Beth Collar & Hannah Still
Brainstem Thinking
Saturday 10 June from 6–9pm

For a week, converging on 10 June, Beth Collar and Hannah Still will work alongside each other and in relationship, rather than in collaboration, transforming the space of Kunstraum into a working environment - holding space for silence, apathy, antagonism and affection - that will become the backdrop to performances that take their ongoing conversation about ways of feeling, thinking through and thinking about the stomach brain, brain stem, inner speech and free speech as their shared starting point.

Hannah Still is an artist and writer. Most recently she has been thinking around the poetics and politics of the interview, the absence of fiction within fiction and the micro-conditions of the documentary image.

Beth Collar is an artist. Her practice examines the external forces that meld her personality, alter her desires and guide her behaviour. She is interested in the visual languages of systems of power; how the verbal can interact with the physical and through this how histories are exhumed and repurposed.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Johnston Sheard & Nils Alix-Tabeling
How Can You Love Me Knowing That I Could Never Love You? (Part One)
Saturday 17 June, 7pm

How Can You Love Me Knowing That I Could Never Love You? is the first installment of a three part project by Johnston Sheard.

The first act by Johnston Sheard, is a seance of humming tongues serenading to a piano piece composed by the artist, with pedal steel guitar accompaniment. The gallery, returning to its previous guise as a place of worship, is divided into a known and an unknown realm by a tabernacle of dead flowers. A choir of singers attempt to defy the impending ephemerality of mortal love by disseminating their emotions across the divide into the unknown eternal. Making indelible transmissions to their eternal paramours like the entangled supernatural photons of quantum physics.

In the second act by Nils Alix-Tabeling, the unknown realm responds in the form of a film depicting a hypothetical sphere of fairytale archetypes hidden within the quantum. Protagonists struggle to become human through a surrealist narrative of disappearances and teleportations. Schizophrenia is questioned as a supernatural power that can penetrate the layers within polysemic objects, enabling protagonists to transition between the visible and invisible, and communicate with the unknown.

Piano - Eeva Reetta Laiho
Pedal Steel Guitar- Jez leather
Saxophone - Jeff Bennett
Choir Conductor - Elena Dana
Actresses - Emeline Depas, Anastasia Bay

Supported by Fluxus Art Projects and using public funding by Arts Council England

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Sophie Jung: Producing My Credentials
14 April – 27 May 2017

With performances on:

Saturday 22 April

Sunday 30 April, 6pm

Saturday 6 May, 1pm

Thursday 18 May, 7pm

Saturday 27 May, 6pm

Developed during a six week residency in Kunstraum, Swiss artist Sophie Jung’s Producing My Credentials folds writing and performance within a complex environment, where precious items from her vast archive of made and found stuff, watercolour drawings of hermit crabs, papier maché tubes, collected cream jugs, left-over lamp shade carcasses, discarded building material and organic detritus sit side by side. Activated by a series of performances, each will be an undoing of the last, a rewinding, a new beginning – a pre-recorded version of a pre-failed rehearsal or a stuck auto-cue. The total work is a constantly remixing libretto for a never-to-be finished opera on precarity and wobbly legs.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication with commissioned texts by Paul Clinton, Tom Morton, Megan Nolan and Sally O’Reilly, designed by Kristin Metho.


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Episode 1 – Pangea

Episode 2 – You know I like a laugh

Episode 3 – The one with or without

Episode 4 – My cholesterol was raised by wolves

Olivier Castel
Communicating vessels
25 November 2016 - 11 February 2017
(closed 18 December - 10 January)

































9 September – 5 November 2016

An exhibition taking place at Kunstraum and on the South wall of Gallery 4 of the National Gallery from 9 September till 5 November, 2016, on the occasion of the research and release of “Isa Genzken’s Ring”, a publication edited by Olivier Foulon, published by (SIC), Brussels and Kunstraum, London, with the support of Henry Moore Foundation and Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.












