SOLAR LOTTERY / Writing Sonnets

Curated by Roberta Coletto

Writing Sonnets is the fourth of six appointments of SOLAR LOTTERY, a series inspired by the randomization processes displayed in the book of the same name written by Philip Dick. Here the role of characters in society is determined by algorithms and a computerized random lottery as a form of control that circumvents pre-determined social privileges. Following this principle for the whole series, the selection of artists from Peninsula has been randomly determined and then, in turn, they invited an external artist themselves.

With GESTURES OF THE HOST/parasite Katharina Karrenberg deconstructs (following futurism, surrealism, and dada stylistic exercises) photographs creating moving images. What she calls reflectography is a photographic documentation of the coincidence of a drawing and a computer screen: the physical coincidence of a drawing under glass with a photograph on the surface of a screen at an angle of 45°. While the drawing is cutting! through the „digital eye, “ both are mirroring one another creating series of self-activating forms. The obtained unforeseeable shapes are both a tool she’s choosing to use, and a result she’s aiming for.

Weißsagung by Fried Rosenstock is a pun putting together the word weiss, the name of a colour as well as the verb “to know”, and Sagung which cannot be used if not as a suffix for something else. The repetition of the same undisclosed word, and the resulting overlapping, make it impossible to decode it. He contradicts the stereotypical writing black on white and takes the invented word literally: two meanings blending together in a flow of a calligraphic gesture – a tautological gesture – in which the artist enquires the potential of it.

The title Writing Sonnets is an extrapolated quote from the Solar Lottery book, and refers to a collapsing shape due to the echo; that although keeps the source uncompromisable as rhymes in a sonnet, gives life to new entities: photographic drawings from pictures; and paintings from a calligraphic exercise.

3 – 17 September 2016
Vernissage: Saturday 3 September 2016, 6 pm
Pfalzburgerstraße 67, 10719 Berlin
Opening hours: by appointment


4 June 2016
Fiorentino De Martino – Patrick Tabarelli
1 July 2016
Pietro Mele – Bärbel Möllmann and Julia Gerlach
23 July 2016
Ivana Spinelli – Katrin Plavčak
3 September 2016
Fried Rosenstock – Katharina Karrenberg
24 September 2016
Alessia Pastore – Paolo Puddu
15 October 2016
Nico Lippolis – BlueSoup Group