Vorspiel 2024

A citywide program by spaces and initiatives around transmediale and CTM festivals



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Events

Fri, 19.01.
17:00, Pandora Art Gallery Exhibition, Concert, Performance, Installation, Hybrid Event, Screening

17:30, Liebig12 Performance, Workshop, Vernissage, Hybrid Event, Lecture

18:00, Oona Performance, DJ set, Online Event

18:00, Galerie Met Exhibition, Installation, Vernissage

18:00, Kunsthaus KuLe Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Vernissage

18:00, einBuch.haus Vernissage

19:00, Giri DJ set, Workshop, Installation

19:00, alpha nova & galerie futura Exhibition, Vernissage

21:00, Giri DJ set, Installation

Galerie im Turm Exhibition

Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event


einBuch.haus Exhibition

When You're Calmer Exhibition, Installation, Hybrid Event

Ventana Project II Installation, Vernissage


/rosa Exhibition, Vernissage

D59B - Unbreak My Radio Concert, Performance, DJ set, Installation, Hybrid Event


Werkstadt Exhibition

Werkstadt Performance

Sat, 20.01.
12:00, Liebig12 Performance, Workshop, Vernissage, Hybrid Event, Lecture

14:00, D59B - Unbreak My Radio Hybrid Event

14:30, Galerie@Medienhaus, Universität der Künste Berlin Installation

16:00, alpha nova & galerie futura Exhibition


17:00, Pandora Art Gallery Exhibition, Concert, Performance, DJ set, Installation, Hybrid Event, Screening



19:00, The 4th Wall Exhibition, Vernissage, Screening

Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event

Galerie Met Exhibition, Installation

Sun, 21.01.
12:00, Liebig12 Performance, Workshop, Vernissage, Hybrid Event, Lecture


Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event

Mon, 22.01.
17:30, Soundwatch DJ set, Online Event

Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event

Tue, 23.01.
18:00 Performance, Vernissage, Finissage, Hybrid Event


Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event

Wed, 24.01.

16:00, alpha nova & galerie futura Exhibition


18:00, Kunsthaus KuLe Exhibition, Concert, Performance, Installation

20:00, Lichtblick Kino Screening

20:30, Poropati Performance

22:00, Lichtblick Kino Screening

Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event

Loophole Concert

Thu, 25.01.

16:00, alpha nova & galerie futura Exhibition

18:00, D59B - Unbreak My Radio Hybrid Event

18:00, Vierte Welt Exhibition, Installation

18:00, Zönoteka Performance


19:00, Giri DJ set, Workshop, Installation

19:00, ZK/U (Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik)

20:00, Zeiss-Großplanetarium Performance

Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event

Fri, 26.01.
16:00, designtransfer@feldfünf Exhibition

16:00, alpha nova & galerie futura Exhibition

17:00, Vierte Welt Exhibition, Installation

18:00, Kunsthaus KuLe Exhibition, Concert, Performance, Installation

18:00, When You're Calmer Exhibition, Workshop, Finissage, Hybrid Event

18:00, Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Workshop, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event

19:00, Galerie im Turm Performance

19:00, Club der polnischen Versager Screening

19:00 Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Vernissage

19:30 Concert

20:00, Club der polnischen Versager Screening


22:00, Club der polnischen Versager Performance, DJ set, Screening

Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event

D59B - Unbreak My Radio Concert, DJ set

Institut für Alles Mögliche Exhibition

panke.gallery Exhibition, Vernissage

ACUD MACHT NEU Concert, DJ set, Installation, Hybrid Event

Sat, 27.01.
13:00, alpha nova & galerie futura Exhibition, Workshop

14:00, designtransfer@feldfünf Exhibition

14:00, Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Workshop, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event

16:00, Galerie im Turm

16:00, alpha nova & galerie futura Exhibition


17:00, Vierte Welt Exhibition, Installation

18:00, Pandora Art Gallery Exhibition, Concert, Performance, DJ set, Installation, Vernissage, Screening

19:00, Air Berlin Alexanderplatz e.V. Exhibition, Installation, Screening

Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event

D59B - Unbreak My Radio Concert, Performance, DJ set, Hybrid Event, Lecture

Pandora Art Gallery Exhibition, Concert, Performance, DJ set, Installation, Hybrid Event, Screening

Sun, 28.01.
14:00, designtransfer@feldfünf Exhibition

14:00, Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Workshop, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event

16:00, Air Berlin Alexanderplatz e.V. Exhibition, Installation, Screening

17:00, ONEIRIC SPACE Performance, Workshop, Hybrid Event

18:00, D59B - Unbreak My Radio Performance, Installation, Hybrid Event

19:30, PANDA platforma Performance

20:00 Online Event

Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event

Mon, 29.01.
16:00, Air Berlin Alexanderplatz e.V. Exhibition, Installation, Screening

