Me, Myself and Art #9: Transmutations in the Hauptstadt

#sleekalphaselfie with Dorota Gaweda taken with the Sleek Alpha Selfie.
#SleekAlphaSelfie with Dorota Gaweda taken with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.

In our “Me, Myself and Art” series, in collaboration with Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Sleek takes an immersive approach to the art world. Via the medium of writer and stylist Ella Plevin, and her shiny new Samsung Galaxy Alpha, we bring the art world to you in a uniquely personalised way, utilising performance, selfies and video to present new perspectives on the art scene. Check out #SleekAlphaSelfie to win a phone for yourself.

Last Friday I took part in a performance by artists Sanna Helena Berger and Hanna Nilsson, entitled ‘A Principal Division Of A Larger Movement’.

This performance was the second iteration of an ongoing series of installations from the pair. London-based Swedish artist Sanna Helena Berger works predominately with performance, sculpture, video and installation. Her performative work focus on group dynamics, minimal but powerful structures and the interaction between person and object. Hanna Nilsson is an artist, designer, curator and co-founder of PWR studio and the curatorial platform V4ULT in Berlin (see the first Me, Myself and Art post for my V4ULT performance back in October). 

Neukölln’s Frankfurt am Main gallery taken with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.
Neukölln’s Frankfurt am Main gallery taken with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.

The performance took place at Frankfurt am Main gallery which, according to founder Emiliano, was an ice-cream shop turned unlicensed brothel before it was shut down and transformed into a project space. During renovation he had to remove pissoirs along with the shop fittings and gaudy “two-scoops please!” signage left behind, in a perfect example of Berlin’s transmutable nature.

#sleekalphaselfie taken with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha
#SleekAlphaSelfie taken with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

After the performance I cycled to Mitte to catch the afterparty for Jeremy Shaw’s show at Johann König gallery, held at the former Czech cultural centre and embassy on Leipziger Strasse. The mood was loose thanks to the slanted dancefloor and flowing drinks, all bathed in the fractured glow of mirror balls and coloured spotlights. 

#sleekalphaselfie fail taken with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.
Johann König afterparty taken with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.

 

#sleekalphaselfie fail taken with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.
#SleekAlphaSelfie fail taken with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.

It was too dark for a #sleekalphaselfie (I tried) and too late for a grandma like me to be out anyway so I slipped off around 3am, leaving shapes to be thrown by the more enthusiastic (intoxicated) attendees that remained.

Taken with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha at Berlin Community Radio.
Taken with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha at Berlin Community Radio.

The following day saw celebrations across Berlin for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. I joined some friends on the rooftop at Soho House to try to watch the balloons but it was too misty. Feeling buoyant myself after two glasses of rosé, I headed to Berlin Community Radio to record Ursula K. Le Guin’s sci-fi classic, ‘The Left Hand of Darkness’ with a group of others from the Young Girl Reading Group. YGRG gathers Berlin artists, writers and other creatives to read critical texts and speculative fiction together. The group is headed by Dorota Gaweda (who performed with me on Friday) and Egle Kulbokaite. 

You can listen to the recording online here

Screenshot taken with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.
Screenshot taken with the Samsung Galaxy Alpha.

Text by Ella Plevin

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