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Kultur- und Ausstellungsort für ortsspezifische zeitgenössische Kunst
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Berlin's former bear pit now transforming into a site specific contemporary art space.
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Der Bärenzwinger im Köllnischen Park ist seit September 2017 erstmals als Kulturstandort für die Öffentlichkeit zugänglich. Das ehemalige Gehege der Berliner Stadtbären wird durch den Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur des Bezirksamts Mitte von Berlin als Plattform für kollaboratives Lernen, Forschen und Experimentieren mit kuratorisch-künstlerischer Praxis entwickelt. Mit ortsspezifischen Ausstellungs- und Veranstaltungsformaten sollen seine Geschichte und Besonderheiten sowie aktuelle stadtkulturelle Themen reflektiert werden. Das kuratorische Programm des Bärenzwingers für die kommenden zwei Jahre gliedert sich in drei thematische Schwerpunkte: Der erste mit dem Titel ›Spuren des Animalischen‹ befasst sich mit der spürbaren Absenz / Präsenz der Bären. Der zweite Schwerpunkt fokussiert ›Architekturen der Segregation‹, die sowohl die Innen- als auch die Außenräume des Bärenzwingers durchziehen. Unter dem Titel ›Projektionen der Ununterscheidbarkeit‹ entwickelt der dritte kuratorische Programmpunkt schließlich Ideen für Perspektiven und zukünftige Szenarien des Bärenzwingers. Das Projekt wird ermöglicht durch die Spartenübergreifende Förderung und die bezirklichen Förderfonds der Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.

Wie gewohnt öffnen

02/03/2021

From now on, a virtual tour through our current exhibition "Open Sesame" is available on our website.💎

Using 3D technology, Erkan Affan and the team of Bärenzwinger have taken the opportunity to transform the installed material exhibition on site into an immersive virtual experience.

Thank you so much especially to Erkan Affan, the curatorial team, all participating artists, the Artland team and everyone involved! 🌹

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Ab sofort ist ein virtueller Rundgang durch unsere aktuelle Ausstellung "Open Sesame" auf unserer Website verfügbar.💎

Mit Hilfe der 3D-Technologie haben Erkan Affan und das Team von Bärenzwinger die Möglichkeit genutzt, die vor Ort aufgebaute Ausstellung in ein immersives virtuelles Erlebnis zu verwandeln.

Vielen Dank vor allem an Erkan Affan, das kuratorische Team, alle beteiligten Künstler*innen, das Artland-Team und alle Beteiligten! 🌹

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Open Sesame: A Photophobic Experiment
Furmaan Ahmed, Anna Banout, Tewa Barnosa, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Sanni Est, Gabriel Massan
Until 21.03.

Curated by Erkan Affan with Sanni Est and Tewa Barnosa (Artists-In-Residence)

Production: Ulrike Riebel
Coordination: Maja Smoszna
Graphic Design: Viktor Schmidt
Virtual Tour: Artland

The journal “Notausgang: Mapping the Journey of Spaces” has launched today! The journal, edited by Kofi Shakur, was comm...
27/02/2021

The journal “Notausgang: Mapping the Journey of Spaces” has launched today! The journal, edited by Kofi Shakur, was commissioned by Erkan Affan within the framework of the Open Sesame: A Photophobic Experiment programme. The contributions in the journal examine how 'space' is approached and normalized - check it our on our website.

You'll find more information on our website in English and German, but most of the written contributions in the publication are in German language.

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Das Journal "Notausgang: Mapping the Journey of Spaces" ist heute online erschienen! Das Journal, herausgegeben von Kofi Shakur, wurde von Erkan Affan im Rahmen des Open Sesame: A Photophobic Experiment-Programms initiiert. Die Beiträge des Journals untersuchen, wie sich 'Raum' angenähert wird, wie 'Raum' normalisiert wird - die Publikation kann auf unserer Website heruntergeladen werden.

Die Textbeiträge wurden in deutscher Sprache verfasst.