Fiona James
GUTLESS SPEECH (and other impossible thoughts)
11 August 2016

Thursday 11 August, 7pm
Fiona James: GUTLESS SPEECH (and other impossible thoughts)

GUTLESS SPEECH is the first public edition of For that Rare Diagram Freak, a collective research project supported by Kunstraum, set to develop over four live events throughout the next year. The first edition will feature a physical workshop guided by Andrew Kerton and a performative talk by Fiona James.

(Flexing the rod, undoing the bind, dumbing down loosely)

Andrew Kerton’s workshop will draw on a range of somatic practices such as Body Mind Centering, Middendorf Technique and Embryology with the intention of exposing inherent patterns that manifest in the flesh. Though different in technical approach, these methods reference the development of the human body on a cellular scale, suggesting how the brain’s plasticity might be harnessed through movement and rhythm to enhance our capacities for thought and self development.

Through the deployment of vibration and its vocal release, we will consider how the attributes of language are influenced by our material structure and where this knowledge can be directed towards collective frames of agency. How can our simplistic physical fundaments and needs (eg. breath) be used to reconfigure thinking, and how does utterance extend and reinforce from the basics of necessity?

(vibrbrbrbrbatory notes)

Fiona James’ performative talk will credit theories influencing the wider project (e.g. Wilhelm Reich’s theories on the orgasm; Schulamith Firestone’s notion of the technical; Catherin Malabou’s use of epigenetics; Reza Negarestani’s brand of in-humanism) while providing points for a discussion that will influence the research’s direction.

As a pre-emptive set of notes, these simple conceptual gestures will be ordered for delivery in light of Kerton’s workshop, allowing the overriding rational to be developed in an exposed collective space. In this way the workshop will serve as conceptual material for consideration, while also influencing the physical conditions that participants bodies can receive and respond to.


Image caption: Fiona James, The Leaky Lecture Series, 2015, at FLUID PHOSPHORESCENCE, Residency Unlimited, New York, Curated by Mette Kjærgaard Præst. Photo by Samuel Draxler.

Fay Nicolson
5 August 2016

Friday 5 August, 8.30pm
Performance: Fay Nicolson – OVER AND OVER PURE FORM
I have no knowledge I can sell                   
                    They will get a strong return
I will not serve your clients well                   
                    On what they have to pay to learn
I will not value what you do                   
                      Its not too late to evaluate
The state of education’s through                   
                    Do not leave your grade to fate


On Friday 5th August Kunstraum presents the first in a new series of performance commissions, with a live enactment of Fay Nicolson’s text OVER AND OVER PURE FORM.

Accompanied by a chorus of four performers and live percussion, Nicolson’s OVER AND OVER PURE FORM meditates on the reality of art education today and how bodies, behaviours and attitudes are moulded through formal terminologies or ideologies. Structured around a typical first semester at art school, the performance draws on module components including studio exercises, a critical studies lecture and the all-important evaluation.

OVER AND OVER PURE FORM reflects on the changing nature of art education, drawing on Nicolson’s own experience alongside texts by Friedrich Schiller, Thierry de Duve, Charles Madge and Barbara Weinberger. Between 1967–73, ‘Mass-Observation’ pioneers Madge and Weinberger conducted a sociological study of an art school, observing the emotional affects on students when subjected to a specific artistic value system. Thiery de Duve’s 1994 text ‘When Form Has Become Attitude – And Beyond’ charts a historic shift in the fundamental attitudes in art education, from ‘genius’ to ‘creativity’ to ‘criticality’.

Nicolson borrows from various teaching models, including the visual exercises of Josef Albers and Oscar Schlemmer at the Bauhaus, and the formal methods developed by Richard Hamilton and Victor Pasmore at the University of Newcastle. The title of Nicolson’s text is taken from the diary of Oscar Schlemmer, who’s practice and teaching revolved around the body.

OVER AND OVER PURE FORM’s concluding section, the evaluation, constructs a critique of the neoliberal condition of art education – cold and rational assessment criteria divorced from emotional and social experience. Borrowing from Schiller’s idea of ‘Play Sense’, Nicolson presents a manifesto – calling for an art education which revalues physical experience.

