In every song there is a distance. The song is not distant, but distance is one of its ingredients.John Berger, Confabulations ‘The Cabaret is a Prison / The Cabaret is a Paradise’ (a meditation on The Ballad of Isosceles) What happens when we experience somebody singing to us? On June 26, performance artist, writer […]
Sophie Morrow (1993) is an artist from Melbourne, Australia, whose multidisciplinary approach focuses on sexual identities, the semiotics of desire, and performativity.
The 83rd edition of the “Scope Sessions Artist’s Talks & Media Salon” presents Rachid Moro who explores the cross-pollination of electronic music and visuals; and Viviana Druga, who will share her work at the cross-section of ritual, mysticism and performance.
SomoS Arts Berlin is proud to present “Wild Lion,” a one-off solo performance by Brisbane-based Australian queer artist Jacob Antony, a SomoS Artist-in-Residence, early 2019. The performance’s title ”Wild Lion” suggests fierceness, courage and power, attributes that are an integral part of queer existence, coming forth naturally from an “other” life, not marked by thoughtless […]
Alison Matthews is a performance artist and researcher from the United States, creating participatory experiences out of text, song and scenographic environments in exploring intimacy, distance, desire and alienation.
Artists Regina Mamou and Lara Salmon welcome you to Geldwäsche, a one-night intervention presented at SomoS Art House, launching their new line of soap Geldwäsche , infused with the essences of money.
For the fifth edition of its Cinema Conversación LGBTQ* moving-image series curated by Zsombor Bobák, SomoS proudly presents a hybrid evening of artist talk, performance, and video-art with Zander Porter. Cinema Conversación is a series of screenings and discussions that focuses on LGBTQ* experiences and provides a platform to challenge and question rigid boundaries within […]
Within the framework of Vorspiel 2019, the official yearly preliminary program leading up to the Berlin Transmediale, SomoS Art House presents a day of performance art curated by Zander Porter of XenoEntities Network. The presented performances explore the topic of technological tools as prosthetics; interpreting them as enabling-devices for performance and for identity construction within the performative space.
The multi-disciplinary work of SomoS Artist-in-Residence Jacob Antony (Australia) includes installation, photography, performance, multimedia imagery and text, exploring the subject of gender and identity politics.
Moran Sanderovich is a Berlin-based artist, working in sculpture, performance, video and drawing, speculatively extending the normative view of the body.
Becky O’Brien is a London based choreographer and dance artist, originally from Ireland. Her creative work varies from performance art to choreographed dance work. She explores themes of gender, identity and sexuality, using a queer/feminist approach. In her performances, O’Brien uses her body as a political force to question the construction of her own identity […]
Pedro Moreira’s art explores the increasingly blurry distinction between “real” space and virtual space, and private identity and online persona.
Summer 2018, South African print- and performance artist Alessandré Petzer took part in SomoS’ Visiting Researchers Residency. As a multidisciplinary artist, her work spans media such as etching and photography, and also imbues performative elements to sculpture, painting and printmaking.
September 14th 2018, SomoS presents Anamnesi, an interactive and controversial performance combining elements of dance-theater, performance art, live music, and visual art, in which the audience is called to participate. The reminiscence, also called Anamnesis from Ancient Greek ἀνάμνησις, (literally, a “lifting up of the mind”) stems from Plato’s philosophy and consists of the idea […]
Lara Salmon (1987) is an artist from San Diego, California, who works and lives in Los Angeles. She received her BA from the University of California Berkeley and her MFA from Claermont Graduate University. During her studies at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, she was introduced to Performance art. This medium became central to […]
r/evolving was a 2018 exhibition of work and documentation of performance projects in Germany by American artist Lara Salmon, a SomoS resident.
Within the public program of PALA Lab – Collective Affairs, a laboratory for collaborative and participatory artistic practices initiated and curated by Zona Dynamic / Vincent Chomaz & Eliza Goldox, SomoS hosts and artist talk with The Disrupter X Project is an ongoing collaboration between Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi and Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum. The artists liberally […]
The Un_becoming group exhibition, taking place October 23rd – November 3rd, 2018 at SomoS Berlin (coinciding with the Berlin PornfilmFestival) interweaves dystopian and utopian perspectives on our technologically mediated view of sexuality and society.
SomoS is pleased to introduce Lara Salmon to its Artist-in-Residence program. The Los Angeles-based artist joins SomoS residency program June-August 2018 in Berlin to expand on her performance work centering on the relationship between longstanding communities and recent migrants to the city. Observing how different cultures are learning to live together, Salmon focuses her project […]
The Replica platform calls for workshop participants for their new workshop series “The Magic Thing // Objects of Desire.” The workshop aims to foster one-to-one collaborations between performers and technologists (creative coders, interaction designers, makers and tinkerers), and to co-devise both future work sessions and an augmented performance. Participation is free but curated — please […]
Zander Porter is a visual artist, performer, and curator from Los Angeles, currently based in Berlin. Porter uses media such as photography, digital media, performance and video. His work is based on his interest in social and collective vs. individuated identity in the digital age.
