Language Centre tutor Amanda Adorni, Berlin April 2012
This weekend I was invited to Captain Pretzel Gallery in Berlin to see a one-off performance piece by the New York based artist Robert Longo. His charcoal drawings filled the top half of the gallery and on the lower floor there was a contemporary performance piece involving the senses of sound and sight. It consisted of 50 actors each reading a different chapter of Moby Dick, by Herman Melville, at the same time. They were standing in a five by five formation in a dark basement, and the eerie sensation evoked the feeling of being in the gully of a ‘whaling boat’. It was very dramatic and exciting and was filmed, so that it can be projected for the rest of the time the show is on. The gallery is one of the best on the Eastside and well worth a visit when you are in Berlin.
I also attended a cocktail reception at the famous designer shop ‘The Corner Berlin East’. It was a party for Sarah Burton and showcased some amazing fashion designs of the Spring/Summer 2012 Alexander McQueen collection. As well as dresses and accessories, on the walls were art works by Damien Hirst and other international contemporary artists. For two hours the store was packed with models and photographers and anyone and everyone from the German fashion world, but the star of the party was the lovely Sarah Burton herself. The co-creator of The Corner –Josef Voelk – is the most charming man and if you are in Berlin stop by and see him. He is a great fan of London and all things art and fashion.
Posted on May 2nd, 2012 by jjlyons in Language Centre