<October, 2019>

  • 2 - 6Shraddha Borawake – Garb-Age
    Solo Exhibition
    2pm - 7pm

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    In her solo exhibition Garb-Age, transdisciplinary artist Shraddha Borawake (Pune, India) turns our attention towards what she describes as “(OUR) global mess,” as she scavenges trash, baggage and discarded elements, both material and mental, imbued with meaning from science, spirituality and art.

    Through a combination of photography, video, performance, sculpture and playful dialog, Borawake formulates acute questions regarding the relations between various forms of knowledge and belief, within in a post-colonial, post-global context.

    Garb-Age is also the title of Borawake’s larger ongoing project, in which discarded objects intersect with epistemology. As such, a significant element of her solo exhibition consists of installations made from her collection of curated garbage. Arranged as what the artist describes as “ritual landscapes,” each assemblage recounts a story of how humans have constructed interrelated systems to understand the world around them. Interacting with these curious objects may infer implications on scientific and artistic levels.

    One example of such engagement is her Vernacular Tableaux Series, a video series in which she invites women to assemble shrines from her collection. In the first edition, named This Beautiful Venus Trap Earth Body, Dutch ritual artist Eline Bochem was invited to collaborate. As Bochem builds, arranges and negotiates the found objects from Borawake’s collection, the two artists discuss the topic of divine femininity from different cultural contexts.

    As a whole, Borawake’s collection of scavenged objects can be viewed as an inverted postcolonial postmodern Wunderkammer, offering a vast, complex and fractured image of humanity in times of global crises, its pieces inviting narratives of trust and empathy, instead of conquest and dominion.

    It is in this way, that Borawake may move the viewer to contemplate the tiniest insect through to vast themes concerning knowledge, belief, awareness and the planetary condition.

    A table full of prisms and other shiny things.

    One of Borawake’s significant creative impulses stems from her ongoing collaboration with Dutch Fluxus artist and writer Louwrien Wijers. In Borawake’s dialogical game Chaat Meets, a project she is developing under the grant Five Million Incidents an Occupation of Time awarded by the Goethe Institute/Max Muller Bhavan New Delhi, and made in collaboration with RAQS Media Collective, she reignites discourse around Wijers’ innovative interdisciplinary panel discussion and book Art Meets Science and Spirituality in a Changing Economy (1990). In Chaat Meets, Borawake uses the Indian dish Pani Puri to encourage participants to reflect and discuss ideas concerning art, science, spirituality, change and economy in times of global crisis.

    In the Garb-Age, the global mess is not only material, but also mental. Borawake’s show offers a ritualistic space focusing on relations and inclusion. She takes us through the debris of ideas, concepts, beliefs and theories, that, similar to her found objects, have been discarded over time, and in an act of healing, reinterpretation and reinvention, creates something contemporary, positive and meaningful to our precarious day and age.

    Installation, Video, Photography, Participatory Performance
    Opening: Tuesday, October 1st, 6-9pm
    Duration: October 2-6, Wednesday-Sunday 2-7 and by appointment
    Entry free

    Special Event:
    October 4th, 7pm:
    Chaat Meets
    A dialog-based game, organized by the artist in cooperation with Xeno Entities Network.

    During the exhibition, a small poster campaign will disseminate the artist’s assemblages. A reading corner along with the Chaat Meets session will allow visitors to discuss and immerse themselves deeper in Borawake’s topics.

    About Shraddha Borawake:

    Shraddha Borawake (1983) holds a diploma from the International Center of Photography New York (2005), a BA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Gallatin School of Individualised Study, New York University (2012), and a Master of Fine Art from the Piet Zwart Institute, Willem De Kooning Academy, The Netherlands (2018). The artist’s work encompasses experiential research, cross-cultural pollinations, tentacular facilitation and audio-visual art installations. Her fluid collaborative practice has engaged many private institutions, public spaces, and cultural bodies across the globe. She is currently a artist in residence at SomoS Art House, and an Actant/Awardee for Five Million Incidents by the Goethe-Institut / Max Muller Bhavan, New Delhi in collaboration with RAQS Media Collective.
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    2 (Wednesday) 2pm - 6 (Sunday) 7pm


    Kottbusser Damm 95 - Berlin DE

  • 10Scope Sessions #86 – Fabrizio Poltronieri / Rita Eperjesi
    Artist Talks & Media Salon
    6:30pm - 9pm

    Event Details

    Thursday, October 10th, 2019, 6:30pm, SomoS hosts the 86th edition of the Scope Sessions – Artist Talks & Media Salon.

    Artists Fabrizio Poltronieri and Rita Eperjesi will speak about their work focusing on Computer art, chance, creative AI, and about how to feel slightly less awkward as a human in virtual and non-virtual realities.

