POWER NIGHTS: Being Mothers

Public opening: Saturday 27 November 2021

Please join us on 27 November 2021 for chapter two of POWER NIGHTS, including the unveiling of works by Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen and Isabel Lewis & Sissel Tolaas. Works by Karrabing Film Collective and Himali Singh Soin will already be on view.

Isabel Lewis and Sissel Tolaas with Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, Power Hours-Journey to Luckenwalde on the RE3, 2021

Approaching the train ride from Berlin to Luckenwalde as a site itself for meaning-making and storytelling, Lewis and Tolaas find their way, “scoring” the journey as though it were a multi-sensorial cinematic experience, heightening and attuning the visitors' awareness to their bodily passage through space and time. Techniques and practices of bodily attunement to ecology and the transformation of our relation to our biosocial surroundings have long been at the center of the collaboration between Isabel Lewis and Sissel Tolaas. Together they create a choreography of movement, sound, and smell that will begin on the train journey to Luckenwalde, continue as a procession from the Bahnhof Luckenwalde to E-WERK and finalize in a performance on the site of the defunct Erich Mendelsohn Hutfabrik. Lewis will work with musicians from the renowned Berlin-based Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop to develop this new ambulatory live art piece, which will culminate in a performance in May 2022 as part of Gallery Weekend Berlin.

About Isabel Lewis

Isabel Lewis (b.1981, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) lives and works in Berlin. Trained in literary criticism, dance, and philosophy, Isabel Lewis’ work takes on many different formats: from lecture-performances and workshops to listening sessions, parties (Bodysnatch), gardens, and what she calls “hosted occasions.” Her live art works have been presented contexts of contemporary art, music, dance, and theater by Kunsthalle Zürich (2020), Sharjah Biennial (2019), Roskilde Festival (2019), Berliner Festspiele-Gropius Bau (2018), Tate Modern (2017), Steirischer Herbst (2017), Ming Contemporary Art Museum Shanghai (2016), and Tanz Im August (2015) among others.

About Sissel Tolaas

Sissel Tolaas (b.1965) has been working, researching and experimenting intensively with the topic of smell since 1990. She is a pioneer and unique in her approach to smells having developed a wide range of revolutionary projects worldwide with smells based upon her own knowledge - organic chemistry, linguistics, and the visual arts. Tolaas established the SMELL RE_searchLab Berlin in January 2004, supported by IFF Inc and holds special skills in smell recognition, analysis and reproduction. She has researched and experienced with smells in many different ways and in multiple diverse contexts and for multiple purposes with her research and projects having won recognition through numerous national and international scholarships, honours, and prizes. Tolaas has shown her projects in many museums and institutions including MoMA, NGV, DIA, CCA, Tate Modern, Shanghai Minsheng. She has worked with universities such as MIT, Nanyang Technical, Tsinghua, Harvard and Oxford Universities and built up several types of smell archives such as Smell & Language; Smell & Coding, Functional Smell and is currently working on smell-molecule preservation /conservation archives on the world’s oceans, smell artefacts and smell heritage. Tolaas’ collections of smell molecules and smell structures from 1990 till 2021 include 10,000 samples and formulas.