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.
“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)
“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.
“Since that time nothing further has been discovered.”
The Malwiya Minaret in the Iraqi city of Samarra, north of Baghdad, dates from the middle of the 9th century. The photo shows Iraqi police officers in December 2007. Nora Al-Badri and Jan Nikolai Nelles appropriated the picture for their work Greetings from Iraq.
Quote: From the Babyloniaca by Berossos, a contemporary of Alexander the Great, which has only been preserved in fragments. In it, he describes how a monster called Oannes, half fish, half human, appears from the Red Sea to teach people different techniques of civilized life: “how to build cities, found temples, and make laws. It taught men how to determine borders and divide land, also how to plant seeds and then to harvest their fruits and vegetables. In short, it taught men all those things conducive to a settled and civilized life. Since that time nothing further has been discovered.” (Gerald P. Verbrugghe, John M. Wickersham, Berossos and Manetho, Introduced and Translated. Native Traditions in Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, University of Michigan Press, 2001, p. 44)