Sunday, January 30, 2011, 8.30 pm
Finissage Gruppenbild

Gruppenbild is a five part exhibition series in the Showroom at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. The participating artists all work with performance and installation, and over the course of the year will create this experiment in collaboration with curators Kathrin Becker and Sophie Goltz. The last part will end on friday, January 29, 2011. With each new artistic intervention, existing installations will be varied and new elements added. From the individual contributions, a collective conceptual image emerges. The show begins with the video installation Timing and Consistency (2010, 7:30 min) by Karolin Meunier, a performative monologue on the possibilities and limits of people’s statements about themselves. The second part continues with Discoteca Flaming Star showing the video work El valor del gallo negro (Buthe – Turm – Börse) (2010, 24 min), a performance for the camera which addresses the presence and absence of the body in the process of abstraction. Azin Feizabadi took Gruppenbild’s artistic and curatorial processes as the point of departure for his installation Felix, what will remain after all this? (2010) in order to link these to examples of collective resistance and thus to examine how an event affects the event that follows. According to Pina Bausch’s dance piece Kontakhof (1978), Ming Wong explores in his video work Kontakthope (2010, 24 min) the everyday gestures of encounters between artists and curators. Shirin Homann-Saadat works with literature and philosophy of Jeremy Bentham, Virginia Woolf and Ovid, et al. telling her history of Gruppenbild. 

At the close of
Gruppenbild, the curators will show and comment selected videos and films by Vito Acconci, Kenneth Anger, Trisha Brown, Annika Erikson, Maryam Jafri, Astra Taylor, Andrei Ujica, et al. Those works are selected in response to the new emerged and exhibited works. After, we celebrate together with the artists, DJane Gruppenbild, and free drinks.