9.11. – 14.12.18 Exhibition, talks, lecture

Spree brown by lime, C T.A. - The water was pure and clear

Spree Brown, C T.A.

Exhibition Fridays from 17-20

Drinking water is advertised as pure and clear. However, drinking water contains small amounts of hormonally active trace substances, e.g. from medicine. Groundwater is increasingly polluted with nitrate due to artificial fertilizers. Berlin’s Spree River turns brown from the iron oxide of former open-pit lignite mines. Multi-resistant germs from sewage treatment plants are found in public waters. The water was pure and clear before industrialization. The art exhibition critically examines water pollution as a global problem and how we treat water from a sustainable perspective.


Kristian Askelund, Fabien Bouchard, crackthefiresister, Ria Gerth, Mariel Gottwick, Stephan Groß /JörnBirkholz, Rainer Jacob, Doris Leuschner, Jürgen Michaelis, Zachary Miller, Annegret Müller, Klára Némethy, Oliver Orthuber, Yannis Ouaked, Ilka Raupach, Caroline Cecilia Tallone, Roland Wegerer

17 international artists show their position on the topic with object, sculpture, installation, photo, collage, video and performance.


Vernissage 9.11, 7 p.m., Jürgen Michaelis: Sound performance “Aqua Synth: Neptune’s truth teller”. Video, 22:50

Exhibition Nov. 16, 5-8 p.m.: Artist Annegret Müller will be present.

Talk at the EXCHANGE BERLIN exhibition Nov. 17, 2:30-4 p.m:
Group Global 3000 founder Tom Albrecht talks about the concept and work of Group Global 3000.
Artists of the current exhibition “The water was pure and clear” talk about their works.

Lecture, pdf, 13 pages
Sound recording (28 min.)

Artist talk with audiovisual performance “Water” Nov. 23, 7 p.m.
Artists in the exhibition talk to guests about their works.
You are invited. Discuss with the artists about how art can raise awareness of sustainability issues.
Performers: Oliver Orthuber (Visuals), Caroline Cecilia Tallone (Sound)
Video of the performance (17 min.)

Lecture Nov. 30, 7 p.m. “Water locally and the global context”: Marco Schmidt, TU-Berlin
The importance of water evaporation to climate change:
“Globally, about 800 km² of vegetation is lost every day due to deforestation, urbanization and desertification. This is roughly equivalent to the area of Berlin. With the loss of vegetation and evaporation, we not only lose the cooling effect, as a consequence, evaporation for the formation of precipitation is missing. According to Kravčík et al. (2007), this is the main cause of global warming. This climate change, triggered by unsustainable land use, has been known since ancient times (Wright 2017). The reductionism of global warming to CO2 emissions took the reins out of the hands of the “green industry” (Salleh 2016, Schmidt 2016).”

Lecture Marco Schmidt The water was pure and clear

Lecture Marco Schmidt

Exhibition Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m. Artist Kristian Askelund will be present.


Finissage “The water was pure and clear”, C T.A.

Finissage Dec. 14, 7 p.m., crackthefiresister: performance “pure-iffy-cation”

Curator : Tom Albrecht



Leuschnerdamm 19

10999 Berlin