Empathische Tribunale

Exhibition by Berlin Artist Group "Die Kette"

06.11.2019 2pm  - 16.11.2019 7pm

In the Empathische Tribunale (“Empathetic Tribunal“) members of the Berlin artist group „Die Kette“ (“the chain”) may interchangeably act as judge, jury or defendants.

Not ones to apply any kind of victor’s judgement or dire Stalinist reckoning however, the group casts a gentle but not uncritical gaze on today’s society and its inhabitants, as they weigh and consider their themes, looking at them from unexpected angles and allowing varying narratives.

Inspired by Berlin’s long history of artist collectives, salons and clubs, “die Kette” rejuvenates such traditions, creating a nourishing and supportive multi-generational network in which the various disciplines influence each other. Using a wealth of creative ingenuity and energy, absurdist exaltation, poetics and perceptiveness, the group draws on the traditions of painting, drawing, photography, comics, sculpture, installation, and performance, united by an interest in sub-, club-, and pop culture.

In the exhibition, empathy converges with personal and aesthetic impulses, the artistic results are chained together in a fragmented but wholly contemporary narrative of urban life.

Ultimate judgement is suspended in this empathic tribunal however, with the proof consisting of many varying points that all articulate their own truth convincingly, we may all get away with probation.

Participating Artists:

Tata Christiane, J.Jackie Baier, Reinhard Kleist, Miriam Glinka, Thomas Korn, Florian Trümbach featuring Ben Bela Hautmann & Marianne Enzensberger, Gabriele Gysi, Thomas Götz von Aust, Emmanuelle Hubaut, Filomena Nightingale, Bertil Thomas, David Maars, Andreas Schwarz

Painting, Drawing, Photography, Comic, Tape-art, Sculpture, Installation, Performance

The Empathische Tribunale is curated by David Maars and Andreas Schwarz

About Die Kette

Art, as it is often described, is in its essence both an appropriation of the world and a visionary transgression against its designs. In keeping with this idea, the primary impulse to this exhibition was a process of friendly communication and cooperation between artistically inclined people.

The focus of the exhibition is on the actual encounter of the artists, the resulting joint work, the clash of different artistic trends of our present time, expressed in techniques such as photography, painting, tapestry, performance, spatial installation, comics, or sculpture.

The members of Die Kette are united by their interdisciplinary activities in the sister arts of the fine arts – film, theater, acting, event design, music and literature.

The astonishment at the absurd coincidences that led to the group’s first meetings, the variety of people and the friendly dynamic, which developed quickly, led to joint art projects of the most diverse kind – readings, concerts, performances, events, and now in the founding of the artist group and the first joint exhibition at SomoS.

Is it art that renders our sympathy so strong without long acquaintance, acting as an instant empathic psychogram, easily creating connections that otherwise would have taken much time to construct? And is it possible for a viewer of the Empathische Tribunale to feel this spark during a tour of the exhibition? This is the question the artist group directs to itself and to the audience.

David Maars & Andreas Schwarz, Curatorial Statement



Opening Reception November 5th 2019 6-9pm
with “The Joy of Waterboiling,“ a cooking performance by Thomas Götz von Aust

Midissage November 12th:
19:00 Uhr Performance “Object Trouvé: Der einsame Krieger”
Marianne Enzensberger singt für Florian Trümbach
20:00 DIE FRITTATE by Thomas Götz von Aust
Performed by Gabriele Gysi

Finissage November 16th:
19:00 Uhr Performance Bertil Thomas & Andreas Schwarz “HALLOO ICH“ & MC Thomas Korn

Duration: November 6-16 2019
Open Tuesday- Saturday, 2-7pm
Sunday November 17th we are open as apart of the “Ateliertag Neukölln” from 2-6pm
Entry free
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