Air Berlin Alexanderplatz is a research-focused, artist-run initiative


'Lab' is an experimental, spontaneous platform to get together and present to the invited guests’ current research.

Sound and Vision: Takemitsu’s Corona

Takemitsu Tōru 武満徹 (1930-1996) was a self-taught composer of concert and film music who came to professional maturity during the 1950s’ and 1960s’ world-wide flowering of sound and art. His earliest compositions, from the late 1940s, display a strong impressionist flavor — elegiac fragments of melody and color that lingered “quietly and with a cruel reverberation” (the title of an early piano piece). His sonic curiosity blossomed after his friend and fellow composer Ichiyanagi Toshi 一柳慧 returned to Japan in 1961 after studying with John Cage, entering a period that …

Goeun Bae and Selina Grüter & Michele Graf

20th of February GOEUN BAE and SELINA GRÜTER & MICHELE GRAF. Welcome drinks and presentations by Goeun Bae, Nora-Swantje Almes, Selina Grüter and Michèle Graf! Nora-Swantje Almes will serve hot wine and other tasty liquids! Goeun Bae’s work discloses a personal story that reflects the vulnerable and unstable position of women in today’s society. Bae’s works become the voice that unveils and challenges the often hidden violence and oppression inflicted upon women. By using the body, she expands the affective reasoning that is tied inside of her and eliminate the …

Johanna Viprey

Research project – Johanna Viprey (EN) In the contemporary artistic context, as more generally in all the fields of cultural and/or scientific research, one saw the development and the increase of the practice of « talk ». This term can bring together different forms as discussion, lecture or interview, in live or recorded, then archived and accessible on broadcasting platforms (museums, online magazines,Ted, The Talks…). This practice has increased both in institutional context (museums, art centers) and market area (galeries, art fairs). In parallel, one saw the development of different artistic practices …


'Notices' is an online platform for textual and sketched documentation of ABA Salons.

Future of the library

Dutch designer couple Jannetje in ‘t Veld & Toon Koehorst presented this book scanner in 2011 during their ABA Salon. Today we are happy to announce that we start digitising our collection of printed matter, free to download. On the future of the library: As much as these institutional and indepenent libraries are opposed they share an undeniable urge to look ahead. They want to be interfaces to access existing knowledge saved sometime in the past. The reason to conserve lies in its future use. They function as an …

Sturtevant Talks to Bruce Hainley

Article excerpt BRUCE HAINLEY: Before we launch into the ’80s, a little back story. When you mounted your landmark exhibition at White Columns, in New York, in 1986, on the heels of your being in Bob Nickas’s 1985 show “Production Re: Production,” it had been over a decade since your last shows–“Studies for Warhols’ Marilyns Beuys’ Actions and Objects Duchamps’ Etc. Including Film,” at the Everson Museum of Art, in 1973, and your Joseph Beuys show the following year. Were you making art during that period? STURTEVANT: Totally, totally out …


The Residency program is tailored to each individual resident and offers them the time and space for their research to develop their proposed project.

Selina Grüter & Michèle Graf

Selina Grüter and Michèle Graf (CH) Since 2011 Selina Grüter (1991) and Michèle Graf (1987) are working together as a collective. Their work uses complex arrangements of actors, texts and compositional strategies to build, develop and explore the tensions between individual and group, and singular and plural modes of being. Using found texts, scripts, and drawings, and found materials for e.g. sticks and cords, Grüter and Graf transform their starting points by taking them out of their original context and examining and re-examining them in the light of a new …


Through ABA Salons, we explore the possibilities of collective processes of gathering and mediating knowledge.

Sponsoring institutions

ABA offers residencies through different sponsoring institutions.
Candidates are encouraged to apply directly at the partnering institutions.


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