18:00, Studio Apelbaum Exhibition, Concert, Performance, Installation

19:00, Vierte Welt Screening

Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event

Tue, 30.01.
18:00, The 4th Wall Performance, Lecture, Screening

19:00, Vierte Welt Screening

19:00, panke.gallery Lecture

Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event

Wed, 31.01.
14:00, Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Workshop, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event

16:00, alpha nova & galerie futura Exhibition

18:00, Hyper Berlin Exhibition, DJ set, Installation, Screening

19:30, D59B - Unbreak My Radio Hybrid Event, Lecture

20:00, Kunsthaus KuLe Exhibition, Performance, Installation

Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event

Thu, 01.02.
14:00, Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Workshop, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event

16:00, D59B - Unbreak My Radio Performance, Hybrid Event, Lecture

16:00, alpha nova & galerie futura Exhibition

18:00, DOCK 11 / DOCKdigital Exhibition, Performance, Installation

18:00, Hyper Berlin Exhibition, DJ set, Installation, Screening

19:00, Climate Art Collection @Lobe Block Exhibition


Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event


Fri, 02.02.
10:00, Climate Art Collection @Lobe Block Exhibition



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

16:00, alpha nova & galerie futura Exhibition

18:00, Alte Münze Exhibition, Performance, Installation

19:00, D59B - Unbreak My Radio DJ set, Hybrid Event

19:00, DOCK 11 / DOCKdigital Performance, Installation




Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event


Pandora Art Gallery Exhibition, Concert, Performance, DJ set, Installation, Hybrid Event

Haus der Statistik Concert, Performance, DJ set

Sat, 03.02.

10:00, Climate Art Collection @Lobe Block Exhibition

12:00, Alte Münze Exhibition, Performance, Installation

14:00, Alte Münze Exhibition, Performance, Finissage

14:00, Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Workshop, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event

15:00, roam projects space Performance, DJ set, Hybrid Event

15:00, Backhaus Projects Concert, DJ set, Lecture

16:00, alpha nova & galerie futura Exhibition

18:00 Exhibition, Performance, DJ set, Workshop, Installation, Hybrid Event

18:00, alpha nova & galerie futura Exhibition, Performance

19:00, Vierte Welt Exhibition, Installation, Vernissage, Finissage


Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event

Pandora Art Gallery Exhibition, Performance, DJ set, Installation, Lecture, Screening

Cafe Pförtner Concert, DJ set

D59B - Unbreak My Radio Performance, DJ set

ASID Performance, DJ set, Installation, Lecture

Sun, 04.02.

10:00, Climate Art Collection @Lobe Block Exhibition

10:00, Alte Münze Exhibition, Performance, Installation

12:00 Exhibition, Performance, DJ set, Workshop, Installation, Hybrid Event

14:00, Vierte Welt Exhibition, Installation, Vernissage, Finissage

14:00, Art Laboratory Berlin Exhibition

14:00, Liebig12 Exhibition, Performance, Workshop, Installation, Vernissage, Hybrid Event

15:00, Backhaus Projects Concert, DJ set, Lecture

15:00, Kunsthaus KuLe Exhibition, Performance, Installation

15:00, Kunsthaus KuLe Exhibition, Performance, Installation

16:00, Vierte Welt Concert

16:00, Bärenzwinger Exhibition, Performance, Finissage

16:00, alpha nova & galerie futura Exhibition

16:30, The 4th Wall Workshop

17:00, D59B - Unbreak My Radio DJ set, Finissage, Hybrid Event

18:00, The 4th Wall Workshop

Mon, 05.02.
10:00, Alte Münze Exhibition, Performance, Installation

Tue, 06.02.
10:00, Alte Münze Exhibition, Performance, Installation

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Collection


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.


Video

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.


Video

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 Exhibition, Installation, Vernissage

Vernissage of exhibition "Uta Guan Hyë – Sanatorium of Exaggerated Coincidences"


18:00 –
Galerie Met

Uta Guan Hyë Sanatorium of Exaggerated Coincidences Opening: January 19. 2024 18:00 – 21:00 Exhibition: January 20 – February 24. 2024 Mariannenstrasse 33, 10999 Berlin

The “Sanatorium of Exaggerated Coincidences” takes its name from Charles Fort, an American writer and researcher of anomalous phenomena, as documented in his book “The Book of the Damned.” He compiled notes on seemingly impossible yet documented events, including suction cup marks on mountains, inscriptions on meteorites, raining crocodiles, black snow, blue moons, and green suns, collectively referred to as “cursed facts.” The term “facts” pertains to occurrences often avoided in discussions, while “cursed” reflects the curse of traditional scientific and dogmatic thinking. Simultaneously, he undertook a systematic reexamination of rejected facts, meticulously cross-verifying each one, dedicating his career to a comprehensive plan that encompassed astronomy, sociology, archaeology, quantum physics, psychology, morphology, chemistry, and magnetism.

