Cat’s Cradle

Nándor AngstenbergerSalon Oblique

Image: Viktor Schmidt

24. Juni 2021,

11:00–19:00 Uhr

25. Juni – 29. August 2021

Augmented Reality: Ross Alexander Payne und Lupus Siegert

Digital sculptures: MSHR, Asdrúbal Gómez, Aujik und Lupus Siegert

What if the Bärenzwinger was left still and empty for 100 years? Drawing from this thought, the exhibition “Cat’s Cradle” deals not only with what was, but with what is or could be. The different times of the site are visualised in the form of fine cobwebs spun between metal, thick dust wool on concrete and brown streaks drawn through the mortar.

Nándor Angstenberger allows the Bärenzwinger’s architecture and its surrounding nature in the outdoor enclosures to intertwine. A new organism comes into being that inserts itself into its environment and becomes a part of it. The white-yarn installation is reminiscent of the numerous spider webs that were already present at the site. At the same time, this organism blocks the way and new paths must be sought attentively.

Something else is nestled here, something that, at first glance, is not visible. Among the stones and under the branches of the elder tree, there are virtual sculptures.

These are on loan from the artists MSHR, Asdrúbal Gómez, Aujik and Lupus Siegert, and are part of an augmented reality composition that the collective Salon Oblique developed for the Bärenzwinger. Via a tablet, the virtual sculptures become visible in the outdoor area of the Bärenzwinger. This work also encourages unknown directions to be taken and a renewed exploration of the site. It is about strengthening and connecting the existing and the new. Just because something is not immediately visible, does not mean that it is not there.

With the imagined vacancy of the former bear pit, there is a growing understanding and feeling for the existing space and the responsibility we all share for it. The works enter into a dialogue with one another and with the natural environment of the site. Through their networking and interlinking, they together embody the intention to promote a common becoming-with.

The exhibition “Cat’s Cradle” is the second in the Bärenzwinger’s annual programme Bricolage, a series researching the less visible present and history of Bärenzwinger.

Nándor Angstenberger

Nándor Angstenberger studied fine arts at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts. His focus is on organically growing sculptures and expansive installations. He describes himself as a world builder and archivist. His artistic approach involves simple methods of exploring materials that he folds, tears, cuts or places. It’s a process of searching, usually finding something, and breaking the material down into tiny pieces which he then reconnects.

His works have been shown at among others the Museum Marta Herford, Kunsthalle Krems, Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop, Kunsthalle Emden and Stadtgalerie Kiel, Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser lieben Frauen Magdeburg, Landesmuseum Stuttgart, Kunstverein Freiburg, Kunstverein Bellevue-Saal Wiesbaden and Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen. He has also developed stage design installations for New Music at the Paris Philharmonie and for OperaLab at Ackerstadtpalast, Berlin.

Salon Oblique

Since 2018, Salon Oblique has been committed to enabling conceptual creative production and has since adapted to many forms. The collective specialises in experimental conceptual realisation. The core principles of the Salon Oblique project are a diversity of practice and the creation of a radically inclusive, open platform for experimentation within music and art of all kinds.

Salon Oblique aims to be inventive, collaborative and sustainable, using available technological means to build a network and support the production and communication of music and art, without losing sight of the interconnectedness with the natural world of which we are a part.

»Decolonize Mitte!«

Guided tour with Berlin Postkolonial

22 July 2021
Start: 6:30 pm

We’re meeting in front of Bärenzwinger. The tour will take place in German.

Participation in the tour is possible after proof of a current negative corona antigen test, complete immunisation or vaccination. Please keep a minimum distance of 1.5m from other participants and wear a medical mask. We will gather contact details on site for attendance documentation.

Why do African visitors in Berlin still ask in vain for an appropriate place of remembrance for the infamous Berlin Conference? What does Berlin’s M-Street have to do with the Sachsenhausen concentration camp? When did activists of African origin first demand a Black representative in the German parliament?

On 22 July 2021, the Bärenzwinger invites you to a walking city tour through the neighbourhood of the Bärenzwinger, starting at 6.30pm and continuing until 8.30pm.

The tour will be moderated by Christian Kopp and Mnyaka Sururu Mboro from the Berlin Postkolonial association. The city tour with Berlin Postkolonial explores forgotten, repressed, embellished and contested sites of colonial history in the centre of Berlin, touching on pressing questions of the postcolonial present.

»the planet is round«

Performance with Michelle Moura and Maikon K,
Sound: Kaj Duncan David

July 30, 2021
Start: 7:00 pm
Open air event.

Participation is possible upon proof of a current negative corona antigen test, complete immunization or vaccination.

Please keep a minimum distance of 1.5m to other participants and wear a medical mask. We will collect contact information on site for attendance documentation.

The artistic work responds to the movement of the so-called Flat-Earthers, who believe that the Earth is a flat, immovable disc. Along with other conspiracy narratives, this polarizing belief is currently being propagated by supporters of the extreme right.

The performance attempts to prove the opposite. It seeks to show “the world rotates, that the moon moves the tides, that volcanoes are the earth’s anus’, that sound does not propagate in a vacuum.” (Michelle Moura)

In this performance-concert produced especially for the Bärenzwinger, Kaj Duncan David performs pieces from his electronic music album “All Culture is Dissolving” (2021).