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“Notausgang: Mapping the Journey of Spaces”

Participation:
• Editor-at-large: Kofi Shakur @blackblocbolshevik
• Designer: Chau Luong @yesitschaulikeciao
• Coordinator: Erkan Affan @alo_erkan
• Contributor (text): Nerges Azizi @narges_azizz
• Contributor (visual): Ahmed Isam Aldin @ahmed.i.aldin
• Contributor (text): Simin Jawabreh @siminjawa
• Contributor (visual): Dachil Sado @dachilsado

#photophobicexperiment #openingnotopenings #baerenzwinger_berlin #kulturmitte #luisenstadt #architecture #urbanspace

We are continuing our digital presentation of the current exhibition »Open Sesame: A Photophobic Experiment« with a cont...
13/02/2021

We are continuing our digital presentation of the current exhibition »Open Sesame: A Photophobic Experiment« with a contribution by Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley. In an interview with Erkan Affan, Danielle talked about working at Bärenzwinger and the exhibition space’s legacy as a bear kennel:

“Bärenzwinger is not a neutral space. They don’t have the privilege of being neutral. It is not a white box gallery; it is literally a cage.“

„All of this really limited what I felt comfortable with putting into the space. (…) So how I started to approach it was like, ‘right – this space is not for us. This space is not ours. The space cannot centre Black trans people here’. So, I named the work “It Can’t Be Done”, and I addressed exactly how you cannot centre Black trans people behind bars – whilst also trying to do a little appreciation of what Black and trans people are.“

The full interview with Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley is available on our website as part of the online series „Erkan Affan in conversation with …“ 💎 www.baerenzwinger.de

Exhibition
Open Sesame: A Photophobic Experiment
Furmaan Ahmed, Anna Banout, Tewa Barnosa, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Sanni Est, Gabriel Massan
21.01.- 21.03.2021 (postponed)

Curated by Erkan Affan with
Sanni Est and Tewa Barnosa (Artists-in-Residence)

Images: Installation view. Photo by Katrina Singleton BIPOC Film Society

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Gabriel Massan in conversation with Erkan Affan on the OPEN SESAME show:Gabriel Massan talks about collaborating with Sa...
05/02/2021

Gabriel Massan in conversation with Erkan Affan on the OPEN SESAME show:

Gabriel Massan talks about collaborating with Sanni Est on the project for the Open Sesame exhibition:

"She told me a little bit about her story, and her city Recife to which I’ve never been. So, we started talking about exchanging experiences, about us as individuals in places that are not close to the centre of the cities that we used to live in. Then she told me about the mangrove environment, that is kind of like a swamp but not a swamp. The water is dark, but not too dark; green with crabs in it. People made money from this environment by fishing and selling crabs. I started to think about how this environment could look like in my head, because I’ve never been there.

This matched with my research because since 2017 I’ve been imagining other spaces and other worlds that are difference - inspired by my experiences as a Black body and a Black queer in Brazil, and all the experiences in art or in my life, with my family, or just with my community and how they treat us there. So, from there I started imagining how it would look like if our stories could be told and not be erased from histories. I started from an archaeological point of view, doing exercises in my mind and trying to create images in my consciousness that could represent science, religion, sex, gender, colour, and nature, recomposing everything and turning it into a new kind of life. And by working with Sanni and mixing these concepts, I came out with a new kind of work at the Bärenzwinger called “mangue” that is basically a representation of what I see." Gabriel Massan

Detail of "Mangue", installation view. Photo by Katrina Singleton, BIPOC Film Society

We are continuing our digital presentation of the current exhibition »Open Sesame: A Photophobic Experiment« with a cont...
29/01/2021

We are continuing our digital presentation of the current exhibition »Open Sesame: A Photophobic Experiment« with a contribution by Artist-In-Residence Sanni Est. In conversation with Erkan Affan Sanni says: »A lot of my biography is the main inspiration, and first point of observation, that I go from to start analysing the structures and dynamics around me. Obviously with a strong sociological, political, cultural and analytical approach to everything. Right now, which also specifically relates to the exhibition, I have been working on Photophobia that started out as a manifesto and an album concept but has developed into a number of different manifestations.«

The full interview with Sanni Est is available on our website as part of the online series
„Erkan Affan in conversation with …“ 💎 --> www.baerenzwinger.berlin

Exhibition
Open Sesame: A Photophobic Experiment
Furmaan Ahmed, Anna Banout, Tewa Barnosa, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Sanni Est, Gabriel Massan
21.01.- 21.03.2021 (postponed)

Curated by Erkan Affan with
Sanni Est and Tewa Barnosa (Artists-in-Residence)

Production: Ulrike Riebel
Coordination: Maja Smoszna
Graphic Design: Viktor Schmidt
Installation view. Photo by Katrina Singleton BIPOC Film Society

Starting with a contribution by Artist-in-Residence Tewa Barnosa, we invite you to get a glimpse of the current exhibiti...
29/01/2021

Starting with a contribution by Artist-in-Residence Tewa Barnosa, we invite you to get a glimpse of the current exhibition Open Sesame: A Photophobic Experiment. While the doors of Bärenzwinger still remain closed, we move online and introduce you to the installed works of our current exhibition.