Boris Alexander Knop is a playwright, director and poet based in Berlin. He received his MA from the University of Leipzig where he studied theatrical science and political science. From 2002 on he worked as a director for theatre in Dortmund and städtische Bühnen Münster. In 2007 he started his collaboration with renowned Norwegian-Danish artists […]
Casey Jenkins is an Australian performance-, installation- and community engagement artist exploring concepts of intimacy and identity.
November 2nd 2017, 1-8 PM, SomoS presented ‘Waste Not,’ a durational performance piece by internationally-acclaimed artist Casey Jenkins as she concluded a condensed 2-month residency at SomoS. Jenkins presented a slow-build durational performance and installation over the course of 6 hours, culminating (at 7pm) with a 10-minute audience participation segment and, finally, a short artist […]
Lamentation – Agnes Tam & Michiyasu Furutani “Lamentation,” Tam & Furutani’s contribution, especially developed for The Beholder group exhibition, is a Butoh performance piece presenting a prostitute’s monologue. In the piece, the body is framed as representation of group identity entrapped between visibility and invisibility under the societal gaze. The conscious scrutiny of the relationship […]
Ainsley Tharp is a recent University of Iowa Graduate with a BFA in choreography and movement practices, where she has worked with faculty members at the University–performing, collaborating, and choreographing. Recently she participated in the “Indeterminacy Festival” as projection designer, compositional improviser, and creative collaborator. While primarily a dance artist, Ainsley Tharp is drawn to […]
Elena Tejada-Herrera is a trans-disciplinary artist that was born in Peru and is known for her work in performance-, social- and multidisciplinary arts. Her work promotes the participation of the public, employing different art disciplines as well as non-artistic practices into the artwork. These means have been, among others, paint, drawing, video, sculpting materials and […]
TK is an award-winning lighting, video and interactive artist. He is based in Berlin and Sydney. A central theme of his practice is empowering participants with new abilities and perspectives. He often works with people with disabilities and marginalized communities to explore how technology can empower these groups. DLO is a Berlin based performance artist. […]
Gaby Bila-Günther, aka Lady Gaby, is a Berlin-based spoken word, performance, and visual artist dubbed ‘the Peaches of spoken word’ in Berlin, ‘oddly poetic, flamboyant and upbeat’ by The Age Paper in Melbourne and ‘provocative’ by The Pill in Prague. Lady Gaby, originally hailing from Romania, eventually oriented herself in Berlin’s vibrant art scene by […]
Within “The Beholder” group exhibition, organized in conjunction with the acclaimed PornFilmFestival Berlin, SomoS Art House presents performative projects and ephemeral installations as critical responses to the notions of erotic fantasy, consumption of images, and the spectatorship and voyeurism of sexuality in our mediated society. “Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder” is a […]
Multidisciplinary artist Hagoromo Okamoto creates performances and installations which incorporate photography, film and video, addressing topics such as memory, trauma and the father figure on both a personal as well as cultural level.
By way of drawing a psychogram of a distinctly East-German brand of authoritarian paternalism, Hagoromo Okamoto’s installation Ich habe noch nicht mal gefrühstückt applies a Japanese gaze to German-style anxiety.