    Fabrizio Augusto Poltronieri

    Computer art, chance, and creative AI

    Fabrizio Poltronieri is an artist who explores the relationship between technology and deep-rooted philosophical concepts, such as chance. His current artwork involves Artificial Intelligence, applying machine and deep learning techniques to create and design narratives, moving images and objects.

    Poltronieri dedicates his artistic and academic research to the development of creative computing. He is a self-taught programmer who started to code during his childhood. His first degree was in Maths, he has a Master Degree in Education and Culture and holds a PhD in Semiotics from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC/SP). Poltronieri is a senior lecturer and permanent member of the IOCT (Institute of Creative Technologies) at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, supervising PhD students and teaching creative code in the Digital Arts MA.

    His theoretical texts and essays are often published in international books and journals, such as the Revista Brasileira (Brazilian Academy of Letters). He has written chapters for the books Rethinking Gamification and The Permanence of the Transient: Precariousness in Art, of which he was also the co-editor. He is also the co-author of the book Explorations in art and technology and winner of the Itaú Rumos Arte Cibernética 2011 award with the Amigóide robot. In 2018 he won this prize again to develop the artwork “Apparatus’ Memories.”

    More Information: http://www.fabriziopoltronieri.com

    Rita Eperjesi

    How to feel slightly less awkward as a human in virtual and non-virtual realities

    Rita Eperjesi is a Berlin/Budapest based Hungarian new media artist and art director.

    She is the founder of the Creative Code community in Budapest, and has won several competitions for young creatives in advertising, and works with virtual reality in her free time.

    What she cares about most in her work, is the intersection of humans, technology and ideas: ideas moving humans; humans connecting to other humans; machines making better humans; robots generating ideas.

    More information: rita.cloud

    About Scope

    Scope is a meeting point for the creative and the curious, a platform for sharing and learning in an informal setting. Guest artists are invited to present a project, a concept, a process or an experience. The presentations are short, around 30 minutes and unrestricted in form. Each session offers a variety of topics and approaches; Scope is about exposure, not for the artist, but for the audience.

    More Information: http://scopesessions.org/

    Scope Sessions #86 – Artist Talks & Media Salon
    Thursday, October 10th, 2019
    Doors open at 6:30pm
    Talks start at 7pm *sharp*
    Donations welcome!

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    10 (Thursday) 6:30pm - 9pm


    Kottbusser Damm 95 - Berlin DE

  • 22 - 27Un_Real Desires – Group Exhibition
    Technology, Desire and Erotica
    2pm - 8pm

    Event Details

    In times where the borders between the physical and the virtual are becoming increasingly blurred, the Un_Real Desires group exhibition explores the effects of the imbrication of technology, desire and erotica.

    Un_Real Desires, taking place October 22-27th 2019 at SomoS Art House in Berlin, presents performative projects, ephemeral installations, painting, sculpture, video-art, interactive works, durational art pieces and other art forms. It is part of a recurring exhibition series, dedicated to exploring the mediatization of sexuality and its effects, coinciding with the Berlin Pornfilm Festival.

    Does it matter if what you desire is real or not? Filters, Photoshop, animation, VR, sex robots, deepfakes, the representation of the eroticized body is moving further and further away from reality. Increasingly, the object of desire is not only obscure, but distorted and hidden by more and more layers of artifice: the disembodiment of the erotic seems immanent. Conversely, the constant barrage of societal and medial incentives and influences might render the impetus for desire itself questionable. Was this really what I wanted?

    In society and politics, the influence of the internet, social media, and digitalization have increased a sense of fake-ness: False discourses, “alternative truths” are created and multiplied, confusing the individual and fragmenting society. The Un_Real Desires exhibition looks at the influence of digital life on people’s sexuality: The psychological, philosophical, societal, ethical, aesthetic effects of virtualization, idealization and instant gratification. Are we similarly unmoored by erotic fakeness? What happens to the portrayal of the quirky and in-between, if everything can be made to look perfect? And how do we view our imperfect self, confronted with so much synthetic perfection? “Un_Real Desires” traces the implications. Does it matter, and do we care?

    The opening reception as well as the exhibition itself will be punctuated by performative interventions.

    SomoS is proud to present the following participating artists:

    Azim F. Becker
    Ana Brumat
    Iria do Castelo & Ramses Salas
    Amir Chasson
    Francesca Fini
    Anastasia Manole
    Vaginal Arts Ensemble
    Paul Piccione
    Miriam Poletti
    Rocha & Polse
    Marcel Schwittlick
    Janka Smetanina
    Pei-Chi Wu
    Mu Zhang

    Un_Real Desires
    Opening: October 21st 2019, 6-9pm
    Duration: 22–27.10.2019, 2-8pm, and by appointment
    Donation-based entry (Strictly 18+)
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    Performance program tba shortly.

    Kottbusser Damm 95, 1.OG
    10967 Berlin

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    22 (Tuesday) 2pm - 27 (Sunday) 8pm


    Kottbusser Damm 95 - Berlin DE