"The neon piece is also related to the state of numbness I have spoken about before. The actual word says silence in Arabic, which is "Samt" - but the last letter has subverted the Arabic script's letter for "T" and turned it into the Infinity symbol. It refers to this continuous state of people being silent, never speaking or reflecting on what is really happening. So, with the airport installation this neon piece fits together very well because it allows for a collective emphasis on the cycle of events that are happening over and over and over to an extent where we are starting to normalize these events and think they are OK. Being silent is the norm now, and these pieces are aiming to challenge that.“
Tewa Barnosa

The full interview with Tewa Barnosa is available on our website as part of the online series „Erkan Affan in conversation with …“ 💎 --> www.baerenzwinger.berlin

Exhibition
Open Sesame: A Photophobic Experiment
Furmaan Ahmed, Anna Banout, Tewa Barnosa, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Sanni Est, Gabriel Massan
21.01.- 21.03.2021 (postponed)

Curated by Erkan Affan with
Sanni Est and Tewa Barnosa (Artists-in-Residence)

Production: Ulrike Riebel
Coordination: Maja Smoszna
Graphic Design: Viktor Schmidt
Installation view. Photo by Katrina Singleton BIPOC Film Society

Erkan Affan in conversation with Gabriel Massan, who discusses his collaborative work with Sanni Est on the mangroves of...
19/01/2021

Erkan Affan in conversation with Gabriel Massan, who discusses his collaborative work with Sanni Est on the mangroves of Recife, on creating new kinds of life through 3-D art, and on the importance of bringing back memories that have been erased.

As a result of the lockdown in Berlin and the temporary closure of exhibition spaces in Berlin, we’ve decided to move so...
14/01/2021

As a result of the lockdown in Berlin and the temporary closure of exhibition spaces in Berlin, we’ve decided to move some of our conversations online! This week marks the sixth post of our series of interviews between Bärenzwinger curator Erkan Affan and the artists of the upcoming programme in 2021. Sixth, we have commissioned artist Gabriel Massan with the full interview available online soon!

Photo by Bernardo Martins

Wir danken allen, die mit uns durch dieses besondere Jahr gegangen sind. Dankeschön vom gesamten Bärenzwinger Team für d...
31/12/2020

Wir danken allen, die mit uns durch dieses besondere Jahr gegangen sind. Dankeschön vom gesamten Bärenzwinger Team für die Zusammenarbeit, Gespräche und Diskussionen, Workshops und Ausstellungen – vor Ort und virtuell.
Wir halten euch auf dem Laufenden, wie es 2021 weitergeht!

Jetzt online auf unserem YouTube Kanal:Die Dokumentation des Forums "Visionen für den Bärenzwinger", das im September 20...
29/12/2020

Jetzt online auf unserem YouTube Kanal:
Die Dokumentation des Forums "Visionen für den Bärenzwinger", das im September 2020 stattfand. Kunst- und Kulturinteressierte waren eingeladen, Ideen und Visionen für den Kulturstandort in das Forum einzubringen. Der Zusammenschnitt des Livestreams zum Forum "Bärenzwinger - Visionen für den Kulturstandort" fasst jetzt die Kernaussagen der Redebeiträge zusammen und zeigt Ausschnitte des Graphic Recording von Christoph J Kellner, das die Diskussion visuell festhält.

Der Bärenzwinger soll langfristig als öffentlicher Ort für zeitgenössische Kunst und lebendige Stadtkultur in Berlin erhalten bleiben. Um dies zu ermöglichen, sind insbesondere denkmalgerechte Sanierungs- und Umbaumaßnahmen am Bestandgebäude sowie an den Außenflächen erforderlich. Experten*innen aus den Bereichen Kunst und Kultur, Denkmalpflege, Architektur und Szenografie geben Impulse und Denkanstöße für den weiteren Entwicklungsprozess des Bärenzwingers als Kulturstandort.

