Week 4 / Course (engl.) –
Rallou Panagiotou

Echo Beach: An enquiry into objects as multi-evocative signs, mediated physicality and conceptual layering

Jesmonite, lacquered wood, synthetic leather, plexiglass, metal, paint, denim, jesmonite, scaffolding, plexiglass, jeans, marble, lacquered wood, fabric dye, bleach on denim, black marble…is a remix - and at the same time a reminiscence - of material that Rallou Panagiotou uses frequently for her sculptures and complex, stage-like installations. A Summer Dies The Swan – Eyes Like a Geyser - Wearing your Emotions on your Sleeves - We Never Layer Enough - My Toe - Nothing Better than a Degrade of Orange - Chin Down Is a Priority  - Athenee  …her titles read like poems or sometimes like tired laconic soliloquy; the nice beginning of a day, the beginning of a day or a season that already ended; a reproach, reproaching oneself, speaking with the other that isn’t there but who’s words sound clear and sharp; an authority that lost its authority, is this a loss? So one might find her exhibitions having a title as: “Exaggerate the Classics”.

Rallou Panagiotou's works consist of condensed events of situations wherein there occurs a modification of power and luxury. The spatial management of desire, access and luxury in public displays through the mechanisms of the museum or of the fashion industry, the
semiotics of repetition and the modification of materials such as marble or plastics, official history and personal experience, reflect her interest in the relationship of complex aesthetic and economic categories that find expression in her sculptural installations.

Rallou Panagiotou studied at the Athens School of Fine Art and holds an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art.  Her work has been recently exhibited at  IBID Projects, London,  Andreas Melas & Helena Papadopoulos, Athens, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, AMP, Athens and the Autocenter. She was born in Athens in 1978 and lives in Glasgow.

Week 4 / Lecture (engl./ger.) –
Andreas Schlaegel

Love in postindustrialist times

Andreas Schlaegel is an artist, critic and writer based in Berlin. Last year he co-curated „The Art of Conversation“ with Paolo Chiasera and Matthew Antezzo at PSM Gallery, currently he teaches at Khio in Oslo and is preparing shows at Kunsternes Hus Oslo and parallel to the Momentum Biennial in Moss.  His critical eye and mind observe the Berlin art scene and abroad with the same intensity that his arms and else beat the drums in the infamous artist band The B-Men. Lucky us, he will share his (he)art-beat during a lecture of ours!

Andreas Schlaegel regularly writes for international art magazines such as Flash Art International, Frieze d/e and Spike Art Quartely. You can see more of one of his recent projects at: radicate.eu

Week 4 / Lecture (engl.) –
Jennifer Allen

Jennifer Allen is a Canadian writer and art critic. After her PhD on Walter Benjamin, a DAAD scholarship brought her to Berlin in 1995.  Since then, she observes the art scene of the city and elsewhere with critical benevolence and an intense scrutiny of the contemporary theoretical discourse. She has lectured at the Humboldt Universität Berlin, at the Collège International de Philosophie in Paris, at the International Artists Studio Program Stockholm and at Amsterdam's Rijksakademie. In 2009, Jennifer Allen was awarded the Art Cologne Prize for Art Criticism. Jennifer Allen writes for several international art magazines, dailies and websites, e.g. frieze, Mousse, Taz, artforum.com.

Week 4 / Tour (ger.) –
Sandra Teitge

Playground Berlin: contemporary art & architecture

Sandra Teitge organizes exhibitions in apartments, on boats, and in cultural spaces and is passionate about food. She is currently co-organizing the Pavilion of Georgia at the 55th Biennale di Venezia as assistant curator/project manager. Most recently, she worked in the artistic office of the 7th Berlin Biennale as curatorial assistant. Sandra writes for various magazines and zines and contributed to the publication Metropolitan Views II, Art Scenes in Berlin 1989-2009. She is one of the initiators of the mobile exhibition series MASA BERLIN and fervently co-runs the food organization Dinner Exchange Berlin.

Sandra Teitge was born in Berlin in 1982. She studied Art & Visual History in Berlin and Media Studies and French at the University of Sussex in Brighton and at the Nouvelle Sorbonne in Paris.