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Schedule

Thursday, April 18th

Mitte Media Festival 2019 Launch Party - DNA Galerie

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Auguststraße 20, 10117, Berlin

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Thursday, April 18th

Mitte Media Festival 2019 Launch Party - DNA Galerie

Featuring the work of Juliane Ebner, Maria Marshall, Mariana Vassileva, Gary Hill, and Olga Kisselova. Curated by Boris Kostadinov. 

Presented by DNA Galerie and Leo Kuelbs Collection. Champagne toast at 6pm!

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Auguststraße 20, 10117, Berlin

Friday, April 19th

DNA Galerie

12pm - 5pm

Auguststraße 20, 10117, Berlin

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Friday, April 19th

DNA Galerie

Special MMF Showcase with Juliane Ebner, Maria Marshall, Mariana Vassileva, Gary Hill and Olga Kisselova. Curated by Boris Kostadinov; Presented by DNA Galerie and Leo Kuelbs Collection

12pm - 5pm

Auguststraße 20, 10117, Berlin

Friday, April 19th

Fata Morgana Galerie - Front Room

4:00 pm - 11:15 pm

Torstraße 170, 10115, Berlin

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Friday, April 19th

Fata Morgana Galerie - Front Room

4-6 pm: TBD (Conversation/Performance/Installation)
6-7.45 pm: Carsten Becker with Ina Filla: "Trauma through Time“
Artist Carsten Becker in conversation with neuroscientist Ina Filla about transgenerational trauma and his photographic series “Agfacolor.”
8.00-9.05 pm: ZKM-related. Work by Sina Seiler, Michael Saup, Matthias Fritsche and Herwig Hoffmann.  Curated by Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel. 32 mn plus introduction.
9.15-11.15 pm: Directors Lounge Presents

4:00 pm - 11:15 pm

Torstraße 170, 10115, Berlin

Friday, April 19th

Fata Morgana Galerie - Back Room

4:00 pm - 12:00 am

Torstraße 170, 10115, Berlin

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Friday, April 19th

Fata Morgana Galerie - Back Room

4-6 pm: Selections from the Leo Kuelbs Collection
Work by Vadim Schaeffler+Pablo Paolo Kilian, Nina Sobell+Laura Ortman, MarieVicMarieVic+Theo Crocker, Rani Messias+Anna Leevia, Eike Berg+Jarboe and others.
6-8 pm: “Meaning-making Machines,” videos by Zhiwan Cheung, Liesel Burisch, Jonah King.  Curated by Yolande Gouws.
8-10 pm: Moving Silence Presents «BERLIN IMPRESSIONEN» a selection of work by Berlin-based artists created between 2005 and 2011.  Curated by Matthias Fritsch.
10 pm-12 am: TBD (Video with NO SOUND or quiet) GIF and Ultra Shorts 1

4:00 pm - 12:00 am

Torstraße 170, 10115, Berlin

Friday, April 19th

BENHADJ&DJILALI GALERIE

Torstraße 170, 10115, Berlin

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Friday, April 19th

BENHADJ&DJILALI GALERIE

ONE DAY | BERLIN by Adrian Sierra Garcia

An exhibition about the México-US border wall

Torstraße 170, 10115, Berlin

Friday, April 19th

Z-Bar Zinema

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Bergstraße 2, 10115, Berlin

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Friday, April 19th

Z-Bar Zinema

7-9 pm: Women in Fairy Tales:
Oberpfalz cultural curator Erika Eichenseer and Sandra Ratkovic lead a discussion about women in Fairy tales, focusing on Eichenseer’s published materials collected by Xavier von Schoenwerth and represented in the Digital Fairy Tales series, curated by Ratkovic and Leo Kuelbs. A selection of the videos along with a short discussion. Artists include: Daniela Imhoff, Sarah Mock, Rani Messias+Kinga Toth, Keegan Luttrell+Justin King, Daniela Kostova+Anne Leevia, Maria Naidyonova and others.
9-11 pm: MMF Honors:
Moderated by Video Art Curator Boris Kostadinov, MMF Honors the great Berlin-based video artists Juliane Ebner, Maria Marshall and Mariana Vassileva. A discussion of the work, experience and a short screening of work from each.

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Bergstraße 2, 10115, Berlin

Saturday, April 20th

DNA Galerie

12pm - 5pm

Auguststraße 20, 10117, Berlin

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Saturday, April 20th

DNA Galerie

Special MMF Showcase with Juliane Ebner, Maria Marshall, Mariana Vassileva, Gary Hill, and Olga Kisselova.  Curated by Boris Kostadinov; Presented by DNA Galerie and Leo Kuelbs Collection

