Rencontres Internationales Berlin

JUNE 13-18, 2017

Tuesday, 13. June 2017 | 7 pm

Keynote + Opening screening
John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin /
Subway: S5, S7, S9, S75, Hauptbahnhof station
Free entry

The opening screening of Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin is an invitation to a surprise programme with a German première of 3 rare short films.






Vidéo | 4k | couleur | 38:0 | Russie | 2015
Tuesday, 13. June 2017 | 8:15pm
Work Presented: Inverso Mundus
1-channel screening (2015)



Engravings with an upside down world as theme have been around since the 16th century, they depict a pig disembowelling a man, a child punishing his teacher, a man carrying a donkey on its back, a man and a woman swapping roles and clothes, and a beggar in rags magnanimously giving money to a rich man. These engravings depict demons, chimera, flying fish in the sky and death. In ‘Inverso Mundus’, these absurd medieval carnival scenes appear in the form of chapters in contemporary life. The characters enact absurd utopian social scenes, swap their masks and the tramp becomes a rich man, the policeman a robber. Metrosexual garbage men bombard the streets with rubbish. Inquisitors torture men on Ikea style structures. Children and old men are pitted against one another kickboxing. ‘Inverso Mundus’ is a world where chimeras are animals and the apocalypse is entertaining.

AES+F – INVERSO MUNDUS – trailer 6 minutes – 1Channel 50fps 4K


AES+F achieved worldwide recognition and acclaim in the Russian Pavilion at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia in 2007 with their provocative, other-worldly Last Riot (2007), the first in a trio of large-scale, multichannel video installations of striking originality that have come to define both the AES+F aesthetic and the cutting edge of the medium’s capacities. The second of the series, The Feast of Trimalchio (2009), appeared in Venice in 2009, and the third, Allegoria Sacra (2011), debuted at the 4th Moscow Biennale in 2011. United as The Liminal Space Trilogy, this tour-de-force series was premiered in September 2012 at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, and the Moscow Manege, the central exhibition hall of the artists’ home city. The Trilogy was shown in the Museum of Fine Arts in La Chaux-De-Fonds, Switzerland (June–September 2014). Most recently all three videos were shown at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY (June-September 2015). In 2015 AES+F presented the new project Inverso Mundus at 56th Biennale di Venezia. AES+F received Sergey Kuryokhin Award 2011, the main award of the Kandinsky Prize 2012, the main award of the NordArt Festival 2014, and Pino Pascali Prize 2015 (18th Edition) – all for the project Allegoria Sacra. AES+F were awarded Bronze Medal (2005) and Golden Medal (2013) of Russian National Academy of Fine Arts. AES Group was originally formed in 1987 by the conceptual architects Tatiana Arzamasova and Lev Evzovich and the multidisciplinary designer Evgeny Svyatsky. Exhibiting abroad from 1989, the group expanded its personnel and name with the addition of the photographer Vladimir Fridkes in 1995. AES+F’s recent work has developed at the intersection of photography, video and digital technologies, although it is nurtured by a persistent interest in more traditional media — sculpture especially, but also painting, drawing and architecture. Deploying a sophisticated, poetic dialogue among these media, and plumbing the depths of art history and other cultural canons, AES+F’s grand visual narratives explore the values, vices and conflicts of contemporary culture in the global sphere. For more than a decade, works by AES+F have been showcased in signature festivals and biennial exhibitions of contemporary art around the world, including — in addition to Moscow and Venice — those of Adelaide, Gwangju, Havana, Helsinki, Istanbul, Kiev, Lille, Lyon, Melbourne, St Moritz, Sydney, Taipei, Tirana and Toronto. Their work has also been featured in influential events devoted to new media — such as ARS Electronica (Linz), Mediacity Seoul and Video Zone (Tel Aviv) — and photography — such as FotoFest (Houston), Les Rencontres d’Arles and Moscow’s Photo Biennial. By now the subject of almost 100 solo exhibitions at museums, exhibition spaces and commercial galleries worldwide, works by AES+F have been shown in such prestigious venues as the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, ZKM (Karlsruhe), Casino Luxembourg, Kiasma (Helsinki), the Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Tate Britain (London), Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva, various UK venues), the Passage De Retz (Paris), the Vanhaerents Art Collection (Brussels), MACRO Future (Rome), the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza (Madrid), the State Russian Museum (St Petersburg), the Museum of Fine Arts (La Chaux-de-Fonds) and many others. Among the important European institutions collecting their works are the Moderna Museet (Stockholm), the Sammlung Goetz (Munich), the Neue Galerie Graz, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris) and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Works by AES+F are also presented in Australian public collections at AGSA / Art Gallery of South Australia (Adelaide) and MONA (Tasmania). Their works are also found in the foremost collections of Russia, including the Multimedia Art Museum Moscow, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow) and the State Russian Museum (St Petersburg).