Uta discovers a profound sense of humor and poetry within these coincidences, acknowledging that “fate has its own curiosity,” opening up to a world beyond rationality. In 2022, as part of the dream collection “Le Premier Repas de la Vierge,” Uta created a fictionalized character, Nuï Guan Hyë, a female scientist and alchemist active in the 1990s-2000s. She researched and named a substance found in camels, called Luciole, with the intention of fully liquefying it and extracting stored information. However, during the experiment, she inadvertently witnessed the disappearance of the camel, and two decades later, parts of its limbs were discovered in a crystal mine in Mexico. This constitutes the core of the exhibition—a fact unclassified in the realms of physics, biology, and parapsychology: the vanished camel.

In this exhibition, Uta divides the exhibition space into three sections, each named after alchemical formulas: “The Vaporous Communication,” “The Salts of Discord,” and “The Dark Room.” Uta deconstructs the peculiar events surrounding Mrs. Nuï and the vanished camel using images, installations, objects, and documents. Simultaneously, she conducts a series of explorations involving liquid substances, the body, memory, and celestial bodies. Although not explicitly labeled as experiments, the core of Nuï’s exploration is grounded in the pivotal experience of deconstructing the world—immersing in exploration, forming connections, and extending understanding.

In the videos “Care” and “Walking,” Uta repetitively wipes and cleanses an imaginary sun, engaging in nearly static walks, either leading an egg or being led by an egg. In the work “Breaking Waves on the Surface of the Heartbeat Star,” Uta employs the string figures technique to construct various geometric shapes, overlaying diagrams of the movement of Massive Compact Halo Object (MACHO). Through these actions, the artist establishes a spatial grammar, outlining both visible and invisible boundaries, describing the existence of invisibility. Morphing the physical structure, replication, displacement—all contribute to the process of deconstructing the world. In the work “1999.12.12 The Camel Disappeared,” Uta intricately weaves and fuses elements like a camel, thread and needle, broken instruments, and caves, creating an underwater symphony that resonates with the “truly silent clamor” of the physical world.

Uta simultaneously explores “Intersectionism,” akin to Pessoa, characterized by absolute subjectivity, extreme synthesis, and an exaggerated static stance. “Intersectionism” equally underscores the significance of the “gaze.” In the images from “1999.12.12 The Camel Disappeared,” numerous tangible natural scenes morph into continuously flickering and changing photoelectric graphs. Mesh fabric overlays as a projection screen in the work “Lumiere, mire, rime,” transforming crystal cave photographs into binary code of 0 and 1. This deprives viewers of the right to project, as projection implies disdain and forgetfulness. Uta invites viewers simply to gaze, using this transparent medium to penetrate objects or phenomena, entering their interiors and deeply grasping them in memory. Nature implies an understanding of this world, with waves representing the potentiality appearing on every substance. The gaze, as a wave, serves as a medium capable of penetrating these intersecting layers.

From text to symbols and then to spatial installations, the character of Nuï in Uta’s works exists in the interstice between the real world and the dream world. It signifies a relationship of consciousness and experiential awareness, acting as a medium where physical reality intersects with psychological reality. Internal space intertwines with external space, dreams blend with reality, spirituality meets materiality, and time and space coexist parallelly or intersect vertically. It is a reflective exploration of the essence of consciousness experienced from a first-person perspective. Each artwork in the exhibition forms a cross-representation of these two spaces, connecting them through different media characterized by their “transparency.” This establishes a world grammar that merges coincidence and intersigns.

Uta Guan Hyë

Born in China, currently residing and creating in Ardèche, France. Uta (guan) received theatrical education in China and conducted research and creative work involving experimentation with visual arts and documentary filmmaking in Paris and Ardèche. She is also the co-founder of XYÄ Edition © (2023), a variable geometry press entity geared towards writing, sound phenomenon and inner engineering technologies of Asian and the Caribbean.

Transcends her own confines by engaging with various dimensions, ecosystems, and events. She navigates between the tangible world and the foundational realm, establishing an intimate nexus through writing, actions, and audio-visually elements characterized by an “infinite spatiotemporal configuration.” Her pursuit is to encapsulate the elusive, unstable, and ever-shifting traces of reality, often imbued with allegorical, and ritualistic qualities.

Galerie Met Mariannenstraße 33 10999 Berlin

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