Between June 23-25, 2017 SomoS presents the group exhibition “Neues Dasein” in which four international artists, Isabel Ramos (UK), Anais Hazo (FR/USA), Miriam van Beurden (NL), and Kalle Kuikkaniemi (FIN) set up immersive performative installations to explore concepts surrounding the self, human interaction and simulation. Through (virtual) reality simulations, the “Neues Dasein” group show celebrates […]
SomoS is pleased to announce the Sound-art installation and performance series “Telix” by visual/sound artist, instrument builder and composer Thessia Machado (US/BR), presented at the SomoS gallery space from May 17th – 20th 2017. The event takes place within the framework of Thessia Machado’s “Inga Maren Otto Fellowship in Music Composition” of The American Academy […]
SomoS is happy to welcome visual artist Isabel Ramos (UK) to its Artist-in-Residence program. The young artist works across disciplines, employing and combining mediums such as video, VR, performance, choreography and installation. Ramos uses the body to explore its position and traces in our increasingly accelerating technological age. She develops solo projects as well as […]
Visual artist Isabel Ramos works in a multi-disciplinary way, employing and combining mediums such as video, New-Media, VR, participatory performance, choreography and installation. Ramos uses the body to explore its position and traces in our increasingly accelerating technological age. She develops solo projects as well as working as part of the UK based “Keiken Collective.” […]
May 13th 2017, SomoS presented the first installment of a new performance art series curated by Fecunda Lab, in which they provide a new platform for community and good-natured competition for performers, choreographers and dancers. In this playful performance tournament, the artists are invited to use the medium of performing art to express everyday life […]
Iman Person is an interdisciplinary artist of color based in Atlanta, Georgia. Employing ritual consciousness, primordial memory and referencing anthropological customs, she employs natural materials to create a hybrid reality between physical space and the ethereal. In 2010, Person obtained a B.F.A from Georgia State University and exhibited widely as well as working in public […]
On Friday May 5th, 2017, SomoS presented “Mother Tongue,” a performance by the US-American performance artist Iman Person that centers on primordial language carried out through a series of runes and the artist’s body. The piece invokes moments of latent understanding through gesture to create a space for the boundaries of language to fall away […]
During Gallery Weekend Berlin, April 29th 2017, 6-9pm, SomoS presents “Could that last sentence be the title?” – a multi media performance, short film screening and book launch by artist Natusha Croes (Aruba), who has been an artists in residence at SomoS for the last three months. The Caribbean artist has been developing experimental musical […]
On the 28th of March 2017, SomoS presents the work of one of its current residents, multi-media artist Natusha Croes who has arrived in Berlin from Aruba. The young artist creates music compositions with a visual affinity; manipulating the sound of organic pieces through digital means such as loop machines and music production softwares. This […]
Somos is excited to welcome its latest Artist-In-Residence Natusha Croes, who has joined us from Aruba. Natusha Croes During her three month stay at SomoS, Natusha Croes is developing a new Berlin piece marrying unconventional music production, performance, poetics and storytelling through the interaction with inanimate objects found in her environment. Visual artist/composer Hans Muller […]
Jezella Pigott is a visual artist specializing in drawing, video, and installation. Her practice draws on the history of female anthropology.
With Hypernatural Sounds #4: Objet Autre, SomoS is proud to host another issue of the HYPERNATURAL SERIES: THE PHILOSOPHY OF SOUNDS, curated by Pedro Lopes & Desiree Förster as part of the official Transmediale Vorspiel program. The HYPERNATURAL SERIES: THE PHILOSOPHY OF SOUNDS is a series of performances and discussions which brings together musicians and […]
Italian Cultural Center and Artist-in-Residence organization Art Aia presents the 2nd Berlin Edition of an exclusive Acting Masterclass by acclaimed educator John Strasberg.
Sarah Lüdemann and Adrian Brun are visual artists based in Berlin. They work with various media that includes sculpture, video, performance, drawing and text to explore themes related to the body, sexuality, repetition, trauma, power struggle and surrealism. They have worked as duo several times in the past to devise durational performances and moving sculptures. […]
Participants in SomoS’ 2016 Custom Paradise group exhibition, Mexican visual artists Alejandra Baltazares and Helena Hernández work and live in Berlin. They work together in their collective art project “Goldankauf – Das Kollektiv.”
SomoS Art House Berlin presents the “Custom Paradise” group exhibition as a response to image consumption and voyeurism of sexuality in mediated society.
Open Call: ‘Custom Paradise’ Exhibition October 2016 Custom Paradise Open Call 2016 Organized by SomoS Art House Deadline: August 31, 2016 Application Fee: none Organized in conjunction with the acclaimed Porn FilmFestival Berlin, now in its 11th year, SomoS Art House is calling for submissions for performative projects and ephemeral installations as critical responses to […]
Italian Cultural Center and Artist-in-Residence organization Art Aia presents an exclusive Acting Masterclass by acclaimed educator John Strasberg.
Feb. 1st 2016 SomoS presents the event HYPERNATURAL SOUNDS #2, “Unheard” around philosophy and sound, feat. performances and a panel discussion by a.melodie, Marco Donnarumma, interspecifics. Curated and moderated by Pedro Lopes & Desiree Förster.
