One Night Stand 5

Surface and Superficiality

One Night Stand 5

In Kunst-Werke, Auguststraße 69, Berlin-Mitte

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 19.00 - 22.00

Admission: 3 Euro

Oberfläche und Oberflächlichkeit Publikation Cover

Cover of the Publication


Artists: Katrin Caspar & Eeva Liisa Puhakka, Gisela Dischner & Robert Lehniger, John Duncan, Ingo Gerken, Errands Group, itinerant interludes #34: Laurie Schwartz & Tomomi Adachi, Paul de Koens, Jana Linke, Hylynyiv Lyngykrz (Helena Lingor), Many People (Kiron Guidi, Frank Holbein, Lars Werner), Erich Pick, Fried Rosenstock, Allegra Solitude, XY, Zeitungspoet

One Night Stand. Installation shots

Left: Ingo Gerken, Index-Finger and Bpigs-Finger, 2015


Liebig12 und Gitte Bohr invite you to an evening of art, performances and conversations at Kunst-Werke (Auguststraße 69 in Berlin-Mitte), within the framework of the series One Night Stand organised by the Netzwerk freier Berliner Projekträume und -initiativen. Coming together over their common interest in the politics of aesthetic practices, the two art spaces will present themselves in a common event. The presentation includes among others, the second publication by Gitte Bohr Surface and Superficiality on the ideology of the surface, as well as site-specific interventions curated by Liebig12 under the title: Rekursionen der Macht – on how to exit the loop.

The publication Oberfläche und Oberflächlichkeit is the material result of a series of talks and discussions held at Gitte Bohr – Club für Kunst und politisches Denken during the last three years. It contains contributions by all the participants in those events and a couple more. The aim of the project is to analyse the relationship between surfaces and superficiality in our contemporary society. To the events upon which this publication is based, Gitte Bohr invited many dear guests; artists, curators, theorists, activists. We, and the always changing, illustrious audience, listened to them excidedly and discussed with them cheerfully and heatedly.

One Night Stand. Installation shots

Left: Erich Pick, Cadres Foucaultiens, 2011


Contributions by: Kenneth A. Balfelt (DK), Diego Castro (DE), Fred Dewey (US), Ingo Gerken (DE), Eva May (DK), Erich Pick (DE), Ivana Sidzimovska (MK), Megan Steinman (US).

Apart from presenting the publication, we have invited a couple of the contributors to present works at Kunst-Werke. Erich Pick will show his work Cadres Foucaultiens (2011), which is based on the artist’s discussion with the famous lecture Of Other Spaces by Michel Foucault. Ingo Gerken will show a new work made for the event Index-Finger and Bpigs-Finger shows two geographies of the Berlin art scene. The artist’s finger is covered by a glove of the kind you put on, when handling fragile surfaces. The Greek artist group Errands Group present their video Scent Marketing (Greekodorama) from 2015. This work deals with another way of treating the surface of public – and semi-public – space: the production of odours for commercial spaces.

In focus of the publication Oberfläche und Oberflächlichkeit are the surfaces with which we interact in our everyday lives. For example in the various designs of the public space. User interfaces, optimizing interventions in the appearance of the human body, the design of everyday objects, of artworks, of culture and nature. But smoothness and the paradoxical unison of impermeability and transparency as leitmotifs of the design of surfaces find their uncanny counterpart in the forms of social interaction in contemporary society. The neoliberal project has produced profound interventions in the social structure. The blurring of the boundaries between work and privacy is one of these surface treatments, with the help of which a new work ethic should be able to reflect itself on every surface. The dispositives of individualized self-regulation are the bearers of the ideology on which they are based: the design determines the content.

Superficiality seems to have developed itself into a key concept for far-reaching developments in our late capitalist society. The lack of sustainability, artificial obsolescence of industrial products – such as the predetermined breaking point – lack of workmanship and accelerated speed of consumption cycles are conditions, which do not only bring ecological problems with them. The ideologically coloured designs of late capitalism have far-reaching impacts on our social lives. Following an idea of Richard Sennett, we will in the following dedicate ourselves to the gradual alienation, which simultaneously concerns the short-lived relationships between human beings or things.