Im weiteren Entwicklungsprozess des Bärenzwingers wird eine Machbarkeitsstudie erstellt, gefolgt von einem architektonischen Realisierungswettbewerb. Eine Umsetzung des Siegerentwurfs ist für 2023/24 geplant.

Wir freuen uns auf die kommende Entwicklung und danken allen, die am Forum teilgenommen haben.

* Der Zusammenschnitt und das Forum entstanden im Auftrag des Koordinationsbüro für Stadtentwicklung und Projektmanagements - KoSP GmbH als Gebietsbetreuer des Fördergebietes Luisenstadt (Mitte) und Bezirksamt Mitte von Berlin, Stadtentwicklungsamt, Fachbereich Stadtplanung.

Link zum Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVRXiSnMF4M

Erkan Affan in conversation with Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, who discusses the power of archives, on navigating artisti...
19/12/2020

Erkan Affan in conversation with Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, who discusses the power of archives, on navigating artistic commissions that fetishise & commodify, and on the need to address the histories of spaces before adding new meanings to them.

Open Sesame: A Photophobic Experiment
Furmaan Ahmed, Anna Banout, Tewa Barnosa, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Sanni Est,
Gabriel Massan
5.11.2020 - 21.02.2021 (postponed)

Curated by Erkan Affan with
Sanni Est and Tewa Barnosa (Artists-in-Residence)

Production: Ulrike Riebel
Coordination: Maja Smoszna

As a result of the lockdown in Berlin and the temporary closure of exhibition spaces in Berlin, we’ve decided to move so...
16/12/2020

As a result of the lockdown in Berlin and the temporary closure of exhibition spaces in Berlin, we’ve decided to move some of our conversations online! This week marks the fifth post of our series of interviews between Bärenzwinger curator Erkan Affan and the artists of the upcoming programme in 2021. Fifth, we have commissioned artist Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, with the full interview available online soon!

Open Sesame: A Photophobic Experiment
Furmaan Ahmed, Anna Banout, Tewa Barnosa, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Sanni Est,
Gabriel Massan
5.11.2020 - 21.02.2021 (postponed)

Curated by Erkan Affan with
Sanni Est and Tewa Barnosa (Artists-in-Residence)

Production: Ulrike Riebel
Coordination: Maja Smoszna

Erkan Affan in conversation with Furmaan Ahmed, who talks on the power of creating artistic sites that transcend societa...
11/12/2020

Erkan Affan in conversation with Furmaan Ahmed, who talks on the power of creating artistic sites that transcend societal binaries, on negotiating representation in the art & fashion industry, on the works of Baerenzwinger architect Ludwig von Hoffman, and more.

Open Sesame: A Photophobic Experiment
Furmaan Ahmed, Anna Banout, Tewa Barnosa, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Sanni Est,
Gabriel Massan
5.11.2020 - 21.02.2021 (postponed)

Curated by Erkan Affan with
Sanni Est and Tewa Barnosa (Artists-in-Residence)

Production: Ulrike Riebel
Coordination: Maja Smoszna

As a result of the lockdown in Berlin and the temporary closure of exhibition spaces in Berlin, we’ve decided to move so...
09/12/2020

As a result of the lockdown in Berlin and the temporary closure of exhibition spaces in Berlin, we’ve decided to move some of our conversations online! This week marks the fourth post of our series of interviews between Bärenzwinger curator Erkan Affan and the artists of the upcoming programme in 2021. Fourth, we have commissioned artist Furmaan Ahmed, with the full interview available online soon!

Aufgrund des Lockdowns in Berlin und der vorübergehenden Schließung der Galerien in Berlin haben wir uns entschieden, einige unserer Gespräche online zu stellen! Diese Woche veröffentlichen wir den vierten Beitrag unserer Interviewreihe zwischen Bärenzwinger-Kurator Erkan Affan und den Künstlern des kommenden Programms im Jahr 2021. In der vierten Runde haben wir den Künstler Furmaan Ahmed beauftragt, sein vollständiges Interview ist bald online verfügbar!

Image credit: Ciaran Frame

Erkan Affan in conversation with Anna Banout, who talks about her research project “Salt of the Earth” and “identity:oth...
04/12/2020

Erkan Affan in conversation with Anna Banout, who talks about her research project “Salt of the Earth” and “identity:other”, her interpretation of the story of Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves for the Barenzwinger, and on the importance of weapoinsing privileges.

