Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 4–6pm
as part of
Experiments in Disintegrating I
A conversation between artist Erik Smith and Changing Room initiator Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez. The discussion will center on both of Smith’s works presented as part of the first installment in Changing Room’s “Experiments in Disintegrating” series: ACIINTT – slow listening berlin, Smith’s three-hour “decelerated” listening performance at Changing Room on September 20 and AABBCCDV, shown at Kunstpunkt Berlin within the framework of the exhibition re-space and still on view through October 13. Both works are representative of Smith’s site-focused practice, which takes an urban-archeological approach to exploring specific transformations of the built environment. Central to this is the combining of sculptural and acoustic means to bring to light not only the specific histories embedded within the sites, as a return of the repressed or forgotten, but also to convey their dissolution over time as a consequence of urban development and renewal, forces currently at work remaking the cities and settings for Smith’s projects here: Berlin and Miami. A shorter half-hour performance of Smith’s ACIINTT – slow listening berlin will also be presented as a part of the talk.
Experiments in Disintegrating I
ACIINTT – slow listening berlin
at CHANGING ROOM
Lüderitzstrasse 11, 13351 Berlin
ACIINTT– slow listening berlin
Join us at CHANGING ROOM on Friday, September 20, 2019 from 9pm to midnight for ACIINTT – slow listening berlin, a live three-hour “decelerated listening” session. For the performance, Smith will live mix Orpheus in the Underworld 78s with techno and electronica records on six turntables modified to play at drastically reduced speeds. The turntables form the central sonic component to his Berlin-based, urban-archaeological project Titanic (2013-2019) exploring the evolution of a site in Mitte, the location in the nineteenth century of a theater renowned for its performances of Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, a sprawling underground bunker during WW2, and the four-star Titanic hotel today. Listeners are invited to come and stay for the duration of the performance or drop in as they please. Lights will be off and floor mats will be provided to facilitate extended listening.
there will be a talk by Erik Smith,
September 28th, starts 4pm
at Changing Room
Erik Smith (b. Boston US, lives and works in Berlin) studied visual art and comparative literature in the US and Italy before moving to Berlin, Germany in 2003. Solo exhibitions include Errant Sound, Berlin; Counterpath, Denver; FRAGMENTA/Valletta 2018, Malta; Locus Solus, de Appel Contemporary Arts Centre, Amsterdam NL; Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum, Berlin; DimensionsVariable, Miami FL; Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA. His work has also been shown in numerous group exhibitions internationally including SculptureCenter, LIC, NY; BBB centre d’art, Toulouse, FR; Arsenic, Lausanne CH; Pierogi, Leipzig; Kunstpunkt, Berlin. www.eriksmith.de
RE-SPACE / Take Back the Space
10 Years Network of Independent Berlin Project Spaces and Initiatives
c/o KUNSTPUNKT BERLIN, Schlegelstraße 6, 10115 Berlin
Opening hours: 19.9.-13.10.2019, 15-19 Uhr
as part of ”re-space”
Netzwerke freier Berliner
Projekträume und -initiativen,
Schlegelstrasse 6, 10115 Berlin
AABBCCDVcenters on the 2012 demolition of a Miami FL arts building and former home to DimensionsVariable (DV), an artist-run project space that was forced to vacate the premises to make way for new development. Smith’s work presented for (re)space as a model of CHANGING ROOM is the third iteration of a scale suburban house found inside the DV building prior to demolition. Recreated as a floor work, the footprint of the house has been cut out of the surfaces of the plot and its rubber top layer compressed to fit the overall 1x1 m dimensions. Combined with the 12” record edition of the DV building’s demolition, the work juxtaposes the disintegration of the suburban model with the destruction of the arts building, setting up oppositions of presence/absence, support/collapse, weightiness/dematerialization.