The opening campaign 2017

After a 7-month break for renovations, HKW presents an extensive program in the freshly renovated building. Starting January 9, the poster campaign using the new corporate design by NODE Berlin can be viewed in Berlin.

Photo: Lonneke van der Palen – Souvenir

Photo: Lonneke van der Palen – Souvenir

“Now is the time of monsters.”

For her series Souvenir: Memories of a journey never made, the photographer Lonneke van der Palen staged typical poses and subjects from vacation snapshots in her photographic studio.

Quote: Free translation from Antonio Gramsci’s Quaderni del carcere (1929-35), which became known from Slavoj Žižek’s article A Permanent Economic Emergency in the 2010 New Left Review. In his words, “the old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters,” which is probably based on a free translation into the French by Gustave Massiah. The Italian original is, “La crisi consiste appunto nel fatto che il vecchio muore e il nuovo non può nascere: in questo interregno si verificano i fenomeni morbosi più svariati.” In English: “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” (Antonio Gramsci, Selections from the Prison Notebooks of Antonio Gramsci, International Publishers, New York, 1971, p. 276)

Image: The Other Nefertiti, Nora Al-Badri & Jan Nikolai Nelles (video still)

Image: The Other Nefertiti, Nora Al-Badri & Jan Nikolai Nelles (video still)

“Imagine waking up tomorrow and all music has disappeared.”

For their artistic intervention The Other Nefertiti, Nora Al-Badri and Jan Nikolai Nelles had a 3-D print made of the Nefertiti bust exhibited in Berlin’s Neues Museum. Following an exhibition with the 3-D print in Cairo, they buried the object in the Egyptian desert. They published the 3-D scanner files under a Creative Commons license.

Quote: The musician and conceptual artist Bill Drummond in the eponymous documentary film by Stefan Schwietert (2015) speaking about his choral project The17.