Galerie Crystal Ball

Zugvögel Ensemble invites you to: ˈpælɪmpsest

Performance – free improvisation
Friday, 11/24/2023
ˈpælɪmpsest I: 7 p.m.
ˈpælɪmpsest II: 8 p.m

With ˈpælɪmpsest, the Zugvögel ensemble creates another world from the vibrations of their gut- and swarm intelligence after “Analogschatten” and “Träumen mit Bäumen”. Be a witness, be welcome.

On November 24, the Zugvoegel-Ensemble will land in the Crystal Ball with their new discursive performance “ˈpælɪmpsest”. They will be accompanied by discarded furs, whose immanent inscriptions will inevitably bring their own readings to the game.

On Friday 11/24/2023 there will be two free improvisations that will develop out of the moment.
Afterwards, the players will be happy to talk to the audience. Admission is half an hour before the start at 6.30 p.m.

/Performance Sommer/ Unboxing – Evita Emersleben & Manfred Kirschner

Am Sa. 5 August um 19 Uhr

Unboxing, Performance, Evita Emersleben und Manfred Kirschner, Künstlerhaus Bremen, September 2022

Boxing is the sporting variation of the classic fistfight. Boxing is popular worldwide and raises an aggressive, destructive and violent action to the level of a game and competition. To the pacifist-oriented artists Evita Emersleben and Manfred Kirschner, boxing appears as a symbol of a lifestyle based on competition, self-interest and social indifference. They perceive the fight as anti-social and outdated, similar to the impetus of bullfighting. Well, both artists do not want to completely deprive the boxing fight of its justification in their performance “Unboxing”, but rather examine the fight personally with each other in an experimental way, present their critique aesthetically and transcend the fight. Thus, Unboxing also shows, in the form of a social parody, current social tendencies of shifting the trivial into visible ubiquity. The two artistic positions of Emersleben and Kirschner are characterized by a partly open conceptual form, which always plays with the reception of the action by the spectators. Unboxing was first shown in Bremen in 2022 and will be performed again this year at the Crystal Ball on August 5 and at the Villa Sponte in Bremen on August 26

/Performance Sommer/ Zugvögel: Träumen mit Bäumen

Fri. July 14, performance at 8 p.m. and at 9 p.m. respectively
Galerie Crystal Ball
Schönleinstr. 7
10967 Berlin

Admission free!

Dreaming with Trees, Conceptual Co-Creation, three migratory birds in the wood, foto: Christina Olschewski

The doors open, and who flies in? The Zugvögel-Ensemble. After having spent their company outing this summer in Kolberg, Brandenburg at the historic Central Institute for Radio Technology (ZIF) with numerous mind-expanding rehearsals in the forest, Zoë Tomruk’s performance ensemble show us their latest production; the results of the four-day workshop of the same name, (which, by the way, was led simultaneously by all ensemble members): Dreaming with Trees and a performance dedicated to the current exhibition: The Atlas of Uranus.

We look forward to seeing you again!

Kaleidoskop; Bücher alleine zu Haus?

Neun Autorinnen der Gegenwart lesen in der Crystal Ball

Doris AnselmEsther Becker – Ilse Biberti – Kerstin E. Finkelstein – Gabi Garland – Claudia Gülzow, Orsolya Kalász – Slavica Klimkowsky – Monika Rinck

Am 30. April um 19 Uhr, Einlass um 18 Uhr

Die Veranstaltung wird organisiert von Ilse Biberti und Manfred Kirschner.

ERDEN. Naturphilosophische Brocken – Book Presentation & Audiovisual Performance

am Freitag, 3. Februar 2023 um 19:30 Uhr 

Erden-Buchcover, (unter Verwendung eines Bildes von Elisabeth von Samsonow,

Geo Psyche Backup System, Tempera auf Leinwand, 2021)

Extraction regimes, elective affinities, bodily juice analyses, alternative epistemologies of nature: Volume 45 of Schriften zur Verkehrswissenschaft, edited by Ivo Gurschler, Andreas Hofbauer, and Alexander Klose, gathers “necessarily fragmentary advances to think about nature in times of crisis.”
Theorizing turns again to a sphere that, for lack of another term, continues to be called nature. At the same time, nature returns in the form of floods, droughts, and storms in an ever more urgent manner, and people increasingly learn to see themselves as earthlings. Under these circumstances, radical gestures of decentering into terrestrial constellations emerged as new forms of thinking about nature. The volume gathers such advances, which necessarily remain fragmentary in their totality, as four chunks of natural philosophy – thrown onto the earth and into the unknown.

Presentations, projections and audience discussion by and with the authors Salome Rodeck, Tom Turnbull and Daniel Tyradellis, the artist Jenny Michel, the composer Konstantin Schimanowski as well as the editors Andreas L. Hofbauer, Alexander Klose and possible surprise guests.

Followed by Crystal Ball Bar and record music by dj.catastrophé

Crystal Ball Book Salon

Origin artist books and performances
From April to June 2021

The exhibition is on, you can visit the Book Salon according to the actual Covid 19 pandemic regultations for Berlin. Please contact us for an appointment!

