Dorotea Etzler

Exhibition, talks, lecture, workshop, game
A cabinet of curiosities with videos, photos and objects

The frog in the pot. C Dorotea Etzler

Frog in pot. (C) Dorotea Etzler

17.5. – 6/14/2019, Fridays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The exhibition leads into one of the most important questions of this time: How can our ecological footprint reduced? In 1980, it was already called a climate catastrophe, now people are talking about climate change. But nothing changes to the right. But nothing remains the same either.

Denial of change and disasters prevents appropriate action. Acknowledging change enables change. And precisely for this reason: It is time to change our current actions! Fridays for Future


Legend of the frog in the pot

is as follows: If you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will jump out again ad hoc to escape death. If you put it in a pot of cold water, which you gradually heat and bring to a boil, the frog will not smell danger. It remains in the water and dies miserably.
The story is considered a parable for the fact that we humans always adapt and get used to changes without noticing how unbearable or dangerous the living conditions have become.

We humans are like a frog in boiling water


The exhibition with works by Dorotea Etzler follows the principle of the


. She works with display and dialogue, with photo and video works, as well as with lecture, workshop and discussion. A series of retrospective works by Etzler are linked to current works, and banal everyday objects are set in relation to works of art. The collection character of ‘Frog in a Pot’ corresponds to our complexly organized planet and allows us to discover multiple links and cross-references.

‘Frog in a Pot’ is suggestion and interpretation, transformation and mystery, play and fun. The exhibition is organized according to sustainable , energy-saving economic principles.


Dorotea Etzler is a conceptual artist from Berlin. Your media referential and
socially critical works are subject to a strictly formal approach and are of
subtle humor. As VJane lazyliu she acts with the smartphone around
to create unique visual worlds. Etzler’s professional roots are in architecture, and in the near future she would like to teach artificial intelligence.


17.5.2019, 7 pm Vernissage

From 5 pm exhibition
18:30 Discussion ‘Before, Then, Now and Tomorrow’ with representatives of different generations.
They tell of changes over the decades with regard to the themes present in the exhibition, such as weather, traffic, plastic and garbage. They report what they do to improve environmental conditions and what they find difficult.
20:00 Workshop ‘With worm and knowledge’ by Matthias Fritsch and Kirsten Vogeler from Denkwerkstadt Nahrungswandel.
Introduction how we can compost in the home and contribute to soil fertility in the city. Starter cultures can be taken along.

Exhibition by appointment to
Proposal for alternative program at 8 pm: Joint cycling with the ‘Critical Mass  from Mariannenplatz

From 5 pm exhibition
18:30 Workshop ‘MDRS – Moth Hole Repair Team’ with Dorotea Etzler.
In the workshop, you’ll learn how to plug moth holes so you can reuse your clothes. No previous experience is necessary. Please bring your defective clothing. A range of different darning yarns and needles are available.
In good weather the workshop will take place in the garden in front of the gallery, in bad weather inside.
20:00 Game ‘City Land River’ with Dorotea Etzler
City-Country-River is a low energy analog game. We use categories taken from the themes of the exhibition, such as weather, traffic, trash, plastics, sustainable, endangered species, future, and more. Ongoing entry into the game is possible.

From 5 pm exhibition
18:30 Lecture with pictures ‘With color and logistics – In the cycling paradise London’ by Dorotea Etzler
“My travelogue about optimal conditions of metropolitan cycling in London. This does not require bike paths that are planned down to the last centimeter and end up nowhere, as is the case in Berlin, but rather practical, continuous paths, bike-friendly signage, free transportation of bicycles on public transport, and much more.”
7 pm Finissage

Jury: Tom Albrecht, Mariel Gottwick, Curator: Tom Albrecht