Hours and Hours of Inactivity

(lifePR) ( Berlin, )
Artists: Bettina Allamoda, Diana Artus, Olga Balema, Fritz Balthaus, Mariechen Danz, Christine Sun Kim, Wolf von Kries, Sandra Schäfer, Roman Schramm, Heidi Sill, Sophie-Therese Trenka-Dalton

Curator: Rhea Dall

With the exhibition Hours and Hours of Inactivity, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein resumes the exhibition series of the Berlin Senate’s Fine Arts Scholarship recipients. Eleven positions from different generations of the city’s international art scene reflect Berlin’s eccentric plethora of artistic genres.

Hours and Hours of Inactivity puts this generous diversity at the fore and spans photography, film, video, and drawing, to sculpture, and installation. The exhibition uncovers diverging queries and temporalities within the distinct artists’ work, including a conglomerate of long-term investigations and serial gestures, surprise encounters and forgotten ephemera.

The title is a musical catch phrase taken from a piece by participating artist Mariechen Danz and her band UNMAP. Striking a chord with the curatorial approach, the song line Hours and Hours of Inactivity mirrors how the duration and complexity of the included oeuvres drive the display.


As part of the n.b.k. book series Berlin, a bilingual publication (DE/EN) is published by Walther König, Cologne, including an introduction by Klaus Lederer and Marius Babias as well as texts by Ann Cotton, Rhea Dall, and Michaela Richter.

Public Program

Friday, March 24, 2017, 6 pm
Screening Mleeta & Artist Talk
Visit to the studio of Sandra Schäfer incl. a screening of her piece Mleeta (2016) – exklusively for n.b.k. members, please register in advance:

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7 pm
Questions of Inactivity
Panel discussion with Hannah Black (artist and writer, Berlin), Caroline Busta (author and editor-in-chief, Texte zur Kunst), and Kerstin Stakemeier (professor for art theory and art education, Akademie der Bildenden Künste Nürnberg), moderated by Rhea Dall (curator, director PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art and Unge Kunstneres Samfund, Oslo)
In English

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7 pm
Experience-oriented game with Roman Schramm (artist, Berlin)
Max. 25 participants, please register in advance:

Sunday, April 30, 2017, 8 pm
Christian Naujoks

n.b.k. Showroom
Bani Abidi
An Unforeseen Situation

Curator: Kathrin Becker

Bani Abidi addresses nationalism and state power, as well as the tendencies within civil society to respond to state influence in an affirmative way or with subtle resistance. Her work is based on everyday and historical events, which she often fictionalizes. In doing so, she counters official measures intended to reshape the memory culture with a sense of humor that is based on the conviction that the depiction of history is often characterized by current claims to political power.

In her video work An Unforeseen Situation (2015), Abidi relates to a series of state-run competitions, organized by the Ministry of Sport in the Pakistani region of Punjab in 2014. According to reports, Pakistan broke several world records during these mass events. Bani Abidi uses this as an opportunity to tell her own version of such an event: a failed competition for the greatest mass singing of the national anthem. In this way she unmasks the absurdity of such interactions between state-run staging and civilian performance.

During Gallery Weekend 2017, the exhibition will be open on Saturday, April 29, 2017 and Sunday, April 30, 2017, from 12 – 6pm. On April 14, 2017, the Showroom will be closed.
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