Opening Day

Free admission in the exhibition.
We recommend booking a time slot ticket.

15 Sep, 11 am – midnight, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin-Tiergarten
Time slot tickets

Artist talk on the themes of colour and space with Katharina Grosse and Louisa Hutton.
Moderation: Anke Hervol

Video available from 30/09/2021 to 12/12/2021

Peter Ablinger and Brandon LaBelle

– Concert and Artist Talk

Roman Opałka, Opałka 1965/ 1-∞; Détail 5 603 154 – 5 607 249, undated © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021. Photo: Baschang & Herrmann, Munich. Courtesy of Sammlung Lenz Schönberg, Austria

Composer Peter Ablinger references the “NOTHINGTOSEENESS” exhibition with a piece for Roman Opałka from the cycle Voices and Piano. For Opałka, voice and sound are always part of his work process, interacting with the piano. Reality and perception are also the subject of philosopher and composer Brandon LaBelle’s The Invisible Seminar, which examines strategies of invisibility and questions the duties and powers of appearance. Can invisibility be a discursive, creative tactic? These and other questions will be explored in conversation.

Introduction: Anke Hervol
Pianist: Nicolas Hodges
Lecture / Performance: Brandon LaBelle, The Destituent
Artist Talk, Moderation: Julia Gerlach
In German and Englisch

7 Oct, 7 pm, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin-Tiergarten
Tickets € 6/4 or access with exhibition ticket of the day

Artist talk in the exhibition with Ulrike Draesner and Karin Sander.
Moderation: Anke Hervol

Video available from 28/10/2021 to 12/12/2021

– Cesc Gelabert dances a solo by Gerhard Bohner

© Norbert Stück

Gerhard Bohner’s (1936 –1992) dance solo Schwarz weiß zeigen (Showing Black and White), which premiered at the studio on Hanseatenweg in 1983, is an artistic experiment on the nature and limits of the dancer in space and a systematic exploration of the laws of body and stage. In an exploration of the space created by stage designer Axel Manthey (1945 –1995), Bohner designed a choreography in which the dialogue between choreographer and dancer is abstracted by showing movements and the relationship between the dancer and five objects. Catalan dancer Cesc Gelabert has reconstructed Bohner‘s solo works over decades, most recently the Bauhaustänze in the Bauhaus Year 2019. As a performative reference to its current exhibition, “Nothingtoseeness – Void /White/Silence”, the Akademie der Künste will be showing the adaptation of Schwarz weiß zeigen for the first time since 2010 as part of the Autumn Members’ Meeting.

13 Nov, 8 pm, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin-Tiergarten


– Reading and Talk

Alfonso Hüppi, ohne Titel, 1958. Courtesy: VAN HAM Art Estate, Alfonso Hüppi © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2021

Literary works are already represented in the “NOTHINGSTOSEENESS – Void/White/Silence” exhibition in the form of commenting postcards, artworks and installations. But nothingness, void, the colour white and silence are well-known topoi in literature itself. Cécile Wajsbrot, Lothar Trolle, Ulrike Draesner, Michael Krüger and Timm Ulrichs will read their own works or texts from literary history on the themes and talk about them, presented by Robert Kudielka.

25 Nov, 7 pm, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin-Tiergarten

All or Nothing

– Film Programme and Artist Talk

Robert Beavers, Nina Zabicka, Silva das Fadas und James Edmonds reconstructing Gregory Markopoulos’s ENIAIOS. Photo: Petra Graf, Berlin. Courtesy: Temenos Archive

“You cannot apply the principles of painting to a medium that is not painting.” (Paul Sharits). Film has laws of its own, but along with the other arts in the period around 1960 it searched for certain “zero points” that didn't revolve around nothing, but the whole. This three-part film programme, curated by Alexander Horwath and Regina Schlagnitweit, includes works from the period between 1958 and 2021 – by Stephanie Barber, Yves-André Delubac, Hollis Frampton, Jorge Lorenzo, Ernst Schmidt Jr., Aldo Tambellini, Joyce Wieland and many more. It also offers rare insight into Gregory Markopoulos’s cinematic life’s work ENIAIOS (1947–91), presented by the film artist Robert Beavers.

From 5 pm film program curated by Alexander Horwath and Regina Schlagnitweit
Film ENIAIOS (excerpts); director: Gregory Markopoulos
Alexander Horwath and Regina Schlagnitweit in conversation with Robert Beavers
In German and English
€ 6/4

4.12., from 5 pm, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin-Tiergarten


5pm Part 1

Jorge Lorenzo 1/48’’ (2008) 35mm, colour, sound, about 1 min
Viktoria Schmid A Proposal to project (2016) 16mm, colour, sound, 2 min
Peter Kubelka Arnulf Rainer (1958-60) 35mm, b/w, sound 7 min
Stan Brakhage Mothlight (1963) 16mm, colour, silent, 4 min
Ernst Schmidt jr. Weiß (1968) 16mm, b/w, silent, 1 min 20 sec
Aldo Tambellini Black Trip (1966) 16mm, b/w, sound, 4 min
Ernst Schmidt jr. Filmreste (1965-67) 16mm, b/w, sound, 10 min
Aldo Tambellini Black Trip 2 (1967) 16mm, b/w, sound, 3 min
Joyce Wieland Handtinting (1967/68) 16mm, b/w & tinted, silent, 6 min
Paul Sharits T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G (1968) 16mm, colour, sound, 12 min
Preserved by Anthology Film Archives


6.30 pm  Part 2

Morgan Fisher Projection Instructions (1976) 16mm, b/w, sound, 4 min
Hollis Frampton Surface Tension (1968) 16mm, colour, sound, 9 min
Yves-André Delubac Le Chant des signes (Song of Signs) (1972) 16mm/Digital, b/w, sound, 17 min
Gustav Deutsch Film ist mehr als Film (1996) 35mm, colour, sound, 1 min
Stephanie Barber Another Horizon (2021)16mm/Digital, colour, sound, 9 min
Jorge Lorenzo On the Road by Jack Kerouac (2013) 35mm, b/w, silent, 14 min


8 pm  Part 3

Artist Talk with Robert Beavers, filmmaker and co-founder of the Temenos Archive where, among other activities, the restoration and preservation of ENIAIOS is being conducted. (In English)

Gregory Markopoulos Bliss (1967) 16mm, colour, sound, 6min
Gregory Markopoulos ENIAIOS (1947-91) 16mm, colour, silent. Complete duration of the work: 80 hours
Excerpt: 2 reels, ca. 50 min [long version of Bliss and Portrait of Alberto Moravia]

The exhibition is open until midnight on 4 Dec.

Event programme (PDF)

Closing event: Sound Effects

– with Crys Cole, Arnold Dreyblatt, Philipp Sollmann

NTSC. Foto: Arnold Dreyblatt, 2021 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2021

The evening programme focuses on three composers / sound artists who work both in Berlin and internationally and whose musical activities have never been presented before at the Akademie der Künste. The live performers respond conceptually to the exhibition theme “nothing-to-see-ness”, combining electronic, acoustic, haptic and perceptual audio processes, while referencing their diverse musical biographies in an evening of exploratory sonic imaginations.

11 Dec, from 7 pm, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin-Tiergarten