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02/2024

We are excited to announce that Gernot Wieland’s The Perfect Square will premiere at Berlinale’s 2024 edition of Forum Expanded!

For twelve years, Wieland worked with an animal trainer who taught birds to fly in circles or squares. The Perfect Square examines how aesthetic norms influence Western views of the world and why these norms result in failure.

The Perfect Square will screen on:

February 19, 2024, 1 pm, Arsenal 1 (premiere)
February 21, 2024, 9 pm, Betonhalle at silent green
February 24, 2024, 4 pm, Arsenal 1

Commissioned by argos centre for audiovisual arts, Brussels, produced by Fluentum, Berlin, and Videoart at Midnight Productions, Berlin, co-produced by Tannenbaum Films, with the support of Berlin Senate for Culture and Europe.

11/2023

Saturday
November 25
5 pm

Marked spaces
Screening, reading and conversation

with Isabel Fargo Cole and Sven Johne, moderated by Daniel Völzke

In the context of his exhibition Das sowjetische Hauptquartier, Sven Johne invited author and translator Isabel Fargo Cole to read from her book Die grüne Grenze (Edition Nautilus, 2017). Cole's debut novel unfolds the story of an artist couple whose life in the Harz Mountains, on the border between East and West, is shaped by a progressive blurring of personal, natural, and political frontiers. Afterwards, Cole and Johne will discuss their perspectives on working with fact and fiction as well as the ability of narratives to let the large speak through the small. The discussion will be moderated by Daniel Völzke.

The evening begins at 5 pm with a screening of the 33-minute film Das sowjetische Hauptquartier (2023). The reading and discussion will follow immediately after.

The event will be held in German, participation is free of charge. Please register in advance (limited capacity).

10/2023

Saturday
October 21
2 pm

Public guided tour in German

with June Drevet

German
Free of charge, no pre-registration needed.

Saturday
October 28
2 pm

Public guided tour in English

A guided tour though the current exhibition for English speaking visitors. Ask questions and enter a conversation about Sven Johne's extensive body of work.

English
Free of charge, no pre-registration needed.

09/2023

As part of Berlin Art Week 2023, Fluentum presents Das sowjetische Hauptquartier (The Soviet Headquarters), a solo exhibition by artist and filmmaker Sven Johne. The core of the exhibition is the titular film, produced by Fluentum and premiering in September. The presentation is complemented by an installation of earlier video works by Johne—some of which are part of the Fluentum Collection—which continue the thematic strands in Das sowjetische Hauptquartier.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue designed by André Fuchs, to be published in December.

07/2023

In the framework of the exhibition Trash The Musical by Loretta Fahrenholz we warmly invite you to join us for our public guided tours in July and a special program around our Closing Weekend.

Saturday
July 15
1 pm

Public guided tour in German
with June Drevet

Free of charge, no pre-registration needed.

3 pm

Public guided tour in English
with Donna Schons

Free of charge, no pre-registration needed.

Events during Closing Weekend

Friday
July 28
7 pm

Screening with a lecture by Evelyn Kreutzer

In her lecture, Dr. Evelyn Kreutzer will speak about the concept of Alternate History by looking at major Hollywood films and the transatlantic implications of its way of memorializing the Holocaust. Afterwards, there will be a film screening, picking up on Loretta Fahrenholz's engagement with films such as Inglourious Basterds in preparation of her exhibition Trash The Musical, which directly fed into the new image series Once Upon a Time in Enemy-Occupied France (2023).

Evelyn Kreutzer is a postdoctoral researcher and video essayist at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Previously, she was a research fellow in the project “(Con)sequential Images – An archaeology of iconic film footage from the Nazi era” and received her PhD in Screen Cultures from Northwestern University.

English / German (The film will be screened in OV with German subtitles)
Free of charge, please register in advance (limited capacity).

