Starship Screenings at the Pool

Sa, 12.8. 4.00 pm

Starship Screenings at the Pool
»(Almost) Silent Movies«
selected by Martin Ebner


Works by

Lili Dujourie
Joan Jonas
Takashi Ito
Shigeko Kubota
Karole Armitage – Charles Atlas

accompanied by Theresa Patzschke and Martin Ebner



Sommerbad Humboldthain
Wiesenstraße 1, 13357 Berlin

There is a constant, well balanced flow of noises inside the Humboldthain summer pool area. Underwater gurgles, smaller and bigger splashes, a multitude of voices in the air, cries, squeals, and shouts of joy, excitement or outrage. Whisperings in the wardrobe. The far away humming of the city. The occasional voice of authority through the speaker system. In a world of atomic microprecision overall time is approaching 4 p.m.

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the (Almost) Silent Movie Hall. It is comfortaby cool and shady inside. There will be a screen with colors, movements and flickers. There will be two-dimensional men and women, some in black and white, and some of them lonely. Old animals in short trousers will sing and dance. Chairs will be elevated and tables shifted. There will be more than one short pause. Here the (almost) silence comes in. (Almost) silence is not really silent, it is an improved version of the well known not so silent silence, but please feel free to find out for yourself.

Martin Ebner is an artist, Theresa Patzschke is a musician and writer, both based in Berlin.

Es gibt einen konstanten, gut balancierten Fluss an Geräuschen innerhalb des Sommerbades Humboldthain. Unterwassergurgeln, kleine und größere Platscher, eine Vielzahl von Stimmen in der Luft, Heulen, Quietschen und Schreie der Freude,  Aufregung oder Empörung. Geflüster in der Garderobe. Das ferne Rauschen der Stadt. Die Stimme der Autorität über die Lautsprecheranlage. In einer Welt der atomaren Mikropräzision wird es langsam 16 Uhr.

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, willkommen zum (beinahe) stillen Kino. Hier ist es angenehm kühl und schattig. Es gibt eine Projektionswand mit Farben, Bewegungen und Lichtblitzern. Es werden zweidimensionale Männer und Frauen da sein, manche sind schwarz-weiß, und manche einsam. Alte Tiere in kurzen Hosen werden singen und tanzen. Stühle werden angehoben und Tische verschoben. Es gibt mehr als eine kurze Pause. Hier tritt die (beinahe) Stille auf. (Beinahe) Stille ist nicht wirklich still, sie ist eine verbesserte Version der nicht ganz so stillen Stille, aber überzeugen sie sich doch bitte selbst.

Martin Ebner ist Künstler, Theresa Patzschke ist Musikerin und schreibt, beide leben in Berlin.

SA 29.7. 4 pm
Starship Screenings at the Pool

A program with experimental video works, circulating around the year when Ronald Reagan became president.

Works by

Steina and Woody Vasulka
Carolee Schneemann
Ed Emshwiller
Dara Birnbaum
Chris Burden
Nam June Paik
Bruce Conner
Stan Vanderbeek
Zbigniew Rybczynski
Nam June Paik
Pipilotti Rist

Selected by Martin Ebner

In 1980, many of the happy, youthful visitors of the Humboldthain pool are not even a concept on their parents‘ horizons. These days questions and difficulties motivating the early phase of electronic video art are hard to imagine for those who are used to today’s omnipresent image production via smartphones and internet.
On Saturday there will be an opportunity to dive into this special, slightly too blurry, silent and loud, raw, often witty, sometimes slow or a bit too quick language of images, like a time machine parallel to the acoustic and visual turbulent joy of the summer pool.

Martin Ebner is an artist based in Berlin. He is co-publisher of the magazine Starship together with Gerry Bibby, Nikola Dietrich, Ariane Müller, and Henrik Olesen.

Tropez is a space for art inside the public pool Sommerbad Humboldthain initiated by Nele Heinevetter. For the first summer exhibition POOL, artists, performers, musicians, authors, and curators will mingle with the guests of Berlin’s most beautiful public pool, among them Søren Aagard, Broken Dimanche Press, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Creamcake, Sofia Duchovny, John Matthew Heard, Hervé Humbert, Michael Kleine, Kris Lemsalu, Zoë Claire Miller, Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Mary Audrey Ramirez, Jen Rosenblit, Starship, Markus Wirthmann, and Samson Young.

Tropez is also a kiosk. Every day from 10 am to 6 pm.



Sommerbad Humboldthain
Wiesenstraße 1, 13357 Berlin