So 4 days in Berlin - it still feels like London in the 80s - whole areas wonderfully lost and left alone but others full of cranes and in development. A short walk can encompasses tightly politicised areas around embassies, through currywurst tourist spots and back out to neighbourhood shared spaces. Went for the 10th Berlin Biennale http://www.berlinbiennale.de/ but saw lots of other work in both private and government spaces - much of which was better, the 10th biennale was not a patch on the 9th.
So much was seen but the real treasure was often the building the work was in, something that is always a pleasure - artists carving out access to interesting spaces..
The cavernous Hamburger Bahnhof https://www.smb.museum/en/museums-institutions/hamburger-bahnhof/home.html has a wonderfully all encompassing complex show using work from their collection. It’s always a real joy to check out the permanent Beuys and Newman piece my soul left out, room that does not care. as part of their education work they have a room full of work contextualise within speech bubbles - I feel a visual research projection coming on at some point. Philip Parreno at Gropius Bau was stunning. https://www.museumsportal-berlin.de/en/museums/martin-gropius-bau/ It was a series of spaces and events all controlled by the data collected from yeast. no words could really describe it but the image of a shoal of floating fish reflected in a dark pool rippling from sound waves will stay with me for a long time.
wolfgang georgsdorf had an extraordinary smell machine which was as very powerfully firing smaller that took you to a number of spaces Proustian like.
Some Biennale 10 highlights - 1 from each space. At Akademie der Künste Lynette yiadom-Blakey Victoria video piece recon-deconstruction of an incident in a supermarket halted you in your tracks - acting as a mirror to one's own inherent prejudice. https://www.adk.de/en/academy/index.htm
At KW institute Cinthia Marcelle had an uplifting video of a choreographed band at a crossroad - lovely. https://www.kw-berlin.de/en/
Tony Cokes overwhelming text-speech-music-videos in the basement of ZK/U felt like being punched in the face with obvious bad news. http://www.berlinbiennale.de/artists/T/tony-cokes excellent.
The private view at Tanya Leighton threw up a smirkingly excellent video piece in the cellar by John Smith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Bm2UZN4NDI a real highlight. FORTS video the shining at Wedding was spookily disturbing- worth a look and also great to get out that way.
The total all encompassing most excellent experience was going out to Kindl. http://www.kindl-berlin.com/ The space is totally awesome, an old brewery, the stills are in place within the magnificent brutal industrial cathedral like architecture. The show Defying Gravity by Tanya Onorato and Nico Krebs was thoughtful, well crafted, conceptually tight with stunning use of materials- it is a space which also has a great view back into Berlin - it’s a must go to place.
I’ve missed out Spruth Magers, Berlinische Gallery, Neuer Berliner, the art bunker https://www.sammlung-boros.de/boros-collection.html?L=1 and many more as I thought that I would mention just the amazing!!!