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Berlin (Antwerp)

125th Anniversary Series

January 19 – February 6, 12pm-6pm
Woodward’s Atrium, located between London Drugs and Nesters under the Stan Douglas mural.


Presented with SFU Woodward’s

Running Time 60m
Consists of seven pieces that loop continuously.


Concept Berlin: Bart Baele, Yves Degryse, Caroline Rochlitz | Text Ivo Michiels | Editor Bart Baele, Nico Leunen | Soundtrack Peter Van Laerhoven | Photography Bart Baele | Sound Engineer Tom De With | Production Berlin | Co-Production KVS (Brussels), STUK (Leuven), Vooruit (Gent)

Artist talk with members of Berlin Tuesday January 25, 7pm at the Museum of Anthropology
Included with museum admission ($7.84)


In 1999 Nunavut–meaning “our land” in Inuktitut–was formed. Though it encompasses an area comparable to that of Western Europe, barely more than 25,000 people live there. The capital is Iqaluit: A city that wants to be bigger than it actually is. Only accessible by plane. 6,000 residents, 2,500 cars. A city struggling to balance age-old traditions with modern life.

After spending two months in the Arctic Circle, the artists of Berlin have created a documentary-like installation that captures the essence of Canada’s most sparsely populated capital city. Audience members are given headphones and invited into the metal framework of an igloo that contains seven screens. Each screen plays a unique scene portraying a different aspect of Iqaluit, echoing the fragmented rhythm of the city. The scenes are autonomous, there is no chronological order, and an infrared system is used between headphones and screens to allow viewers to move freely throughout the installation.

Berlin is an artist collective from Antwerp in Belgium, a rapidly rising star in Europe’s avant-garde scene. Their work is based in rigorous research, and pulls from a variety of disciplines including film, sculpture, photography and the live performing arts. Iqaluit belongs to a series of works known as Holocene—named after our current geological period. This series of “city portraits” was started in 2003, and includes Jerusalem, Iqaluit, Bonanza and Moscow. (Bonanza is also presented as part of the 2011 Festival)


Created with the support of Vlaamse Gemeenschap, ccBe (Berchem), and the City of Antwerp. Special thanks to Westbank Developments