Kategorien Archives: Love and Space


In its first year, Salon Populaire followed two thematic threads, which evolved from the composition of the project itself. On the one hand, we were interested in current conceptions and the handling of space, which have given important impulses to the content and the formal direction of the salon. Out of this, we developed preliminary key questions that deal with the production conditions in the arts and in other fields: Which and where are the spaces for thinking and presenting art today? What do they look like? Which (social) functions can they perform? In which way do they inscribe themselves into urban space?

The second topic, Love, emerged from of the social function of the salon. Personal and/or private bonds form a natural part of the art system today. The division between private and professional is even less possible here than in other fields, or perhaps it is even unwanted. Dealing with these relationships is problematic insofar as they are an immanent part of the exploitation logic in the capitalist system, and thus are automatically purposeful. In the salon, we followed the thesis that love nevertheless and still has the transforming (and maybe the revolutionary) potential to break open the rigid polarity of advantage vs.profit and pure disinterestedness, and that the basic principles of solidarity, support, care and trust, which come along with love, are preconditions for meaningful working and living.

#14 – Carry On 25.05.2011

A conversation between Antje Majewski, Mathilde ter Heijne and Ludwig Seyfarth about marches, processions, objects in rituals and some 70s feminist issues.

Starting from their present exhibition at gallery Olaf Stüber in Berlin, Antje Majewski and Mathilde ter Heijne talk with Ludwig Seyfarth about the different use and impact of rituals, marches and processions in visuals arts.

In Antje Majewski’s video “Procession”, teenagers carry fragile handmade paper works, offerings that where put in the water of the Spree. A group of Turkish women from a self initiated handcraft market carry a 30 meter long handmade art piece, produced together with Mathilde ter Heijne for ‚Olacak!’, a project to stress the significance of these kind of alternative economic networks.

The conversation will depart from these objects that were not meant to be sculptures but were produced to become the center of projects developed to explore the strength of collective action, the use of alternative economic strategies and the creation of meaning in female networks.

#13 – Having fun 13.04.2011

With Annika Larsson

Annika Larsson shows a selection of amateur films from her archive, while playing on her KORG MS 20 analogue synthesizer, creating noise and moments of silence.

“When the senses demand pleasure, they look for objects of visual beauty, harmonious sounds, fragrant perfumes, and things that are pleasant to the taste or soft to the touch. But when their motive is curiosity, they may look for just the reverse of these things, simply to put to the proof, not for the sake of an unpleasant experience, but from a relish for investigation and discovery. What pleasure can there be in the sight of a mangled corpse, which can only horrify? Yet people will flock to see one lying on the ground, simply for the sensation of sorrow and horror that it gives them. They are even afraid that it would bring them nightmares, as though it was something that they had been forced to look at while they were awake or something to which they had been attracted by rumors of its beauty.” St. Augustine – Confessions

#12 – Once Again: With all our Love for the Love of Orlando 02.03.2011

In this film screening around characters, conceptions and misconceptions of love, Discoteca Flaming Star will show a selection of their video works.Comment on them with words, inform them with sparkles and some angels, prelude them with some DJ-ing and make the evening die away with more heartbreaking songs.

The program will start with the video “Com Viet” by Anita Di Bianco (French with German subtitles) and will be accompanied all night with an ongoing performance by Sofia Lomba.

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#11 – Money in Friends 15.12.2010

You buy love, insurance, stockings, drugs, cauliflower, cars and plastic toys. But can you also buy friends? Yes, you can! We, “The Followers of Midas”, are going to show you how it works.

In the meantime, we’ll entertain you by means of illegal gambling, photography, secret documents, pickpocketing and music.

Trust us.

With August Diehl, Tanja Krone, Marc Limpach, Julia Malik and Hans Narva from “Maiden Monsters” and “Hands up – Excitement!”

#10 – Athens Night 08.12.2010

It’s Athens, 416 a.d., and a number of the city’s luminaries get together for a drinking party at the home of the famous tragedian, Agathon. After some eating, drinking and dilly-dallying, they each resolve to deliver a panegyric in praise of Love. The spirited, sage and sumptuous results have been written down for posterity (in the voice of one Apollodorus of Phalerum, who heard it from Aristodemus of Cydathenaeum and Socrates himself) by Plato, in one of his most deft dramatic dialogues, which we now know simply as The Symposium, or drinking party.