Michelle Moura is a Brazilian choreographer and dancer living in Berlin since 2017. Overtongue (2021/2020), BLINK mini unison intense lament (2015) and FOLE (2013) are her most important pieces focusing on the physical, affective and neurological properties of the body. Her work has been presented at international dance and performance festivals, including Impulstanz (AU), Festival Panorama (BR), and La Biennale di Venezia (IT).

Maikon K is a performance artist from Brazil. In his work he explores the creation of extended dramaturgies, generation of intensities and hybrid languages. He has been living in Berlin since 2021 with the support of the Martin Roth Initiative and as an associated artist at HZT – Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin.

Kaj Duncan David is a Berlin-based experimental music composer. Many of his pieces are audiovisual and explore creative relationships between sound and light in concert situations. In addition to concert pieces, he has also developed hybrid theater/music/opera/installation/dance projects. In the 2019/2020 season he was a fellow of the JUNGE AKADEMIE at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.

»unheimlich unheimlich« #6

Concert with Tomomi Adachi, Ignaz Schick, Fabíola and Margaret Unknown.

August 6, 2021
Start: 19:30 & 20:30

Due to the current hygiene measures, there will be 2 time slots (start: 19:30 and 20:30). The number of participants is limited to 30 persons.

Please register here.

To attend the event, you are required to show proof of a negative corona test – no more than 24 hours old – or proof of vaccination or recovery, and to wear a medical mask.

On August 6, between 7:00 and 9:30 p.m. Bärenzwinger invites you to the first of two performances of the concert series »Unheimlich Unheimlich«. Curated by Max Bogner/Margaret Unknown, »Unheimlich Unheimlich« was initiated in the fall of 2020 in Berlin bars and part of the Berlin underground music scene.

For the concert series at Bärenzwinger, a quartet of Berlin-based musicians will be invited to collaborate for the first time and develop joint sound improvisations.

Tomomi Adachi (vocals, electronics) is a Japanese performer, composer, sound poet, instrument maker and visual artist. He has presented his vocal and electronic music pieces, sound poetry, improvised and contemporary music all over the world, including Tate Modern, Maerzmusik, Hamburger Bahnhof, Centre Pompidou.

Ignaz Schick (turntables, electronics) is a Berlin-based sound artist, composer as well as conceptual artist. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Schlick has toured worldwide solo or with various ensembles and has collaborated with more than a hundred international sound artists.

Fabíola (vocals, electronics) is a Portuguese-born interdisciplinary artist who fuses sculpture and movement in her artistic practice.

Max Bogner/Margaret Unknown (vocals, lapsteel guitar) is an Austrian musician and concert organizer. As an improviser, Bogner is active both solo and in often transnational and intergenerational ensembles, and has played with Eric Arn, Linda Sharrock, Sabu Toyozumi, and Kazuhisa Uchihashi, among others. As a concert organizer, he is jointly responsible for the Viennese underground hub mo.ë.

»unheimlich unheimlich« #7


Concert with Tomomi Adachi, Ignaz Schick, Fabíola and Margaret Unknown.

August 28, 2021
Start: 19:30
Doors: 19:00

Due to the current hygiene measures, the number of participants is limited to 20 persons.

To attend the event, you are required to show proof of a negative corona test – no more than 24 hours old – or proof of vaccination or recovery, and to wear a medical mask.

On August 28, 2021, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bärenzwinger invites you to a second performance of the concert series “Unheimlich Unheimlich”. Focusing on improvised music and performance art the series has featured a broad variety of artists from the Berlin scene as well as international guests. Curated by Max Bogner/Margaret Unknown, “Unheimlich Unheimlich” was initiated in the fall of 2020 in Berlin bars and part of the Berlin underground music scene.

For the 7th edition we are presenting THE ULTIMATE BRUITAL ORCHESTRA, a group of nine internationally working artists, curated by Max Bogner/Margaret Unknown.

THE ULTIMATE BRUITAL ORCHESTRA is an international shape changing improvisation orchestra which doesn’t rehearse – every „piece“ is different than the one before and will never be repeated. So if you want you can also call it an „Echtzeit Orchestra“. Every player has her/his own musical background and is active in many different projects.

Marta Masternak (drums) studied Painting, Sculpture and Multimedia at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and Fine Art at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. She is also a member of the experimental/ noise music projects: permanenterror and CATARAT.

Antti Virtaranta (double bass) forms his musical language while using his influences from jazz and rock music and contemporary techniques.

Adam Goodwin (double bass) He received degrees in classical and contemporary double bass performance from the University of North Texas (BM, 2009) and University of California San Diego (MM, 2012), as well as studying composition at both universities.

Guido Kohn (cello) is an improviser/ cellist/ noise musician.

Markus Krispel (sax) works in diverse constellations as an improvising musician, as well as playing solo concerts with a high interest in the sonic exploration of the saxophone, related to the acoustics of the certain space, its resonance and social context.

Davide Piersanti (trombone) is an Italian trombonist, electric bass player, improviser, composer, multi-instrumentalist and performer from Rome living in Berlin. He currently plays mainly in several collaborations as a part of the varied electro-acoustic avant-garde “Echtzeitmusik”-scene in Berlin.

Marie Takahashi (viola) is a modern and baroque violist, improviser, chamber musician from Sapporo, Japan.

Samin Son (throat singing) appreciates playing with gongs, voice, guitar, keys, drums or computers, depending on the availability of arrangements, instruments, situations.

Dr. Nexus (voice), as a Berlin based artist, coming from the fine arts (painting, sculpture, [sound-]installations, performance), started about 25 years ago to explore the field of sound art, experimental, noise & industrial music.