Berghain

Photo: Sebastian Bolesch/HKW

Taking place at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin "Technosphere, Now" was the inaugural event of a four-year research project into global technology and its identity. Our writer visited the one-day conference, thought about Berghain and water on Mars, and was left with some answers and a lot of questions.

 BMW Tate Live 2015 – "If Tate Modern was Musée de la danse?" Olivia Hemingway ©Tate Photography

BMW Tate Live 2015 – "If Tate Modern was Musée de la danse?" Olivia Hemingway ©Tate Photography

Last weekend, dancer and choreographer Boris Charmatz hypothetically transformed Tate Modern into Musée de la danse. Our editor-at-large was harbouring some reservations about this new democratic participatory art, but found it surprisingly moving.

 CARSTEN HÖLLER Detail aus / from Aufzugbett, 2010 Photo: Mary Scherpe © Carsten Höller / Bildrecht Wien 2014

CARSTEN HÖLLER
Detail aus / from Aufzugbett, 2010 Photo: Mary Scherpe
© Carsten Höller / Bildrecht Wien 2014

During the summer months Timo Feldhaus visited major art events in Cologne, Vienna and Basel, as well as Berghain in Berlin. Everywhere he found the same things: a need for immediate bodily experience and intensity; viewers looking to art for kicks; exhibitions that made no effort at subtlety but sought to hit everyone openly in the gut; and a refashioned performance art, adapted to suit our daily compulsion to perform.