<September, 2018>

  • 12Workshop for Ideological Intervention
    By Bianca Tainsh (Australia)
    6pm - 8pm

    Event Details

    SomoS presents the “Workshop for Ideological Intervention” by Australian visual artist and curator Bianca Tainsh. Scheduled September 6th, 12th, 18th, and 22nd 2018, the series of workshops and rituals takes place within the context of the artist’s solo exhibition Reconfiguring the Meme Machine.


    The Workshop for Ideological Intervention invites you to transcend into an alternative space for reflection, in an evening of immersive video art and discussion that explores ideological reinvention in the age of consumerism.

    Within the current conditions of global adversity how can we as individuals influence positive change in such formidable environmental, social and political crisis? These experiential workshops aspire to empower participants in generating their own change through daily life practices, and to restore a sense of global community in the fight against consumerism and environmental injustice. Values, self-identity, nature and life experience become a reflective framework for crafting a template for meaningful and conscientious living.

    This will be an intimate evening of art and conversation at SomoS Art Space. Please note that there is no religious agenda behind these workshops, and they are free and inclusive to all people.

    The workshops will be held in English, some will have a German translator with content directed towards a Berlin audience.


    Workshops Schedule:

    12th September, 6-8pm
    Workshop for Ideological Reinvention

    Transcend into an alternative workshopping space in a reflective, but playful evening of ideological reinvention.

    18th September, 6-9pm
    Opening Night Ritual

    To celebrate its Berlin genesis The League for Human Integrity will hold its first public ritual, immersing the audience in its philosophy for global transformation and ideological reinvention. Live performance by composer James Perley and Integrity members.

    20th September, 6-8pm
    Workshop for Ideological Reinvention

    Transcend into an alternative workshopping space in a reflective, but playful evening of ideological reinvention.

    21st September, 6-8pm
    Fuck off Google: Not a Good Neighbour!

    Activist Larry Pageblank from “Fuck off Google” will hold a discussion around the perils of having a Google campus in Kreuzberg, and what steps individuals can do to support the fight. Pageblank will also present the street art that has given the movement an ever-present visibility on the streets.

    22nd September, 6-8pm
    Closing Night Ritual

    The League for Ideological Integrity bids farewell to Berlin, drawing on the energy of a new equinox as the movement embarks on its global mission to free humanity from the grips of Mass Consumerism.

    There will be a limited number of places, so please use the booking form below. SomoS, Kottbusser Damm 95, 1st floor, 10967 Berlin.

    If you have a preference for future times and days please use the form below. Bianca would like to make it possible for anyone to attend.

    Facebook Event Page


    Details

    The League for Human Integrity is an organized movement for ideological reinvention in the age of Mass Consumerism. Through motivating social and personal transformation LHI reimagines humanity as a global collective of humans, all responsible to each other and the world they inhabit. Participants are deprogrammed from the unrealistic ideologies of Mass Consumerism, and offered a new perspective of being an autonomous, self-expressive individual, who creates positive change by designing their own ideologies.

    Through experiential workshops an alternative and liberal space is created for people to transcend and reflect through video soundscapes and workshopping, exploring the realities of contemporary existence. Values, self-identity, nature and life experience become a reflective framework for individuals to design their own Blueprint for Being, a philosophical checklist for meaningful and conscientious living. This is a workshop for anyone.

    The workshops will be held in conjunction with an exhibition of video, print and installation practice at SomoS Art Space in Berlin, 18 – 22 Sep 2018. The gallery will become an open platform for a Berlin audience to engage with LHI. The first workshop will be held on the 6th September.


    Bookings & Enquiries
    Workshop for Ideological Reinvention
    & Initiation into Integrity Ritual



    CAPTCHA Image

    By using this form I agree with the storage and handling of my data by this website.

    > View Event

    Time

    12 (Wednesday) 6pm - 8pm

    Location

    Kottbusser Damm 95 - Berlin DE

  • 19 - 22Reconfiguring the Meme Machine
    Solo Exhibition by Bianca Tainsh (AU)

    Event Details

    Reconfiguring the Meme Machine consists of a series of workshops and rituals conducted by Australian artist Bianca Tainsh during the month of September as she concludes her residency at SomoS in Berlin, Germany.
    The project, which aims to “reverse the tide on mass consumerism” by engineering a “Memetic Virus” – a concept that jumps from mind to mind. The result will be a series of ritualistic ceremonies that are specifically developed to propagate an anti-consumerist mentality, while adopting a blend of many different gnostic associations, will conclude with an exhibition of her research and work towards this goal, opening on Tuesday September 18th, 2018 at SomoS.

    Reconfiguring the Meme Machine initiates the genesis of The League for Human Integrity, an organized movement for an ideological reinvention in the age of Mass Consumerism. Through driving social and personal transmutation the movement reimagines humanity as a global collective of humans, all responsible to each other and the world they inhabit. Participants are deprogrammed from the unrealistic ideologies of Mass Consumerism and offered a new perspective of being an autonomous, self-expressive individual, committed to creating positive change within their own world.

