Alex Martinis Roe: ‘Once I wrote the story of her life, because by then I knew it by heart’

‘Once I wrote the story of her life, because by then I knew it by heart’
an exhibition by Alex Martinis Roe
opening on Saturday the 4th of October ~ 6 to 9 pm ~

The title of this exhibition refers to the ember of a friendship, the one between two women called Amalia and Emilia.  While living around Milan in the 70s they attended ‘La Scuola delle 150 ore’, an education program of arts and science for workers and housewives, where they engaged in a series of writing exercises. Emilia had a strong urge to tell the story of her ordinary life, yet she couldn’t express herself in linear articulated language. It was Amalia, who being confronted with the multiple attempts of her friend decided to write down Emilia’s life as a gift to her.  Emilia would then carry ‘her’ biography in her handbag and ‘read it again and again’. The small narration written by Amalia is at once hers as it is Emilia’s.
It is between these empathic oscillations of the self and the other that the works of Alex Martinis Roe operate. Like a quantum physicist, the artist looks into the short-lived entities that come in and out of existence so quickly that they are not clearly detected by history. It is perhaps inevitable that feminist readings and stories stand at the core of Martinis Roe’s interest. It is the human encounters, the conversations, the empathic entrustments and the lapses of language that she is interested in.
In her work Alex Martinis Roe enters the history of art and of thought as a house where a family of characters from different temporalities and different geographies meet each other at unexpected and performative moments. An older painting, a letter, a conversation that happened between two persons in a bookshop, come into life as their indeterminate existence is projected in the future.
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Alex Martinis Roe (b.1982 Melbourne) is an artist living in Berlin. She completed her PhD in Fine Art at Monash University Australia in 2010. Recent exhibitions/events include: Affirmative Practices, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (solo, 2014); Making Room: Spaces of Anticipation, ar/ge Kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano (2014); A story from Circolo della rosa, Archive Kabinett, Berlin (solo, 2014)

This year, Alex Martinis Roe continues her work on connected genealogies of feminist practice with a new performance, commissioned by Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory (Utrecht) in collaboration with If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (Amsterdam), which will take place on the 3rd December 2014 in Utrecht, NL.
image: Alex Martinis Roe, A story from Circolo della rosa, video still of a photograph found in the Milan Women’s Bookstore Collective's archive, 2014.
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Susan Beattie, Kristina Pulejkova, and Charlotte Wendy Law: Hello Ape Eyes

Joana da Conceição na Certa Falta de Coerência

03.10 / 25.10.2014
Joana da Conceição
Inaugura Sexta-feira 3 de Outubro, às 22h.
Aberto aos Sábados, das 16h às 19h, ou por marcação.

Opening Friday 3rd of October, at 10pm.
Open on Saturdays 4-7pm, or by appointment.
Música ambiente por Tropa Macaca


Ana Vidigal: Où va-t'- on?

Ana Vidigal na Sala do Veado

Inauguração dia 2 de outubro, 5ª feira às 21:30

Rua da Escola Politécnica 56/58 - 1250-102 Lisboa Terça a Sexta – 10h00 às 17h00; Fim de Semana – 11h00 às 18h00. Encerra à Segunda-feira e feriados


Alex Martinis Roe

2014, Tue, Sep 23 @ Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Alex Martinis Roe
"It was an unusual way of doing politics: there were friendships, loves, gossip, tears, flowers…"

Spoken Performance

Tue, Sep 23, 6:30 pm
Conference Room 3
Free admission
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin

Exploring the diffractions of an encounter in 1972 into the past and future, Alex Martinis Roe brings voices and film together to explore a genealogy of political practices that build a culture of gathering.


Graduale 14: Exhibition opening, guided tour and book launch
With Works by Yutaka Makino, Alex Martinis Roe, Juliane Laitzsch, Lucie Strecker, Stefan Hayn.
Tue, Sep 23, 1 pm — 10:30 pm

To mark the end of their stipends, the artists of the UdK Graduate School present their works at HKW. A guided tour offers insights into the spectrum of topics in the field of tension between art and science. Susanne Stemmler presents the book “Wahrnehmung, Erfahrung, Experiment, Wissen” (Perception, Experience, Experiment, Science), which documents Graduale 13. Graduale 14 is the closing act in the series Salon of Aesthetic Experiments. Opening and guided tour Tues, Sept 23, 1pm, book presentation 5.30 pm, admission free.


Fay Nicolson, The School of the Event Horizon, Cathy Haynes

Fay Nicolson, The School of the Event Horizon, Cathy Haynes 

before breakfast we talked about the furthest visible point before it all disappeared

Event with talks and performances, Saturday, 26 July, 5.30 to 8.30pm 

Fay Nicolson: Never Odd or Even, a reading
Fay Nicolson will read a chapter entitled 'Script for a School Play' from her 2011 text 'Never Odd or Even'. This section of text explores the concept of 'latency' (as a gap or delay in time) and draws abstract connections between data, language, time, work, education and understanding. Never Odd or Even was originally published in A Circular (Issue 1), 2011.

The School of the Event Horizon: Oracular Sponge
Do you find being fixed in space and time a bind? Would you like to know all possible scenarios at once? Discover multiple answers to the fundamental questions of your life with the Oracular Sponge (Version 003.1a). The Department of Foresight (part of the School of the Event Horizon) will launch their new time granulation device with a talk and demonstration.

Cathy Haynes: A Map of Shadows
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before breakfast we talked about the furthest visible point before it all disappeared is a multifaceted project that includes a group exhibition, an event and a publication produced in collaboration with Tenderbooks. The publication gives space to the research leading into the exhibition and events, but also allows for parallel investigations to unfold and ideas to diverge. While the publication will be circulated and distributed during and after the exhibition to ensure an afterlife to the conversation, the events will provide an opportunity for a wider audience to engage with the thinking process, to share anecdotes and corresponding ideas.

10 Cecil Court
London WC2N 4HE
from 2 until 6pm
and by appointment

Yvonne Rainer: dance works

Yvonne Rainer: Dance Works
11 July to 10 August 2014

Opening from 11am Friday 11 July
with daily performances at 11.30am, 1pm, 3pm and 4.30pm