Autumn Program 2022

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Johanna Seelemann

15 Sept - 5 Nov 2022
Opening 14 Sept 2022



The Hortulanus pieces are compostable furniture from long-known natural low-tech materials that challenge future scenarios. The objects make use of low-embodied energy resources such as straw, corn, and loam to re-envision our relationship with natural, local materials. The idea is that objects aren't made for permanence but rather have a purposefully limited lifespan, incorporate maintenance, care and decay in their design. Hortulanus employs vernacular architecture techniques from Germany while simultaneously questioning the aesthetics that long have been associated with high-tech design and 'green' design. As a result, the project questions whether the high-tech solutions society is currently pursuing will have the longevity and reliability of their nature-centric alternatives.

Johanna Seelemann (b. 1990, Leipzig, Germany) is a designer, laureate of 2021 Design Parade Hyères Eyes on Talents x Frame Special Mention Prize, she was forwarded by Formafantasma as one of the creative leaders of the future ‘expanding the ways design is practiced today’ as part of Wallpaper*s ‘5x5’ anniversary project.

She holds a master degree in Contextual Design from the Design Academy in Eindhoven (2019) and a bachelor in Product Design from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavík (2016). Her works were previously exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Villa Noailles in Hyères, MAKK Museum Cologne, Design Museum Helsinki, Vandalorum Sweden, Vögele Kultur Zentrum Switzerland, Tønder Art Museum Denmark, TextielMuseum in Tilburg among other.


"Within art and design there's space to explore the non-rational, non-data and not purely functional based aspects such as senses, tactility, symbols, rituals, emotions, identity..."


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The Ears & Fiction Symposion


The Fragile Human (#1)

7. / 8. Oct 2022


The Entropic Dream (#2)

 4. / 5. Nov 2022


The Ears and Fiction Symposium is a series of gatherings in real laboratories, curated by Madeleine Schwinge 


By inviting artists and guests from different fields of practice and knowledge, this opens a process of learning from each other that aims to discover new patterns and ideas between seemingly unrelated areas of research. 


Each gathering includes a sequence of keynotes, lectures, panels, shared performative meals and practical workshops to integrate fresh experience into one's own everyday life.

Limited to ten participants. Be among the first handpicked guests to embark this unique experience.

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Silence Meal
Nina Backman

07 Oct 2022


The Silence Meal is a performative dining experience hosted by the Finnish artist Nina Backman. The meal follows a specific frame and is officially opened when the artist sits down. Attending to the rituals of a meal in a way that is free of verbal distraction, the communality of silence brings with it an intensity unique to the occasion. Thus, in removing the ingredient of the spoken word, guests are left free to explore a myriad of sensory experiences that can be both physical, emotional, spiritual or cultural in nature. The Silence Meal presents its guests with an opportunity to observe what emerges in place of unspoken interaction.


Nina Backman (b. 1971 in Helsinki) is a Finnish artist, performer, curator, and founder of the Silence Project. She originally studied Performance Design at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts in the UK. The hallmarks of silence weave through Backman’s art leaving traces of a veiled depth. In challenging the space between installation, performance, and visual art, silence is integral to the artistic process. For Backman, silence brings together different but related elements within a conceptual frame, in turn creating new dialogues. These set out to invite critical reflection, expose layers otherwise unnoticed, to challenge perceptions as yet outside our realm of experience. She exhibits internationally and her work can be found in both private and public collections. Her works have been exhibited at Malmö Museum, Gallen - Kallela Museum, Punkt O Gallery 15, West Bund Art Center in China, Aedes - The Metropolitan Laboratory and Berliner Festspiele among others.

This Silence Meal performed on Oct 7, 2022 at re:future Lab is integral component of The Ears & Fiction Symposion / #1 The Fragile Human.

Speculative Diaries
Madeleine Schwinge

08 Oct 2022


Speculative Diaries is a practical guide to your daily hero's journey in creating a better life.

It is about your dreams and memories, transition zones and pivot points of change.

Dive into your past and future - to gather resources and fresh inspiration for the next steps. 


Using the EMABRKING FUTURE® methodology participants will create outlines for their personal vision to live a good life, and receive inspiration to take the next steps to realize such a vision. Valuable impulses by visionaries from the fields of art, design, architecture and science will expand their personal practice zone.


This workshop is a special edition, embedded in The Ears & Fiction Symposion / #1 The Fragile Human


It takes place Oct,8 2022 in the re:future Lab.

Depending on the participants it will be held in German or English language.


'Creating a place where protagonists from art and science meet and debate the question "How do we want to live?" is the right approach to jointly develop ideas that make our world a little better and our thinking freer. In Berlin, an important step has been taken to turn visions into reality'

(Gesine Borcherdt in Die WELT AM SONNTAG, March 12, 2022)

Archive 2020 - 2022


'Interwoven chronicles.

