(group exhibition)

The opening exhibition Please Leave your Rich and Beautiful Friends Outside is a programmatic group show introducing the working concept of FIELD. The thematic focus of this curated project space on “human bodies” is exemplified by eleven international artists working in various media. Their conceptual and dialogical approaches extend the boundaries of cognitive and sensory perception and transcend limitations of media and subject matter.


During the opening weekend of Art Forum Berlin, FIELD artist
Lynn Pook will connect visitors to her audio-tactile installation À fleur de peau, which will certainly catapult some people out of their ideas about what art can be and which senses it addresses.

Saturday 29 September 2007

The first
discourse lab will bring together various academics and practitioners under the heading of Decelerating the Attention to examine current artistic structures and mechanisms in a time of increasing acceleration. In search of reflection, exact observation and personal debate.

Thursday 15 November 2007, 7 pm
Admission: free


Dr. Eduard Beaucamp
Author and journalist, former editor of the features section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Sabine Ofenbach
Critic, publishing director of Texte zur Kunst

Christoph Tannert
Curator, director of the Künstlerhaus Bethanien

F.M. Alexander’s Discoveries: an introductory
workshop for adults on the Alexander Technique with Heike Sheratte. This method of postural optimisation is based on the conviction of Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869 – 1955) that the human being is an organism in which all mental, emotional and physical processes are inseparably related. Alexander coined the term “the use of the self” for the everyday employment of our organism. There are many factors in human life – particularly stress, haste and the pressure to succeed – that can interfere with the harmonious functioning of the organism. This is shown in unfavourable, automatic patterns of movement and behaviour. Every one of us develops habits which feel familiar and therefore right, but which limit our freedom. The Alexander Technique provides ways of decelerating these stereotyped reactions to reach a deeper perception of our physical processes. Habits and patterns are recognised by turning the attention to them, and this opens up new possibilities of movement and enables each individual to chose consciously between different possible reactions. Releasing old habits leads to new freedoms in the entire physical and mental spectrum.

Thursday 25 October 2007, 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Admission: 12 €, reduced admission: 8 €

For each of its exhibitions FIELD plans to organise a tour or workshop for children and young people in collaboration with the Weinmeisterhaus youth centre in Berlin-Mitte and the non-profit youth art association
JungeMeister.net – Kunstnetzwerk Berlin. At these events young people will be introduced to the artworks on exhibition and their related subject matter through practice-related play and creativity directed by the artists themselves. The first workshops will be led by Lynn Pook and Julien Clauss, and by Christl Mudrak.

Planned for October / November 2007

The matching film to Please Leave your Rich and Beautiful Friends Outside is Robert Altman’s classic Prêt-à-Porter, made in 1994. It satirises the fast-moving fashion world, the mad rush for the latest things and the obsessions of the rich and famous.

Thursday 11 October 2007, 07:30 pm
Admission: free

The second screening will be of Miracle in Milan, made in 1951 by Vittorio De Sica. This film is a masterpiece of Italian neo-realism set in an orphanage and a slum. The poor struggle in vain against the takeover of their neighbourhood by an oil magnate. Towards the end there are omens and miracles of remarkable symbolic strength. Response to the film ranged from “Catholic, comforting” to “a manifesto for the overthrow of society on communist lines.”

Thursday 1 November 2007, 07:30 pm
Admission: free

In his most famous book The Discovery of Slowness, Sten Nadolny tells the story of the life of John Franklin, the English seafarer and explorer of the North Pole (1886 - 1847), in a subtle examination of time. Slowness becomes an art that gives meaning to the rhythm of life. A reduced tempo means orientation, the capacity for enjoyment, a sense of responsibility and respect. The author discovers slowness as a human principle. Nadolny was born in 1942 in Zehdenick, Brandenburg. He caused a sensation in 1980 when he read a chapter of this novel to win the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in Klagenfurt and then shared out the prize money with his participating fellow colleagues.

Reading by: Julia Schleipfer (art historian, actress, announcer)
Thursday 18 October 2007, 7:30 pm
Admission: 5 €, reduced admission: 2 €

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