12pm - 5pm

Auguststraße 20, 10117, Berlin

Saturday, April 20th

Fata Morgana Galerie - Front Room

6:00 pm - 12:00 am

Torstraße 170, 10115, Berlin

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Saturday, April 20th

Fata Morgana Galerie - Front Room

6-7 pm: Erika Eichenseer
Oberpfalz cultural curator Erika Eichenseer reads to children and adults, stories from the newly published collection of von Schoenwerth fairy stories “Der Klappermichel.” An amazing cultural experience. In German.
7-8:00 pm: Sandra Ratkovic presents a panel discussion on “BREXIT,” with Minnie Weisz, Maria Marshall, Terence Egbelo, Dawn Lintern.  Plus Ratkovic introduces her new collection of photos chronicling the vote for British Independence from the EU.
8:15-9 pm: COLLECTORS CLUB Berlin Cocktail Hour, featuring Artist/Collector Olaf Schirm
9-10 pm: Columbia University Professor Richard Jochum discusses New Media Trends in Academia+Introduction of DIGITAL FAIRY TALES: Vengeance is Mine.
10 pm-12 am: DIGITAL FAIRY TALES: Vengeance is Mine
Curated by Richard Jochum and Leo Kuelbs. What is the cost of vengeance? A selection of short new videos explores this idea and others related to revenge. Artists include: Thomas D. Rotenberg, Maria Naidyonova, Richard Jochum, Sarah Oh-Mock, Josh Graham, Nina Schoenefeld, Zoe Duchesne, Nicole Antebi, Matthias Fritsch, Radka Salcmannova

6:00 pm - 12:00 am

Torstraße 170, 10115, Berlin

Saturday, April 20th

Fata Morgana Galerie - Back Room

4:00 pm - 12:00 am

Torstraße 170, 10115, Berlin

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Saturday, April 20th

Fata Morgana Galerie - Back Room

4-6 pm: TBD (Video with sound)
6-8 pm: Ira Schneider videos presented by Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel
8-10 pm: AVALANCHE! Silent Video Program. Moving Silence, the Berlin-based network for contemporary silent film, joins forces with Curator Leo Kuelbs, along with Hungarian media artist Eszter Szabó to present “Avalanche!” Originally presented in NYC on the Manhattan Bridge as part of the internationally renowned LIGHT YEAR series, the original concept for “Avalanche!” revolved around the fear of retaliation for using one’s voice. But through the call and submission process, a more nuanced message revealed itself: the fear of being voiceless in an out of control environment. 

10 pm-12 am: GIF and Ultra Shorts 2: As the Mitte Media Festival ends, we present an array of GIFs and Ultra Shorts created by artists from over the world. Including: Beeple, Juliane Pieper, Maria Naidyonova, and loads more TBD!

4:00 pm - 12:00 am

Torstraße 170, 10115, Berlin

Saturday, April 20th

Z-Bar Zinema

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Bergstraße 2, 10115, Berlin

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Saturday, April 20th

Z-Bar Zinema

7-9 pm: Directors Lounge Presents (TBD)
9-11 pm: Directors Lounge Presents (TBD)

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Bergstraße 2, 10115, Berlin

Saturday, April 20th

BENHADJ&DJILALI GALERIE

Torstraße 170, 10115, Berlin

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Saturday, April 20th

BENHADJ&DJILALI GALERIE

ONE DAY | BERLIN by Adrian Sierra Garcia

An exhibition about the México-US border wall

Torstraße 170, 10115, Berlin

About Mitte Media Festival

Mitte Media Festival 2019 has deep Berlin roots which sprout into a larger flowering of international ideas, words and works. This third iteration of Mitte Media Festival celebrates accomplished artists as it also explores contemporary ideas and new people and platforms. Ultra-shorts, books, photos, silent content all are included, as is a desire to foster spiritual and creative connections between different people and eras. 


Presented on Easter weekend of 2019, Mitte Media Festival contemplates humankind’s deep roots and how we relate to our history in the digital age.


Stay up-to-date with schedule changes and additions on our Facebook event page!


History of Mitte Media Festival

Mitte Media Festival was founded in 2017 by American Curator and Collector, Leo Kuelbs, working with Fata Morgana Galerie partners, Robin Resch (coGalleries) and Konstantin Kopietz (Z-Bar and Kino).  Kuelbs, who is based in New York City, began visiting Berlin regularly in 2009 and was inspired by Mitte’s unique energy as an East German neighborhood that had been transformed time and time again.


The Z-Bar and Kino attracted Kuelbs’ attention in 2007 and had already been a magnet for local creatives from all branches of the art world, but especially filmmakers, and soon afterwards, video artists.  The nearby Fata Morgana space (formerly Sur la Montagne) was also hosting a variety of art events and soon enough the two spaces emerged as the embodiment of Mitte’s evolution from a bombed out no-man’s land into a center for international expression and ideas.


Partners throughout the festival include Directors Lounge, a filmmakers club based in Friedrichshein, but with deep connections to contemporary German film history, as well a regular presenters at Z-Bar.  Photogrpaher Sandra Ratkovic, as well as curator Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel (Zebra Poesie Group) have been a part of every Mitte Media Festival, as well, adding greater depth and variety to the programming.


Mitte Media Festival 2019 includes the same partners, plus some new faces and places.  DNA Galerie is one of Europe’s most elite presenters of video artworks and more while BENHADJ&DJILALI Galerie returns with a special program addressing border and immigration issues.  Artists, presenters, curators and others will travel to Berlin for festivities taking place April 18th-20th (Easter weekend) at the four sites in Mitte, Berlin.  

For more information: lkuelbscollection@gmail.com

The Team

Director and Producer: Leo Kuelbs with Thomas D. Rotenberg
Guest Curator: Boris Kostadinov
Production Assistance: Terence Egbelo, Tahian Bhering, Maria Naidyonova, Sandra Ratkovic

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