Asphalt Jungles

Opening of the exhibition, Asphalt Jungles, on Thursday, May 31, at 7 pm

Artists: Ammar Al-Beik, Manaf Halbouni, Simone Zaugg

Performance by Youness Atbane on June 3rd, at 4 pm


Curated by Charlotte Bank and Salah Saouli

Exhibition dates:

June 1, 4 – 7 pm

June 2 – 3, Sat – Sun  2 – 7 pm (art festival Ortstermin)

June 8 – 10, Fri – Sun 4 – 7 pm


Image: Manaf Halbouni

The historian and sociologist Lewis Mumford compared cities to language as “the most precious collective invention of civilization in the transmission of culture”. But in their complexity, cities are also highly ambiguous and have been criticized for their alienating effects on human beings.

Cityscapes reflect our own mental landscape of memories, fantasies and recollections, conjuring up a series of elusive images and inspiring ideas of the unknown and hidden, of dangers and phantasms. They almost appear to have taken over the role of the formerly “white spots” on the map, unknown lands to explore and conquer, “asphalt jungles” where adventures yet undreamed of are waiting, but where danger also seems to be lurking around every corner.

But cities also offer spaces of experimentation within which it becomes possible to re-think artistic and cultural practices and search for new models of co-existence. The artists of the exhibition Asphalt Jungles explore different aspects of contemporary urban life. How do we relate to the spaces that surround us? How do we react to a new city and its people? How do cityscapes influence our emotional state when we navigate through them?

Venue: Art-Lab Berlin at iPhonedoctor – Perleberger Straße 60, 10559 Berlin

The exhibition Asphalt Jungles is organized in the frame of the project Arrival City and seeks to offer a forum for international and newly arrived artists in Berlin and investigate questions pertaining to artistic relocation. With this project we would like reflect on the city as a form of “cultural laboratory” as a space of co-existence of people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The project will run from April till December 2018.

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