Haus der Kulturen der Welt | Auditorium
Multimedia concert
Tuesday, 13. June 2017 | 9.30 pm
Thomas KÖner: Expanding Illuminance
Concert multimédia | 0 | | 35:0 | France | 2017 see
John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin
Subway: S5, S7, S9, S75, Hauptbahnhof station
Free entry




An hypnotic journey through two visions of the future and two utopias, from footages of the monumental “Metropolis” (Fritz Lang, 1927) and of the film 80`s cult “Tron” (Steven Lisberger, 1982).

Thomas Köner studied at the Music Academy in Dortmund, and at CEM-Studio in Arnhem. His work revolves mainly on the combination of visual and audio experiences, and develops into installations, concerts, videos, photos and multimedia works. In 2000, he received the “New Media Prize” at the Montreal International Festival New Cinema New Media.
In 2004, he received the “Golden Nica” of Prix Ars Electronica, the “Produktionspreis WDR/Deutscher Klangkust – Preis” (German prize for sound art). His media installation “Suburb of the Void” received the Transmediale prize 2005 in Berli and was presented at the Venice Biennale, at the Fenice theatre, as a live performance. Various important museums has acquired his audio-visual works for their collection: mainly the Pompidou Centre, the Museum of contemporary art of Montreal, the Comunidad of Madrid, the FRAC of Limousin. In 2008, he participated at the Media Art Biennale in Seoul. In 2009, he received the MuVi prize at the International short film festival of Oberhausen.
Thomas Köner is nominated for the Nam June Paik prize in 2012.



Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Rooftop party
Tuesday, 13. June 2017 | 10 pm
Mix live
“Strange Encounters” by Nasri
John-Foster-Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin
Subway: S5, S7, S9, S75, Hauptbahnhof station
Free entry





When Oum Kalthoum meets Serge Gainsbourg meets Billie Holliday meets Aisha Al Marta meets Sabah meets Taxi Girl meets Esther Phillips meets Yasmine Hamdan meets Souad Abdallah meets Jeanne Moreau meets Dina Washington meets PJ Harvey meets Marylin Monroe meets Astrud Gilberto meets Sara Vaughan meets Catherine Deneuve meets Mohamad Mounir meets Madonna meets Delphine Seyrig meets Soapkills meets Ahmad Adawiya meets Eartha Kitt meets Mirwais meets Bandali Family meets Feyrouz meets Asmahan meets Cheikh Imam meets Marguerite Duras meets Nina Simone meets Cole Porter meets Omar Zeini meets Fleetwood Mac meets Tarab meets Kitsch meets Choubi meets you.

Actor (notably directed by Christian Merlhiot, Jocelyne Saab, Georges Hachem, Roy Samaha, Omar Fakhoury and Jad Youssef…) and journalist, Nasri has also been a DJ for over 8 years in Beirut, and Berlin where he is currently based. With an eclectic mix of uninhibited pop with borderless genres and tastes – good or bad – Nasri creates the musical encounter with the great names of the Arab world’s classical repertoire alongside those of Western pop, music of the Emirates, Egypt, Lebanon, and beyond with stars and starlets of French cinema and literature. A fanatic of Jazz divas, Nasri links Asmahan and Delphine Seyrig, Grace Jones and Jeanne Moreau, as well as the most kitsch of Arabic sounds with acoustic dialogues by Bette Davis, among other great actresses of International cinema.





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