An exhibition of works by a collective under the name of Ogino Knauss is coming to the German capital with an exhibition presenting eight years of works, as well as their new endeavors, which will grow into a film about the city of Berlin. During the show’s three weeks, Urban Spree will host an installation of printed works and video, completed by a series of events including live AV concerts, talks, workshops, book presentations, screenings and performances.
The Ogino Knauss collective explores the notions of modernist built environments of of cities around the world. Their 2006 project, Re>Centering Periphery, was commissioned by the Biennal del Arte de la Havana, and it is a film-series which investigates Alamar, a new city built in Cuba in the 1970s, as a result of modernist ideology. The work examines its urban surfaces and ways of living. The collective has worked extensively in La Habana and Moscow and set preparatory works and surveys in Kiev, Belgrade and Berlin. They also plan on tackling the cities of Casablanca, Tel Aviv, Mexico City, Marseille, Hong Kong and Detroit.
After the first film of the series from 2008, titled Doble Forza, Ogino Knauss released the second episode, Dom Novogo Byta, a story of the imagined and built landscape of Moscow. The film combines the city’s two historical realities: one being the contemporary, post-communist Russia, and the other the utopian visions caused by the October revolution. The work’s protagonist is a run-down Narkomfin building, designed in 1927 by Moisei Ginzburg. Representing a symbol of the revolution and its people back in the day, it is now struggling to survive in the hands of realtors. The authors then bring attention to the newly built areas in Moscow’s outskirts.
Coming to Urban Spree Gallery is a selection of printed images shot in La Habana, Moscow, Kiev, Belgrade and Berlin. In their trademark style, the pictures explore the urban and social landscape, both in and out of the city’s borders. On view there will be the scars left by the 20th century architecture, which form different kinds of textures, patters, geometries made of eruptions and cracks. Over the years, these elements became the integral part of the people living with them. The images will be accompanied by two video installations, taken in opposite directions by Ogino Knauss’ research. The first is abstract, focusing on symmetry and turning it into graphic landscapes, and the second, conceived as a study for the upcoming full-feature film, deals with the human body by following an older man who is slowly crossing the streets of Berlin.
At the opening night, the visitors will be able to attend a live audiovisual performance, and during the duration of the show, there will be open workshops, a presentation of a book featuring photographic essays, and a crowdfunding event to support the making of Ogino Knauss’ new film project, titled Randbemerkungen.
Ogino:Knauss | Re>Centering Periphery | Marginal Notes exhibition will be hosted by Berlin’s Urban Spree Gallery from March 21st until April 11th, 2015.
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Images courtesy of Urban Spree.