Vorspiel 2023

A citywide program of events before and during the transmediale and CTM festivals



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The Vorspiel Collection brings together artworks, films, photo-essays, texts, graphs, images, podcasts, sound experiments, and more.


Image Gallery

Find some impressions of the 2022 opening here.


Video

Our famous interview Staffette has returned! Watch this year's edition featuring a few of the participating spaces of Vorspiel / transmediale & CTM. The 2022 edition marks the 11th anniversary of our initiative and aim to showcase the richness and diversity of Berlin's independent project spaces and artist initiatives.


A look behind the Shared Frame streamed event for Vorspiel 2021 (pandemic edition).


Essay

How we got there and how important it was for Panke.


Essay Artwork

Postcards from the Metaverse speculates on the value of the popular 20th century medium – the postcard – in providing accessible and underrepresented perspectives on a newly- hyped infrastructure


Essay

Former transmediale artistic director Kristoffer Gansing applies a bit of home-grown numerology to reminisce about the secrets of Vorspiel!


Essay

The reSource network has been an extremely valuable resource in the process of establishing and running SPEKTRUM Berlin. It allowed us to connect with like-minded people in the city, to start up new collaborations, and to learn from those facing similar issues in running project spaces.


Essay

The essay summarizes the Czech-Brazilian cultural theorist and media philosopher Vilém Flusser’s ideas on the apparatus, codes, and programmed and manipulated society. He ends his texts by highlighting the importance of artists who might be able to play with and against the apparatus and challenge mass media and their preprogrammed functions.


Essay

From 2011 to 2014, Tatiana Bazzichelli and a team of others designed a sprawling event program called “reSource transmedial culture Berlin,” which picked up on transmediale-related projects and flung them far further.


Essay

Since 2013 designtransfer – the gallery and communicates interface of the Faculty of Design, Berlin University of the Arts (UdK Berlin) and the public – participates yearly at Vorspiel to present various projects as exhibitions, installations, and talks related to their New Media & Design courses.


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Watch a digital interview Staffette with some of the participating spaces of Vorspiel / transmediale & CTM. The 2021 edition marks the 10th anniversary of our initiative and aim to showcase the richness and diversity of Berlin's independent project spaces and artist initiatives in collaboration with transmediale.


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Events

Fri, 20.01.
18:00, silent green Installation

18:00, silent green Exhibition, Installation, Vernissage

18:00, Bäumchen wechsle Dich - Change the tree Installation

18:00, silent green Exhibition, Performance, Vernissage

18:30, silent green Installation

18:30, silent green Vernissage

21:30, Panke e.V.


Sat, 21.01.
17:00, DZIALDOV x I'M DADDY Exhibition

17:00, Halfsister Installation

19:00, Anagram Space

20:00, Collegium Hungaricum Berlin Concert


/rosa Exhibition, Installation

Alte Münze Berlin Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Vernissage



Sun, 22.01.
13:00, DZIALDOV x I'M DADDY Exhibition

14:00 Exhibition, Lecture

15:00, Halfsister Installation

18:00, Anagram Space

Mon, 23.01.
19:00, Field Conspiracy w/ Etikett Radio Workshop

Tue, 24.01.
18:30, The Lighthouse of Digital Art Installation

19:00, Anagram Space

Wed, 25.01.
14:00, Re:mise Performance, Workshop

15:00, RawCC Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Vernissage, Finissage


20:30 Concert, Performance

Thu, 26.01.
16:00, SóLaura Studio Performance, Workshop


19:00, ZK/U - Center for Art and Urbanistics Exhibition, Installation

19:00, Vilém Flusser Archive Performance


Urban Spree Concert, Performance

Fri, 27.01.
06:00, Lobe Block Exhibition, Concert

17:00, DZIALDOV x I'M DADDY Exhibition




19:00, Alte Münze Berlin Concert, Performance, Installation

20:00, Art Laboratory Berlin Exhibition

SoundsAbout Exhibition, Performance, Installation

Sat, 28.01.

13:00, DZIALDOV x I'M DADDY Exhibition

14:00, Art Laboratory Berlin Exhibition

19:00, Hošek Contemporary Concert, Performance


Sun, 29.01.
13:00, DZIALDOV x I'M DADDY Exhibition

14:00, Art Laboratory Berlin Exhibition



Tue, 31.01.
12:00, Archipel Stations / Radio Otherwise Hybrid Event




Wed, 01.02.
19:00, einBuch.haus Installation

19:00, Anagram Space

19:00, Vierte Welt Exhibition, Installation

19:00, alpha nova & galerie futura Performance, Online Event, Lecture

20:00, Vierte Welt Exhibition, Installation

AL.Berlin Exhibition, Performance, DJ set, Installation

Thu, 02.02.

