Start Your Year Right: SLEEK’s Guide to January 2018

Whether your doing it dry or high, we've got ample recommendations to spice up your calendar.

Now New Year’s Eve has been and gone, the dust has settled and hangover (hopefully) subsided, it’s time to plan for Jan. From the gallery to the club, we’ve compiled a list of our top picks for the month, bringing you the what, where, when and why of January’s best events. Proactive resolutions, we got you: go to more exhibitions, watch more films — do more, see more, be more. Berlin is your playground, kids!

WHAT TO SEE

Image: Courtesy of the artists and CTM Festival

SLEEK’S TOP PICK:

WHAT: SKALAR
WHEN: 27th onwards
WHERE: Kraftwerk Berlin
WHY: As part of this year’s very exciting CTM Festival “Turmoil”, “SKALAR” is a large-scale multi-disciplinary art installation by Christopher Bauder and Kangding Ray. The all immersive experience  attempts to explore our human understanding of the relationship and impact of light and sound. Find out more.

1st-20th Alexandre Bavard “Konkret1987” – exhibition – INFO
6th-17th Feb Okka-Esther Hungerbühler – exhibition – Haverkampf – INFO
11th-14th Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, “The Green Bay” – exhibition – daad galerie – INFO
13th-24th Barbara Kapusta, “Empathic Creatures” – exhibition – Ashley Berlin – INFO
16th-18th Ethical Fashion Show Berlin 2018 – fashion – Kratfwerk – INFO
16-19th Berlin Fashion Week 2018 – fashion – INFO
18th-21st Pause: Ericka Beckman – exhibition – KW Institute – INFO
19th Vorspeil 2018 – Opening @ ACUD MACHT NEU – INFO
20th onwards Prospectus: A Year with Will Holder – KW Institute – INFO
25th New acquisitions by the n.b.k. Video-Forum 2017 – screening – n.b.k – INFO
26th CTM Festival 2018 – opening – INFO
28th–30th Ernest Berk – The Complete Expressionist – Dance reinterpretations of choreographer, Christoph Winkler work with music by Rashad Becker & Pan Daijing – INFO
31st-14th April Gianni Versace Retrospective – exhibition – Kronprinzenpalais – INFO
31st transmediale 2018 – opening – HKW – INFO

 

WHERE TO LEARN

SLEEK’S TOP PICK:

WHAT:  INTO WORLDS: The Craft of Blurring Boundaries Conference
WHEN: 19th – 21st
WHERE:
Martin-Gropius-Bau
WHY: 
For one weekend, the Martin-Gropius-Bau‘s central atrium will host a conference on “immersive phenomena” including talks and special installations, featuring virtual reality work by Björk! Find out more.

11th “Speaking Feminisms”: 8th Exercise with Tracey Rose – discussion/lecture – SAVVY Contemporary – INFO
11th“The Body WithIn”: workshop by Lisa Stertz – Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz – INFO
12th Lesung mit Max Riemelt – book reading – Berlinische Galerie – INFO (in German)
13th “Women Machines? Drone Night” – discussion, drone and slumber – diffrakt – INFO
15th TIME & Vogue Conference – conference – Kronprinzenpalais – INFO
18th iO Tillet Wright: “Darling Days” – book presentation – INFO

 

WHAT TO WATCH

“The Florida Project” (2017) dir. by Sean Baker, A24

SLEEK’S TOP PICK:

WHAT: UNKNOWN PLEASURES #9
WHEN: 12th-28th
WHERE: Kino Arsenal / WOLF
WHY: The American Independent Film Festival showcases cinematic highlights from recent US indie cinema. Including the German Premiere of Terence Malick’s “Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey” and one of our favourite films of 2017, “The Florida Project”, Unknown Pleasures is a must for any film fan. – Find out more. 

3rd “Night on Earth” – film screening – Griessmuehle (hosted by Mobile Kino) – INFO
7th QuFalle presents: “In Between – Bar Bahar” – film screening – B-Lage – INFO
11-17th British Shorts Film Festival – film festival – various locations – INFO
11th African Perspectives on Leaving and Staying: “L’Absence” – screening – bi’bak – INFO
14th
 “Liza is Calling” – film screening – B-Lage – INFO

 

WHERE TO DANCE

Image: Courtesy of the artist and CTM Festival

SLEEK’S TOP PICK:

WHAT: Recondite (live)
WHEN: 31st
WHERE: Berghain Säule
WHY: As part of CTM festival, Recondite presents his new album “Daemmerlicht” as an immersive live AV show. Developed specifically for the expansive Berghain Säule space, this is an experience that promises to be a truly one of a kind. Find out more.

5th GEGEN Birthday – KitKat Club – INFO (Queer only!)
12th Kamaal Williams (live) – Club GRETCHEN – INFO
12th QT [01] – ACUD MACHT NEU – INFO (Queer only!)
27th Pornceptual Mag #3 – magazine launch – INFO
27th BORSHCH Issue #2 – magazine launch – Blender Studios – INFO

 

LAST CHANCE TO SEE

Left: Anna Uddenberg “Sante Par Aqua”, 2017. Installation View. Right: Anna Uddenberg, “Pockets Obese”, 2017. “Sante Par Aqua”, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin. Image: Courtesy of the artist and Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin. Photographer: Gunter Lepkowski

SLEEK’S TOP PICK:

WHAT: Anna Uddenberg “Sante Par Aqua”
WHEN: until the 13th
WHERE: Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidle
WHY: We are so in love with Uddenberg’s latest show consisting of 4 undefinable soft sculptures. Are they absurdist massage chairs from the future? Deconstructed car interiors? Futurist fetish spa furniture? Whatever they are,“Sante Par Aqua” is extremely satisfying. Go for yourself before it’s too late! Find out more.

until 7th Ren Hang – Retrospective – MdbK Leipzig – INFO
until 7th Ed Atkins “Old Food” – Martin Gropius Bau – INFO
until 14th
 Preis Der Nationalgalerie 2017 – Hamburger Bahnhof – INFO

 

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