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Saturday, September 14, 2019


Neue Zeilen und Tage
Leben und Philosophie

Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome was quite explosive Tuesday September 10th at the Vollguter Gemeinschaftsgarten on the grounds of the Kindl brewery in Neukoelln with an all Brazilian salute to Cinema Novo movement and screening of Patio 1959 by Glauber Rocha which has music but no dialogue.

Lehenga Jewish Muzlim Daniel Hendrickson and Ms. Davis read from text by humpy Brazilian queer politico David Miranda (the trophy husband of journalist Glenn Greenwald) and the late, great activist leader Marielle Franco who the evening was in tribute to. MARIELLE FRANCO PRESENCHE!

The other shorts included Amazonas, Amazonas 1966, Maranhao 66 and an unexpected film by Tata Amaral that featured John Cage and Merce Cunningham that wound up in the film canister that was marked for Viver a Vida. Sometimes the archive takes demonic possession over what is screened leaving you as a helpless curatorial victim. Our planned translation of the Amaral film subtitles we found ourselves reciting without the film, certainly a performative first!

At the end of the robust evening everyone stuck around to celebrate the 29th birthday of sexy scholar Nanna Heidenreich which continued on till 3am at a frolicsome local pub around the corner on Flughafen Strasse called Trude Ruth und Goldammer.

Seen & heard on this festive evening with a full moon: Elena Bomastae (studied Film in Frankfurt, she was at the arsenal summer school),Lorin Decarli (emergency activist, member disruption network lab), Annette Lingg and Gary Vanisian (both for the first time at CVS who are Arsenal program assistants) Charlotte Peters (intern arsenal), Sara Busnaro (architect, who was the first contact in the community garden, but is not part of the collective any longer),Mojisola Adebayo, performer, playwright, actress, teacher/lecturer - see She is active in Black Lives Matter movement and her wonderschoen academic gal pal the incredible Nicole Wolf, curator at Stoffwechsel a project of Archive Ausser Sich, researcher, writer, curator in Visual Cultures at Goldsmith University of London. Both ladies have been doing a series of workshops recently, on permaculture and theater of the oppressed (which fits of course the Brazil connection of the decrepit patina with vinegar syndrome. Other notables included Nuray Demir, one of the curators of District, this amazing queer/ feminist art space, with posse, Uli Ziemons of Forum Expanded, the delightful and utterly charming Jim Hubbard a NYC based experimental filmmaker, archivist at Anthology Film Archive, founder and president of MIX-The New York Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film/Video Festival and AIDS activist suprema. His most recent film United in Anger: A History of ACT UP is beyond brilliantine.

Was surprised and thrilled to see super hunk and the WORLDS favourite golden child Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz, who is now the director of Museo Nacional de Arte in La Paz, Bolivia, always great to see vivacious Sabeth Buchmann a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She co-wrote a book on Hélio Oiticica with Max Jorge, Vinegar Syndrome regular Prima Ballerina Trixie von Schonherr aka: Beatrice Cordua who at age 79 still gives off radiant youth, Todd Sekuler, the Humboldt Universitat fagademic who is part of the Europach Research Team and was one of the organizers of the Living Politics: Remembering HIV/AIDS Activism Tomorrow Congress, the amazing Margarita Tsomou, founder of Missy Magazine currently running Hebbel am Ufer's discourse / theory program - but also a performer/ curator, author, dramaturg and all around stunning creature, Manuela Schinina, aka DJane Bianca Kruk, sound designer and feminist film Specialist, Michaela Wünsch of bbooks kollektiv, Martin Grennberger (film curator from Sweden), Brazilian film couple Gustavo Jahn & Melissa Dullius, Michael Scaturro the Deutche Welle, NPR and Bloomberg News journalista who has been making inroads into television lately via his work with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Michael Scaturro's companion for the evening comic Joseph Hutchenson who goes by Joe von Hutch on MyFace. You can find him on

Ms. Davis’ old LA palsy walsy the bubbly Michael Wilde was at the eventa. Michael just moved to Germany and is getting a second masters at the Universitaet Weimar, Piero Belomo of La Collezione who is also the husband of Daniel Hendrickson for almost 20 years now, the personable Yusuf ‘Yusi’ Etiman of Basso Kollektive who spends half the year in San Paulo, Brazil where he does work with Trans youth at risk. Yusi is also the graphics designer for the famed Berlin Techno club Berghain, he brought with him the hungthrob Argentine actor Rodrigo De La Serna plus Spains’s resident male ingénue and uber muscular pintsize hottiekin Miguel Herran and languidly patrician Jose’ Pablo Minar of HBO’s Los Espookys, Landgraf Stefan Ahrens late of ZeughausKino im Deutschen Historischen Museum who was the mastermind behind their recent Hedy LaMarr retrospectacular, Adham Hafez Artistic Director HaRaKa Dance Development and Research and Adham Hafez Dance Company with his divinely beautiful BFF Sara Soumaya Abed who is a belly dancer artiste who also writes a regular column on sex and sexuality from the Egyptian woman perspective

Arsenal Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus was looking quite scintillating being the hardest working woman in all of Europa. I can never keep up with La Schulte Strathaus’ schedulina which has her circling the globe in triplicate. The next morning she was off to Toronto to give one of her amazing talks on archives.

