conversations berlin

conversations berlin is an online platform showcasing art projects and talks with Berlin-based artists and cultural workers.

Initiated in 2016 by Ali El-Darsa, the fall-2021 edition showcases talks and works by Vika Kirchenbauer and Salwa Aleryani, as well as projects by curator Michael Birchall, focusing on the changes that artists have had to adapt to since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

conversations berlin is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor and Soundcloud.
Ali El-Darsa is a visual artist, filmmaker and educator living and working in Berlin. He is a 2022 fellow at Villa Aurora residency, Thomas Mann House in Los Angeles, and a board member of Dazibao, an art center dedicated to the dissemination of contemporary image practices in Montréal, Canada. His recent sound installation in collaboration with writer Elias Kosanke, Still Fields, is accessible at the Columbiadamm Cemetery in Berlin.

Vika Kirchenbauer, UNTITLED SEQUENCE OF GAPS (2020) and PLAYING FIELD (2021), Installation view Vika Kirchenbauer – FEELINGS THAT MOVE NOWHERE, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, 2021, photo: Mareike Tocha.

Vika Kirchenbauer is an artist, filmmaker, writer, and music producer. Her work has received wide-ranging international attention. Her films and installations have, for instance, been exhibited in group shows and screenings at, among others, the Tainan Art Museum, Taiwan (2021); the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2020); Kunsthal Charlottenborg (2019), Copenhagen; the Berlin International Film Festival (2020), the New York Film Festival (2020), the ICA Artists’ Film Biennial, London (2016), and the Videonale at the Kunstmuseum Bonn (2013, ‘15, ‘17). Most recently, Vika Kirchenbauer received the EMAF Award, the German Short Film Award, and the German Film Critics Award for her work UNTITLED SEQUENCE OF GAPS(2020). In 2016, her video work SHE WHOSE BLOOD IS CLOTTING IN MY UNDERWEAR was awarded the Best Contribution to the German Competition at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. Other awards include the Kunstfonds Stipend (2020), the Villa Aurora Los Angeles Fellowship (2018), and the Visual Arts Working Stipend of the Berlin Senate (2015).
Let us remember that these windows open to the west
Wood, glass mirror, plexiglas, acrylic mirror, steel, polished stainless steel, parrafin and beeswax.
140x70x150 cm and 140x160x45 cm
Installation views from RE-TURN / Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum 2021
Salwa Aleryani, 2021
Photos by Juan Saez