Mischa Kuball: (UN)FINISHED at Utopie Kulturforum
Opening of the intervention (UN)FINISHED at St. Matthäus Church at the Berlin Kulturforum within the programme of Utopie Kulturforum | 20/9/2021–2/1/2022
One of the utopias of human history is the longing for perfection: The image of an ideal final state in the midst of the inadequacies of the present. The longing is great and seductive. In the attempt at perfection, utopia and dystopia lie close together. Looking at the history of the Berlin Kulturforum, the ambivalence of the dys(u)topical is palpable: itself a witness to an unfinished history of longing, it has remained a fragment. At the oldest site of the area, St. Matthäus-Church, the Düsseldorf-based artist Mischa Kuball concentrates its story in a multiple layered floor. While there is talk of the Kulturforum's architectonic "completion" in the light of the "Museum of the 20th Century's" construction of the right next to the church, Mischa Kuball promotes "incompletion" in the sense of the driving forces of art and religion. And so a light sign floats above the altar, bringing the principle of incompleteness into contact with the space of religion.
19 September 2021, 6 p.m.
Opening within a hORA-service
Sermon: Prof. Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, curator and art critic
Liturgy: Parson Hannes Langbein
Music: Christopher Collings, trumpet, Lothar Knappe, organ
11 November 2021, 7 p.m.
More than this. Dys(u)topic thinking in the arts
Common talk within the programme of „Utopie Kulturforum“ with
Helgard Haug, Rimini Protokoll
Friedrich von Borries, architect
Mischa Kuball, artist
Ann-Katrin Günzel, KUNSTFORUM International, moderation