Saturday
July 29
3  - 6 pm

Book Launch of Loretta Fahrenholz: Trash The Musical

We celebrate the release of the artist's book Trash The Musical, published on the occasion of Loretta Fahrenholz's exhibition at Fluentum. The book was designed by HIT and is published by Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, Cologne. The essays were written by Felix Bernstein and Magnus Schaefer.

The exhibition will be open until 6 pm. We invite you to join us for cold drinks, a DJ-set as well as exclusive Trash merch!

Saturday
July 29
4 pm

Thank You for Letting Me Be Obsessed with You
A cabaret performance by Alicia McDaid

Performance artist Alicia McDaid turns Fluentum into a stage: In a cabaret revue, McDaid presents her characters and alter-egos, known from her social media world and immortalized in the film Trash The Musical. We close the exhibition with music, songs — and a dog cage.

Free of charge, no pre-registration needed.

06/2023

In the framework of the exhibition Trash The Musical by Loretta Fahrenholz we warmly invite you to join us for our public guided tours in June.

Saturday
June 10
3 pm

Tour with the curators

Dennis Brzek and Junia Thiede will guide you through the exhibition Trash The Musical and give an in-depth insight into the program series In Medias Res: Media, (Still) Moving, which they conceived. Loretta Fahrenholz's solo presentation is the third and last in that exhibition and event series, which since 2021 has been focusing on methods and processes of remembering and narrating in the moving image, using the historical, political and discursive levels of the place where Fluentum works today.

German
Free of charge, please register in advance (limited capacity).

Saturday
June 17
1 pm

Public guided tour in German

June Drevet will give a guided tour through the current exhibition Trash The Musical. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversation about Loretta Fahrenholz's work.

German
Free of charge, no pre-registration needed

Saturday
June 17
3 pm

Public guided tour in English

In the afternoon there will be a guided tour though the current exhibition with Donna Schons. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversation about Loretta Fahrenholz's work.

English
Free of charge, no pre-registration needed

04/2023

We are happy to announce the solo exhibition Trash The Musical by Loretta Fahrenholz, which opens during Gallery Weekend Berlin 2023. The works on view emerged from a two-year dialogue with Fluentum’s historically marked space. During the opening week from April 26 – 30, we have daily opening hours from 11 am to 6 pm. Trash The Musical is accompanied by a number of events:

Tuesday
April 25
6 – 10 pm

Opening and spring reception

The opening will be accompanied by a spring reception in front of the building. The film Trash The Musical (2023) premieres at 6:30 pm.

Saturday
April 29
2 pm

The Messy Picnic
An exhibition tour with Caroline Busta and Jak Ritger

Loretta Fahrenholz’s transmedia experiments refilter the past through the lens of Hollywood, using machine-learning images as a prism to sense off-screen violence, trauma, love stories, dreams and finding freedom in the forest. Caroline Busta (new media theorist and art critic) is joined by Jak Ritger (activist and production artist for Trash The Musical) to imbibe, dissect and extrapolate the entangled political and art history cobwebs contained within.

English
Free of charge, no pre-registration needed

Sunday
April 30
2 pm

The Home as Everyday Stage
Combined tour through the exhibitions Loretta Fahrenholz: Trash The Musical and Margaret Raspé: Automatik at Haus am Waldsee

During the tour we discuss the film Trash The Musical (2023) by Loretta Fahrenholz and how the cinematic image has evolved since Margaret Raspé. The own domestic environment as a performative investigation of perceptual processes is also central to Raspé's work: already in 1971, she developed the so-called "camera helmet", which enabled her to film her automated everyday processes, including housework. The resulting films in Automatik show the artist's lived realities and question both social and cultural structures.

German
Free of charge, please register in advance (limited capacity).

03/2023

The Videonale 19 Award by Fluentum goes to Eliane Esther Bots for her video work In Flow of Words. Many congratulations!

During the opening night, the Videonale Award by Fluentum was conferred for the fourth time on one of the participating artists. The award is endowed with 5,000 Euros and is intended to support young artists in the production of new works.

