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Vernissage: ogino:knauss | Re>Centering Periphery | Marginal Notes/Randbemerkungen Exhibition


Urban Spree Galerie // Berlin 21 March – 11 April 2015

« Randbemerkungen | Marginal Notes » is a photographic exhibition summarizing 8 years of urban explorations by the ogino:knauss collective into the modernist built environment. After their award-winning movies about Cuba and Moscow, the exhibition also becomes the platform to launch the new movie project about Berlin, called « Randbemerkungen », as well as travelogue books about Berlin and Cuba and the launch of « Reconnoitering Berlin« , a series of urban « dérives » that will investigate the urban identity of Berlin according to multiple perspectives. 

For 3 weeks, Urban Spree will host an installation of printed works and videos, completed by a series of events including live concerts, talks, workshops, book presentations, screenings and performances.

ogino:knauss is a Berlin-based, independent research group dealing with audiovisual language, urban cultures and human environment’s transformations.

Re:centering Periphery originated in 2006 with a live-media work commissioned by the Biennial del Arte de la Havana. Starting from Alamar, a new city built in the 70s in Cuba, the group investigated everyday life practices that inhabit, question and reinvent urban peripheries produced as a result of modernist ideology. The main outcome of the project was a film-series produced through a participative methodology. Until now the group has worked extensively in La Habana and Moscow, with the production of two films, set preparatory works and surveys in Kiev, Belgrade and Berlin; and opened up research files on such cities as Mexico City, Casablanca, Marseille, Tel Aviv, Detroit and Hong Kong. The project advancements are regularly published on the R>CP blog.


The first film in the series « Doble Forza » (2008, 30’) tells the story of a self-constructed new city built with Soviet-style prefabricated panels in the 70’s in the outskirt of La Habana. It has been awarded with the Best International Documentary at the Istanbul Architecture Film Festival in 2008 and at Sezze Videofest.


The second episode « Dom Novogo Byta« , explores the imagined and built landscape of Moscow, confronting utopian visions which emerged in the light of the October revolution with the reality of contemporary post-communist Russia. The film takes the cue from the dilapidated Narkomfin building, a prototype for revolutionary communes designed in 1927 by Moisei Ginzburg, today facing hard survival in a central plot of land highly attractive to real-estate speculators.



During the exhibition the two films will be screened at Il Kino in Neukölln.

The exhibition displays a selection of photographs of La Habana, Moscow, Kiev, Belgrade and Berlin, capturing the urban and social landscape of modernist peripheries and the inner margins of the metropolis. The textures, geometries and patterns designed by the brutal architectural practices of the 20th century are shown alongside cracks, eruptions, signs of colonization and the re-appropriation by the everyday life.
Two video installations complete the set up, representing opposite directions of research. The first, focusing on the abstract substance of the architectural modernist vision, shows geometrical patterns and symmetries being digitally explored and transformed into a hypnotic graphic landscape. In the second work, conceived as a study for the forthcoming full-feature film, the attention is conversely shifted towards the human body- “Der Mensch, das Maß aller Dinge”, following through a longer sequence an elderly hindered man slowly crossing the streets of Berlin, Mitte. A live audiovisual performance will be presented at the opening night.

More than a showcase of past productions, the event at Urban Spree is primarily intended as a discursive platform for realising the new film project Randbemerkungen.

EX_liquidDuring these 3 weeks, a series of events will involve known as well as new collaborators of the group presenting and performing theme-related works in progress. According to the participative methodology of the group, interdisciplinary conversations, live audio video performances, live sonorisation of films, workshops of spatial assessment and dérives, will act as resource-material for the upcoming film. During the last days of the exhibition, the launch of Reconnoitering Berlin will take place, a series of urban dérives that in the following months will investigate the urban identity of Berlin according to multiple perspectives.


Cuba-BookThe Re:centering Periphery Travelogues is a new series of photographic essays documenting the survey into global urban peripheries done by the collective:

-La Habana InT/Ext (2006) is a 5-week diary filmed in Cuba, focusing on the strong dichotomies affecting the Cuban social landscape.

