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Engaging communities

Image: BlindWiki in Rome 2015. Video still, by Antoni Abad for the project BlindWiki. Italy, Rome, 2015

Art is Action:
Engaging communities
With Antoni Abad and Liron Shimoni

11.05.2016 18:00 @ GlogauAIR

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When the nominees for the renown Turner Prize 2015 were announced, murmurs of surprise could be heard coming not only from inside, as well as from outside the art world. The reason for this agitation was that, among famous contemporary artists such as Nicole Wermers, Janice Kerbel and Bonnie Camplin, there was Assemble, a collective that merges design, architecture and art in order to develop projects with communities, focused on helping them satisfying some of their real-life needs.

In the end, the 2015th Turner Prize was in fact awarded to Assemble. This time, though, it was not only a matter of recognition, not even a simple matter of winning; it was a matter of shaking and reshaping the concept of art itself, especially when considering that this decision came from within of one of the most highly regarded official institutions of the art world, the Tate gallery.
Socially engaged art is not new. It has its roots in the sixties when this kind of art started to speak up in the art community. However, in a time when the art market is as fierce as ever before, turning the spotlight to a kind of “art that matters and makes a real difference”, that can hardly be bought and sold, requires from us some reflection on the matter.

The artist ceases to be by itself, being the sole master of its own work, creating using inanimate materials that can be easily manipulated. In this case, the artist becomes a real change-maker, the seed planter leader of what will be largely unpredictable, lasting outcomes which will affect real people’s lives and were created through a collective process.

Due to the reemergence of socially engaged art, its importance and intricacy, this month’s GlogauAIR Artist Talk invites you to explore the practical, conceptual and ethical inherent complexities of the challenge of setting up a project that deals with non-art related communities, defies the traditional role of the artist, the role of the art and ultimately of how art is presented to the public.

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Antoni Abad – Born in Lérida, Spain in 1956, is currently based in Barcelona. Abad holds a degree in Art History (1979), having studied in Barcelona, Cuenca, London and Perugia. Inicially a sculptor, he later evolved towards video art, and different forms of new media, usually engaging communities. His last project, BlindWiki, is an experimental citizen network where participants who are blind or visually impaired use smartphones to share their findings by posting geolocated audio recordings. This project will also be presented in Berlin Biennale 2016.

Liron Shimoni – Born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1976 is currently based in Barcelona. Shimoni is a photojournalist and a visual anthropologist specialized in social conflicts. He is a regular contributor for Geo magazine, Asia Geographic, Lonely Planet and National Geographic Travel. White Shadows exhibition has been touring around the world since 2010, having been shown in places such as Sidney, Madrid, Barcelona, London, Israel, Granada, Belfast, Georgia (USA) and now Berlin, at GlogauAIR.

White Shadows

White Shadows
Liron Shimoni

06.05.2016 - 12.05.2016
Opening Friday 6th May 2016
18:00 @ GlogauAIR

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Albinism is an inherited disease caused by a genetic defect that reduces the amount of melanin pigment formed in the skin, hair and eyes. Albinism occurs in all racial and ethnic groups throughout the world. In the western countries, albinism ration in the society is approximately 1:20,000
In Tanzania, albinism is much common due to tribal marriage and the albinos ration in the society is 1:3000 people.
Due to the albino's difference, myths and legends are attached to their name. 'Albinos have special power, they never die, they just disappear' told me an old man I met in the market of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Over the past several years, more than 80 albinos have been murdered in Tanzania and under the direction of witch doctors, have had their limbs stolen for use in black magic potions. Due to this situation, hundreds of albinos have fled their homes, some of them living in the city centres while others find refuge in emergency shelters constructed by Tanzania's government where they now live separated from their families, and in perpetual fear for their lives. However, the number one enemy of the albinos is the sun's intense radiation , which caims hundreds of victims every year. Many of the albinos succumb to skin cancer while others lose their eyesight.

White Shadows project
White Shadows is a benefit project established in Israel by photojournalist Liron Shimoni, in order to collect sunglasses and sunblock for Tanzania's albinos. Amongst the donors were Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University, Seminar Kibbutzim College, The Association for the Blind of Israel, various sunglasses shops along with private individuals from all over Israel that agreed to contribute their time and money to assist this impoverished community. During his journey to Tanzania, Liron Shimoni has distributed the contributions amongst the established emergency centres. The collection efforts still continue; currently the focus is on acquiring sunblock creams and wide-brimmed hats.