Running time: 30 minutes
Chorus: Jasmin Aldridge, Helen Davison, Lillian Wilkie and Madalina Zaharia
Percussion: Cédric Fauq
Assistant: Tilly Sleven


Jumana Emil Abboud
Haunted Springs and Water Demons in Palestine
14 May – 30 July 2016

Jumana Emil Abboud’s project takes its title from a 1920′s study by the pioneering ethnographer Dr. Tawfiq Canaan, documenting sites that were thought to be haunted by spirits, good and bad. In Palestinian traditions these ‘haunted’ or ‘blessed’ sites are activated through storytelling, folktales, and an expansive fairy-tale practice.

Abboud’s project is an attempt to locate 125 sites identified by Canaan’s study. With the remapping of the landscape – new towns, infrastructure, settlements, etc. – many of the sites have been buried, dried out, or obliterated. In the villages only the older generation recall such and such a haunted site, their knowledge often accompanied by fables once rumoured upon the village. Through the journey to locate the long-lost sites and the stories which belong to them, Abboud has produced a new body of works in film (made in collaboration with cinematographer Isa Freij), drawing and painting. Weaving folk stories with the present political reality, the project moves between fact and fiction, past and present.

Jumana Emil Abboud:
Haunted Springs and Water Demons in Palestine is produced in collaboration with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and is supported by A.M. Qattan Foundation; British Council, Palestine; Rana Sadik and Samer Younis. Special thanks to Delfina Foundation and Raven Row.

Abboud’s exhibition at BALTIC runs from 6 May to 2 October 2016. Earlier drawings in the exhibition were commissioned by the Southbank Centre / Hayward Project space.







Jumana Emil Abboud, From cub to boy: the power of water, 2015
gouache and pastel on paper, 21 x 28cm



Jumana Emil Abboud, Bride I & Bride II, 2016
acrylic, gouache and pastel on paper, 28 x 39cm





Jumana Emil Abboud, Cocoon, 2015 (detail)
pastel, pencil, spray-paint and acrylic on paper, 73 x 110cm



Jumana Emil Abboud, Rocks II, 2016
acrylic, gouache and pastel on paper, 120 x 80cm



Photographer: Tim Bowditch

Dorine van Meel
Disobedient Children
23 October – 19 December 2015

Sunday 29 November, 5pm
An evening of performative readings by Maria Gorodeckaya, Dorine van Meel, Megan Nolan,
Rianna Jade Parker (The Lonely Londoners), Naomi Pearce and Nina Power










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Music and sounds produced and performed by Jesse Osborne-Lanthier and Olle Holmberg. Voice-over by Dorine van Meel.

Disobedient Children is kindly supported by the Elephant Trust and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.


Photographer: Tim Bowditch


New Pabulum
Aline Bouvy and Simon Davenport
curated by Justė Kostikovaitė
6 September - 10 October 2015














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Photographer: Oskar Proctor


Alex Cecchetti
The printing house of hell
27 June - 22 August 2015









Alex Cecchetti, Copy of Marie-Madeleine otherwise said Marie l’Egyptienne, 1311-2015, silicone and plaster



Alex Cecchetti, Chapel of Female Masturbation, or teaching to a young boy, 2015, blackberries on wall






Alex Cecchetti, Dancing with a teapot, 2015, oil on paper


Alex Cecchetti, Arabesque, 2015
, walnut wood



Alex Cecchetti, Song of Solitude, 2012
, china ink on paper and birdcallers




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Photographer: Tim Bowditch


Barbara Visser
Manual/2: The Patient Artist
25 April – 13 June 2015

Unlearning to speak
Tyler Coburn, Luca Frei, Joachim Koester, Jacopo Miliani
28 February - 11 April 2015

Events programme:

Saturday 28 March, 5-7pm

Marie Kølbæk Iversen will present a selection of her work, be in conversation with
Mette Kjærgaard Præst, and screen a prepremiere of a her work Io/I (working title).