SomoS is pleased to present a solo exhibition of Brian Tennessee Claflin and Greta Frau. Brian Tennessee Claflin was a radical and fiery figure and a free spirit who worked on the intersecting fringes of Berlin’s art and nightlife scenes since he moved here in 2006 up until his tragic death in 2014 at the […]
Friday, October 30th 2015, 7pm SomoS hosts the performance “When File Found meets Quimera Rosa,” curated by performance artist Maria F Dolores, presented in the context of the Fixation group show on the nude body in art cinema. Free entry, above 18 only. Maria F. Dolores describes the performance as “a safe sex date between […]
There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet, which fails so regularly, as love. – Erich Fromm, “The Art of Loving” Love cannot be rationalized. Over and over again it is contextualized by society where one is implored towards romance but also warned against it. […]
June 23 – 28th 2015, SomoS presents the grand finale of Howl Projects creative sojourn in Berlin. Four Howl Projects artists, Pete Murgatroyd, Chris Odgers, Jimp, Mr Mead, have prepared new original material which will be exhibited alongside live drawing events and ongoing mural painting sessions at SomoS main exhibition space. Special events can be […]
Report on Digital Memories and New Narratives – Artist talk with Ka Fai Choy about his project “Prospectus for a Future Body” March 18th 2015, SomoS Ka Fai Choy is an artist from Singapore who participated in the exhibition “Future, Now.” curated by Elisa Rusca, which took place at SomoS, March 2015. The artist took […]
Performance artist Lan Hungh works in a variety of media; performance, video, music and installation, through which he demonstrates a passion for psychology and the physical, and the way language and actions influence them. Hungh often places himself and his works in an architectural and environmental context, while exploring eroticism and the body politic in […]
Musician, writer and performance artist Nicholas Curry a.k.a. Momus (the name refers to the Greek deity of mockery, godess of writers and poets) has over the course of the last 30 years developed a quirky re-imagining of the singer-songwriter format. With his highly literary song texts, writing and blogging, Currie places himself in the tradition […]
Lynn Book is a transmedia artist working across disciplines and cultural spheres through performative, material, digital and electronic modes to make performance, exhibition, media works, public projects and encounters. As a disciplinary immigrant, her work takes shape in city sites and galleries, in clubs, fields and concert halls and centers on the transformational potentials between […]
American-born and educated artist Madeline Stillwell’s performances, sculptures and installations have been presented at art institutions in Sweden, Germany and North America. Stillwell lectures extensively as a visiting artist and currently teaches performance at several international institutions. She lives and works in Berlin. Madeline Stillwell’s “Gestural Sculptures,” presented in SomoS 2014 group show Saturation and […]
Mischa Badasyan was born on February 25th 1988 in Rostov on Don, Russia. His father and mother are both Armenian. He studied Political Science at Rostov´s South University and has been working in organizations engaged in social, human rights, LGBT and environmental issues since an early age. It has made a huge impact on him […]
Bulgarian artist Voin de Voin’s extensive academical studies encompass visual art, dance, film and performance arts. Already a noted performance artist, Voin appreciates performance art for its ability to freely flux and mix all other arts; its immediacy and riskiness; and the special way it interacts with the audience. In the artists own words, “performance […]
Born in Moscow in 1988, Mischa Tangian has worked widely as a performer, violinist, pianist, composer and conductor. He has organized concerts and arts events in Düsseldorf (Festival Nacht der Neuen Musik, Quadriennale Düsseldorf), London (DAAD alumni exhibition 2013) and Maastricht (Klanken Festival). Tangian studied composition with Manfred Trojahn at the Robert Schumann Conservatory in […]
Between sound and noise, there is a large zone of ambiguity. The project Unclean Music explores this void. The accomplished young performer, violinist, pianist, composer and conductor Mischa Tangian uses the the classically “beautiful sound” of the violin to create and improvise new acoustic forms. A musical guided tour through SomoS’ Unclean exhibition by the […]
Participants in SomoS’ Unclean Project, performance artists collective Richter/Meyer/Marx (Berlin) explores the area between theory and movement. They are looking for ways of expression beyond the word and writing, and interact with public space by way of movement and dance. The performance Richter/Meyer/Marx presented at SomoS, “Repair Move” (2014) was nominated for the “Premio Arte […]
Friday February 28th, 2014, 7pm, SomoS presents a participatory performance by Voin de Voin at the occasion of the artist’s departure from Berlin. Bulgarian artist Voin de Voin’s extensive academical studies encompass visual art, dance, film and performance arts. Already a prolific performance artist, Voin appreciates performance art for its ability to freely flux and […]
A special appearance by MOMUS (alias Nicholas Curry) as Unreliable Tour Guide through the 2013 Allgemeinplätze und Nahaufnahmen exhibition.
The Allgemeinplaetze & Nahaufnahmen group show presented public and private views of Berlin and its inhabitants by Sandra Bühler, Larissa Fassler, Donato Del Giudice, Melchior de Tinguy du Pouet, and Momus, exploring the city’s unique psychogeography, moving between objectivity and poetics.
“In Between” is a movement based performance that uses dance and actions to navigate our exploration of the “in between.” It is composed of two separate pieces which explore questions of race and gender identities. It challenges norms, the binary and established expectations in subjects that lie close to the artists’ hearts both personally and […]
The performance by Mischa Badasyan & Ksenia Telepova investigates the point of contact between two people, questioning the fluctuating borders of the relationship between them. Exploring how they may change from caring to the exertion of power, from tenderness to violence, from freedom to suppression. BLOW-BLEW-BLOWN Two solitudes – one disappointment Two first words – […]