Spiegelmund: “mirror-mouth”. Is it the conversation, or lack thereof, with a barber while you get a haircut, looking both in front and behind you? A speech articulate enough to reflect the world? Promotional narcissism? Dubbed as “an open forum for future programming, a reading of live texts, an exhibition of speaking images,” this Friday’s show at Am Flutgraben 3 might be comprised of all three. 
It’s worth noting the fourth descriptor, a mouthful or eyeful “weekend-pre-rage salon.” Spiegelmund is set to be the first in a series of such events, conceived as a stop in one’s Friday night before really starting the weekend spiral, lodged between the vernissage and the change of outfit to go out dancing. Attendees are invited not just to project themselves onto the works presented, but also discuss and develop a program for the series’ next event. Following the lead of the Ying Colosseum intervention series, which was held monthly in non-traditional exhibition spaces throughout Berlin in 2016, Spiegelmund sees itself as a nexus for collaboration. Every salon needs a mirror. Depending on who’s looking, it may be a poetry reading, a gallery more inviting than most, or just a spot to get a little raucous off some Spanish wine.


The first edition of Spiegelmund takes as a motif the relation between image and language, either in print or enunciated speech. Visual works exhibited by Matthias Crause appropriate automobile logos, floating concepts like “FOCUS” and “ACCENT” affixed to the wall. A forbidding, coffin- or fortune-teller-like wooden sculpture is accompanied by a text by Patrick Gaden, beginning with “Something to place your loved ones in.” The ‘live texts’ will be read by Katrice Dustin, Caspar Heinemann, Alizee Lennox and Nat Marcus. Or are they the speaking images? And finally, a selection of music will be curated by creo en todo, tracks lingering at the threshold of turn-up but never quite diving in.
Liminal in content and form, the inaugural evening of Spiegelmund should feel like a pleasant question. As the poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote in ‘Sonnets to Orpheus’: “Spiegel: noch nie hat man wissend beschrieben, / was ihr in euerem Wesen seid” – “Mirror: never before knowingly described, / what are you in your being?” The difficulty in defining this event may be its greatest strength.
Article by Nat Marcus in Berlin // Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017













Matthias Krause
(Matthias Crause), co founder Blackdooristanbul Istanbul*
director Neu West Berlin (2014-2016)**
Cluster Berlin artist.

get/book all works, blackdooristanbul archive, neuwestberlin archive editions, lectures, workshops, recipes here: studio(at)crause.org


*artists and guests at Blackdooristanbul since 2010: Ekrem Yalcindag, Rosa Loy,  Patrick Gaden, Philipp Ackermann, Peter Kogler, Manuel GorkiewiczFrancis Alÿs, Wermke / Leinkauf, Thomas Judisch, Normen Perke, Franziska Cordes, PORSCHISMUS, Franz Ackermann, Latif Erdem, Zoro Feigl, Floris Bovee, Marius Dahl, PATCH WORK ARCHITECTURE, SUPERPOOL, Dogan Dogan, Matthias Weischer, Charlott MarkusMashallah News, 0090 Antwerp, Hans Petri, Mirko Winkel, soon more...

**director 2014-2016 at Neu West Berlin, Berlin
artists and guests 2014-2016:
Thomas MahmoudMichael WerthmülllerMagda TothovaBrigitte Witzenhause, El Phanto (ex ZIEGENBØCK), Carolina Daza, dr walker, Owen Roberts, Paul Philipp Heinze
Gaëlle Peirazeau
ToiletpaperAndreas Hachulla, Maurizio Cattelan, soon more... 



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Haldenereignis Emscherblick, Tetraeder, ist eine in Form einer dreiseitigen Pyramide erbaute und frei begehbare Aussichtsterrasse auf der Halde Beckstraße in Bottrop-Batenbrock. Die Stahl-Konstruktion mit einer Seitenlänge von 60 m ruht auf vier 9 m hohen Betonpfeilern und befindet sich auf der Kuppe der ca. 120 m über NN hohen Halde an der Beckstraße. Bei klarer Sicht kann man das Wahrzeichen vom Essener Hbf aus erkennen. Bis zum 19. Oktober 2014 wurde der Tetraeder (Plattform) im Sommerhalbjahr mit Midi-Wasserstoffhybridbussen angefahren, dieser Verkehr entfiel allerdings, da die Mittel der EU nicht mehr zur Verfügung standen. Alternativ gibt es eine Haltestelle am Fuße der Halde.















Das obere Bild stammt noch aus dem Kieler Atelier. Das Aufgenommene zeigt Philipp in der Luft, durch ein von Antje und Thomas. gehaltenes, gelochtes Papp fliegen.

Auf dem unteren Bild erprobt Dana Komponenten eines Handybrillen Prototypen.













weekend riffs @ 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art 
9 digital video stills 
taken from the Trailer of the ongoing video Projekt Weekend Riffs