Wednesday 1 April

‘S’ a Screening
Film screening organised by artist Jacopo Miliani

Thursday 9 April
Liquid Swords – An annotation of Hip Hop and Contemporary Art

An evening with: Live streaming from New York, thoughts on Whitney Houston
and modernistic architecture, Deleuzian rap jamming session and much more.

Participating and presenting: Ingen Frygt | Hannah Heilmann | Agatha Valkyrie Ice
with Dorota Gaweda and Egle Kulbokaite | Mathias Kryger | Renyi Ng | Mette Woller

Liquid Swords is conceptualised and organised by Mette Woller

Audio on Soundcloud

Video on this is tomorrow



Joachim Koester, My Frontier is an Endless Wall of Points
(after the mescaline drawings of Henri Michaux)
, 2007
16 mm black and white film loop

Tyler Coburn, NaturallySpeaking, 2013/14
text, screensaver, monitors, furniture

Jacopo Miliani, Alphabet, 2013
25 photographs

Luca Frei, Soldering without fire / Bleeding to death, 2015 (details)

Luca Frei, Corrections, 2015
Giclée print on paper


Unlearning to speak – exhibition text


Photographer: Tim Bowditch


Nicoline van Harskamp
25 October - 13 December 2014

Photographer: Tim Bowditch
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Morphologies live programme
13 September, 20 September, 27 September, 4 October 2014
Alex Cecchetti, Lucy Clout, Fiona James, Sabel Gavaldon, Gudrun Hasle,
Frances Loeffler, Henning Lundkvist, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler,
Lorena Muñoz-Alonso, Gro Sarauw, Vladimir Tomić, Werker Magazine
Curated by Mette Kjærgaard Præst

Language is made to be obeyed not believed

Saturday 13 September, 5-7pm

Vladimir Tomić, Unfinished Journeys
Alex Cecchetti, Theory of Rising
Frances Loeffler in conversation with Alex Cecchetti

No poem is intended for its reader

Saturday 20 September, 5-7pm

Gudrun Hasle, Transledag deslaxea
Gro Sarauw, Taxi Dancer
Lucy Clout, The Extra’s Ever-Moving Lips
In-conversation with Gudrun Hasle and Gro Sarauw

New grammars of the body in protest

Saturday 27 September, 7-9pm

Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Hold Your Ground
Sabel Gavaldon in conversation with Karen Mirza
Werker Magazine

The thing made real

Saturday 4 October, 5-7pm

Fiona James, Leaky Lecture Series
Henning Lundkvist, Orgelshtick
Lorena Muñoz-Alonso in conversation with Henning Lundkvist

Curated by Mette Kjærgaard Præst

Zin Taylor
The Tangental Zigzag
14 June – 26 July 2014


Zin Taylor, The hiss of a snake, the sound of a form, 2014
ink, paper, photograph, snake skin, 70 x 50 cm



Zin Taylor, ZigZag / Solid Foam – Thoughts throwing shapes, 2014
ink, paper, photograph, 70 x 50 cm




Zin Taylor, Snake Lamp with ZigZag base, 2014


Zin Taylor, Snake Lamp with ZigZag base, 2014



Zin Taylor, The Brain, 2014
ink, paper, photograph, 70 x 50 cm



Courtesy Zin Taylor; Supportico Lopez, Berlin; and Jessica Bradley Gallery, Toronto. Photography by Sam Drake.