    Within the current conditions of global adversity how can we as individuals influence positive change in such formidable environmental, social and political crisis? These experiential workshops aspire to empower participants in generating their own change through daily life practices, and to restore a sense of global community in the fight against consumerism and environmental injustice. Values, self-identity, nature and life experience become a reflective framework for crafting a template for meaningful and conscientious living.

    Bianca Tainsh, on the power of ritual to transform behavior as part of her workshops leading up to the exhibition Reconfiguring the Meme Machine

     

    Through video soundscapes, print and installation practice the SomoS gallery becomes an exhibition space, but also becomes a transformative site for the movement’s experiential workshops and rituals.


    About Bianca Tainsh

    Bianca Tainsh is a multi-disciplinary visual artist based in Melbourne, Australia. She is known for her meticulously conceptualized and executed multi-media installations that traverse mediums such as digital prints, video, sculpture, commercial fabrication and artist books.

    Tainsh obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honors 1st Class) from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. She has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Arts & Community Practice, as well as Arts & Community Engagement from the Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne Australia.

    Tainsh’s work includes participatory art projects that invite acts of creative expression from the public, and combine curatorial, artistic, social and activist elements. More information on Bianca Tainsh.


    Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 18th, 2018
    Duration – September 19–22, 2–7pm or by appointment

    Workshops for Ideological Intervention: September 6, 12, 20, 21, 6–8pm
    Rituals: September 18 & 22, 6–8pm

    (Entry free to all happenings.)

    More information and booking of Bianca Tainsh’ Workshops for Ideological Intervention.

    Facebook Event Page Add to Calendar

    > View Event

    Time

    19 (Wednesday) - 22 (Saturday)

    Location

    Kottbusser Damm 95 - Berlin DE

  • 25 - 29The outside world must not come in
    Paintings and Videos by Alexei Gordin

    Event Details

    September 25th – 29nd 2018, SomoS presents The outside world must not come in. a solo exhibition of paintings and videos by young Estonian visual artist Alexei Gordin.

    Gordin is the winner of the 2017 Young Painter Prize, one of the most important art events in the Baltic countries, uniting Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian young artists under 30. As part of the generous prize package supporting the development of young Baltic artists’ careers, Gordin received a residency in one of SomoS live/work studios in August and September of 2018. Presented in the solo exhibition are new works made during Gordin’s time working in Berlin, while immersing himself in the city, working alongside a community of international artists.

    The outside world must not come in.

    In his book Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space Brian O’Doherty claims that “a gallery is constructed along laws as rigorous as those for building a medieval church. The outside world must not come in.” The inspiration for the paintings created during Alexei Gordin’s stay at SomoS comes from a picture blog where the world’s top galleries post their high level exhibitions every day. The spaces in the shots are so white, ideal, symmetrical and fearfully clinical, that the presence of any real life seems to be an excess.

    These idealized images are used as the settings of Gordon’s paintings, representing a stage for absurdist fictional situations underlining the artist’s view of the lifelessness of the professional art sphere, bringing life into it.

    As an opposite to the sterile idealizations of the commercialized art world, Gordin puts forward the abandoned space as an antagonistic element of the exhibition’s narrative.

    As Gordin states,

    I intervene in abandoned spaces with performative activity, using them as a tool of deconstruction of the cold logic of capitalism.

    My paintings are an ironical depiction of the collision of controversial interventions and the sophisticated myths of contemporary art. In my painting, the outside world appears as a cruel reality, the place definitely not to be in.

    Alexei Gordin, Artist’s Statement

    During the opening, the world of the gallery will be transformed by an experimental audio set by multimedia artist Jarkko Räsänen. Utilizing magical artifacts from his travels in East Asia, his sound piece will charge the white cube space with mystical energies. Räsänen will organize the crystal formations of a multidimensional hologram live with an audio looper device, and scatter spectral harmonies out of cryptographic softwares written in forgotten languages.

    About Alexei Gordin

    Alexei Gordin (b. 1989, Tomsk) lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia. He has studied painting at the Estonian Art Academy. In his sardonic work, he employs different mediums such as painting, drawing, photo, video, and performance.

    Gordin’s painting is informed by the problematic sides of contemporary liberal society that he portrays through ironic narratives and frequent use of antihero figures. The difficult relationships between the artist and the market, and the self image and societal role of the artist are explored in a deliberately ironic and in your face way, raising important questions about the validity of art’s rarely questioned conventions and dysfunctionality in a rapidly changing world.
    More information


    The outside world must not come in.
    Paintings and Videos by Alexei Gordin
    September 26-29, 2-7pm
    Opening reception: Tuesday September 25th, 6pm
    Entry free
    Facebook Event Page Add to Calendar

    > View Event

    Time

    25 (Tuesday) - 29 (Saturday)

    Location

    Kottbusser Damm 95 - Berlin DE