Every year I await the Pictoplasma festival with great excitement. Could help the fact that this festival happen usually to meet with the beginning of the good weather but mostly it is because I just love character design, it’s so much fun. For the main exhibition, they chose this year a fantastic location, the Silent Green Kulturquartier in Wedding.
Made in Wedding is a small gallery in one of the less developed corners of Wedding. The intersection of the Soldinerstr and the Koloniestr is the heart of a Kiez with bad reputation and little signs of cultural development. Nevertheless, there is a couple of initiatives trying to set an artistic offer and give opportunities to the local artist to be shown. Sometimes the most original and free of conventionalities artists are to be found in the most unexpected places. The actual installation in this space is surprisingly genuine. Far from the mainstreamed Auguststr or the über hipsteria of the art scene in Kreuzberg/Neukölln: Dichtung Fontanera is definitely a breath of fresh air for the senses.
The first edition of the Project Space Festival Berlin starting August 1st, will feature a different space with a surprise event (events will only appear in the calender a week or so before taking place) every day during this month. It´s pretty exciting to see festivals first editions and in this case, the innovative idea and the well organize and beautiful website will convince you to join then on at least one of the dates.
There is no possible excuse to miss this fantastic exhibition; the selection of pieces is marvellous, the location is impressive, there is huge names like Helmut Newton, Marina Abramovic and Alfredo Jaar included and it´s for free.
As has been for the last few years the CTM festival made it’s presence felt in Wedding. Various concerts were held at Stadtbad Wedding as well as the sound and light installation N-POLYTOPE. Taking it’s inspiration from renowned 20th century composer Iannis Xenakis it is an impressive structure featuring many lights, speakers, lazers, and smoke machines all involved in some conversation that is ever evolving. Xenakis is known for his use of algorithms and complex maths in his compositions and there is no shortage of that here. In saying that while there was obviously a lot of research and technical development involved in producing this installation the whole experience still feels quite organic and alive, a very enjoyable experience.
Galerie Patrick Ebensperger is hosting its first exhibition since moving to its new location: the old crematorium chapel, Plantagestrasse in Wedding. The space itself and the surroundings are imbued with quietness. The abandoned area of the crematorium (soon to be an art and cultural centre) and the adjacent graveyard give an interesting and sinister touch to this beautiful corner of Wedding. This moving environment makes even better the experience of meeting fine contemporary art.
Pictures of things that catch my eye when I´m walking around Wedding