The basic cinematographic dialectics interior / exterior is variously reinterpreted as centre and periphery, legal and illegal, private and public…

-Exposing Berlin, is the result of a long-term observation of the transformations of the city since 2007, when the collective moved its base. The photographic essay dedicated to Mitte and Friedrichshain points at the conflation of image and spatial production in a neo-liberal urban development. The camera investigates the attempt to reinvent a unified central identity of Berlin in the place of the fragmented urban reality which carries scars and memories of a divided past.

The R>CP Travelogues are printed in a limited edition of 200 copies, available at Urban Spree’s Bookshop.

R>CP Crowdfunding
One of the exhibition’s main purposes is to sustain the future development of the project and support the realisation of the film Berlin Randbemerkungen. In the occasion of the exhibition a crowdfunding campaign will be launched to support the pre-production work for the film. Photographic prints, silkscreen prints, books and other limited-edition products will be on sale during the events at Urban Spree.



Saturday 21 March

19h  Exhibition opening (Urban Spree Galerie)

20h  Oginoknauss Randbemerkungen live

23h  Opening Party: Miki Semascus, Electric Kettle (tbc), N-rgle de Trolls, Crash 01, Yaya, LT.


Wednesday 25 March

19h  Film sonorisation: Aelita  (1924) by Yann Keller live (Urban Spree Galerie)


Saturday 28 March

16h  Doble Forza / Dom Novogo Byta screening + discussion (il Kino – Neükolln)


Sunday 29 March

17h Periphery at the Centre . Conversation with Laura Colini, Jochen Becker / (MetroZones), Lorenzo Tripodi.

19h  Aperitif + JD Zazie live urban field recordings (Urban Spree Galerie)


Wednesday 1 April

17h Pitching “Randbemerkungen”. Presentation of the new film project and discussion of production strategies (event on invitation)

19h Aperitif

20h Or Ze live (Urban Spree Galerie)


Wednesday 8 April

17h  Liquid City Workshop Introduction (Urban Spree Galerie)


Saturday 11 April 

10h  Liquid City canoe excursion on the Spree with Kanuclub zur Erforschung der Stadt

16h  Liquid City Workshop final discussion (Urban Spree Galerie)

20h Exhibition Finissage  Sistemi Audiofobici Burp DJ SET. WJM / MAT POGO / JD ZAZIE  (Urban Spree Galerie)


 R>CP RANDBEMERKUNGEN is a production of Ogino Knauss and Tesserae Urban Social Research in association with Urban Spree.

Contact information: info@oginoknauss.org

Re>Centering Periphery
« Randbemerkungen/Marginal Notes »
An exhibition by ogino:knauss at Urban Spree Galerie
Vernissage: 21 March 2015 at 19:00
Exhibition: 22 March 2015 // 11 April 2015
Tu-Su: 12:00//19:00


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PLACE 50 Exhibition – Vernissage

10346180_1026883303994803_7953515994262108356_nFor their 50th issue, Berlin and RAW based Place Skateboard Culture magazine has asked 50 of their past contributors (artists, skateboarders…) to create a double page in this collector  issue, high profile skaters like Holger von Krosigk, Eric Mirbach, Fred Mortagne, Helge Tscharn, Thomas Gentsch, Lucas Beaufort, or Easy Does It…

The PLACE 50 Exhibition will exhibit 50 photographs from legendary skaters.

This exhibition has an goal: Back to the roots and the wonderful small matters, take a break from the hype and overkill of Skateboarding. You can experience 50 different perspectives and stories about this culture in form of classic photo prints and several installations of different events. Join us!

DJ Set by Skism

Doors: 19:00

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Karine Lémery: "Die Wanderer" Vernissage

Starting on May 18th, Urban Spree Galerie is proud to host a new body of works by Montreuil based artist Karine Lémery.

Running in parallel with Etienne Pottier’s « They Live » exhibition, it’s a wonderfully crafted, poetic and nostalgic papier mâché small sculptures exhibition which is going to take place in the Buchladen corner of Urban Spree. After France and Belgium, the Zozos are ready to take Berlin by surprise!

