Under the title RE:CONNECT, the MaHalla opens its doors for the second time and for five days and nights during Berlin Art Week for HUMAN ELECTRICITY. Electricity is energy flow. Without electricity we could not move, think or feel. For energy to flow, it needs connection, both within our cells and within the social organism. Our way of connecting with each other is changing. Pandemic-era social distance and digital communication are affecting our well-being, as individuals and on a global scale. What role can art play here?
Image above: Courtesy Mahalla
A multicosmos of artists, musicians and performers will come together on 7000m2 to celebrate with the public the unifying aspect of art. During daylight hours, visitors will stroll through an exhibition of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and installations, experience performance art, AR, sound installations and indigenous art in the temporary Huni Kuin Embassy. After dark, there is a programme of sound collectives, bands, DJs and psychedelic light art until well into the night. Gastronomies curated by artists will provide an inspiring culinary experience throughout.
Initiated in 2020 by filmmaker and social activist Ralf Schmerberg, the MaHalla art project has been revitalising the factory halls of Germany’s oldest three-phase power plant in Oberschöneweide for a good year with its experimental cultural programme. At the site from which Berlin was first electrified, an artistic laboratory for new forms of energy, for inspiration and transformation through collective art experiences is now being created: Human Electricity.
Amer Al Akel, Araba Ankuma, Fiona Bennett, Stephanie Bothor, Mina Buker, Kirstin Burckhardt, Caratoe, barbara caveng, Jeroen Cremers, Paula Elion, Matthias Fritsch, Edith Held, Huni Kuin Tribe, Maria Kassab, Andy Kassier, Lili & Jesko, Thomas Lüer, Nancy Nasser Al Deen, Katja Pudor, Stefan Ihmig, Music Ashram, Kiss Nuka, Sebastian Pielles, Resorb, Palina Ringe, Sophus Ritto, Maja Rohwetter, Ralf Schmerberg, Selassie, Bettina Semmer, Babette Semmer, Tomomi Senda, The Other Gods, Bernhard Vierling, Gordon W., Saskia Wendland, Toni Wirthmüller, Ella Ziegler, Tina Zimmermann, Yanek & Kohle
Curated by Almut Hüfler and Ralf Schmerberg
Vernissage: Wednesday, 14 September 18:00-24:00
Exhibition dates: Wednesday, 14 September – Sunday 18 September 2022
Wilhelminenhofstraße 76/Tor 1a, 12459 Berlin Oberschöneweide