Das schreckliche Schicksal der Albinos in Tansania
White Shadows in

Opening times:
Mo 9th - Thu 12th // 10:00 - 15:00 and by appointment

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White Shadows

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April - June 2016 at GlogauAIR's showcase


Showcase Project - Lo-renzo

Current showcase project
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(à compter de 1993)

SHOWCASE is an ongoing project that takes place in a showcase in the garden wall, which is bonding GlogauAIR with the neighboring Else-Ury Family Library.
GlogauAIR resident artists are invited to develop site-specific works for this public space.

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Friday 29th April 2016 19:00 @ Grüntaler 9
Grüntalerstr. 9, 13557 Berlin Gesundbrunnen

Saturday 30th of April 2016 16:00 @ GlogauAIR
Glogauerstr. 16, 10999 Berlin Kreuzberg

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Buktapaktop in Berlin

During the Berlin Gallery Weekend the Performance-collective Buktapaktop from Brussels will be present with a small delegation from the group accompanied by some friends from Antwerp.

They will be presenting work at Grüntaler 9 on Friday evening the 29th of April during the ‘Süpperclub’ – intervening in the kitchen as well as in the space itself.

On Saturday afternoon they propose a tea-time (Kafeetisch) pop-up exhibition and various performance presentations at GlogauAIR from 16:00 - with evening presentations commencing at 19:00
These venues will be augmented by various interventions in the public space at various locations in the city, details of which, as well as the general program, will be available at said venues as well as on

This activity is part of an exchange begun in 2015 with the visit by Irene Pascual and Patrick Morarescu to Buktapaktop, with a subsequent photo-performance evening in November... this can be seen as a return visit and perhaps the beginning of a wider interchange...

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Buktapaktop is a loose artistic ensemble operating a performance venue in Brussels, Belgium. Its core group consists of eight artists (one duo) that operate individually as well as in group, depending on the situation at hand. The name derives from the depression-era colloquial for reconstituted smokes: “Flor de Buktapaktop” – essentially a hand-picked selection of butts found in the street, used to make new cigarettes. This diverse group often operates & interacts in the public space, as well as in like-minded, alternative venues.

Often departing from a brainstorming session around a (bukta)table, this project for Berlin also proposes a reference to dinnertime, table, round or square, “Kaffeetisch” (tea-time, coffee-table) as basic premise from where various presentations and activities emanate. It can be seen as a return visit from the recent intervention by Berlin based Patrick Morarescu at Buktapaktop Brussels during the terror-lockdown in November last year.

Buktapaktop was represented by
Julien Celdran (B) working often with social issues, operating in public spaces and in conjunction with neighbourhood projects, but also more intimate work using his own body...
Dialogist-Kantor (B/E) Patacyclical duo that have a long history of alternative spaces, festivals, moments of all sorts...
Lise Duclaux (F) also addresses social issues though on a more philosophical scale, as well as making use of as much natural references as possible, she often illustrates her position using wild plants and investigating the life of our fellow animals...
LL and Heinrich Obst (B/D) often collaborate loosely in various ways, often in a hidden, deflective sort of manner, under different guises and formats.

Accompanied by
Irene Pascual (ESP) with experimentation and challenge in the focus, she enjoys collaboration not only with other creators but mostly with audiences, public and visitors
Carina Gosselé & Michael Laird (B/NY) also collaborate but not exclusively, often referring to social and political issues of the day, often in conjunction with other groups, individuals, entities to form part of a greater effort...
Viviane Klagsbrun (B) has retreated somewhat from a background of performance, aktionismus and communality to concentrate on her essential medium of painting and drawing, mainly as an ongoing process of creation and destruction.

Buktapaktop general programming

Grüntaler 9

Patrick Morarescu
Bureau Gruzemayer


Artist Talk
The Epicenter of Everything
in Collaboration with Galleri Syster

18:00 @ GlogauAIR

The periphery is a geographical location but also a state of mind. In geometry the periphery represents the circumference of the circle, a place that is considered to be surrounding some sort of center. Today's society puts its major focus consistently on the center. There is a sort of consensus around the idea of the center being the well of knowledge and thereby intelligentsia. The epicenter of creation, the condition for development. Perhaps the truth is the exact opposite?

If periphery and center are not defined in terms of geometry or geography, but in a mental and theoretical state, we arrive at a totally different conclusion. Periphery as a motor with a broad base of experience. A guarantor of democracy that includes all and extend everywhere. In this talk art is proposed as a tool to put focus on the periphery as a condition for the center, for the circle has no center if it is not surrounded by that which is all around it.

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Gallery Syster is an artist run gallery; a space for contemporary art and a room for talks and discussion. It operates in the small town of Luleå in the north of Sweden since 2006 and relate daily to the periphery in different ways. During 2016 it is working under the title The Epicenter of Everything, where the concept of center and periphery is explored from a social, geographical and psychological perspective. The Epicenter of Everything includes different projects such as an international residency program and a major exhibition. This artist talk in collaboration with GlogauAIR is also a part of the project.

