Tears for fears ... Roy Lichtenstein at @fondationcarmignac
Completely lost in space and time immersing myself in Doug Wheeler’s light and space installation first created in the 1960s at #weltohneaußen “Immersive Spaces since the 1960s”, a fascinating exhibition showcasing a series of historical and contemporary practices tracing the development of immersive artworks at @gropiusbau. Curated by Thomas Oberender and Tino Seghal, this is a show for not just a specialist audience but everyone, particularly those who seek different spacial and aesthetic experiences that allow them to meditate and temporarily lose themselves in another dimension.
I’ve been to Berlin many times but I never experienced the cycling culture until now. Partly because I’ve been so afraid to cycle in the city. I grew up cycling around Cheung Chau all the time and I used to have my own bike. I was pretty good back then, riding up and down the hill, riding single-handedly or even standing. But for some reason I stopped. Here in Berlin I finally have the courage to pick up this childhood hobby again, remembering how much fun I had when I was little. Thanks to these bike sharing apps here, renting a bike for a ride to the lake has never been easier. I think I’m hooked. And that’s an awesome feeling.
“Wim Wenders — Sorfort Bilder” is an exhibition @coberlin of Polaroid photos by the German filmmaker, whose 1987 classic “Der Himmel über Berlin” (Wings of Desire) gave me my very first impression of Berlin. Wenders captured the moments of time with these beautiful Polaroid instant images, just like what we do with our smartphones today. But the difference is that each Polaroid image is a unique tangible object to be cherished, unlike the digital images taken with our smartphones that can be reprinted as much as we want. They are stored in our phones, computers and cloud drives. But the easy access does not mean we cherish our photos more. We take the photos and forget about them right away. Has technology really helped us preserve our memories better?
Gropius Bau in Berlin never fails to surprise me. This time, the untitled solo exhibition of French artist Philippe Parreno offers a new dimension of exhibition viewing experience. Upon entering the atrium lies “Sonic Waterlilies”, a massive pond of dark liquid. At first glance, it looks like a gigantic mirror reflecting what lies above it. But on a closer inspection this mysterious black mirror looks like a bottomless black hole. The devices installed under the water create ripple effects that disrupt the peaceful surface, in a manner that is in sync with the surrounding sound and music. It is mesmerising.
“Scratching the Surface Porquerolles” @vhils @fondationcarmignac
I see heaven and earth before myself. 見天地，見自己。”Path of Emotions” @studiojeppehein @fondationcarmignac
How lucky to be able to experience James Turrell’s amazing light installation again here in Berlin! Here at @jmberlin.de, a Turrell pavilion showcasing “Aural” from the series “Ganzfeld” is built in the museum’s garden. Standing in this meditative space, I stared into infinity. I felt lost and disoriented, but at the same time incredibly calm. It was a transformative experience.