BPA// Berlin program for artists

About

BPA facilitates exchange between emerging and experienced Berlin-based artists.

BPA arranges bimonthly meetings between participants and mentors. Activities take place in the studios of artists involved with the program rather than in a fixed location. The program unfolds over two years and is punctuated by a range of public events, organized in partnership with both artist-run spaces and renowned institutions.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art regularly hosts BPA Talks – afternoons of public presentations by BPA artists – and in May 2021, BPA Exhibitions will take place there for the first time. From October 2020, BPA participants will produce and present their work at Martin-Gropius-Bau under the banner BPA at Gropius Studios.

Participation in BPA is free of charge and participants receive support to produce new work.



Mentors

Mentors

Guest Mentors 2021

Guest Mentors 2020

Guest Mentors 2019

Guest Mentors 2018

  • Julieta Aranda
  • Claudia Comte
  • Mariana Castillo Deball
  • Maurin Dietrich
  • Richard Frater
  • Christian Friedrich
  • Flora Klein
  • Pablo Larios
  • Keto Logua
  • Ibrahim Mahama
  • Michaela Melian
  • Matt Mullican
  • Ahmet Öğüt
  • Judy Radul
  • Karin Sander
  • Yorgos Sapountzis
  • Jerszy Seymour
  • Tobias Spichtig
  • Slavs and Tatars
  • Shabahang Tayyari

Guest Mentors 2017

Guest Mentor 2016

  • Saim Demircan

Participants

Participants 2019

Participants 2018

Participants 2016 (Pilot)

Apply

Applicants must live and work in Berlin during the two-year BPA cycle and be able to present work from their own workspace. Many participants join BPA after completing their studies, but a specific level of education or age is not a requisite for admission. We ask that BPA participants are not enrolled other academic programs when they join us.

 

BPA meetings take place from January to December, with a summer break from July to October. Participation in all meetings is expected: focused 1-1 studio visits take place on approximately 15 Mondays per year and are followed by group visits in a mentor’s studio in the late afternoon.  There are multiple additional full-day events, as well as talks and exhibitions of participants’ work.

 

BPA is neither a residency nor a school. It does not provide workspace or accreditation.

Application to and participation in the program are free.

 

The open call for BPA’s 2021 cycle has ended. Information on how to apply for 2022 will be published ahead of time.

Events


BPA Talks 3

 

BPA at Gropius Studios


Editions

BPA// Simon Denny, Berlin Blue, (2020)



Simon Denny, Berlin Blue, (2020)
Reactive print on silk
100 x 100 cm
Edition of 80 + 10 APs
€420– (incl. VAT + shipping)



Simon Denny’s Berlin Blue (2020) reframes industry, invention and locality in a new silk scarf design.

This unique edition channels formats developed in Denny’s “Document Relief” series, which uses corporate patent applications to shed light on unseen developments in tech, and in his sculptures made earlier this year from the politically loaded scarf collection of Margaret Thatcher.

Berlin Blue overlays an image of the Tesla “Gigafactory” currently being built outside Berlin with drawings from two recently filed battery patents, one by Tesla and the other by Silicon Valley energy storage giant Natron. The latter describes a product that uses Prussian Blue – also referred to as ‘Berlin Blue’– a synthetic pigment developed in Berlin in the early 1700s that became famously popular among artists. Recently, this chemical compound has emerged as a lucrative alternative to cobalt: a controversial key ingredient in electric batteries, known to rely on supply chains linked to unjust mining practices, child labor, and contested trade monopolies.

Designed in faux Cyanotype, a photographic process also derived from Prussian Blue, the scarf overlays claims to technological development directly over Berlin. Through the occupation of place, abstract notions of intellectual property become tangible as powers with real impact within a changing city.  As part of a program that provides infrastructure for artists, Berlin Blue highlights the complex interplay of forces shaping Berlin in 2020.



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All proceeds of this edition sale support BPA’s free program.

Support

BPA Friends is a varied group of advocates and allies of BPA// Berlin program for artists, formed to support ongoing exchange between emerging and established artists.

 

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Contact

Berlin program for artists gUG (haftungsbeschränkt)
Müllerstraße 156a
2. Hinterhof, Aufgang 12
13353 Berlin

AG Charlottenburg, HRB 182350

Directors: Angela Bulloch, Simon Denny, Willem de Rooij

Program manager: Anna-Lisa Scherfose

VAT: 27/611/05462

Rechtsberatung: Bauschke Braeuer Rechtsanwälte, Berlin




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