BER

BER 2017-2020. An airport with no planes, a terminal with no passengers, a train station with no trains, a marketplace with no market. Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (code: BER) was, for a long time, a major project that never came to an end: half-finished, devoid of function, perpetually suspended. Over a period of three years Matthias Hoch studied this stasis, looking at the site through the lens of an analogue large-format camera and a digital film camera, rather like an archaeologist: area by area, space by space — from the railway station to the boarding gate, from landside to airside — viewing it as a potential user might see it. The result is a series of images showing a mysterious construct — photographs and videos of a place where the not-yet merely seems to have given way to a not-anymore: a picture puzzle of time.
The exhibition consists of sixteen photographs (80x100 and 100x123 cm) and a three-channel video and sound installation, 4k, 13’39 min (cinematography and editing:
Philipp Hoch, sound: Lena Meinhardt, Eva Dörr).

Opening days: Friday through Sunday, June 18 – 20, from 12 noon to 7 pm daily as part of the Berlin Gallery Weekend Summer Special.

Artist talk: Matthias Hoch with Florian Ebner (Centre Pompidou), June 19, 5 pm.

Book Launch: Matthias Hoch “BER” with Spector Books, September 3, 6 pm.

Exhibition: June 18 – September 4, 2021, Galerie Nordenhake Berlin,  → more


Matthias Hoch, BER is published by Spector Books and will be available from mid-July. Book launch at Galerie Nordenhake: September 3, 6pm. Spector Books Spring 2021 preview, p. 22:

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