Interesting show about art and representation until the 13th of June.
Gröting · n.b.k. – Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
Run by Tiny Domingos and Jaecki Lindenau
rosalux – the Berlin-based art office – is located near Brunnenstraße in Berlin-Mitte. The private initiative is named after the Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, an urban interface between two creative districts of Berlin, Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg. rosalux exhibits works of conceptual and performance artists who have not had the opportunity to present themselves in Berlin so far, projects rarely seen in commercial galleries, because they are at the intersection of design and politics, arts and dance/theatre/music. It is the basic aim of rosalux to work in a concrete manner, thus questioning the conventions of the art market and also individual artistic practice. The merits of the city of Berlin, such as urban space and a curious public, have induced us to take our destinies into our own hands. It is the aim of our exhibition projects to initiate a process of reflection and an open dialogue with the artists. At the beginning of the project in 1999, rosalux was an internet platform which included an area of art consulting and a production sector for digital art. Here we should mention, among other things, our work for David Hardy, London and Laura Shaeffer, Chicago. Furthermore, at that time we also realized web projects, such as the ‘Pizza Project’ (curated by Jota Castro) for the ZAC Show in the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (Museum for Modern Art in Paris).
Over the course of time we have, however, concentrated more and more on exhibitions.
Since the year 2007, in which we resumed our work after a break, rosalux held more than 18 events (exhibitions, performances, video screenings, etc.) with some 60 artists. These were mainly Portuguese artists – a main focus of our work-, since we are of the opinion that the diversity and innovation of Portuguese art has not yet been sufficiently recognized in Germany and internationally.
We are currently running 3 venues:
– a work and show room in the center of Berlin (rosalux atelier)
– a gallery space in Wedding – North Berlin district- (Storyhotel)
– a small apartment (Parkhaus)
We are very happy to start a cooperation with the nogo art space in Lisbon and the op shop project in Chicago. A cooperation with other Berlin off spaces has also just started. Many of us have the same purposes and difficulties, so we are discussing about how to join our efforts to reach a broader public and better financial support. This year, we will curate a show in Australia (artists: Sara & André, location: Inflight, Hobart).
Rosalux is currently planning a artist -in-residence program and is looking for institutional and private backing.
EL: How many run the office?
TD: 2 people (me and Jaecki Lindenau). There is a 3rd person helping us with communication: Hans Kuiper (Amsterdam/Berlin). Hans has a radio programm about contemporary art (inspector casino detective show).
EL: And how is work divided up?
TD: I curate and take all decisions. Jaecki does the public relations.
EL: Do you decide all together what projects to do?
TD: Yes but I have the final word.
EL: And how are you able to finance it now?
TD: I finance it myself with private funds. For the future we hope to receive public fundings and are open to gallery cooperat