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Eva Fàbregas & Andrew Lacon
Curated by Thomas Cuckle and Mette Kjærgaard Præst
26 April – 31 May 2014

Eva Fàbregas, Settlement, 2014


Eva Fàbregas, Untitled, 2014


Eva Fàbregas, Settlement, 2014


Andrew Lacon, Reproduction of Sculpture, 2014


Andrew Lacon, 3 coloured lights, 2014


Andrew Lacon, 3 coloured lights, 2014


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Flirting, playing, eating, drinking, talking, laughing
Søren Aagaard, Magnus Clausen, Robert Kjær Clausen, Simon Foxall, Steffen Jørgensen,
Peter Larsen, Jørgen Michaelsen, Allan Nicolaisen, Carl Palm, Fredrik Paulsen,
Anna Margrethe Pedersen, Merete Vyff Slyngborg and Ditte Boen Soria
Curated by Mette Kjærgaard Præst and Mette Woller
22 February – 5 April 2014

YEARS, Stella and Florence’s Syndrome, 15:20 mins, 2013


Søren Aagaard, Magnus Frederik Clausen, Peter Larsen and Jørgen Michaelsen, Shall We Dance, 20:00 min, 2009

Fredrik Paulsen and Carl Palm, Bench, MDF and steel cylinder, 2014


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Thanks to Calvert 22 Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery, Pump House Gallery, Federico Vladimir Strate Pezdirc, Guillaume Breton, Patrizio Di Massimo and Zabludowicz Collection



An Opal World
Rossella Biscotti, Priscila Fernandes, Jan Peter Hammer, Alberto De Michele
25 October — 30 November 2013

Alberto De Michele
Adriano (Portrait), 2006-2007
video loop


Jan Peter Hammer
The Fable of The Bees, 2012
HD video
8 mins
courtesy Supportico Lopez, Berlin


Priscila Fernandes
In Search of the Self
, 2009-2010
HD video
16 mins 17 seconds


Alberto De Michele
Adriano (Subtitles), 2006-2007
16 mins 30 seconds


Rossella Biscotti
Yellow Movie
, 2010
16mm film with optical sound, subtitles in English
22 mins


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Late Nights & Early Mornings
Willem Besselink, Jacob Dahlgren, Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Florian & Michael Quistrebert, Relief Journal
21 June — 29 September 2013

Late Nights & Early Mornings
with Florian & Michael Quistrebert and Relief Journal Launch


launch event 27 September 2013, 6 till 8.30pm

Late Nights & Early Mornings

with Edward Clydesdale Thomson and Florian & Michael Quistrebert

opens 23 August 2013, 6 till 8.30pm

Edward Clydesdale Thomson, The Distracted Gardener, 2013
painted steel, printed textiles, steel eyelet


Florian & Michael Quistrebert, Overlight 2, 2013
aluminum pigment, various paints on canvas, LEDs, batteries


Florian & Michael Quistrebert, Overlight 3, 2013
modeling paste, acrylic paint and iridescent coating on canvas


Florian & Michael Quistrebert, Overlight 1, 2013
modeling paste and acrylic on panel, LED, batteries



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Late Nights & Early Mornings

with Jacob Dahlgren and Edward Clydesdale Thomson

1 — 22 August 2013


Edward Clydesdale Thomson, The Distracted Gardener, 2013, painted steel, printed textiles, steel eyelet


Jacob Dahlgren, Unit of Measurements, 2011, Tape Measures


Jacob Dahlgren, Neoconcrete Space, 2012, Video



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Late Nights & Early Mornings

with Willem Besselink and Jacob Dahlgren

12 — 27 July 2013


Willem Besselink, slapen / waken (asleep / awake), 2013, series of light boxes


Willem Besselink, iCal, 2012, high gloss house hold paint on panel


Jacob Dahlgren, Unit of Measurements, 2011, Tape Measures


Jacob Dahlgren, Neoconcrete Space, 2012, Video



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Late Nights & Early Mornings

with Willem Besselink

21 June — 11 July 2013



Willem Besselink, slapen / waken (asleep / awake), 2013, series of light boxes


Willem Besselink, iCal, 2012, high gloss house hold paint on panel



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Miles Thurlow
Variable Foot
20 April — 1 June 2013


Miles Thurlow, Small Abyss, 2011, epoxy resin, flexi-tub


Miles Thurlow, All The Gods, 2013, polyurethane and epoxy resin


Miles Thurlow, hrh, 2010, resin



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