Opposing Sides

Coincidentally concurrent with the general election, Grayson Perry’s summer exhibition The Most Popular Exhibition Ever! opened at the Serpentine Gallery in London yesterday. Centered around the ongoing political debate in Britain in the wake of Brexit, Perry puts forward his honest, earnest and artistic expression not just of his own thoughts and reactions, but also that…

Berlin Art Bang

With Berlin Gallery Weekend upon us, many people are getting in the artistic spirit. One art project that will particularly be attracting the masses is Berlin Art Bang at The Haus. This collective experience is not only temporary, but the entire abandoned building will be demolished along with the artwork at the end of May: “it…

Human vs Machine

Held at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the topics of humans, machines and the arts were brought together at Configurations as part of the Salon für Ästhetische Experimente #2. Artist, scholar and research fellow Marco Donnarumma hosted an evening of lectures, investigatory discussions and an exciting insight to an autonomous robotic limb. Speakers Professor…

A Marriage of Persian and European Music

Attracting huge and varied audiences, the Berliner Philharmonie is host to weekly, unticketed lunchtime concerts. Today’s performance marked the commencement of the Female Voice of Iran festival in Berlin. The three-day festival celebrates female, Middle-Eastern musicians, recognising the difficulties they have faced in a culture that, since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, forbids women to sing in…

The Magic of Virtual Design

Following from my previous article about the creation of music through human movement by use of the mi.mu gloves, I came across another mind-blowing innovation in technology. This fantastic tool again, allows the user much more freedom for their creativity and design. Innovation and Creativity The C-HR festival of innovation and creativity was brought to…

Embody the Music

Music is a powerful outlet, expressive and immersive, an emotional and passionate journey for both the performer and the listener. For many artists, they communicate personally and directly through their music, whether using organic instruments or electronic and digital handles to create the sound. In both cases, the musician uses a tool to help them create their music. But imagine the magic of…

Overpowering Smell

On arrival in Cologne, I was instantly greeted by the imposing and formidable cathedral. But when I entered the beautiful building, it was not the visual splendor but the smell that hit me first – that all-too-familiar fragrance of frankincense that instantly thrust me back into my childhood. A tidal wave of nostalgia enveloped me…

What is good art?

Having had an interest in art for many years, this is not the first time the question – is that good art? – has crossed my mind. A Legend Is Born I recently went to Málaga, Spain, to visit some friends who live there. Unbeknown to many, Málaga is in fact, the town where Pablo Picasso was born and…

Matthäus-Passion

With Easter fast approaching, renditions of the Passion of Christ are a regular occurrence. A couple of weeks ago I managed to see the spectacular performance of Bach’s Matthäus-Passion at the Berliner Philharmoniker with the Preussens Hofmusik Orchester, the Berlin Philharmonischer Chor and the Staats- und Domchor. Never before have I heard the whole three-hour piece…

Hallelujah (Ein Reservat) by Christoph Marthaler

Having earned a highly respected reputation for inventive and distinct productions, director Christoph Marthaler was awarded the Hans Reinhart-Ring, the highest honour in theatre in Switzerland. His new production is showing now at the Berliner Volksbühne. Centered around classic country tunes, the piece is random and abstract. The cast are relatively amusing, with added expression provided from a number of…

Carmen – A Modern ‘Interpretation’

When deciding to go to see an ‘opera’ entitled Carmen, one would think they are going to a great masterpiece filled with drama, expressive costumes and those fantastic, classic, operatic pieces of music like L’amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera). The Theaterdiscounter however, provides the audience with something entirely different. With an ensemble of only five musicians dressed in identical…

Elektra at the Neuköllner Oper

This energetic, compelling and somewhat disturbing show is a modernisation of the original opera Elektra by Richard Strauss. Initially written as a drama in 1903, Strauss adapted it to become a one-act opera in 1909. While the plot is loosely based on an ancient Greek mythological story of family, murder and revenge, both Strauss’ adaptation…