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Black Box with Sven Marquardt and Marcel Dettmann

Black Box with Sven Marquardt and Marcel Dettmann

The Polygon Gallery, the Goethe-Institut, and AFM INC present Black Box—an installation by German photographer and famed Berghain doorman Sven Marquardt, featuring an accompanying sound component by Marcel Dettmann. This is a free event.

As of January 13th, the installation will be moving to CELEBRITIES UNDERGROUND – 1024 Davie St. where it will be open to public viewing 2pm to 8pm daily until January 20th.

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Black Box with Sven Marquardt and Marcel Dettmann
Friday, January 12
8:00pm-9:00pm Artist talk with Sven Marquardt
9:00pm-11:00pm Performance of the Black Box
FREE
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Black Box with Sven Marquardt and Marcel Dettmann
Saturday, January 13 through Saturday, January 20
2:00pm-8:00pm DAILY Black Box Installation
FREE

in partnership with Blueprint EventsCelebrities Nightclub & Pacific Rhythm

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Born in East Berlin, Sven Marquardt was a defining part of the emerging Punk, New Wave and arts scene in the Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood from the mid 1980s. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, he halted his work as a photographer and immersed himself in the reunited city’s rising night club scene. The subject-matter of ‘Night’ left a strong impression on Marquardt since the end of the 1990s, due to his work as a doorman at the Ostgut club. Marquardt has also been working door of the famous Berghain since 2004.

Marquardt’s work combines formal severity and clear imagery with bleak impermanence, impresses through interaction of ease and the dramatic art of monochrome contrasting. The ever changing metropolis of Berlin has shaped Marquardt’s sensibility for striking characters, his sense for the unusual in humanity and his artistic subject.

Marquardt’s body of work has stood the test of time of major societal and cultural changes. His photography seems classic, the underlying contents of his images merge past, present and future. There are echoes of transformation and reformation in his work, as in one of mankind’s oldest symbols of the snake shedding its skin. The imagery plays with ideas of transforming creatures and takes on different appearances; in other words: there’s more than meets the eye.

DJ and producer Marcel Dettmann is recognized as one of the most influential proponents of contemporary Techno. Widely associated with iconic institutions such as Berghain and Hard Wax—Dettmann stays true to his roots by consistently innovating his interpretation of electronic music, integrating art with the scene.

Marquardt will be in attendance for this event and will deliver an artist talk at 8:00 pm. At 9:00 pm attendees are invited to enter the Black Box, an immersive chamber of Marquardt’s photography and Dettmann’s music.

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Developed and co-presented by the Goethe-Institut and The Polygon Gallery

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Known as Presentation House Gallery for nearly four decades, The Polygon Gallery is a non-collecting Canadian public art gallery with a focus on photography and media-based art.

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