Whenever the Heart Skips a Beat – impressions by Aleksandra Bielas

The sky is grey like an orange. We are standing here, in the history. It is either early or late, it’s the saving lights hour, so let’s spend it together. There is a circle, one of many of that night, and we are listening. The story of us, o(h) us, told in a concentrated voice, circulating. Like a croissant we surround the hole. The flesh of the public, I like how we disappear in one another, changed into an ear, we enter the maze of the moment. Katharina Ludwig talks about whole holes and the missing ones. Objects around her marking a territory. Following her voice, getting closer to her words, which are becoming ours, I allow myself to answer your question: poetry indeed is a language with holes and let’s not patch it, let’s dive into it, together.

After a full breath underneath we bob up in a dancing crown, with limbs all over the place, the cactuses are welcoming us. The cactus territory, like a lost garden, where we look like a cheap version of a being.

We dive again and stay a little in deep ocean landscapes. Again words, floating language so well known but also so incomprehensible. You tell me you believed dragons were actually living animals and I believe you. Facts swimming like dinosaurs, a ringtone soundtrack which sounds good here, deep under water, but the blueness of the screen keeps us awake and we cannot forget the secrets hidden in the seaweed.

The world is a pancake carefully carried by a rat on its back.

The on going conversation about how we give time to each other. And of course as time is a subjective matter we don’t pay in the same currency but we spend it together and on each other.

Or: while meeting you in the waiting zone of the restroom you share your fear of going outside. „I don’t want to face reality“, you say. I like to be part of your parallel world and although this space doesn’t belong to me, being there with you feels like belonging.

With a second front crawl circle we land in Bagdad shop and stop there for a breath.
The colourful place feels so welcoming, we want to touch everything so we do. We listen to groceries, we look at images, in that small paradise of colours and smells, everything seems to be art.

How much time you give an artwork. How much time an artwork gives you.

Cactuses again? No, there are hands, beautiful spongy hands waving to us, we wave back. „I’ll try to get more information on this“.

Looking at the video through branches, the time one gives one another. But you see, this is all mine or ours maybe partly, but there is so much more, carried in a plastic bag, so modest but truly existing, and as we walk with you, Joachim Rauschenbach, I am thankful for the time, for your words, for the sun, again. I am happy to be part of your story. Because there are always two walnuts. And one is for tomorrow.

 

Lina Hermsdorf, Bagdad, 2017, Audioinstallation, 7 min. Bagdad Lebensmittel, Mehringplatz 6

 

Ayami Awazuhara, Does Infant Jesus Sleep Like Maitreya Buddha?, 2017 C-Print, Bagdad Lebensmittel, Mehringplatz 6

Miriam Yammad, Mimesis IV, 2013, HD-Video, 4 min. Bagdad Lebensmittel, Mehringplatz 6

 

Miriam Yammad, Mimesis IV, 2013, HD-Video, 4 min. Bagdad Lebensmittel, Mehringplatz 6

Bagdad Lebensmittel, Mehringplatz 6

Maya Schweizer, Mehringplatz Abstractions, 2017, Soundinstallation KONAK, Mehringplatz 9

 

Ayumi Rahn, Rondell Rondel Rondeel, 2017, Risograph Print, Edition of 50, Café MadaMe, Mehringplatz 10

Tabita Rezaire, Deep Down Tidal, 2017, HD-Video, 18:44 min, Screening Café MadaMe, Mehringplatz 10

 

Hanae Utamura, The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be, 2017, Audiowalk, Café MadaMe, Mehringplatz 10

Miriam Yammad, Mimesis I, 2011, HD-Video 4 min., Friseur HairLine Berlin, Mehringplatz 11

 

Shira Wachsman, Kaktus Territorium, 2017, Kakteen, Zement, Erde, Stacheldraht / Cacti, cement, soil, barbed wire Mehringplatz

Shira Wachsman, Kaktus Territorium, 2017, Kakteen, Zement, Erde, Stacheldraht / Cacti, cement, soil, barbed wire, detail Mehringplatz

 

Katharina Ludwig, Just to be able to tell you I told you so (Reading), 2016 / 2017 Installation, HD-Video, 8:32 min. Optiker am Mehringplatz, Mehringplatz 11

Katharina Ludwig, Reading Performance, objects, 2017, Optiker am Mehringplatz, Mehringplatz 11

 

Shirin Sabahi, Architect, 2017, Poster (Farsi Version in Kollaboration mit Rambod Vala) advertising column, Friedrichstraße 1; © Shirin Sabahi

Balz Isler & Justin F. Kennedy, The story of Ellen Vader, 2017, Performance, Mehringplatz

 

Balz Isler & Justin F. Kennedy, The story of Ellen Vader, 2017, Performance, Mehringplatz

Raqs Media Collective, Whenever the Heart Skips a Beat, 2012 / 2017, Billboard, U-Bahn-Station Hallesches Tor, U6

 

Restaurant Yildiz, Friedrichstraße 246

Miriam Yammad, Mimesis III, 2013, HD-Video, 3 min., Restaurant Yildiz, Friedrichstraße 246

 

Miriam Yammad, Mimesis III, 2013, HD-Video, 3 min., Restaurant Yildiz, Friedrichstraße 246

Tabita Rezaire, Seneb, 2016, HD-Video, 7:31 min., Apotheke am Mehringplatz, Mehringplatz 12

 

Uschi’s Kneipe, Mehringplatz 13

Kristina Paustian, Meditationen. Sage zu dir in der Morgenstunde…, 2015, HD-Video, 6:36 min., Uschi’s Kneipe, Mehringplatz 13

 

Katharina Ludwig, Reading Performance, 2017, in front of Uschi’s Kneipe, Mehringplatz 13

Katharina Ludwig, Reading Performance, 2017, detail in front of Uschi’s Kneipe, Mehringplatz 13

 

Ayumi Rahn, Rondell Rondel Rondeel, 2017, Risograph Print, Edition of 50, Kiosk, Mehringplatz 14

Ayumi Rahn, Rondell Rondel Rondeel, 2017, Risograph Print, Edition of 50, Kiosk, Mehringplatz 14

 

Shirin Sabahi, Guided Tour with Joachim Rauschenbach as part of PLACES Mehringplatz

Shirin Sabahi, Architect, 2017, Poster (Farsi Version in Kollaboration mit Rambod Vala) Various places, Mehringplatz; © Shirin Sabahi

All images, except No. 15., 30. by: © Joseph Devitt Tremblay