Open Sesame: A Photophobic Experiment
Furmaan Ahmed, Anna Banout, Tewa Barnosa, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Sanni Est,
Gabriel Massan
5.11.2020 - 21.02.2021 (postponed)

Curated by Erkan Affan with
Sanni Est and Tewa Barnosa (Artists-in-Residence)

Production: Ulrike Riebel
Coordination: Maja Smoszna

As a result of the lockdown in Berlin and the temporary closure of exhibition spaces in Berlin, we’ve decided to move so...
02/12/2020

As a result of the lockdown in Berlin and the temporary closure of exhibition spaces in Berlin, we’ve decided to move some of our conversations online! This week marks the second post of our series of interviews between Bärenzwinger curator Erkan Affan and the artists of the upcoming programme in 2021. Third, we have commissioned artist Anna Banout this week, and the full interview will be available online soon!

Open Sesame: A Photophobic Experiment
Furmaan Ahmed, Anna Banout, Tewa Barnosa, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Sanni Est, Gabriel Massan
5.11.2020 - 21.02.2021 (postponed)

Curated by Erkan Affan with
Sanni Est and Tewa Barnosa (Artists-in-Residence)

Production: Ulrike Riebel
Coordination: Maja Smoszna
Foto credit: Kinga Budnik

Erkan Affan in conversation with artist-in-residence Tewa Barnosa, who talks about her artistic work in Tripoli and Berl...
02/12/2020

Erkan Affan in conversation with artist-in-residence Tewa Barnosa, who talks about her artistic work in Tripoli and Berlin, her choice to commission Anna Banout as an artist at the Baarenzwinger, and on presenting artworks that archive the difficulties of living in a country experiencing armed conflict.

Open Sesame: A Photophobic Experiment
Furmaan Ahmed, Anna Banout, Tewa Barnosa, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Sanni Est,
Gabriel Massan
5.11.2020 - 21.02.2021 (postponed)

Curated by Erkan Affan with
Sanni Est and Tewa Barnosa (Artists-in-Residence)

Production: Ulrike Riebel
Coordination: Maja Smoszna
Foto credit: Kasia Kim-Zacharko

As a result of the lockdown in Berlin and the temporary closure of exhibition spaces in Berlin, we’ve decided to move so...
25/11/2020

As a result of the lockdown in Berlin and the temporary closure of exhibition spaces in Berlin, we’ve decided to move some of our conversations online! This week marks the second post of our series of interviews between Bärenzwinger curator Erkan Affan and the artists of the upcoming programme in 2021. Second, we have a conversation with artist-in-residence Tewa Barnosa, with a snippet on our Instagram this week and the full interview available online soon!

Open Sesame: A Photophobic Experiment
Furmaan Ahmed, Anna Banout, Tewa Barnosa, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Sanni Est,
Gabriel Massan
5.11.2020 - 21.02.2021 (postponed)

Curated by Erkan Affan with
Sanni Est and Tewa Barnosa (Artists-in-Residence)

Production: Ulrike Riebel
Coordination: Maja Smoszna
Foto credit: Nada Harib

Quote by Sanni Est, interviewed by Erkan Affan. In the interview Sanni talks about her background & practice, her work a...
20/11/2020

Quote by Sanni Est, interviewed by Erkan Affan. In the interview Sanni talks about her background & practice, her work as a commissioner and artist at the Bärenzwinger, and on the previous significance of "Photophobia" as a concept. Our website will soon be updates with a full version of the interview 🔶🔸

Open Sesame: A Photophobic Experiment
Furmaan Ahmed, Anna Banout, Tewa Barnosa, Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Sanni Est,
Gabriel Massan
5.11.2020 - 21.02.2021 (postponed)

Curated by Erkan Affan with
Sanni Est and Tewa Barnosa (Artists-in-Residence)

Production: Ulrike Riebel
Coordination: Maja Smoszna

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Der Bärenzwinger im Köllnischen Park ist seit September 2017 erstmals als Kulturstandort für die Öffentlichkeit zugänglich. Das ehemalige Gehege der Berliner Stadtbären wird durch den Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur des Bezirksamts Mitte von Berlin als Plattform für kollaboratives Lernen, Forschen und Experimentieren mit kuratorisch-künstlerischer Praxis entwickelt. Mit ortsspezifischen, zeitgenössischen Ausstellungs- und Veranstaltungsformaten werden seine Geschichte und Besonderheiten sowie aktuelle stadtkulturelle Themen reflektiert.

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