The GCB Book Salon – Collage von Lydia Karstadt, 2021

The Crystal Ball Book Salon features original book art, artists’ books and performances. The salon has a fireplace, a carpet and comfortable seating on which you can rest in a pleasant atmosphere and look at the artistically designed books. You can visit the salon individually or by household, according to the currently valid hygiene rules. Here on our website we´ll show you the performances of the participating performance artists recorded in the salon.

im Avignon, Julia Appelt, Marion Bösen, Herve Cabin,
Françoise Cactus, Claudia Christoffel, Stefan Demming,
Roland Eckelt, Evita Emersleben, Gabi Garland, Elke Graalfs,
Marco Goldenstein, Henrik Jacob, Manfred Kirschner, Andreas Kotulla,
Miriam Jadischke, Lydia Karstadt, Patricia Lippert, Julia Neuenhausen, Sigrun Paulsen,
Wolfgang Müller/ Ogar Grafe, Monika Müller-Kroll, Ulrike Kötz,
Isolde Loock, Javier Lozano, Namosh, Pia E. van Nuland, Sigrun Paulsen,
Magnús Pálsson, Gabriele Regiert, Inken Reinert,
Stefan Ruf, Berit Schneider, Frank Schoppmeier,
Bea Schlingelhoff, Veronika Schumacher, Kathrin Schädlich,
Michael Schädlich, Peter Schneckenberg, Spunk Seipel, Annette Stemmann,
Streichelwurst, Rolf Thiele, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Tamara Trölsch,
Treuka, Robert Urban, Oliver Voigt, Heike Walter,
Sabine Wewer, Daniel Wolter and further artists.

Special Gallery Weekend, May ’21

With his song “Bücher lieben dich!” Frank Schoppmeier brings meaningfulness to the book salon, followed by Caren Sielaff, who warns in her song “Datenhintertür” of the dangers of increasing digitalization. Two specials for the Gallery Weekend, May 2021.

Performances #1

On Friday 28 May, Lydia Karstadt, Caren Sielaff and Frank Schoppmeier will perform in front of the gallery:

Book presentation & reading by Manfred Kirschner: “Going crazy in East Germany / Rügen mon Amour”.

Caren Sielaff with her new song: “Berlin Online

and Degustazione-Special: We will open some natural wines from our friends from the Sette Aje in Sicily for you to taste.

Performance #2 Books alone at home!

The book salon has been fully set up for a few days now, but since it seems hardly practical for visitors to embark on a voyage of discovery here at the moment, the books are taking on a life of their own ……

Stefan Ruf, 360° Buch Salon, books allone at home

The works Lydia Karstadt has collected in her book Salon are no hot potatoes – but the matter must nevertheless be approached with a little courage. Tackling and opening up requires more than just a brief overview that exposes the works at a calculable distance. Approach with initiative. Ah, here is a stack of photo books. What’s in this box? Unboxing Streichelwurst. Underneath, Unboxing Latin Lovers… Funny, it’s not what I expected at all … ah … Latin for Lovers – that’s what the second reading says … Time slips away, new systems of order emerge and disintegrate. At the end, stretched out on the chaise longue – the flames in the fireplace give a cosy atmosphere …. To be continued.

Arielle C. Schuberti – Ich bin Ich

Vernissage with performance, Fr. 8 February 2018 at 8 p.m.

Look out! The exhibition was destroyed and disposed of at the vernissage, in a performance by the artist. Please note the upcoming documentary publication about this: “Ich bin ich – Coming son. You can still purchase a few fragments of the works.

La Tour Eiffel, Installation/ Detail, Arielle C. Schubert, Berlin 2018
La Tour Eiffel, Installation/ Detail, Arielle C. Schuberti, Galerie Crystal Ball Berlin 2018

Arielle Charlotte Schuberti studied Lingiustics, Veterinary Medicine and Art at various international universities for a few semesters at a time because she wanted to optimize her studies more objectively, as she says. This strategy is typical for the artist, whose character works more than her impetus. Her artistic approach is therefore determined by a very high degree of subjectivity and a conscious, naïve egocentricity. The thematic fields; emotion, Paris, relationships and fashion are constantly interwoven in her works. The use of lipstick, glitter and powder is her trademark, an almost piled up, narcissistic expression, which moves to the edge of non-art and ugliness. In doing so, the artist masterfully knows how to overstep the balance, thus exercising a sublime criticism of the star cult and artistic elevation in the art context. On the one hand, the resonance of her work radiates beyond the boundaries of her mere, banal working materials. On the other hand they are pure and unmistakable. With her artistic position she sets a counterpoint and thus successfully moves out of the shadow of her equally polarizing, famous father. In the first exhibition of her works in Berlin, Arielle C. Schubert is also showing installations from last year for the first time.