Karine Lémery nurtures her creations with found objects garnered in flea markets, antique stores and attics to bring back the antiquity of the nostalgic past to the present. She collects those tiny little things to give them a new sense of purpose and sensibility. An old kitchen clock, a bread thermometer, her old granny’s tissues or a flower cardboard box… Leméry uses these old manufactured objects to draw on it her own small characters. She gives to those items which formed parts of memories we once knew a renewed, witty form.

Her menagerie of drawings, mobiles and sculptures are small, almost fragile but delicate and thorough. Lémery confines insects under glass, makes multicolour fish flies and dresses up the Zozos for any circumstance.  Lémery’s universe will immerse you in a personal and neat phantasmagoria.


Vita: Born in 1971 in France, Karine Lémery graduates from ENSAD in 1996 with a diploma in furniture design. Enhancing her artistic skills with mosaic and wax moulding, she also develops an artistic practice around mobile sculptures, set in a poetic and personal universe composed of insects, birds, fish or acrobats.

Vernissage on May 18th at 17:00, in the presence of the artistDie Wanderer from Karine Lémery

Exhibition from May 19th to June 8th



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Publik-Privat Austellung. Vernissage

After several years in the making, a few months of intense preparation, and a few days of feverish accrochage, yesterday was the long-awaited vernissage of the Publik-Privat exhibition by Bilbo Calvez.

The numerous visitors had the possibility to wander through the installation, and thus confront themselves face-to-face with the 62 portraits displayed, turning around the 31 portraits forming the « Publik » side on one way, and the 31 portraits shaping the « Privat » side on the other way. Please refer to this previous post for a detailled explaination of the procédé used in this photographic series.

The exhibition catalogue was also released yesterday and visitors could have it autographed as most of the portrayed personalities had made it to the vernissage and were usually seen in close range from their own portrait.

The catalogue as well as the photographic diptychs (each pair in an edition of 5 – 45 cm x 45 cm) are for sale in the gallery and will soon be available online in the artworks section of the Urban Spree website.

The exhibition runs until April 13th, 2013. Geöffnet Dienstag bis Samstag 12:00 – 18:00.


Grand Boucle Vernissage and Exhibition

Urban Spree Gallery is proud to announce the Grand Boucle Exhibition, a collaborative show around vintage race track/fixie bicycles, including zine launch, display of bikes, bespoke saddles, and hand-pulled screen print editions!

Presented as a photographic documentation of racing bicycles dating back to 1903, graphic designer and bike enthusiast Christoph Reichert has produced a fresh looking magazine entitled ‘Grand Boucle’. This collection of imagery pulled together through modern design was the original catalyst to this project.

Now a silk screen production in celebration and tribute to the distinct design of vintage head badges in all their vibrant, metallic and colourful glory is the evolution to the Grand Boucle concept. The exhibition aims to take you through a visual narrative of vintage and contemporary design and their alliance to the racing/fixed gear bike. Whether you’re an enthusiasts or a novice to the world of racing/fixed gear bikes, the Grand Boucle exhibition will be captivating and enjoyable to visit. The launch of the Grand Boucle magazine will be the spirit of the exhibition and your first opportunity to see this unique publication. A selection of new and vintage bicycles will also be on display, some special bikes are even available for sale. In addition bespoke saddles made by the talented Mick Peel are to be exhibited as well as for sale.

Furthermore 10 posters of different vintage head-badge designs, all produced through silk screen printing by Berlin based company Mother Drucker will be on show. These prints, ranging from 2 through to 5 colour designs, will be for sale at affordable prices at the exhibition and afterwards online.

Mother Drucker is an independent Berlin-based print house located in the Urban Spree Ateliers.

Christoph Reichert, Chipsnchampagne, is an ambitious graphic designer based in Berlin.

Together they collaborate on the Grand Boucle Project.

More details on the project and the Grand Boucle Contest are on the Grand Boucle Tumblr.


Mother Drucker & Chipsnchampagne present The Grand Boucle Project

@Urban Spree Gallery

RAW Tempel

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin


Friday 20th July // 19:00 – 22:00

Saturday 21th – 27th July // 11:00 – 19:00