This year’s jury members were Prof. Dr. Stephan Berg (Kunstmuseum Bonn), Julia Höner (Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen), Lisa Long (Julia Stoschek Foundation), Anna Lena Seiser (Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)) and Niels Van Tomme (ARGOS centre for audiovisual arts).

The V.19 exhibition as well as this year's prize-winning work can be visited at Kunstmuseum Bonn until May 14, 2023.

03/2023

As part of Ab ins B!, Fluentum is hosting special screenings of works from its collection on March 25 and April 1. With thematic focuses on The Cintematic Eye (March 25), and The Knowlegde of Images (April 1), the two events bring together works by renowned artists such as Omer Fast, Patty Chang, Mario Pfeifer, Hiwa K, and many more. Ab ins B! is a program that highlights cultural sites located in the fare zone B, outside Berlin's S-Bahn ring.

11/2022

Gernot Wieland has received the German Short Film Award 2022 for his 2021 film Bird In Italian Is Uccello. The work, co-produced by Fluentum and Phileas Projects, won in the category "experimental short film up to 30 minutes"and centres around planned but never performed theatrical production of Maurier's story The Birds in a psychiatric clinic in northern Italy. Heartfelt congratulations to the artist for winning one of Germany's most prestigious film prizes!

10/2022

Tonight on October 21 is the opening of Christopher Kulendran Thomas’ Another World, a solo show at KW Institute for Contemporary Art that was realized with the support of Fluentum. Kulendran Thomas’ multimedia exploration of the lost legacies of the Tamil-Eelam movement founded during the Sri Lankan Civil War also features The Finesse, a major new commission that was developed together with longtime collaborator Annika Kuhlmann.

09/2022

Fluentum is pleased to announce the launch of In Medias Res #2: Architecture in Motion. As the second reader from our project series In Medias Res: Media, (Still) Moving, the publication focuses on a material, visual, and historical analysis of the architecture of Fluentum’s grounds. Beyond exploring the architecture of the building, In Medias Res #2 discusses the political ramifications of the continued presence of buildings from the Nazi era.

On Saturday, September 17, from 4 to 7pm, we’re celebrating the release with a launch event including a talk by architect and partner at Sauerbruch Hutton, David Wegener, at 5:30 pm. Wegener oversaw the efforts to refit the historic marble-clad hall into Fluentum’s exhibition space and will be elaborating the strategies as well as difficulties in the re-use of historically charged buildings. The lecture will be held in German.

09/2022

We're excited to announce our two-part group exhibition Kino, opening September 14, 2022, on the occasion of Berlin Art Week 2022. Kino will be split into two distinct parts, with an addition of new works and a rearrangement of the display taking place in the middle of the exhibition's runtime. The first chapter taking place from September 15 to October 29 includes works by Rosa Aiello and Dylan Aiello, Noah Barker and Dora Budor, Marie Karlberg, Peter Wächtler, and Jiajia Zhang. Chapter two featuring works by Ted Fendt, Simon Lässig, Katz Tepper, Peter Wächtler, and Jiajia Zhang will be on view from November 4 to December 17.

07/2022

As Anja Kirschner's exhibition UNICA is coming to a close, Fluentum is celebrating a joint finissage and exhibition catalogue launch. On July 16, opening hours will be extended until 7 pm and an artist talk between Kirschner and philosopher and art historian Marina Vishmidt will take place at 4 pm. Vishmidt, whose research practice centers around the relationship between art, value, and labor, is the Rudolf Arnheim Visiting Professor at the Institute of Art and Image History at Humboldt University Berlin and has been teaching at Goldsmiths College in London since 2016.

Featuring essays by Luisa Lorenza Corna, Claire Finch, and Lisa Jeschke, as well as an introduction by the curators Dennis Brzek and Junia Thiede, the catalogue understands itself as both UNICA's final chapter and a key for the project's entangled references, intersections and repetitions principle. It was designed by Katja Gretzinger and is published by DISTANZ Verlag.

