With: Andy Holtin, Cecily Brennan, Ralph Ammer, Egill Saebjörnsson, James Bullough, Lancelot Coar & Patrick Harrop. Curated by the MMX team (Jonathan Gröger, Rebecca Loyche & Jason Burgess)
Vernissage: 28 January, 18:00 – 22:00, with performance by The Ebert Brothers
Finissage:19 February, 18 :00 – 22 :00
MMX Open Art Venue, Linienstraße 142/143, 10115 Berlin
Opening times: Wed 12:00 – 22:00, Thu – Sun 12:00 – 19:00
MMX Open Art Venue finished its last show on December 3, 2010 completing the one-year planned project. The Berlin audience asked if there was any way to keep MMX going. Encore will be doing just that, with the last MMX project at Linienstraße in collaboration with transmediale.11 and the theme RESPONSE : ABILITY. How do artists make compelling work in the face of an ever-growing global media saturated society? Encore responds with a range of artworks that question the participatory and existential role of the viewer’s experience. With an emphasis on more minimalistic approaches and sensory fundamentals, each room at MMX will affirm our daily presence in a different light.
From Ireland, there is an unnerving video installation by Cecily Brennan and from Washington D.C., an interactive video piece by Andy Holtin with performance developed by Kelly Bond. Ralph Ammer from München creates responsive video projections that center around the symbol of the house. Icelander Egill Saebjörnsson challenges the spectrum of media art with his minimalistic play involving moving sculptures and light. From the University of Manitoba, Lancelot Coar and Patrick Harrop curate a program of media work coming out of Winnipeg, including a huge, projectable fabric structure that takes up the entire front courtyard of Linienstraße 142. Like all good things that must come to an end, Encore allows one last taste of a great project in collaboration with transmediale.11.
MMX open art venue is an artist run, non-profit space that has existed for one year in Berlin’s commercial gallery street Linienstraße in Mitte. Run by Berlin-based photographer Jonathan Gröger, artist Rebecca Loyche from New York and American Jason Burgess also make up the team. MMX occupies the ground floor and surrounding garden area of one of the last untouched, unrenovated buildings on Linienstraße. The art space transformed out of a squatted dilapidated building into one of Berlin’s most popular alternative art venues overnight. There is a concentration on presenting qualitative but underexposed art throughout the +1000sqm that MMX occupies with its several gallery rooms, video screening room, music venue space, back courtyard, and one of the only front gardens in the district. MMX strives to bring people and art together by presenting exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, musical performances, and unique weekly events.