galerie weißer elefant x Digital in Berlin w/ Luciano Chessa & Lucio Capece
August 20 @ 18:00 - 22:00
After our success last year with the Heimat, Hertz, Orte series at Galerie Bernau, we are happy to announce another gallery collaboration this year, one of the oldest municipal galleries in Berlin — the galerie weisser elefant. The series takes place over two dates and features Judith Hamann, Lottie Sebes, Luciano Chessa, and Lucio Capece.
For the opening of our galerie weisser elefant x Digital in Berlin sessions series, we have invited Italian artist, musician and composer Luciano Chessa and Argentinian musician and composer Lucio Capece.
Luciano Chessa is a composer, conductor, audiovisual and performance artist, and music historian. His performance of “intensely visual scores” in a concert he curated for NYC’s Roulette last December, has been named “gripping” by The New York Times’ chief classical music critic Anthony Tommasini. Chessa’s compositions include Cromlech, a large organ piece he premiered in Melbourne’s Town Hall in May 2018 as part of a solo organ recital that received over 2,200 ticket bookings; the opera Cena oltranzista nel castelletto al lago—a work merging experimental theater with reality TV which required from the cast over 55 hours of fasting—and A Heavenly Act, an opera commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with original video by Kalup Linzy.
Lucio Capece is a Berlin-based Argentinian musician and composer. Capece is a classically trained guitarist but is more recently known for his use of the soprano saxophone, the bass clarinet, analogue electronics and the sruti box. As well as his solo work, Capece has formed occasional collaborations with artists such as Toshimaru Nakamura, Axel Dorner, Burkhard Beins, and Julia Eckhardt.
For over thirty years, galerie weisser elefant has offered young, emerging artists a platform in the city’s most important gallery district, free of any commercial pressures. The public gallery organises site-specific solo exhibitions as well as thematic group exhibitions. This old brick building on Auguststraße in the heart of Berlin has exhibited spacious installations, photography and painting.
This year, the gallery is exploring how the accessibility and social sustainability of exhibition spaces can be enhanced, and how, through collective experience, interdisciplinary collaborations can contribute to such efforts. The association with Digital in Berlin is thus an attempt to forge diverse and constructive collaborations, across disciplines, throughout neighbourhoods to ensure that art and culture in the city, and beyond, maintain their vigour, their appeal, and their function.
In recent years Digital in Berlin has worked together with art institutions across the city and wider region — from Kunsthaus Dahlem and the Brücke Museum, to the Bärenzwinger im Köllnischen Park and Galerie Bernau in Brandenburg — to form lasting and fruitful partnerships, bringing together music, culture and the arts. We are looking forward to continuing in this mission with galerie weisser elefant. The collaboration forms part of the two-part project modular exhibition.