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Announcing SomethingDark in Berlin: the SDk03 launch event and exhibitionSDk Updates
Thurs 21 Jul, 2016.
SomethingDark no. 3 was released in the first week of April; it is 246 pages (in print format it would be much longer), and took more than four years to produce. To celebrate SDk03, and in light of the time taken to put it into the world, we are holding a very special (re)launch event and exhibition in Berlin at the beginning of September. The venue is Ivooo Studio/Werkstatt/Laden, a multipurpose gallery space in the Wedding district of north-west Berlin.
Arrangements are well advanced, and the combined main event and exhibition opening will be Friday 2 September. The exhibition will continue until Sunday 11 September, taking in the 2TageWedding culture festival on Saturday and Sunday 10–11 September.
The program for the main relaunch event will include the exhibition opening at 7pm, followed at 8pm by a live, online tour of SomethingDark webmagazine with SDk editor Daryl Champion elaborating on some of its material and providing an insight into our artistic and editorial philosophy. This will be followed by contributors’ talks with digital slideshow presentations from artist, writer and art historian Howard Litchfield, and from photographer Ulli Richter. The presentations will be interspersed with readings from SDk03. The audience will then be invited to field questions to the speakers before adjourning for more casual interaction with refreshments.
The exhibition will feature work by SDk03 contributors Hanna ten Doornkaat (artist, UK), Lisa Furness (photographer, UK), David Hicks (photographer, UK), Howard Litchfield (conceptual artist and writer, UK), Ros Paton (artist, Australia) and Ulli Richter (photographer, Germany), and by photographer and SomethingDark designer Chris Cook, and photographer and gallery owner Ivo Hofsté. The exhibition will be focussed on SDk03’s theme, “the built environment and urban decay”.
From the beginning of our planning for this special event we intended to emphasise the spirit of international artistic–cultural collaboration. Thus we were delighted to accept Ivo Hofsté’s invitation to extend the exhibition to include the inaugural 2TageWedding arts-and-cultural festival, which promises to be a significant event in its own right with participants including the Centre Français de Berlin and the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin. More details are available on the 2TageWedding site. Ivooo, at Togostrasse 6, 13351 Wedding, is on the Afrikanisches Viertel (African quarter) page.
We present SomethingDark no. 3 as a demonstration of our view that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and we think SDk03 in its entirety is a homogenous and intricate work of art. Thus our Berlin event will be a celebration of achievement, and we are looking forward to welcoming a full house representing diverse nationalities, interests and walks of life.
And, we should say that in the aftermath of that celebration, our attention will be turned fully to SDk04, the theme of which is Japan – and we have no intention of taking as long before we celebrate the release of what should be another and very different work of art, another milestone in Web-based magazine production.
Our Berlin SDk03 launch event-and-exhibition information is attached as a PDF in both A4 and US Letter formats: you are invited to download the relevant one (and please feel free to circulate it among any other interested parties).
(US Letter version)