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► Monday: Transmediale – Alien Matter


The theme of this special exhibition is neo-cybernetic connections between humans, creatures and technology. The featured artists tackle questions arising in today’s neo-cybernetic environment: Is the world gradually becoming “alien matter” due to a proliferation of artificially intelligent technologies, creating a tension between human and non-human forces?

  • When: 10:00-19:00
  • Where:  John Foster Dulles Allee 10, 10557 Berlin
  • Admission: 3€
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► Monday: Transit Havanna – New Heroes of the Cuban Revolution


This documentary depicts Mariela Castro’s, the Cuban president’s daughter, view on the completion of the 1959 revolution. The documentary focuses on Cuba’s assistance of  the medical process transgender people undergo and explores such themes as emancipation and self-realization. The filmmakers document the lives of 3 transgender figures to better understand and convey the reality of being transgender in Cuba, a country with many paradoxes from seeming open-mindedness to religious repression and sexism.

  • When: 20:00
  • Where:  Babylon Cinema – Rosa Luxemburg str. 30, 10178
  • Admission: 9€ for 2 tickets
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► Monday: Illustration & Graphic Art Festival!


Start your Fall Break by enjoying what the international festival of contemporary illustration and graphic art has to offer! Illustrative annual exhibition offers a platform for local and international artists to present their “craft”. What you will see is a great selection of today’s illustrations and graphics. This year’s festival will be featuring 32 international artists with diverse artistic positions and unique works in this genre.

  • When: 10:00-17:00
  • Where: Direktorenhaus – Am Krögel 2, 10179 Berlin
  • Admission: 4€
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► Monday, October 3rd: Day of German Reunification Celebrations


End your long weekend by participating in Berlin’s 26th anniversary of the German Reunification – which followed the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 –  at the huge street festival by the Brandenburg Gate. Not only will you get to take part in cheerful and celebratory atmosphere of a very important historical occurrence, but you’ll also have the chance to enjoy plenty of beer gardens, diverse snacks and an entertainment programme: Look forward to stage performances, a concert, horseback riding and horse races, big wheel funfair ride, and karaoke at the Berliner Dom.

  • When: 11:00
  • Where: Straße des 17. Juni, 10557 Berlin
  • Admission: free
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This video was made in the context of Paul Festa’s Documentary Filmmaking class. The assignment was to capture an act of artistic creation, so I decided to film selections of a workshop given by Laura Kuhn, who introduced us to John Cage’s chance drawings. In ‘Art by Chance’ I have tried to explore the way chance and control can interact with each other when creating art. The music you hear in the second part is composed by John Cage using the principle of chance here as well.

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Mongolia - World c. 1914 (photo by MDF)

Mongolia – World c. 1914 (photo by MDF)

Monat der Fotografie Berlin (European Month of Photography Berlin), more commonly known as the MDF Berlin, has been taking place every two years in Germany’s capital as the country’s largest photography festival since 2004. It is organized by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH in collaboration with various cultural institutions, galleries, museums, embassies, and photography schools in Berlin and Potsdam. The biyearly event presents a plethora of exhibitions on both historical and contemporary photography. This year its main theme is “Upheavals and Utopias. The Other Europe.”

The idea behind this umbrella topic is to observe the continuous changes that have been part of Europe as we know it over the past hundred years. From the two World Wars and the 1929 economic crisis, to the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Europe has constantly been facing challenges that left great marks on its development. The festival invites the visitors to confront the visual reminders of the past and reconsider their understanding of Europe today in relation to what came before. As stated on the official MDF website: Europe is frequently defined according to its borders. This poses a variety of questions concerning, for instance, the ways in which extreme or gradual changes and rejections are experienced; how utopias impact our idea of the future; what perspectives are currently emerging; and how the other and the foreign enrich our lives and culture. The 6th European Month of Photography Berlin embarks on a journey of discovery, responding to these questions with historical and contemporary exhibitions.

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