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Intermission II .
Sascha Weidner

The late artist Sascha Weidner had a knack for capturing ordinary moments from everyday life with an ethereal touch. To celebrate the artist's life and book, C/O Berlin organized a book presentation and party at Muschi Obermaier, a bar Weidner called his living room.



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Sound and cerement:
Technologies of de-cay


Opening as part of Berlin's Stadtsprachen Festival, this mixed media exhibition curated by Valentina Ramona de Jesús takes a looks at "the lines bringing language to sound, words to noise, poetry to corruption, and translation to instability." 


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Sophie Calle
Text reading


Selected chapters from the book True Stories by French artist Sophie Calle will be read by an actress alongside a concert performance at the Arndt Art Agency. First published in 1994 in French, True Stories is a compilation of short autobiographical texts and photos by Calle.


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George Nebieridze
'15 Launch

'15 is a retrospective of George Nebieridze's work with specially selected photos from 2015. The selection of photographs center around two realms: "documentation of underground lifestyle with sexual liberation in Berlin and abstract fragments of industrial design and manufacturing" (in the words of the artist himself).


Close-ups of painting by Eberhard Havekost
at the KINDL Contemporary Centre for Art


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English-language launch

To celebrate the English-language launch of Jan Brandt's 882-page novel AGAINST THE WORLD—translated by Katy Derbyshire—there will be a discussion with the author and translator about the book and their working process. First published in German in 2011, the novel has been compared to the likes of Dostoyevsky and Thomas Mann.




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SAND Issue 14


English literary journal SAND is coming out with its 14th issue, which features poetry from Norway and Vietnam alongside prose writing on wolves and worms and anatomical artwork among other things. In honour of the occasion, there's going to be a party filled with readings by contributors as well as dancing with lit-loving peeps. 





                                      UN CNSC IOU   S

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"I have always believed in André Breton's freedom, to write as one thinks, in the order
    and    d
                 i                        r                     R
                      s     O                  d    e               
                                                                                     in which one feels and thinks,

to follow sensations
              and absurd correlations
                                    events --------- and ~~~~~~~~~~ images,
                                              to trust to the new 
they lead into.
    'The cult of the marvelous.' Also the cult of unconscious            leadership,
          the cult of mystery, the  ///\\[]'..//[' e v  as i o n  ////\\\]][[[` of false logic. 
The cult of the unconscious as proclaimed by Rimbaud. 

It is not madness. 
It is an effort
to TRANSCEND                                
the rigidities and the patterns made  
by the rational mind."
       —Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin: Volume one 1931-1934


"I do not know what started me off perceiving the stream of life.
          Probably the unconscious itself.                                                   
                                   Or perhaps my early dreams.                               
They determined the course from the beginning.
        Knowledge of processes in the background early shaped my relationship to the
As a child I felt myself to be alone,
and I am still, because I know things
and must hint at things
which others apparently know nothing of,
and for the most part
do not want to know.

      Loneliness does not for the most part come from having no people about one,
                  but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself,
or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.

The loneliness began with the experiences of my early dreams,
       and reached its climax at the time I was working on the unconscious...

                      It is important to have a secret, a premonition of things unknown. It fills life with something impersonal, a numinosum. A man who has never experienced that has        missed something important. he must sense that he lives in a world which in some respects is mysterious; that things happen and can be experienced which remain      inexplicable; that not everything which happens can be anticipated.

      The unexpected
       the incredible
belong to this world.


Only then is life whole.
For me the world has from the beginning been infinite and ungraspable.  "
—Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections


"It wasn't really overdetermined, you know? When you write a novel, you're going with flow. A lot of it is instinctual. Maybe it's a bit of a cop out to hear writers say this, but the
   unconscious structures so much of what I do. In the instinct when I make a decision, I let it, make it, hold. It's only afterwards that I can see there was a real logic to it. But I'm not
               determining that in an analytical, conscious way... It just sort of happens." 

— Rachel Kushner on the London Review Bookshop Podcast
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