Junichiro Ishii. Based on a site-specific point of view, Ishii is extremely interested in observing the bare cultural aspects. To precisely pursue his pure impression of the site, he does not have a predetermined method, but adds a symbolic form to the cultural peculiarities he experiences and represents them as a site-specific art piece. It is similar to an unusual interpretation of a usual sensation, somewhat like a cultural sketch. Currently, Ishii is a resident artist at GlogauAIR.

Claudia Reinhardt lives and works in Berlin and Oslo. Her work "No place like home" realized in a book (2007 Verbrecher Verlag, Berlin) and a video work, deals with Reinhardt’s own growing - up in a small town in South Germany. It’s about fading memories of a childhood and the the struggle to leave home to find an own identity.

Janne Schäfer. Based between Berlin, Copenhagen and the island of Møn, Schäfer has been working as part of artist duo J&K together with Kristine Agergaard since 1999. Their artistic practice is both research-based and experimental. Althoug fundamentally performative in expression, it engages various ways of relating performance to other media. The duo work investigates the cultural production of identity and civilisation, ultimately exploring the condition and boundaries of human existence. In their explorations they often engage with marginal human phenomena, such as native communities, spiritual groups, ancient cultures or fictive utopias. J&K are also part of feminist collective ff

open studios 2016-03

18 - 19 March 2016 @ GlogauAIR

GlogauAIR Resident Artists

Project Space Exhibition

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OPEN STUDIOS - GlogauAIR Resident Artists

Sanghee Ahn // Marie-Louise Andersson // Michael Armstrong //
Jonathan Bellés & Beatriz Heredia // Kuno Ebert // Elizabeth Laplace // Emma Michaelis //
Ayumi Miyano // Yoko Naito // I-Chieh Pan // Katarzyna Wojtczak

COME UNDONE - Project Space Exhibition

Curated by eXstatt
Delphine Marinier & Lan Hungh

Julia Schmid // Damien Sayer // Nicolas Puyjalon //
Steffen Kasperavicius // Alex & John Gailla // Juan Arata // APAB

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Friday 18 / 19:00 - 24:00

20:00 // DIVISIBLE LIGHT / Marie-Louise Andersson + Anna Jalving

21:00 // Performance / Nicolas Puyjalon

22:00 // DJ-Set / Poperttelli

Saturday 19 / 16:00 - 22:00

16:00 // Artist Talk / Art is Action: Can art be a means of social change?
Katarzyna Wojtczak, Julia Schmid

18:00 - 22:00 // APAB performance series #1
Adriana Disman & Anja Ibsch
Wanda Dubrau & Laurie Tompkins
Anna Berndtson
Ruth Biene
Lady Gaby
Johanna Gilje
Frank Homeyer
Marta Lodola
Dovrat Meron
Karina Villavicencio
Guest artists: Marie-Louise Andersson + Anna Jalving


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Artist Talk
Art is Action: Can art be a means of social change?
Katarzyna Wojtczak // Julia Schmid

16:00 @ GlogauAIR

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Can art be a means of social change? is the second edition of Art is Action, a dialogue series that intends to awaken and empower the modifying potential role of art in a post-modern society.

19000 + x.  Julia Schmid, Lampedusa, 2014.
Ink on paper, 150 x 110 cm

People have been progressively feeling tired of living by the current political, social and economical system that seems to be failing to satisfy their needs, that seems to be leading them towards a path of numbness and dehumanization. Some of them only feel discouraged, others look for answers.

Art often focus on what is happening in the world at the moment, protests against it as well as tries to explore new trails through creativity. However sometimes art fails to connect with the people, thus becoming abstract, voiceless, and ultimately pointless.

Our question is: can art have and lead a more practical, active role within a social context?

With this artist talk we intend to explore if and how art can contribute to a social change that can actually affect directly regular people’s daily lives.

Katarzyna Wojtczak - Born in 1989 in Poland. Her works focuses on portraying people, mainly those who, due to various reasons, by choice or lack thereof, have found themselves on the outside of society. She is currently a resident artist in GlogauAIR.

Julia Schmid - Born in 1980 in Germany, currently based in Berlin. Her art develops from books and time in a time that the actual book is in danger of extinction and time is considered to be a very rare good in a fast world supported by a constant, omnipresent flood of imagistic communication. Her aim is to understand how this affects our thinking and communication, as well as how much we really know and how much we pretend to know.


Every monday at GlogauAIR, 7-9 pm

Drawing Sessions

3€ regular visitors
5€ eventual visitors

Free for resident artists

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GlogauAIR Artists in Residence Program:


July 25th, 2016

Deadline for the residency starting in January 2017.


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