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Readings From Below – Times Art Center Berlin

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Christine Sun Kim and Thomas Mader, Palm Reader, 2020, Digital Drawing. Courtesy the artists

The Times Art Center Berlin is showing the exhibition Readings From Below, curated by Ariane Beyn, from September 10 to December 12, 2020. On the occasion of the exhibition, Elom 20ce & Musquiqui Chihying & Gregor Kasper will release the vinyl record The Currency (Sternberg Press) on September 9. A live event with performative elements and an artist talk will start at 6 pm at the Times Art Center Berlin. The event can also be followed online via the TACB website.

Artists: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Elom 20ce & Musquiqui Chihying & Gregor Kasper, Hao Jingban, Christine Sun Kim und Thomas Mader, Nguyen Trinh Thi, Yuichiro Tamura, Yau Ching

Readings From Below brings together artistic positions that use the virtual possibilities of archives to develop new readings of our present. While the traditional institution of the archive continues to be characterized by permanence and timeless permanence, a physical place and its architecture, in today’s world of digitized information archives can be radically temporalized, freed from space and multimodal – in harmony with a dynamic user culture. What is taken from these heterogeneous archives can be reused, re-contextualized or re-staged and thus reconfigured in every conceivable order.

More than ever before, artists* today work with archive materials, research, information and data. They process their material in innovative ways and make it available to the collective memory for rediscovery and reinterpretation. Readings From Below brings together works that offer unconventional suggestions for reading and interpreting our world. Starting from a subjective perspective, an everyday environment, a particular place or a specific detail, they involve us in broader social or political constellations. Topics such as the impact of the future on the past, unresolved identities, narrated sound as well as performed language, readability and illegibility, combine to create a game of contradictions and polyphonic voices. Reading the world from below also means tracking down what is hidden, silenced or repressed in the archive or in everyday life and turning attentively to our surroundings.

The exhibition combines existing and newly commissioned works.

For Readings From Below, the Times Art Center Berlin is collaborating with the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art: In November 2020 an accompanying film program will be presented as part of the project “Archives außer sich”. (www.archive-ausser-sich.de) at Online-Kino Arsenal 3 (www.arsenal-3-berlin.de).

The exhibition is part of the Berlin Art Week (September 9-13, 2020).

Times Art Center Berlin 
Brunnenstraße 9, 10119 Berlin-Mitte 
+49 30 24781038

WHEN? Dienstag bis Samstag 12 – 19 Uhr 

COSTS? admission free


To ensure a safe and healthy environment, visitors* are asked to book their visit in advance via the newly designed website:


The Times Art Center Berlin was founded in 2018 by the Guangdong Times Museum and is the first parallel institution founded abroad by an art museum based in Asia.

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