Arielle Charlotte Schuberti a passé plusieurs semestres à étudier la linguistique, la médecine vétérinaire et l’art dans diverses universités internationales, car elle cherchait à optimiser ses études de manière plus objective, dit-elle. Cette stratégie est typique de l’artiste, dont le personnage travaille plus sur son élan. Son approche artistique est donc déterminée par un très haut degré de subjectivité et ainsi quun égocentrisme conscient et naïf. Les thèmes comme les émotions, Paris, les relations amoureuses et la mode sont les principaux sujets inspirants son travail. L’utilisation de rouge à lèvres, de paillettes et de poudre à farder sont sa marque de fabrique résultant une expression narcissique pure, qui va au-delà du non-art et du laid. L’artiste sait comment transcender avec brio son équilibre et exerce ainsi une critique sublime du culte de la star et du rehaussement artistique dans le contexte de l’art. D’une part, la résonance de son travail dépasse les limites de ses matériaux de travail banal. D’un autre côté, ils sont purs et indéniables. Avec sa position artistique, elle établit un contrepoint et sort avec succès de l’ombre de son célèbre père, tout aussi polarisant. Arielle C. Schuberti présenteras lors de sa première exposition à Berlin des installations crées lors de l’année écoulée. L’exposition “Ich bin Ich” ainsi que la biographie de l’artiste sont des inventions du groupe d’artistes français “Pas de Costmes” qui a quitté Berlin en 2018. Et c’est d’ailleur toute l’absurdité avec « Pas de Costumes » qui jouant sur les ambivalences vont jusqu’à faire croire qu’Arielle aurait supposé la création de ce groupe d’artistes. Le soir du vernissage fera également lieu de tournage.

Trailer: Arielle C. Schubert – Ich bin Ich

The exhibition “Ich bin Ich” including the artist’s biography is an invention of the French artist group “Pas de Costumes” who actually left Berlin in 2018. But exactly this can never be said for “Pas de Costumes”, it could be more about the ambivalence of this state of affairs, since one could again assume that Arielle invented this group of artists.

Silky – Don´t think  about it!


Vernissage on Fr. 2 February 2018 at 19:00
Finissage with musical performance on So. 11 March at 5 p.m.

Yeah, Silke, sculpture 




About 11 years ago, in March 2007,  Crystal Ball Gallery opened with an exhibition by the artist and musician Silke Thoss aka Silky. With “Don’t think about it!” Silky shows in her fourth presentation at Crystal Ball, a space related installation, an extraordinary set design, made of painted objects – pictorial, illuminated signs and billboards. In the interplay of language, light effects, sound and fog, they simulate an urban external advertising situation. The billboards, which are known from many films, metropolitan situations, are iconographically occupied by the artist with ironic references and meanings. Within the space, these communicate in an associative collage.

Silky’s humorous strategy in the implementation of her ideas creates a smart lightness that works in a laconic and sublime way. She owns an extraordinary position in the art business, as she does not impose any elitist attributions. In a time when social energies are special, this work can be considered as real fortune. Therefore I am very happy to be able to show Silky in the jubilee year of the gallery!

The exhibition will also feature smaller multiples by the artist.


Analog Cut – Record Release Performance

Mireille & Matthieu Analog Cut Performance
Mireille & Matthieu Analog Cut Performance

For this happening the artsong Duo Mireille & Matthieu are heading the evening with the release of their first live recorded 7 inch. Marco Pellegrino (Rome) from Analogcut Records is recording and directly cutting a record from the live set. Other bands and artists joining the happening and will play and record live and the audience will be able to get a copy of a unique designed vinyl single of their favourite artist or even directly contribute to a record.

Kirsty Kross – Lost and maybe even possibly Found, featuring the performance "We are so happy, really, really happy. We are so happy, yes, yes"

A conversation on German with the accent of the bourgeoisie of Sydney to the melody of Kylie Minogue.
Opening: 19.10.2012, 8 p.m. – Finissage & Performance: 16.11 2012, 8 p.m.

Kirsty Kross Lost and possibly possibly Found Gallery Crystal Ball Berlin
Lost and perhaps possibly Found, Kirsty Kross, Performance

Kirsty Kross about her installation and performance: “I analyze and compare a series of objects from my childhood focusing mostly on my bedspread from the age of 2 to 20 years old, with the bedspread I desperately wanted at the age of 12. The bedspread from my childhood was by the Finnish design brand, Marimekko. The bedspread I desperately wanted was by the Australian designer Ken Done, who my parents hated. I will also analyze other objects from my childhood. This sounds highly self indulgent, but I actually want to explore memories associated with growing up in Australia that reflect beliefs of cultural insecurity and inferiority in relationship to Europe, the complex relationship of many European Australians to the landscape and indigenous Australians and the anxiety many Australians feel in trying to construct a sense of authenticity. In doing so, “Lost and perhaps even possibly Found” explores the varied and changeable meaning of objects and how objects reflect, but also construct identity.”

Biography: Born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and based in Berlin since 2004. Kirsty Kross performed for ten years with the art and music group, Team Plastique. The band experimented with the relationship between the Performer and the Audience. Now Kirsty Kross explores similar contexts in relation to her artwork. Her work deals with History, Post-Colonialism, Myth, Feminism and Autobiography as well as the Human Condition.

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