Balema: Untitled, 2019

Jahresgaben 2019_Balema, Olga

Olga Balema: Untitled, 2019
Wood, construction foam, fabric, 60 x 28 cm
EUR 2.000

Olga Balema uses organic materials, plastics such as latex, obsolete world maps and other everyday objects as her pictorial and sculptural material. A recurring interest is the body as a self-contained and permeable unit. Her sculptures are partly porous and seem to be in a permanent exchange with their environment. Her work contains something past, something outdated, in which the gender-specific body takes on a constantly transforming multifaceted form. Olga Balema’s works produced for the Kunstverein are borrowed from her biomorphic and physical forms without being explicit. Their haptic quality evokes tactile memories.

After her MFA at the University of California in Los Angeles Olga Balema (*1984 in Lviv, lives in New York) participated in the residence program of the Rijksakademie van beeldenden kunsten in Amsterdam 2011/12. Balema has had solo exhibitions at the Swiss Institute in New York (2016) and at the Kunstverein Nürnberg (2015). Recently, she participated in the group show “Maskulinitäten. Eine Kooperation von Bonner Kunstverein, Kölnischem Kunstverein und Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf im Kölnischen Kunstverein” (2019). Her works were part of the Whitney Biennale (2019), the Baltic Triennale (2018) and the New Museum Triennale (2015).


As a guest:
reiheM – Concert Series for Contemporary Music, Electronics and New Media
December 6, 7 and 13,


As a guest at the Kölnischer Kunstverein:
reiheM – Concert Series for Contemporary Music, Electronics and New Media

Friday, December 6, 2019, 7 – 11 pm and Saturday, December 7, 2019, 11 am – 7 pm
Music from a Frontier Town
Sound and video installation

Friday, December 6, 7.30 – 8 pm
Michaela Melián in conversation with Prof. Anke Ortlepp

Re-education. 1,630 vinyl records from the remainder of the public library of the Munich Amerikahaus (1945–1997) are at the centre of Michaela Melián’s sound and video installation “Music from a Frontier Town”. Visitors are invited to personally select this find from the basement—a selection of jazz, spoken word, classical and new music LPs from the 1950s and 1960s, with which the USA presented itself as a pluralistic cultural nation—and to play it on a DJ console. The Munich artist, musician and radio playwright Michaela Melián, who has received many awards, is known for her often expansive multimedia exhibitions and concerts.

In collaboration with the Department of North American History of the Historical Institute of the University of Cologne.

Admission is free.

Friday, December 13, 2019, 6 – 10 pm
(Admission possible at any time)
For modified chessboard and live-electronics (German premiere)

Chess players: Holger Lieff, Endre Tot, N.N.
Musicians: Peter Behrendsen, hans w. koch, Tobias Grewenig, Dirk Specht

Highlight at the end of the reiheM–Anniversary year 2019—With 4 hours of “Reunion after Cage”. This 114th event completes the circle of the very first reiheM event in January 2009: “Variations on Variations after John Cage” (also by and with Peter Behrendsen and hans w. koch).

John Cage’s REUNION for prepared chessboard and live electronics was first performed in Toronto in 1968: with Marcel Duchamp, John Cage and Teeny Duchamp as chess players as well as the musicians David Behrman, Lowell Cross, Gordon Mumma and David Tudor. The distribution of sounds in space and their volume are determined by the positions of the chess pieces, not by the musical and taste preferences of the musicians. Even the chess players are not able to influence the music by certain moves or positions.
In the sense of Cage’s idea of an egoless, non-intentional music, winning or losing becomes secondary—”a purposeful purposelessness or a purposeless play”.
The chessboard used in this performance follows the original Lowell Cross constructed in assigning the fields to the inputs and outputs, but was equipped with modern technology (computer programming and MIDI).
The chess game is flanked by thematically relevant projections of works by the artists Takako Saito and Shigeko Kubota.

A project by Peter Behrendsen and hans w. koch.

Admission fee: 10,- / 8,-

Further information:

Reihe M – Concert Series for Contemporary Music, Electronics and New Media – Cologne is organized by Mark e.V. and supported by the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne and the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Filmscreenings during Solito by Julien Ceccaldi


Filmscreenings during the exhibition Solito by Julien Ceccaldi
September 8 – November 11, 2018

Thu 9720, 6 pm
Kunihiko Ikuhara, La Fillette Revolutionnaire Utena, 1999 (in the original with German subtitles)

Tue 9/25, 6 pm
Catherine Breillat, Barbe Bleue, 2009 (in the original with Engl. subtitles)

Thu 10/11, 6 pm
Catherine Breillat, La Belle Endormie, 2011 (in the original with Engl. subtitles)

Thu 10/18, 6 pm
Mori Masaki, The Door into Summer, 1975 (in the original with Engl. subtitles)

Thu 10/25, 6 pm
Catherine Breillat, 36 Fillette, 1988 (in the original with Engl. subtitles)

Wed 11/7, 6 pm
Chantal Akerman, Golden Eighties, 1986 (35mm, in the original with German subtitles)
with an introduction by Juliane Duft

Public program
Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda. The Auratic Narrative

The Auratic Narrative

Public program:

April 11, 2019, 9 pm
Moulting (2019), slideshow with Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda

May 14, 2019, 11 am – 6 pm
Moulting (2019), slideshow by Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda

May 28, 2019, 7 pm
Show and Tell # 1
Scalalogia and The Wheel of Life (2019), Book Launch with Jasmin Werner and a lecture by Philipp Kleinmichel in conjunction with a concert by pogendroblem

Show and Tell is an ongoing, autonomous series of events with shifting formats. Various guests are invited to participate, among these artists, writers, and musicians.

June 6, 2019, 7 pm
Letters (2019) and Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda x Teruo Nishiyama (2017), Double Book Launch with Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda

June 19, 2019, from 5 pm
Double Screening
films selected by Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda

5 pm Westend (D 2001) by Markus Mischkowski and Kai-Maria Steinkühler
89 min, 35 mm, b/w, German with English subtitles

6.30 pm L for Leisure (USA 2014) by Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn
73 min, color, English

Public guided tours on Thursdays

April 25, 2019, 5 pm with Miriam Bettin
May 23, 2019, 5 pm with Lukas Flygare (in English)
June 6, 2019, 5 pm with Nikola Dietrich

Public guided tours on Sundays

May 19, 2019, 3 pm with Jasmin Werner
June 23, 2019, 3 pm with Jasmin Werner