions. While Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg- Complaints Song was slightly more political from its content, St. Petersburger's emphasized deep basic human issues like: "I complain about existential horror".
The videos can be seen and heard in

The exhibition is kindly supported by FRAME, Finish Fund for Art Exchange


Open hours : Wednesday Friday 4 pm - 7 pm
Saturday 2 pm - 6 pm



Sparwasser HQ Newsletter:
After the Complaints Choir Project a program of artists performance videos, curated by Manray Hsu, will be shown. This will be a program of 2-3 weeks long installations by the artists: Jill Magid, Kelly Mark, Sanghee Song/ Minouk Kim. In April/May Sparwasser HQ will host the information office and events program of the public space project Urban Interface Berlin.

program below



The Glowing Whistle Festival

Ho Tzu Nyen and Köken Ergun
bis 17. Februar


Eröffnung 22. Februar (Freitag) 19:00 - 23:00

The Complaints Choir (Tellervo Kalleinen, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen and more)
February 23.- March 10.


Eröffnung 17. März (Samstag) 19:00 - 23:00

Programm Performance-videos, kuratiert von Manray Hsu
Jill Magid
21. März - 31. März


Eröffnung 29. März (Donnerstag) 19:00 - 23:00

Sparwasser HQ beyond our head quarters:
SpwHQ partner on project :
Futurama and re-inventing tradition
curated by Janos Fodor
in Collegium Hungaricum Berlin,
Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 9, 10178 Berlin
March 30. - Mai 12.


Eröffnung 4. April (Mittwoch) 19:00 - 23:00

Programm Performance-videos, kuratiert von Manray Hsu
Kelly Mark
5. April - 14. April


Eröffnung 14. April (Samstag) 19:00 - 23:00

SpwHQ hosting public space projekt kuratiert von Susanne Jaschko
"urban interface berlin"
15. April - 6. Mai (Täglich 16:00-19:00 und Veranstaltungen)

Eröffnung 9. Mai (Mittwoch) 19:00 - 23:00

Programm Performance-videos, kuratiert von Manray Hsu
Sanghee Song, Minouk Kim
10. Mai - 26. Mai

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