Oranienstraße 25
10999 Berlin

Exhibition space:
Daily 12–19h
Wed-Fr until 20h

Tunnel below / Skyjacking above: deconstructing the border

26 August – 1 October 2017
Exhibition, Events

Exhibition view 2017, Photo: Hannes Wiedemann
Exhibition view 2017, Photo: Hannes Wiedemann

This exhibition addresses the immediate impact of Border Regimes today. Usually excluded narratives are revealed while focusing on specific flashpoints: The growing barriers of Europe, the border between the USA and Mexico and the militarized eco-system of the Jordan River. As the contexts may be different, the issues and agendas of repression are often similar. Can border phenomena be examined as part of a larger, neolibe- ral agenda implemented through a war of images, habituating us to increasingly violent realities? Artists
familiar with different border contexts are invited to create and to present work at the nGbK.

Artists
Yoav Admoni, Liz Bachhuber, Miguel Buenrostro, Vienne Chan, Kate Clark, Yann Colonna, Sofia Dona, EDT 2.0 bang lab, ERRE (Marcos Ramirez), Margarita Certeza Garcia, Lisa Glauer, Mareike Hornof, Incendiary Traces (Hillary Mushkin), Duygu Kaban, Edith Kollath, Jan Lemitz, Nina Lundström, Sara Velas



Friday 25th August 2017, 19h,
Opening of the exhibition

Saturday 26th August 2017, from 20h,
Filmscreenings (en)

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“The Right of Passage” by Zanny Begg and Oliver Ressler
“Ephemeral Manifestations. Producing (Counter) Spaces on the Border” by Ana Andrade and Jesus Guerri
“Cycling The Frame” by Cynthia Beatt
“Absent Present” by Angelika Levy


Sunday 27th August 2017, 18h,
Gallery walk (en)

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with artists of the exhibition and the guests Lucia Sanroman (Curator) and Christian Oxenius (Curator)


Sunday 27th August 2017, from 14h,
Lectures by Hillary Mushkin, Vienne Chan, Ellie Frouderaki, Miguel Buenrostro (en)

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Hillary Mushkin “Incendiary Traces”
What color is the EU border? To find out, Incendiary Traces sketched inside Frontex’s surveillance headquarters in Warsaw and at the Hellenic Coast Guard, its key affiliate in Athens. Answer: Blue. Frontex logo blue, corporate office lighting blue, EUROSUR map blue, Mediterranean sea and sky blue.
Vienne Chan “Tax Management – An Introduction. As part of the project: Legal Disobedience, Or How to Avoid Paying Taxes"
It is sensible and wise to manage your tax obligations. In this lecture, 18884930 Ltd. will discuss how Israeli citizens can optimise their taxes as a legal method for civil disobedience.
Ellie Frouderaki (Guest) “Amar"
Amar is an ongoing audio project that started in Greece in May 2017. It is based on recordings of a sequence of recitations of a song which represents a random cultural starting point on the map of the most popular immigration routes of the world.
A similar format is going to be used for the project's presentation, with a real time experimentation on the alteration of oral cultural expressions when they travel through different people sitting in a circle. How is a foreign phrase perceived and how is it transmitted within a sequence of people when it remains foreign to all? Is the incomprehensible resulting phrase legitimate as such or it constitutes a cultural monstrosity? How can we socially interpret this alteration of oral forms?
Miguel Buenrostro “Heterotopias” (otras utopias)
Heterotopias is a contemplation of the city of Tijuana throughout spaces and places that reflect on the resistance in urban life, the erasure of city memory, and the border's geopolitical forces manifested in the transformation of the architectural spaces. 


Thursday 07th September 2017, 16.30h ,
Walk “Urbanborderland“ (en)
Start: nGbK

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with Yann Colonna, Duygu Kaban, Mareike Hornof.
Join the free tour „Urbanborderland“ and become part of an unique experience. If you think borders are something distant somewhere in the desert, then let us take you through some of the different Urbanborderlands of everyday life. Starting at nGbk, via Lausitzer-Platz, we will zig-zag the “Görlitzer-Park” and look at its magnificent history, then cross the former GDR Border and have some Mexican Tacos while chatting about administrative zoning at “Wagenburg Lohmühle”. After our little snack we'll continue our walk towards “Lohmühlenbrücke” while deconstructing Gender, then move on to the “Thielenbrücke” to look at the latest fashion trends and finally get to rest with a picturesque view on “Dreiländereck”. An additional boot trip to the Molecule Man can be booked on demand. Food and drinks will be served all along the tour.