16:00 Exhibition, Concert, Vernissage

16:00, Hyper Berlin Exhibition, DJ set, Installation

18:00, synthesis gallery Vernissage


18:30 Concert, Vernissage

19:00, Vierte Welt Exhibition, Installation

19:30, Haus der Indonesischen Kulturen Performance

20:00, Vierte Welt Exhibition, Installation

20:00, Ballhaus Prinzenallee Performance

synthesis gallery Exhibition


Fri, 03.02.


16:00, Hyper Berlin Exhibition, DJ set, Installation

18:30 Concert, Vernissage

19:00, Anagram Space

19:00, Vierte Welt Exhibition, Installation

20:00, Vierte Welt Exhibition, Installation

Society for Nontrivial Pursuits Exhibition, Concert, Performance, Installation


Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Hybrid Event, Lecture

CTRL.XX.TENSION @SO36 Concert, Performance, DJ set

Sat, 04.02.
13:00 Exhibition, Concert, Vernissage

14:00, Field Conspiracy w/ Etikett Radio Performance


16:00, Hyper Berlin Exhibition, DJ set, Installation

17:00, einBuch.haus Performance

19:00, Insola Berlin Performance, Installation


Mensch Meier // club and culture house Exhibition, Performance, DJ set, Hybrid Event

Sun, 05.02.
13:00 Exhibition, Concert, Vernissage

14:00, synthesis gallery Finissage

Tue, 07.02.
13:00 Exhibition, Concert, Vernissage

Wed, 08.02.
13:00 Exhibition, Concert, Vernissage

Thu, 09.02.
13:00 Exhibition, Concert, Vernissage

Fri, 10.02.
13:00 Exhibition, Concert, Vernissage


Sat, 11.02.
16:00 Exhibition, Concert, Vernissage

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Events Exhibition, Vernissage

Unintentional, Junctions (This Is As Far As We Got This time)

Exhibition of the works of ABA residents Neige Sanchez, Machiel van Stokkum, Matheline Marmy

OPENING: 20.01.2023 from 4 PM at uqbar, Schwedenstraße 16, 13357 Wedding

Unintentional, Junctions brings together three artists who conducted their work in Berlin in the past months. While different in form and methods with which they were created, the presented works have one trait in common - they are chosen by the artists for their utilitarian value. Either constructed from the objects found around the pop-up temporary studio, are tugged around for their convenience, or serve as an intermittent vessel for final pieces, these works are a testimony to the creative process and the limitations of the modernist idea of autonomous art.

NEIGE SANCHEZ Residency: Sep 2022-Feb 2023 Supported by Pro Helvetia

Coming from the practice of photography, with an apprenticeship in silver print and a diploma at the School of Photography in Vevey (CH), Neige Sanchez (1992*, French-swiss) has then developed their work through performance, video, installation, text, edition and curation. They·she recently obtained a Master's degree in Visual Arts at HEAD – Genève (CH), with an exchange semester at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (AT). Today, their practice is transdisciplinary and research-based oriented with a theoretical and poetic component.

Their research mainly explores critical theories about the structural violence inherent in the history of the medium of photography, more specifically the history of representations of so-called « minorities » with a focus on queer communities, questioning whether image production can be an emancipatory tool. In parallel, with the uprising of interest in queer issues by cultural institutions, they·she investigates ways in which artists attempt to challenge the recuperation and instrumentalisation of their practices through refusal, abstraction, diversion, joy, collectivity and collaboration.

MACHIEL VAN STOKKUM Residency: Sep-Dec 2022 Supported by Mondriaan Fund

The concept of ‘place’ always plays a central role in the work of Machiel van Stokkum (1991). He has a special interest in places that are somewhat generic, don’t seem to belong to a certain geographical location but can be found the world over, such as modernist housing schemes, industrial zones, sea harbors, construction sites and the likes.

He visits these places time and again, in different cities, countries and continents, moving through them while capturing them in photographs, video and by gathering physical materials on said sites. This ever expanding collection of images and materials, that all seem to resemble one another in certain ways, forms the base material that van Stokkum works with.

Works often find their final form in installations that seem to balance somewhere between construction and deconstruction, becoming and disappearing. Forming new places by connecting already existing ones.

MATHELINE MARMY Residency: Sep 2022-Feb 2023 Supported by Pro Helvetia

Matheline Marmy Matheline Marmy (CH), born in Geneva, studied Photography and Fine Arts at ECAL (Lausanne) and HFBK (Hamburg). She received her BA from ECAL (2016) and MFA from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam (2019). Her practice is experimental and material-based, taking the form of a speculative investigation into environmental forms and processes. She’s interested in phenomena such as invasion, growth, accumulation of matter. Her works are the empirical results of this method. They are assembled and grown out of reactive and trace-bearing materials such as metals, water, salts, acids, textiles and bacteria, coupled with less-penetrable components that retain and contain, like glass and plastic.

“Matheline Marmy’s works crystallize dynamics between research and practice that imply precarious and impermanent results that the artist sees as «subjective and unfinished knowledge». Her reflections, nourished by experimentation, constitute processes and protocols that may be close to scientific research.“ Elisa Langlois, 2020.