An abridged reading of Plato’s Symposium will take place at the Salon Populaire, facilitated by Monika Szewczyk, with distinguished guests Julieta Aranda, Annika Larsson, Hila Peleg, Olivia Plender, Dieter Roelstraete and Felix Vogel, as well as the Salon Populaire’s very own Ellen Blumenstein, in the following roles:

Cast, in order of appearance*

Phaedrus, a hypochondriac literary man

Pausanias, Agathon’s lover

Aristophanes, the comic poet (skips his turn due to hiccups)

Eriximachus, a doctor

Aristophanes, the comic poet

Agathon, a tragic poet and the host of the party

Socrates, the one and only (recalling the advice of Diotima, a wise woman from Mantinea)

Alcibiades, beautiful and notorious, at the zenith of his power in Athens

* The parts of Apollodorus, his unnamed friend and Aristodemus, three characters who introduce the story, will be skipped due to time constraints.

#9 – Stadtplätze, Stadtleben? oder Vermeiden von Menschendingsbums (2 Vorträge) 01.12.2010

City-Space, City-Life? Or the Avoiding of Human gadgets (2 Lectures)

Prof. Dr. Hans – J. Aminde is retired Professor for city planning and architecture and ran an independent bureau. He is editor of the definitive text “Plätze in der Stadt / Spaces in the City”. 

Ulf Aminde is an Artist and Performer working within social coherences and meeting people at the border of crises. In his work he combines elements of fine arts, theater and film. Both will try to give independent Lectures on their work. The Lectures will be held in German.

#8 – Images to the West: An Archive from the GDR. Trade Fair and Industry Design 1967 to 1990. 03.11.2010

With Estelle Blaschke, Armin Linke and Doreen Mende.

The project Images to the West performs an archive of the GDR from different perspectives: an artist, a historian, a researcher, a curator, an architect, a student, a publisher and the archive’s author demonstrate a web of different approaches to a reading of 16,500 photographs in relation to the display strategies of socialism. The archive contains visual documents of production situations of state-owned-combines (VEB) in the GDR and of the presentations of VEB-consumer-products at the International Leipzig Trade Fair from 1967 to Spring 1990. Not only the size of the archive but also the conditions of production are unusual: The East-German Reinhard Mende worked as self-employed photographer under free-market conditions, commissioned by state-combines, to design photographically an image of GDR-economy for an international export, e.g. Non-Socialist-Economic-Territories (NSW) like West-Germany were a main trade partner. The Leipzig Fair marked an exterritorial zone that displayed socialism as a good for a capitalistic market. The image archive reveals, through photography, a construction of a socialist economic reality for an international market under capitalistic conditions and the concealment of existing living and production conditions in the GDR. Still, the project is neither an analysis of the past nor a historical review of GDR economy, socialist space or design. The aim is to point out the double-ideology and contradictions of a real socialism through the practice of exhibiting as a site for an actualization in the present. A project by Estelle Blaschke, Armin Linke, Doreen Mende and Philip Ursprung with Reinhard Mende, Matthias Judt, Kuehn Malvezzi, and Spector Books a.o.

#7 – Seams and Notches 22.09.2010

a Walk in Tiergarten-Süd and Schöneberg on the occasion of the exhibition of Flo Gaertner, Heiko Karn, Katrin Mayer, Eske Schlüters at RECEPTION.

Meeting point: 6 PM at the entrance of Gleisdreieck station, Schöneberger Strasse / curve of Luckenwalder Strasse

with: Heiko Karn, Katrin Mayer, Christine Heidemann

stops: Gleisdreieck, RECEPTION (Kurfürstenstrasse), Bülowstrasse, SALON POPULAIRE…

Kurfürstenstrasse 5a, Berlin – this address on a street running along the border between the districts of Tiergarten and Schöneberg provides both the starting point and the exhibition venue for the most recent work of the artists Flo Gaertner, Heiko Karn, Katrin Mayer and Eske Schlüters at RECEPTION.

In preparation for the exhibition, the artists explored the area’s identity of the area. They based their works on observations of the neighborhood as it is now in conjunction with research into its history and the recent developments in city planning and socio-economic structures, at the same time reflecting on the role of the gallery as an institution.

