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Jeroen Vandesande: CIRCUIT—Feedback Studies
BERLIN, GERMANY  •  Ernst Schering Foundation  •  10 September - 24 October 2015

The project CIRCUIT—Feedback Studies by singuhr – projects, featuring the young Belgian sound and media artist Jeroen Vandesande (born 1986), is both a "classic" installation exhibition and an artistic research project on the topic of feedback in contemporary art. Over the course of the last few years feedback has become an integral part of Vandesande's work. In a series of radio and loudspeaker works, performances and installations, Vandesande has experimented with a variety of feedback phenomena, investigating both historical and current processes of feedback generation and control. The project CIRCUIT—Feedback Studies sums up his different approaches.

The installation consists of tuned aluminum tubes that hang from the ceiling at various heights, each slowly rotating around its own axis. A microphone is installed in every tube. The rotating movement of the tubes creates dynamic feedbacks between these microphones and the loudspeakers on the floor. Depending on how the tube (microphone) and the loudspeaker are positioned in relation to each other, the resulting feedback interferes to a greater or lesser degree. What the visitor can hear are spatial, quasi-polyphonic feedback fields whose dimensions can be explored by walking around the room. By opening and closing sound holes in the tubes according to a composed sequence, these sounds are further enhanced spatially and harmoniously. The interaction of random and composed elements, concrete space and object thus generates a sound-space continuum which is continuously changing shape.

Ernst Schering Foundation Website

Contact: Ernst Schering Foundation
Unter den Linden 32–34
10117 Berlin

BERLIN, GERMANY  •  Deutsches Historisches Museum  •  26 June - 1 December 2015
Covering a total area of 1600 square meters, Homosexuality_ies documents 150 years of the history, politics and culture of homosexual women and men in Germany. The exhibition shows how same-sex sexuality and non-conformist gender identities have been criminalized through legislation, pathologized in medicine and excluded from society. It traces the legislative development of Paragraph 175 of the German penal code, which made “homosexual acts” punishable by law. Paragraph 175 took effect in 1872, underwent massive harshening in the Nazi era and was retained thereafter, being definitively voided in 1994. In addition to social repression, the exhibition also addresses the liberation movements of gay men and lesbian women, movements which took on a new dynamic after the legal liberalization in the 1960s and transformed society‘s understanding of sex and gender identity.

Works by international artists such as Monica Bonvicini, Louise Bourgeois, Heather Cassils, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Nicole Eisenman, Lotte Laserstein, Lee Lozano, Jeanne Mammen, Zanele Muholi, Henrik Olesen and Andy Warhol comment on the exhibition‘s themes in a variety of ways.

Deutsches Historisches Museum Website

Contact: Deutsches Historisches Museum
Unter den Linden 2
10117 Berlin
Tel: (49) 30 203 04 751

Paul McCarthy: <EM>Horizontal</EM>, 2012Photo: Fredrik NilsenCourtesy Paul McCarthy and Hauser &amp; Wirth
Paul McCarthy: Horizontal, 2012
Photo: Fredrik Nilsen
Courtesy Paul McCarthy and Hauser & Wirth
Paul McCarthy
BERLIN, GERMANY  •  Schinkel Pavillon  •  12 September 201 - 22 November 2015

on the occasion of Berlin Art Week. McCarthy confronts the viewer with scenarios of raw reality via events transmitted by film and television, exploring the tension between the surface of the transmitted images and their invisible, unsettling origins, particularly with reference to the Hollywood film industry and American pop culture. Employing such diverse media as photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, video, performance, and installation, McCarthy confronts appearances with reality, taking on the contradiction between taboo and spectacle.

McCarthy’s point of reference remains the human body, which he sets (often through his own performances) in relation to socially established conventions and calls into question – both through sculpture and directly, in his actions – as a figure in space. The body, (living-) space, and the object are central to the work presented at the Schinkel Pavillon, which is oriented around themes of waking and sleeping, life and death, presence and illusion.

Schinkel Pavillon e.V.Website

Contact: Schinkel Pavillon e.V.
Oberwallstraße 1
10117 Berlin
Tel: 49 30 2088 6444

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