It is about a year -started on the 2nd of June, 2012 and it will finish the 31st of May 2013- that the artist Julius von Bismarck, the experimental designer Benjamin Maus and the filmmaker Richard Wilhelmer made the installation “Public Face,” an oversized smiley face made of steel and neon tubes on the roof of the silo on the Malzfabrik grounds. The second public art project by District Arts and Cultural Promotion scans various facial expressions of pedestrians, who are filmed in the Tempelhof area by a camera and will be inaugurated during the Malzwiese, the annual summer event of the Malzfabrik. The film material is analysed within a few seconds with the aid of software (developed by the Fraunhofer Institut). In regular intervals, the emotions of the filmed and thus surveiled persons are transferred to the smiley, which then takes on a corresponding facial expression.
Von Bismarck, Maus and Wilhelmer thus convey a critical comment on surveillance technologies and social control mechanisms. “Public Face” reflects the dynamics of social coexistence, which are becoming more and more relevant within the context of sustainability and new information technologies.
The first project Public Face I (Stimmungsgasometer) was presented in Berlin in 2008 and it was the same smiley on a huge screen from which one can read the average mood of the Berlin citizens. Also used the same software to obtain mood data from public which was also stored on a server and processed by the smiley on the screen to visualise the emotions in real-time.
Die Kunst der Intervention – Ein Jahr Lichtenberg Studios (The art of intervention – one year Lichtenberg Studios)
The studio program “Lichtenberg Studios” of intervention Berlin e.V. now allows international artists residences, they stay during several weeks exploring Lichtenberg and then perform subtle interventions in the district. In this context, there was and there are aesthetic, functional, cultural, historical and social links between art, architecture and public space development. District areas, specific locations and buildings are studied, social spaces made by reference to social conditions of everyday life open up a dialogue between passersby and residents. With the exhibition “The Art of Intervention” a further challenge is formulated: the ideas, thoughts, sketches and ephemeral interventions can be transformed into a form of formulated space exhibition and its artistic interpretation.
29. March to 27. April
Where music is, there is also art. Where people are, there is beauty. Delicious Doughnuts club began its art shows in the early 90’s together with incipient creative tumult in Berlin as a result of the fusion of different kind of arts. Nowadays the club goes even further, so at regular intervals there are artists in various trends to show their art in the nice shop window, such a prominent public place.
MBLN11 interview project.
My music is… is an art project for and with the Delicious Doughnuts by Sven Vollbrecht (MBLN ¹¹). He shows short video loops, where the DJs from the March program are presenting their favorite tracks. These video loops are played in different video monitors on the Delicious Doughnuts showcase in March. The MBLN (MyBerLiN) interviews can be seen online.
Who are the DJs? Egokind (Callias), Bokka (b.tonal), Sergej Gorn (b.tonal), Andrej Rein (b.tonal)
Text: Free translation from German by me, original text on http://www.delicious-doughnuts.de/de/art/mbln/
The Deutscher Künstlerbund shows in its windows video projections of 31 students from the Kassel Art Academy and the University of the Arts in Berlin. The teachers of these arts colleges, the video artist Anna Anders, Bjørn Melhus and Maria Vedder proposed their students for the winter semester, the task of developing video projections specially made for the windows of the Deutscher Künstlerbund. The instructions to develop the works were that pieces must be related in form and content to the window as a screen and taking into account the special situation of the room on the ground floor (street level). Also the pieces mustn’t exceed 1’30 min length.
Some of the works presented here can turn through the context and dimension to surreal moments. The usually rather noble presenting merchandise such as shop windows are converted through the images in trash bin or stovepipes, in a dollhouse, a predator cage, a cowshed, an intensive care unit, a bathroom or eyeglasses,with enormous eyes squinting. Fights and love stories are shown between the two windows, a giant cordless drill pass from one window to the other, cars falling from the sky and other strange things.
Moving images can be seen through the development of digital video and display technology in the urban streets more and more often and therefore produces more public art opportunities. That is the 3rd year in a row that pedestrians in Berlin-Mitte vicinity (Rosenthaler Strasse, 11) will be challenged to pause and engage with art.
Videos on the windows will be running till March 16th (Tuesday to Friday from 18:00 to 24:00 Uhr)
Artist showing their video pieces: Dovile Aleksaite | Serhan Alsan | Philip Bauer | Sigurður Unnar Birgisson | Nora Bolz | BenBrix | Fabian Brunsing | Manja Ebert | Ana Esteve Reig | Frieda Femfert | Kerstin fresh |Jeanette Gosslau | Yuri André Halliday | Alessa Hansen | Tilman Hatje | Ingrid Ladurner |Meike Martin | Martin Steffen | Anna Maysuk | Kristin Meyer | Sabine Moore | Aiko Okamoto| Felix Ott | Franz Christoph Pfannkuch | Ann Schomburg | Beatrix Schubert | Lukas Thiele |Jana Tost | Johanna Wagner | Lu Wang | Bastian Wienecke
Text source: http://www.kuenstlerbund.de/deutsch/projekte/aktuell/index.html, free translation from German by me.