PREVIEW: Chicks on Speed – Cultural Workship Now! in Berlin Art opening Friday, 9th September 2011

Chicks on Speed  copyright Beda Mulzer 300x300 PREVIEW: Chicks on Speed – Cultural Workship Now! in Berlin Art opening Friday, 9th September 2011
10th September until 23rd October 2011, daily from 12-7 pm
Exhibition, Performances, Workshops – Talks with Chicks on Speed and guests
Opening reception with Dr. Jan Stöß, district chairman for education and culture

Press conference & preview: Friday 9th September, at 11 am
A project organized by Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien and Chicks on Speed; funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.

CULTURAL WORKSHIP NOW! will be the first ever large-scale presentation of the work of CHICKS ON SPEED in Germany, from their beginnings in the 1990s up until the present day. CHICKS ON SPEED are pioneers of the interdisciplinary arts, blurring the lines between art, fashion, music, technology and performance and combining these forms to create a new whole.

Kunstraum Kreuzberg will become the headquarters, workspace and meeting point for diverse artists, setting the course for a cultural production of the future. Besides an exhibition featuring concrete objects, installations and video works, there will be a focus on the presentation and production of new performances. The CULTURAL WORKSHIP is a Noah’s Ark for art that exudes the spirit Warhol’s Factory and pays homage to communal excess-processes.

CHICKS ON SPEED form the electrifying nexus of their motto ART, MUSIC, FASHION, ACTION! Since the collective’s formation the past 15 years has seen the intensive collaboration with other artists becoming an integral component of the group’s artistic practice – and this fluctuating structure can be seen in the exhibition CULTURAL WORKSHIP NOW! Long-term companions such as A.L. Steiner, Kathi Glas, Douglas Gordon, Deborah Schamoni and Anat Ben-David are represented here alongside cooperation partners such as Jeremy Scott and Karl Lagerfeld. CHICKS ON SPEED’s cosmos is not only home to these accomplished old hands but also to artists such as Kroot Juurak, Vladimir Karaleev, Johnny Dogday, Christophe Coppins, Max Kibardin, Bifacco, Alex Posada and Hangar.org, Nadine Jessen, Juliana Solmsdorf, Sophie von Hellermann, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Boris Edelstein Modul8, Jasmina Machina, to name but a few.

Parallel to the exhibition that features the diversity of CHICKS ON SPEED’s artistic field, there will be a series of performance/music/lecture evenings between the 14th and 17th of September held in the rooms of the former chapel (Studio 1). Program, starting 8 pm in Studio 1 each day, entrance fee €5/€10:

Wednesday, 14.09.11: “Theremin Tapestry” (live performance, theory lecture and video screening).Performance lecture-Anat Ben-David, music Jasmina
Thursday, 15.09.11: “The Naked Performers” go Bollywood (theory lecture and video screening, DJing.With Chicks on Speed (Alex Murray-Leslie & Melissa Logan), Kroot Juurak, Maral Salmassi
Friday, 16.09.11: “Venus Goddess Inventor” (performance, theory lecture and video screening) .With Kathi Glas, Alex Murray-Leslie and Anat Ben-David, A.L. Steiner
Saturday, 17.09.11: “Wrectangle: sometimes a cigar box is not just a cigar box” (theory and practice mash up, performance, music, party) with Chicks on Speed (Alex Murray-Leslie & Melissa Logan), A.L. Steiner, Kroot Juurak, Nadine Jessen, Jasmina Machina.

Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin
www.chicksonspeed.com

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Mark Westall is the founder and editor of FAD Website, a curation of the world’s most interesting culture, and Creative Director of FAD Agency, a strategy & creative agency working with brands to solve business problems using cultural tools. In 2008 following his passion for art he founded what has grown to become FADwebsite. FADwebsite is internationally recognized as a key figure within the emerging and contemporary art world, and has been selected as official partner by organizations as diverse as Moving Image, Volta and Christie’s. In addition Mark is a columnist for City and Canary Wharf Magazines and expert advisor to art fair Strarta.

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