An artistic dialogue on a fictive crossroad between two Weltinnenraums'

Jovana Popić (Berlin)

Madeleine Schwinge (Berlin)

Curated by Madeleine Schwinge


29 April - 28 May 2022


Opening on occasion of Gallery Weekend Berlin 28 April, 6 - 9 pm

The artists are present

Special opening hours

Saturday 30 April, 2 - 6 pm

Sunday 1 May, 2 - 5 pm

Images: (1) Johanna Bruckner, Crush Pad Lava, 2021; (2)Parsons & Charlesworth, Catalog for the Posthuman, 2021; (3) Gregory Chatonsky, E-phemeral skin, 2021


Art for the Anthropocene / #2

The Whole Earth 2045.

Memories and Bodies from a Future

Johanna Bruckner (Zurich),

Grégory Chatonsky (Paris),

Parsons & Charlesworth (Chicago)

Curated by Madeleine Schwinge


6 Nov - 11 Dec 2021

extended until 26 Feb 2022

Artist talk Nov. 6, 5-6 pm

with Parsons & Charlesworth (Artists and Designer) and

Ian Erik Stewart (Neuro scientist, Max Delbrück Institut)

moderated by Madeleine Schwinge

"Imagining a future where success depends upon our ability to be permanently cognitively sharp, quantifying ourselves with data, and able to work the long and irregular hours assigned by algorithm led corporations, Catalog for the Post-Human provides tools to help workers cope with circumstances in which their bodies may be pushed to the limit“, (Parsons & Charlesworth)

Images: Lucia Hinojosa Gaxiola, 2021
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Art for the Anthropocene / #1 

A Blink from Sonic Eyes.

Drawings from the Fleeting Archive of Towards Sound

Sketches from 17 international composers and sound artists. The archive Towards Sound was initiated by composer and curator Ruth Wiesenfeld, Berlin.

Curated by Jan-Philipp Frühsorge


7 Oct - 30 Oct 21

Artist talk 7 Oct, 5-6 pm

with Ruth Wiesenfeld, Alessandra Eramo and Sagardìa

moderated by Jan-Philipp Frühsorge

IMAGINE - we could be the ones to change it all


Madeleine Schwinge

The Psychedelic Chicks, 2021

A call to think and act.


Fictional concert posters.

A mini series of six motives.

Limited edition.

25 Jul - 30. Sept 2021

Images: Madeleine Schwinge, Imagine we would be the ones, The Psychedelic Chicks, 2021
Images: (1) Stella Geppert, InsideT, 2020; (2) Installation view RADICAL ROOMING, re:future Lab


Life Performance

An experimental live performance and artistic proposition exploring our way to inhabit space and connect with the others.
1 venue. 4 artists. 5 cameras. 1 screen.


Co-curated by Mathilde Irrmann, Madeleine Schwinge and Cécile Nebbot



Mathilde Irrmann, Berlin (Lecture),

Brandon Johnson, L.A. and Berlin (Music),

Elitsa Mateva, Berlin (Dance),

Stella Geppert, Berlin (Art) with InsindeT - Learning from the body, 2020 re:future Lab edit
Technical team:

Lan Syreen, Jeffray Schwabe, mk, Sarah Bouchet, Paul Stutenbäumer
with text fragments from:

Ingeborg Bachmann, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Mathilde Irrmann, Michel Foucault, Alberto Giacometti, Kim Gordon, Ursula Le Guin, Robert Smithson, Peter Zumthor


Live screening 28 Jan 2021, 6-7 p.m.

via YouTube and Facebook


PERSPECTIVES - Tomorrow is the question. Seek movements.

with Hollie Miller, Jovana Popic, Madeleine Schwinge, Jonny Star, Charlie Stein

Curated by Madeleine Schwinge


5 Dec 20 - 16 Jan 2021

Images: (1) Charlie Stein, Mirror face, 2020; (2) Madeleine Schwinge, Searching for new utopias, 2019, (3) Jovana Popić, Heterotopia, 2017

IN DIALOGUE - The Artist and the Artists Collection

with works by Joseph Beuys, Paula Doepfner, Marlene Dumas, EVA & ADELE, Valérie Favre, Caroline Kryzecki, Jovana Popic, Madeleine Schwinge, Jonny Star, Claire Tabouret

Curated by Madeleine Schwinge


2 Oct - 14 Nov 2020

Images: (1) Jovana Popić, Routes 1, 2014;  (2) Madeleine Schwinge, New Biopic, The Psychedelic Chicks, 2019; (3) Valerie Favre, Ghost (After Witches' Flight by Goya), 2014-15

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