Visions of Exchange

Mercedes-Benz Art Scope Award 2009–2017

until November 4th 2018
Opening on Saturday, June 2, 2018, 03:00 - 06:00 p.m.
Daimler Contemporary Berlin

The exhibition “Visions of Exchange” presents the last eleven scholarship recipients of the “Mercedes-Benz Art Scope” artist-in-residence program. This art and culture program established in 1991 by Mercedes-Benz Japan began as support for Japanese artists with a stay in Monflanquin, in southwest France, near the Pyrenees. Thanks to a cooperative agreement with the Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart / Berlin, the program has reoriented itself since 2004 and established itself as a Japanese-German cultural exchange. A three-month stay in the cities of Tokyo and Berlin allows the artists selected by the jury to deepen their knowledge of the host country’s culture, to make new contacts, and to develop artistic projects and ideas from the impressions they have gained. Exhibitions in the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo and the Daimler Contemporary in Berlin present the scholarship recipients and thus a selection of the contemporary art scene in each host country.

The focus is on works that have emerged from the program, complemented by works that permit insight into the origins of the work. Very different in their media, forms, and aesthetics, these works reflect the individual perception of the initially foreign and the impulses and insights that arise from the impressions gained: in approaching the new by gazing through the camera; in the artistic appropriation and transformation of found materials and phenomena; intrinsic to the works, in relying on the traditions of abstract imagery.

Eva Berendes (D), Rita Hensen (D), Ryosuke Imamura (J), Taro Izumi (J), Meiro Koizumi (J), Satoshi Ono (J), Benedikt Partenheimer (D), Hiroe Saeki (J), Tokihiro Satō (J), Jan Scharrelmann (D), Menja Stevenson (D)

Curators: Renate Wiehager and Wiebke Hahn

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Events

  • Sunday July 1st 2018
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    Daimler Contemporary Berlin
    Performance: "NippleJesus" by Nick Hornby
    Production: Marek S. Bednarsky
    Dramaturgy: Anna Gubiani
    With: Gerhard Polacek
    The production is a cooperation between the Württembergische Landesbühne Esslingen and Villa Merkel with support from the Esslinger Kunstverein e.V.

    The performance is held in German language.
    Please register by email at nadine.henrich@daimler.com
    Because the number of participants is limited, the date of receipt determines eligibility. Participation is free

    Dave works as a museum guard. Before that, he worked as a doorman and bouncer in a nightclub. At an exhibition of modern art, he has to watch over a room that only people 18 and over can enter. This is because the piece "NippleJesus" is a representation of Jesus on the cross, but it is also a collage of female nipples. At first, Dave is shocked and does his job only with great reluctance. But when he meets the artist in person one day, he changes his attitude and begins protecting the artwork from enraged attackers – he even protects it from his wife. Nonetheless, the work falls victim to an attack. At the end, Dave has to recognize that he is part of a staged process.

    Gerhard Polacek comes from Vienna but has lived in Esslingen since 1983. Theater studies at the University of Vienna. Since 1990, he has worked as an independent actor in theater (including with the Württembergische Landesbühne Esslingen, Zimmertheater Tübingen, Theater "tri-bühne", Theater Rampe in Stuttgart, Prinzregententheater in Munich), in film, and on television (including Polizeiruf 110, Großstadtrevier, Unter Verdacht, Romy, Tatort, Vier Frauen und ein Todesfall, Unter Tannen).

    The British writer Nick Hornby (*1957) is one of the most well-known contemporary representatives of pop literature. His novels "Fever Pitch", "High Fidelity", and "About a Boy" (screen adaptation in 2002) quickly became cult favorites. The short story "NippleJesus" was published in the anthology "Speaking with the Angel" in 2000 and has been performed in many theaters with great success.

