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Time Capsule, group exhibition, 22 Feb Opening 6-9pm

Posted in art, events on February 15th, 2012 by umdieecke – Be the first to comment


Opening: 22 Feb 2012, 6–9pm Exhibition: 23 Feb–9 Sept 2012

smartloft apt&art is proud to present Time Capsule with works by Ivan Bošković,  Alexine Chanel, Woori Cho and Patrick Jambon, Chan Sook Choi, Carson Grubaugh, Dan Hudson, Elana Katz, Gwen MacGregor, Rachel Simkover, and Latefa Wiersch, curated and organized by Thomas Arnold and kate hers.

A Time Capsule is a container storing a selection of objects chosen as being typical of the present time, buried for discovery in the future. At this moment in human history, four time capsules have been launched into space— two Pioneer Plaques and the two Voyager Golden Records with the hope that other civilized spacefarers will find them. In 2014 the KEO satellite will be sent into space with individual messages from earthlings to be read by future earthlings when the satellite returns to earth in the year 52,000. Famous Time Capsule historian William E. Jarvis stated that time capsules are significant attempts to transfer cultural information across the millennia, however most are usually not very effective or educational because items placed in the capsules are either in pristine condition or tell little about the people of that time.*

In the exhibit Time Capsule we attempt to surpass the conventional traits of such a capsule by considering the question: What does it mean to be human? What would you submit as a symbol of humanity? “Artworks” at smartloft apt&art are presented as a significant collection of objects, ideas, and documents from international visual artists. We explore how an offering of creativity could communicate with aliens and/or people of the future. Can art represent humankind to extraterrestrials?

The participating artists from Canada, France, Germany, Korea, Serbia, and the United States grapple with these questions in various artistic and conceptual forms. Each of the artists brings his/her own approach to formulating a notion of a cultural artifact preserved in book art, drawing, installation, performance, printmaking, photography, video, and sculpture. History, memory, heritage and time are several themes which are engaged. Additionally, the most famous unintentional time capsule Pompeii resonates with the show’s intention that the best objects to be placed in a time capsule are idiosyncratic, handmade and significant to the individual who created them. Just like the compelling graffiti phrase “All the sleepyheads are voting for Petronius” found on a Pompeii wall is a relevant cultural artifact, our Time Capsule exhibition underscores not only does art matter, but also creative expression is a condition of being human.

For information. please contact smartloft at or +49 (0)176 6825 3712

*Jarvis, William E., Time Capsules: A Cultural History, 2002.


Bauen Wohnen Denken Artist Dinner

Posted in art, events on January 17th, 2012 by umdieecke – Be the first to comment

smartloft apt&art hosted a small dinner party for the artists who exhibited in the show Bauen Wohnen Denken. Marcus Ahlers, Thomas Arnold, Seo young Chane, Jean-Ulrick Désert, kate hers, Patrick Jambon, Anna Kostreva, Rebecca Loyche, and Paul Ross in attendance.

Bauen Wohnen Denken Vernissage Photos

Posted in art, events on September 15th, 2011 by umdieecke – Be the first to comment

Bauen Wohnen Denken Invitation

5 July 2011 Call for Submissions: Building Dwelling Thinking-Bauen Wohnen Denken, Group Exhibition in Berlin at smartloft apt&art

Posted in art, events, submissions on June 2nd, 2011 by umdieecke – Be the first to comment
Call for Submissions
Building Dwelling Thinking-Bauen Wohnen Denken
Group Exhibition in Berlin at smartloft apt&art
opening: 6-9pm Thursday, 15 September 2011
show duration: 15 Sept 2011 -1 Feb 2012

The essay „Building Dwelling Thinking-Bauen Wohnen Denken“ written in 1951 by the German philosopher Martin Heidegger, will be the springboard from which our next exhibition will be developed, considered, and framed. The exhibition works need not have a direct or obvious reference to this essay, rather we want to provide the artists with a timeless text in which to inspire and engage their works within our living spaces.

Art challenges us to think. An artist´s opinions, reactions, and his or her world is uniquely expressed in artworks, often with relevance to society and politics. smartloft apartments&art believes that bringing art from the gallery into a private space allows a more intimate conversation between the work and the observer. Living with an artwork generates a different type of contemplation and introspection than the experience permitted at a gallery or museum. Not only are we intent in providing a resonant experience to our guests, but we are also interested in presenting artists the opportunity to show in our carefully designed apartments, and/or to create site specific work which then only belongs to this particular space and time.
Furthermore, Berlin boast more than 6000 artists many of whom are international. We would like to ask artists to consider the theme of Building Dwelling Thinking-Bauen Wohnen Denken in Berlin and one’s relationship the space in which is changing through building, dwellling and thinking.

Submission Format:
Artists should submit work which engages/references/activates the concepts of Building Dwelling Thinking, or submit a proposal of a new project which investigates the theme.
Full contact information including address, day/evening phone numbers, email address and website
Artist CV/resume and artist statement
All mediums will be considered including but not limited to: drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, performance, video
CD: no more than 15 digital images clearly labeled in this manner LASTNAME_1.jpg
Please make sure your images are at least 300 dpi and 12 x 15 cm.
DVD: no more than 10 minutes
Work list including title, size, media, and any notes or brief text about pieces.
For time based works, please include at least 3 digital video stills or photographs at least 300 dpi and 12 x 15 cm.
Artists will be notified within 3 weeks of submission deadline.
There is no fee for submissions.
Please be aware the exhibition is 4.5 months and the work should be available for exhibition for the entire duration.
Venue will organize an opening and will pay for invitation cards, opening refreshments, insurance on the work while on display, and a small productions fee.
Artists are responsible for delivery expenses, install and de-install of their work.
Please submit completed submissions postmarked by July 5th 2011 or hand-delivered* by 5pm to:

Curatorial Review
smartloft apt&art
chorinerstr. 7
10119 Berlin


Questions? Please email us:
Apartment spaces are also available for viewing by appointment.
*To hand-deliver, please make arrangements by email.

smartloft hosts USABerlin group with the US Embassy

Posted in art, events on April 14th, 2011 by umdieecke – Be the first to comment

On 20th of March, 2011, Elizabeth Corwin, Cultural Affairs Officer of the US Embassy met with 12 US artists and cultural workers to launch the USArtBerlin group.

A networking and support group of US artists, writers, curators, gallerists, arts administrators, critics, and cultural workers based permanently in Berlin. Activities surrounding contemporary visual arts, performing arts, creative writing, music, related writing/theory/critique, curation, and non-for-profit exhibition spaces. This group exists by and for US artists and creative citizens to benefit, support and publicize artistic endeavors.