04/2022

Fluentum is pleased to present UNICA, a new video commission and eponymous solo show by artist and filmmaker Anja Kirschner. UNICA is the second exhibition in Fluentum’s three-year program series In Medias Res: Media, (Still) Moving, which focuses on the methods and processes of remembering and storytelling in moving image works.

09/2021

Fluentum is pleased to announce the launch of In Medias Res #1: Histories Read Across. The book is published on the occasion of the exhibition and project series In Medias Res: Media, (Still) Moving, which takes place at Fluentum from 2021 to 2023.

09/2021

On the occasion of the Berlin Art Week 2021, Fluentum is pleased to open Time Without End – a group show with 13BC (Vic Brooks, Lucy Raven, Evan Calder Williams), Klaus vom Bruch, Keren Cytter, Loretta Fahrenholz, Margaret Honda, D’Ette Nogle, Richard Sides, Valerie Snobeck, and Florian Wüst.

03/2021

The Videonale 18 Award of the Fluentum Collection goes to Che-Yu Hsu for his work 副本人 (Single Copy). Congratulations!

For the third time, Fluentum is funding the Videonale Award of 5,000 Euros to support artists in the production of new works.

The competition jury was consisting of: Stephan Berg (Director of the Kunstmuseum Bonn), Fatima Hellberg (Director of the Bonner Kunstverein), Matthieu Lelièvre (Art historian, independent curator and consultant at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon) and Linnea Semmerling (Director of the Düsseldorf Inter Media Art Institute).

This year's iteration of the Videonale with the title Fluid States. Solid Matter as well as this year's prize-winning work can be visited at the Kunstmuseum Bonn until April 18, 2021.

03/2021


Dennis Brzek (Curator) and Junia Thiede (Artistic Director). Photo by Frederic Schweizer.

We are excited to announce this year’s curatorial team behind the program series In Medias Res: Media, (Still) Moving. Dennis Brzek, at the invitation of Junia Thiede, joins Fluentum as curator. Together they have co-curated an extensive exhibition and project series that is dedicated to a concrete investigation of the historically charged architecture of Fluentum’s grounds. Featuring a group exhibition as well as several solo exhibitions, both in parallel to a three-part publication series, the program marks the first time Fluentum will focus on the political, visual, and discursive dimensions inscribed into its building’s history.

02/2021

We are excited to announce the launch of the bilingual publication Sender and Receiver – Christian Jankowski in conjunction with the eponymous exhibition by Christian Jankowski at Fluentum.

11/2020

Due to the coronavirus shutdown in Berlin, we have to close Christian Jankowski's show Sender and Receiver.

10/2020

Fluentum's founder and director Markus Hannebauer participated in the symposium The Art of the Moving Image in Digital Times on the occasion of the 4th edition of the international film and art festival Kino der Kunst in Munich (October 27 - November 1, 2020). Markus was also a jury member for this year's Project Pitch Award, which supports young European artists and filmmakers to produce new works.

09/2020

On the occasion of the Berlin Art Week 2020, Fluentum was pleased to open Sender and Receiver – a solo show with Christian Jankowski.

04/2020

Unfortunately, we had to cancel our exhibition with Emilija Škarnulytė because of the coronavirus shutdown.

09/2019

On the occasion of the Berlin Art Week 2019, Fluentum was pleased to open Speaking Images – its first exhibition of works from the collection.

04/2019

On the occasion of the Gallery Weekend Berlin 2019, Fluentum was pleased to inaugurate its collection publicly with a solo exhibition by Dutch artist Guido van der Werve (born 1977).

02/2019

Sohbrab Hura wins the Videonale.17 Award of the Fluentum collection.

02/2017

Randa Maroufi wins the Videonale.16 Award of the Fluentum collection

12/2016

Fluentum supports Sven Johne's premiere of The Long Way Home at Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz.

11/2016

Fluentum supports Omer Fast's exhibition Talking isn't always the solution at Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin.

09/2016

Has the Market Failed? — A panel at viennacontemporary 2016

02/2013

Collecting Video Art — A panel at VIDEONALE.14