  • Saturday July 7th 2018
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    Daimler Contemporary Berlin
    Thematic guided tour: Souvenirs – Following artistic traces
    Eva Berendes, Rita Hensen, Hiroe Saeki, Taro Izumi
    Art as well as the journey are privileged places of foreign experience. Both result in unforeseen things, inasmuch as they overwhelm, stimulate and strain the senses, perhaps overwork, but at the same time incite curiosity that challenges perception and thinking. During their scholarship stays in Tokyo and Berlin, the artists used their impressions and experiences to develop artistic strategies that give them their very own view of the city and its history. In addition to motivic bonds, the guided tour will also focus on formal aesthetic references to traditional techniques.
    The tour will be in German language.
  • Saturday August 4th 2018
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    Daimler Contemporary Berlin
    Thematic guided tour: Blind Spots – Invisible Memories
    Meiro Koizumi, Benedikt Partenheimer
    In light of historical catastrophes, various works in the current exhibition reflect on traumatic memories as stratifications and compresses of personal and collective disasters. In his theatrical-absurd video work Defect in Vision, Koizumi compiles a complex aesthetic of unrestrained history and creates an ambiguous vision of the past. Against the background of the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima, which shaped Partenheimer's stay, his surreal photographs reveal not only a criticism of consumer behavior, but also of energy policy.
    The tour will be in German language.
  • Thursday August 30th 2018
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    Daimler Contemporary Berlin
    Lecture on contemporary Japanese video art and film screening featuring Ryosuke Imamura, Taro Izumi, Meiro Koizumi
    We begin with an introduction to contemporary Japanese video art. Next, the three video installations by Ryosuke Imamura, Taro Izumi, and Meiro Koizumi in our current exhibition are presented. The focus lies on references to role models in film in form and content. The thematization of historical, political, and aesthetic aspects is discussed. All the films can be seen in their full lengths.

    Friederike Horstmann is a research assistant at the film studies seminar at the Freie Universität of Berlin. Her writings on cinema and art appear in the film columns of the Perlentaucher and Cargo Film/Medien/Kultur magazines as well as in other publications. She has been working as a freelancer for the Daimler Art Collection for many years.

    Participation is free. Registration is not required.
  • Saturday September 1st 2018
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    Daimler Contemporary Berlin
    Thematic guided tour: Symphonies of the Big Cities - Urban Landscapes
    Taro Izumi, Tokihiro Satō, Jan Scharrelmann, Menja Stevenson
    The starting point of many of the works shown in the current exhibition are observations and experiences that deal with the urban space of Tokyo and Berlin and condense them into memorable images. By re-photographing individual locations in Tokyo 25 years later, Satō carries out a precise study of the transience. Presented as diptychs, the photographs contrast the massive transformation of the urban landscape. From the process of urban exploration, Izumi has developed an installative video work, which operates on the intersection of reality and fiction. focuses on the interface between inside / outside. Jan Scharrelmann's work frequently develops from contrasts, ambivalences, and contradictions. This affects the materials and formal decisions as well as the relationship to the surrounding space and possible readings for the viewer.The window piece by Menja Stevenson superimposes images of Tokyo, her home town Stuttgart and the surrounding of Haus Huth and thus formulates multiple viewpoints.
    The tour will be in German language.
  • Saturday October 6th 2018
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    Daimler Contemporary Berlin
    Thematic guided tour: Blind Spots – Invisible memories
    Meiro Koizumi, Benedikt Partenheimer
    In light of historical catastrophes, various works in the current exhibition reflected on traumatized memories as stratifications and compresses of personal and collective disasters. In his theatrical-absurd video work Defect in Vision, Koizumi compiles a complex aesthetic of unrestrained history and creates an ambiguous vision of the past. Against the background of the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima, which shaped Partenheimer's stay, his surreal photographs reveal not only a criticism of consumer behavior, but also of energy policy.
    The tour will be in German language.
  • Saturday November 3rd 2018
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    Daimler Contemporary Berlin
    Thematic guided tour: Souvenirs – Following artistic traces
    Eva Berendes, Rita Hensen, Hiroe Saeki, Taro Izumi
    Art as well as the journey are privileged places of foreign experience. Both result in unforeseen things, inasmuch as they overwhelm, stimulate and strain the senses, perhaps overwork, but at the same time incite curiosity that challenges perception and thinking. During their scholarship stays in Tokyo and Berlin, the artists used their impressions and experiences to develop artistic strategies that give them their very own view of the city and its history. In addition to motivational bonds, formal aesthetic references to traditional techniques in leadership should also be focused on.
    The tour will be in German language.

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