Special thankx to Stefanie, Gerrit Woltemath, projectionist Bodo, Nadja the guardian of the kasse, Werner of Nomad Kino who provided the portable screen, Olivia, Fabian, Inga & Tracy from Volguter Gemeinschaftgarten Collective who took care of technic and bar with the most delish popcorn. Our next Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome will most likely be in December after Christmas and before Silvester back at our old stomping Grounds of Arsenal Institut fur film und video kunst kino 2 with a screening of Jean-Jacques Beineix’s Diva


Congragulations are in order to art photographer Annette Frick whose career has been all over the place with accolade after accolade. She will be glorified in a new museum show in Berlin soon. Here are the details so you won’t miss out on all the fun and action:

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren
liebe Freundinnen und Freunde
ab 17.9.2019 zeigt das Märkische Museum im Fotografischen Kabinett
Fotos meiner nie gezeigten Serie: Nix … meta….meta…schwupp…weg is et
oder Fortschritt und Rückbau und Auszüge aus Funk Gender
unter dem Titel: Abriss, Trümmertunten und Internationale Individuen - 1991 - 2010
Eröffnung gibt es nicht.
aber am 26.9.2019 gibt's eine live Show mit Trümmertunten
und Zeremonienmeistern Patsy LamourlaLove
Einlass ab 17 Uhr -Start 19 Uhr
Ich freue mich wenn Ihr kommt
herzlichst Annette
genaueres siehe link

Speaking of fabu artists having exhibitions, thine cup spilleth over this season with juicy news from another one of oue favourite out there feminist women, Miss Rebecca Goyette the celebrated Lobster Lady: Fortuna’s Wheel: Rebecca Goyette’s Solo Exhibition at Shelter Gallery

179 East Broadway, NYC
September 25 - November 15, 2019
Opening Wednesday, September 25th, 6-8pm
Gallery hours, Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6 PM, Website:
For inquiries contact Rachel Cohen, Email:, Phone: 646-822-2999
Shelter Gallery is proud to present Fortuna’s Wheel, a solo exhibition of drawings, sculpture and video by multimedia artist Rebecca Goyette, that considers the artist’s specific use of what she calls “maker’s magic.”

Embracing a fruitful multiplicity of sexual desire, Rebecca Goyette’s artwork delves into complex characters based partially in the real (scientific fact, Puritan history, the annals of witchcraft, Goddess worship and the paranormal) and partially in fiction. Goyette recounts the psychosexual dramas of her direct ancestor, Rebecca Nurse, who was hanged as a Salem witch in her “Ghost Bitch” films, while embodying the mating rituals of lobster in her extensive series of costumed “Lobsta Porns.” 

Through researching her colonial American accused witch ancestry, Goyette deepened her understanding of magic and rediscovered ritual as an artist and object maker. Goyette’s latest body of work is created through a process of sigil magic drawing. Sigils are created through a process of condensing written statements of the maker’s greatest desires, formed into charged graphic symbols. Goyette has developed her own sigil/symbol drawing technique through combining multiple sigils in intricate pictorial representations that feature eroticism, and co-mingling of human and animal realms. 

Sigils have a long history of use in magical practices, originally thought of as pictorial signatures of otherworldly entities, and later sigils reinvented as symbols created to manifest one’s desired outcomes. Surrealist artist Austin Osman Spare further developed the technique creating intricate pictorial representations. In 1936, Hitler asked Spare to paint his portrait. Spare refused Hitler, stating, “if you are what is considered superhuman, let me be forever animal.” For Goyette, Spare’s statement of resistance resonated, feeling the necessity to face current political turmoil in the United States with a measure of intuition andmagical protection, finding liberation in her erotic expressions.

Fortuna’s Wheel Event Schedule:
Thursday, October 3rd, 6-8 PM
“Crustacean Temptation” Screening/Artist and Curator Talk, Rebecca Goyette and Marie Beckmann, Berlin’s EVBG feminist video art curator/co-producer of the film.
Weekend of October 11th
“Glamour Magic Workshop in honor of Fortuna,” featuring special guest: the author of “Glamour Magic, The Witchcraft Revolution to Get What You Want” Deborah Castellano.
Wednesday, October 30th, 6-8 PM
"Sigil Magic Drink and Draw" with the artist. 

One the masculine side of things, Matt Lipps is one artist who has a lot in and out of his platinum salver. Besides being electrically handsome and devilingusly charismatic he has one of the largest pingas in Christendom. Here is the latest happening with him:
upcoming exhibitions and public engagements kicking off in Los Angeles & taking place over the next few months in San Francisco & Melbourne. All details are listed below with links. If you find yourself in one of these cities, please stop in & say 'hi!' Thanks! xoxo Matt (

Where Figure Becomes Ground
September 12 - October 19, 2019
Opening reception: Thursday, September 12, 6-8pm
Matt Lipps in conversation with Drew Sawyer - Thursday, October 10, 6pm
Jessica Silverman Gallery (
488 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Instagram: @jessicasilvermangallery (

September 6 - November 15, 2019
Opening reception: Friday, September 6th, 5-7pm
Matt Lipps in conversation with Catherine Opie, Thursday, November 7th, 6-7pm
Euclid Gallery at HGA Architects, Los Angeles (
1301 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Instagram: @euclidgallery (

Ballarat International Foto Biennale (

August 24 - October 20, 2019

To The Moon and Back (

Curators Rebecca Najdowski & Dr. Colleen Boyle
Ballarat Municipal Observatory & Museum
439 Cobden Street

Mount Pleasant, VIC 3350 Australia
Participating artists Vincent Fournier & Matt Lipps in conversation with exhibition curators, Saturday, October 19, 2-3pm


Artist Lecture: Matt Lipps
Wednesday, October 16, 6-7pm
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
Bowen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia


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