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How much square meters does one need to open a gallery? For curator and visual artist, Eric Emery, 20 m² were exactly about right. 'About a Square. Ten Years of site-specific exhibitions at zqm' visualizes the transformative journey of a tiny exhibition space in Berlin named 'zqm'. The acronym - meaning twenty square meters - stands for a dimensional pre-condition which was taken, from the very first exhibition by Leo 'Kicking Over an Andy Goldworthy Sculpture'  - and ever since - as a possibility rather than a limitation. Graphic designer Julie Joliat got invited to continue the tradition of young artists to curatorial create something out of a white blank. Her Carte Blanche turned out to be an artwork itself. With page numbers dancing out of the line, wildly composed visual references, a long interview between Ascanio Cecco and Eric Emery, this book is an experimental laboratory, to which luckily, none of the standard norms of an exhibition catalogue can be applied. Nor does it foster conventional ways of thinking. In summary, it's not the worst idea to survey your terrain in order to think out of the box - no matter how small it is. Buy...

Much has been said about Berlin's notorious art scene since the Berlin wall came down. 30 years later fairs, museums, galleries, and private collections are opening their doors between the 11th - 15th of September for the 8th Berlin Art Week. Under the motto 'Berlin: Where are we now?' the once acclaimed art capital proves once again that despite its criticised lost freedom in favour of commercialisation this year's Berlin Art Week is anything but dusty.As always, we are open too and more than happy to see you drop by in our little Shop located in-between all the galleries in Auguststrasse. With a little help of the art muse's patronage we curated some books and magazines for you to get fully immersed into this years Berlin Art Week....

Everyone who is keen on not-just-another-ordinary-launch-party swing by at the HKW for the very first Flaneur Festival celebrating their eighth issue ‘Kangding Road/Wanda Road - Taipei’ from August 31st, 11 am until September 01st, 7.30 am. Within these 20.5 hours you'll get the chance to participate at artist Zo Lin's extended weed-processing workshop from collecting to classifying and preparing a traditional tea ceremony, you can follow artist Snow Huang's sound walk through the Tiergarten listening to hitherto unheard letters of victims of the ‘White Terror’, join the discussions about publishing as a tool of activism within and beyond Taiwan's democracy movements, or have a singsong with queer video and performer artist Cheng-Ta Yu at Shasha's Piano Bar...

Michael De Feo aka the ‘Flower Guy’ is coming to town and we’ll warmly invite you to join us on the 29th of May to our little shop in Auguststrasse 28. While we’ll indulge ourselves in the good, ‘old-school’ time, Michael will be so kind and sign some books and talk about his flower projects, from the very beginning as a street artist in the early 1990s to his latest intervention with fine art.As you (probably) know we are infamous for our limited space so please submit that you are coming here! We look forward to seeing you there!For everybody who is as curious as we are, we had the fortune to ask Michael some questions beforehand:More

...as we all know this year's International Women Day is on its way. So we thought why not talk about sex, gender, and equality for a start. Luckily, the times feminism is associated with edgy, cold-blooded, joyless women who wear their hair on their teeth, as we say in German, are definitely over. On the contrary the F* word seems to be the hottest shit these days. Many are inspired and encouraged by brave folks who lead the way, telling how they experience equality (or not) at work, out on the streets, and at home. Coming along Joan Didion’s line “We tell our stories in order to life”, we take the American essayist by her word and give space to the manifold voices and their individual stories, compiling all our inspiring titles on feminism, gender, and equality.As feminism is as diverse, complicated, beautiful as women and girls are, it would be wrong to not talk about masculinity, lgbtq and gender at the same time as this cultural paradigm shift happening right now affects us all. So we are delighted that founder and creative director of Anxy Magazine, Indhira Rojas, found some time to talk with us about Anxy’s latest issue Masculinity for our second Q&A coming this week!For everybody who can’t decide what to do on this year's International Women Day why not join Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon? Together with Swathi Sriram and Kirsten Palz you will create Wikipedia entries on cis and transgender woman, non-binary individuals, feminism, and arts. Since seats are limited don’t hesitate and save your place right now. And don't forget your laptop and power cord and feel free to bring some snacks, cake or fruit for you and your fellow editors. Drinks will be served at the location.And now you go and celebrate the beauty and diversity of (wo)mankind! or, browse our collection ...

We have excellent news for all cinéastes among us. There is one more reason to indulge yourself in the 'stuff that dreams are made of' - the shining world of movies. While the Berlinale Film Festival is right around the corner, we are delighted to have 'rounded up the usual suspects' for you, cherishing our favourite magazines and books about cinema, film criticism and screenwriting. Our cinéaste collection will give you an ultimate close-up upon a great amount of printed matter dedicated to the cinematic realm. Do you fancy some evergreens? Check out the latest Cahiers du cinéma, Sound & Vision or even a collection of carefully selected reviews by film critic A.S. Hamrah. We can guarantee that no eye remains dry while sticking to his witty and astute writing style. Do you like to have things in order? Well, then we can recommend you an independent magazine named Shelf Heroes. One issue - one letter which leads you through cinema. Currently it’s ‚H‘ as Handmaiden, Harry Potter or Spike Jonze’s Her. You are falling for animation? Why not explore the history of phantasmagoria in Marimo’s Issue #2. So 'Why don't you come up sometime and see me?' as Mae West puts it, you will find us in technicolor and 3D.More...

Apartamento Magazine and do you read me?!, together with German artist Stefan Marx, warmly invite you to join us in celebrating the release of Apartamento’s latest cookbook on Friday, November 9, at 7 pm.Since 2016, Apartamento has invited the world’s best chefs, food lovers, and culinary taste makers to contribute to a series of annual cookbooks. Each edition is based around a specific theme, and this year the book provides a fresh take on a global staple: the humble grain of rice. Stefan Marx has accompanied each of the 16 recipes with his weirdly adorable drawings.Come around, hang out and grab your signed copy by artist Stefan Marx. Apartamento will be donating 20% of all profits made from sales of the book to a local charity in Barcelona, so the evening will also be in support of a good cause. We look forward to seeing you there!Buy...

032c, the summer issue is out now. Themed around a Big Flat Now moment, this 34th issue invites loosening up all ties with the past and future, and string along with the streams of decentralized information running through media without hierarchy. A tremendous overflow with no clear perspective, “no yesterday and no tomorrow” at its core. This issue’s dossier presents twelve entries about this seemingly infinite ground featuring encounters with rapper Travis Scott, Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele, WorldWideWitch community creator Johannes Paul Raether, artist Luchita Hurtado, collector Kenny Schachter, photographer Wolfgang Tillmans, and as usual, a spectacle of splendid photoshoot series.Buy...

Berlin Living Rooms concludes Dominique Nabokov’s living rooms photo series, which started in New York, then moved to Paris and finally settles in the German capital. Different people including writer and opera director Jenny Erpenbeck, director of the Berlin Biennale Dieter Kosslig, and former editor-in-chief of German Vogue Angelica Blechschmidt, have agreed to open their doors and share some of what is usually part of a safely private world. We note that some of these chambers are unmistakably tidy and minimal, others, -through the suggestive power of their decorative items- recall a different era; be it the DDR, or the Weimar Republic, they are guaranteed to take you into wide-ranging departments of aesthetic preferences. It goes without saying that this book doesn"t really pretend to disclose all sorts of adopted styles of the Berlin dwellers as much as it offers an eclectic view on the taste of a city.Buy...