Distant Observations.Fukushima in Berlin
8 March – 27 April 2014
March 11 2014 will be the third anniversary of Japan’s nuclear disaster in Fukushima; a catastrophe whose true extent cannot even now be predicted or understood. But it is one which threatens to sink into oblivion. To mark the anniversary of Fukushima, the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien will be asking about the potential of art to be a medium of reflection and reaction. On 7 March, an exhibition will open there at 7 p.m., demonstrating the way in which various artists have tackled the nuclear catastrophe in their reflections and reactions.
In addition to Japanese artists living in Berlin, others have been invited who are heavily engaged in Japanese society and culture. Most of them have experienced the nuclear disaster only via the media and from a large distance away. The central theme of the exhibition is therefore the interaction between being personally affected and political opportunities for action in view of the highly complex and enormous event that took place a long way away. In addition, the question arises, what are the consequences of Fukushima for one’s own artistic practice?
The artists’ reactions to the events in Fukushima are very varied and range from activist video projects to very personal reflections to a critical technological return to nature.
The exhibition will include a conversation with an artist which will take place at 7 p.m. on 11 March 2014.
Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien produces group and subject-related exhibitions on current, social and cultural processes which always address contemporary arts. The Kunstraum is housed in the former “Diakonissen” hospital, which is worth a visit in its own right, and can be found on Mariannenplatz. It was built as the Diakonissen hospital at the instigation of Friedrich-Wilhelm IV according to plans by Theodor von Stein and was outside the city gates in those days. When the hospital closed down in 1970, the “battle for Bethanien” began. The planned large-scale demolition and redevelopment with social housing was prevented by sit-ins, citizens’ groups and preservationists. Since this time, the main buildings’ occupants have been cultural and artistic institutions. The Druckwerkstatt des bbk (printing works) is in the building as are Die drei Schwestern café restaurant, individual artists’ studios and rooms used for dance and theatre projects.