9.11. – 14.12.18 Exhibition, Talks, Lecture

Exhibition fridays 17-20 clock

Drinking water is advertised as pure and clear. In drinking water, however, small amounts of hormonally active trace substances from medicine are included. The groundwater is increasingly contaminated with fertilizer by nitrate. The Berlin Spree turns brown from the iron oxide of the former lignite mines. In public waters, multidrug-resistant bacteria from sewage treatment plants can be found. 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.

What do artists say about “The water was pure and clear”?


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

The brown of the river Spree, C T.A. - The water was pure and clear

The brown of the river Spree, C.T.A.

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


Construction 8.11.18, 16-18 clock

Vernissage 9.11, 19 clock, Jürgen Michaelis: Sound performance “Aqua Synth: Neptunes Truth Teller”. Video, 22:50

Exhibition 16.11., 17-20 clock: The artist Annegret Müller is present.

Talk at the EXCHANGE BERLIN exhibition 17.11., 14:30 – 16 clock: The founder of Group Global 3000 Tom Albrecht talks about the concept and the work of Group Global 3000. Artists of the current exhibition “The water was pure and clear” talk about their works

Lecture, pdf, 13 pages, german

Audiofile (28 min.)

Artist talk with audiovisual Performance “Water” 23.11., 19 clock

Artists of the exhibition talk to their guests about their works.
You are invited. Discuss with the artists how the art can raise awareness of sustainability issues.
Performer: Oliver Orthuber (Visuals), Caroline Cecilia Tallone (Sound)
Video of the Performance (17 Min.)

Lecture 30.11., 7 pm “Water Local and the Global Context”: Marco Schmidt, TU-Berlin
The Importance of Water Evaporation for Climate Change:
“Globally, every day about 800 km² of vegetation is lost through deforestation, urbanization and the spread of deserts, which roughly corresponds to the area of Berlin.” With the loss of vegetation and the loss of evaporation, we not only lose the cooling effect, as a result, evaporation is lacking for formation According to Kravčík et al (2007), this is the main cause of global warming, a climate change caused by unsustainable land use, which has been known since antiquity (Wright 2017) and the reduction of global warming to CO2 emissions the handle of action from the hand of the “green industry” (Salleh 2016, Schmidt 2016). ”

Lecture Marco Schmidt The water was pure and clear

Lecture Marco Schmidt

Exhibition 7.12., 17-20 clock: The artist Kristian Askelund is present.

Finissage 14.12., 19 clock, crackthefiresister: Performance “pure-iffy-cation”

Finissage "The Water was pure and clear", C T.A.

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

crackthefiresister, C T.A.

crackthefiresister, C T.A.


Dismantling 18.12., 17-19 clock

Curator: Tom Albrecht


Leuschnerdamm 19

10999 Berlin