Friday 15th September 2017, 15.30h,
Walk “Urbanborderland“ (en)
Start: nGbK

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with Yann Colonna, Duygu Kaban, Mareike Hornof.
Join the free tour „Urbanborderland“ and become part of an unique experience. If you think borders are something distant somewhere in the desert, then let us take you through some of the different Urbanborderlands of everyday life. Starting at nGbk, via Lausitzer-Platz, we will zig-zag the “Görlitzer-Park” and look at its magnificent history, then cross the former GDR Border and have some Mexican Tacos while chatting about administrative zoning at “Wagenburg Lohmühle”. After our little snack we'll continue our walk towards “Lohmühlenbrücke” while deconstructing Gender, then move on to the “Thielenbrücke” to look at the latest fashion trends and finally get to rest with a picturesque view on “Dreiländereck”. An additional boot trip to the Molecule Man can be booked on demand. Food and drinks will be served all along the tour.


Saturday 23rd September 2017, 14.30h,
Walk “Urbanborderland“ (en)
Start: nGbK

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with Yann Colonna, Duygu Kaban, Mareike Hornof.
Join the free tour „Urbanborderland“ and become part of an unique experience. If you think borders are something distant somewhere in the desert, then let us take you through some of the different Urbanborderlands of everyday life. Starting at nGbk, via Lausitzer-Platz, we will zig-zag the “Görlitzer-Park” and look at its magnificent history, then cross the former GDR Border and have some Mexican Tacos while chatting about administrative zoning at “Wagenburg Lohmühle”. After our little snack we'll continue our walk towards “Lohmühlenbrücke” while deconstructing Gender, then move on to the “Thielenbrücke” to look at the latest fashion trends and finally get to rest with a picturesque view on “Dreiländereck”. An additional boot trip to the Molecule Man can be booked on demand. Food and drinks will be served all along the tour.


Friday 29th September 2017, 21h ,
Filmscreening “Félix: Autoficciones de un traficante / Felix: Self-Fictions Of A Smuggler” (en)

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by Adriana Trujillo and Jose Inerzia from the Polen Collective


Friday 29th September 2017, 20h,
Performative reading “Gute Schleuser, schlechte Fluchthelfer | Good human traffickers, bad escape agents” (dt/en)

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by Birgit Auf der Lauer and Caspar Pauli

During a performative lecture the artists present fragments of stories, information and documents of former West Berlin based bands of traffickers as well as those who operate today on the greek-turkish border river Evros. Although both groups are service-oriented, make use of criminal means and jeopardize human lives public debate only ever mentions the good "escape agents" or bad "traffickers".
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Since graduating in 2011 from the art academies of Berlin Birgit Auf der Lauer & Caspar Pauli work together. The duo's immediate and culturally diverse neigbourhood of Neukölln (a district in Berlin) is moving the artists and their work, sometimes towards research trips to other cities or countries, sometimes just a few metres down the streets of Neukölln.
Their works have been shown at various galleries of the city of Berlin, Depot Istanbul, nGbK, Maxim Gorki Theatre, the Academy of the Arts of the World, Goethe Institute Cairo and Bogota, at the NSU Tribunal in Cologne and National Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest.


Saturday 30th September 2017, from 18h ,
Filmscreening and Talk (en)

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Filmscreening “Limina” by Mario Rizzi

Talk with:
Amy Sara Carroll (Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0) “Transborder Immigrant Tool”
Lisa Groß and Jonas Rudolph “Watch the Med - Alarmphone”

Moderation: AbdouMaliq Simone


Sunday 01st October 2017, from 18h,
Finissage: Performance Dinner “Re/flecting the Border” by Margarita Certeza Garcia (en)

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“Re/flecting the Border” is a performance piece that goes beyond the boundaries, creating a temporary dialectical heterotopia that opens questions around globalization, citizenship and migration. Incorporating sensory modalities often disarticulated into their components in contemporary art (sculpture, performance, food and music) it translates them into the vernacular. Although the elements of a ‘feast’ are included, it does not aim to satisfy corporeal hunger, but rather provoke dialogue, or even engender disgust. Designed to be viewed, handled, inhaled and ingested, food is not only substance but also meaning. The work functions as both a performing object and small reminder of the surfeit of consumption that fuels the exploitation of workers and migrants worldwide.





nGbK project group: Alexandra Camara, Yann Colonna, Margarita Certeza Garcia, Lisa Glauer, Jan Lemitz, Nina Lundström

Supported by:
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The work by Lisa Glauer was realized with the support of Einstein Stiftung Berlin and with the help of Graduiertenschule der Universität der Künste Berlin