Solo Exhibition + Book Launch
Opening + Book Launch: Thursday, June 2, 2016, 19-21h (Facebook Event)
Filmscreening “HSC since 1995”: Saturday, June 4, 2016, 20h & 22h
@ THE HOLE, Schlesische Strasse 37, BLN-Kreuzberg
Exhibition: June 3 – August 31, 2016
Between August 1 – 31, 2016: by appointment only
Opening hours: Thu-Sat 12-18h, and by appointment
Anarchist, androgynous, utopian, esoteric, radical.
Founded in Berlin in 1995, Honey-Suckle Company can be described in ways that are as varied as the multifaceted nature of their artistic approach. First active in the 1990s, the group operated in Berlin’s subcultures far beyond the periphery of the art world, exerting its influence on the scene and nightlife of post-unification Berlin in connection with punk, new wave, techno, and Sun Ra. The group was part of the legendary gallery berlintokyo (1995-99) on Hackescher Markt, and organized happenings and concerts with its band Batterie ON / OFF at Suicide Club, Eimer, or Friseur. In subsequent exhibitions and actions, the group created complex spatial installations of an increasingly reduced nature. For their last solo exhibition Materia Prima (2007) at the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, the physical work of art was disintegrated into white nothingness and portraits of the members were presented in the form of fragrances.
Consisting of a core group of six members from the fields of fashion design, architecture, sculpture, photography, homeopathy, and music working together under a single name and in countless collaborations with musician Konrad Sprenger and others, Honey-Suckle Company has presented large-scale installations and settings at international institutions such as KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (1st Berlin Biennale, 1998), PS1, New York (Children of Berlin, 1999), Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (Eswerde, 2003), Cubitt Gallery, London (Ohn End, 2005), or Kunsthalle Basel (NON EST HIC, 2006).
While their fashion collections, photographs, installations, and happenings reference the styles and motifs of different artistic and spiritual movements from the Bauhaus, the Russian avant-garde, to the Lebensreform movement, they deliberately reject all forms of nostalgia, prescribing instead
the use of honeysuckle, a Bach Flower remedy […] for treating disorders related to a sense of reality disconnection, escapism, a lack of interest in the present, melancholy, and feelings of nostalgia.”
The flower helps learn from the past and better engage with the present, with a view toward the future.
The first comprehensive catalogue of the artists’ group will be released in June by Berlin-based Bierke Verlag. Featuring photographs, documentation, materials from the artists’ archive, magazine clippings, and text contributions by authors Abel Auer, Philipp Eckardt, Lina Launhardt, Tim Voss, and Lilly Wittenburg, the publication provides a comprehensive overview of Honey-Suckle Company’s creative output over the past twenty years as well as serving as an impressive record of the Berlin scene during these years.
The presentation of the publication will take place on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the Galerie für Moderne Fotografie. The book launch coincides with the opening of the artists’ solo exhibition at the gallery, featuring a selection of various works from the archive through July 30, 2016.
The current members of Honey-Suckle Company are: Simone Gilges, Peter Kisur, Nina Rhode, and Nico Ihlein.
Text: Isabelle Busch
English translation: Eric Smith