We would like to start our walk at the Gleisdreieck, which is just beginning its transformation from a wasteland into a tidy park. After visiting the exhibition, we will continue through Nelly Sachs Park and Bülowstraße – stopping by at various places of interest, amongst them where a manifold nightlife has taken place since the beginning of the 20th century. Finally we will arrive at SALON POPULAIRE for drinks and conversations.

#6 – Love and Space 08.09.2010

An Evening with Mario Pfeifer

Introducing music, video and film loosely, associatively and precisely connected to the topic of Love & Space, Mario Pfeifer plays, talks and projects material of his archive discussing the ambivalence, poetry and conception of different cultural production concerning L&S. With contributions by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Lisandro Alsono, Pedro Costa, Carlos Reygadas, Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg, Maurice Pialat, JLG, Sharyriar Nashat, Mark Leckey, Beyonce, M83, RicardoVillalobos, DIAL label and others..

#5 – Use and abuse of Science Fiction: An Introduction 16.06.2010

Doreet Levitte Harten

An introduction to the use and abuse of a genre in which we illustrate why explaining science fiction to a German Intellectual does not differ much from explaining art to a dead rabbit. An attempt at various definitions that concludes in a discussion of a possible sense of wonder, as presented in both SF and the visual arts. The presentation deals with SF as a locus where utopia breathes, dystopia triumphs and aliens are less strange than your average neighbor. Thinking of SF as the authentic expression of modern imagination, its attractions and its dangers – in a time when 3D technologies have murdered imagination once and for all.

Doreet Levitte Harten is a freelance curator based in Berlin

#4 – Praise of Laziness 09.06.2010

A conversation with Mladen Stilinovic

“Laziness can mean courage – for those who are not afraid of being aware of the point or pointlessness of being and being in the world, in other words, laziness is courage for those who do not find salvation in work, those, that is, who do not seek in work the forgetting of being.” (Miroslav Jilek, An essay on the causes and point of laziness, 1977 ) Mladen Stilinovic was to glorify laziness. In the writing In Praise of Laziness (1993), invoking Marcel Duchamp and Kazimir Malevich, he said: “It is not enough to know about laziness, it has to be practiced and made perfect. Artists in the West are not lazy and so they are no longer artists… There is no art without laziness.” (Branka Stipancic)

Mladen Stilinovic is a Croatian artist living in Zagreb.

#3 – Sozialistische Einheiz Party I 26.05.2010

Selected by Jeans Team and Machínes Désirantes.

Stay tuned for details: uniforms, dances, harangues…

#2 – Screening: Drama Queens 05.05.2010

A play by Elmgreen & Dragset; with Text by Tim Etchells

Drama Queens is a play without actors. Seven 20th century superstar sculptures find themselves trapped on a theatre stage and out of their usual context. How do they interact with this new environment and with each other? The drama unfolds through a series of clashes and crossovers between the various “isms” and aesthetics that these sculptures represent. The different sculptures are icons inspired by 20th century art history: Walking Man by Alberto Giacometti (1947), Brillo Box by Andy Warhol (1964), Elegy III by Barbara Hepworth (1966), Four Cubes by Sol Lewitt (1971), Untitled (Granite) by Ulrich Rückriem (1984), Cloud Shepherd by Jean Arp (1953) and Rabbit by Jeff Koons (1986). As ‘personalities’ the sculptures assume characteristics from the cultural zeitgeist in which they were produced. Remotely controlled, the sculptures ‘perform’ to a seated audience, thereby reversing the typical roles of how an audience engages with art in galleries, as well as traditional concepts of theatre.

The play has been developed for the exhibition skulptur projekte münster 07.

Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset are based in London and Berlin.

#1 – The German Issue – An evening dedicated to the Berlin Wall 04.05.2010

Annette Weisser and Sylvère Lotringer will present The German Issue, read selected passages and engage with the audience in a non-nostalgic revision of the 1980s.

Last fall, artist Semiotext(e) re-issued The German Issue (1982) on occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This issue is the ‘Tale of Two Cities’ (Berlin and New York), which embodied all of its period’s tensions and contradictions, and the complex evocation of the rebelling youth-squatters, punks, artists and radicals, theorists and ex-terrorists, who gathered all their energy and creativity in order to outlive a hostile environment.

Annette Weisser is an artist, her work has been reviewed for the Austrian magazine Springerin and the online edition of Afterall. She works and lives in Los Angeles.

Sylvère Lotringer is an author and general editor of Semiotext(e), he lives in New York and Baja California.