DEMOAUFNAHME(N). Branka Pavlović

Art outreach scholarship

1 October 2013–31 August 2015

Event Series

nGbK, Oranienstraße 25

Grant Holders

Branka Pavlovic

DEMO: a public assembly of a number of persons for the purpose of expressing one’s opinion.
DEMO (RECORDING): Test takes for a performance. The main purpose is the acoustic and/or visual presentation of an artist or a piece of music as a sample. They are sent for demonstration purposes or presented on the internet to convey a first impression of an artist’s skills, style and classification. (Source: DUDEN,
The experimental Art Outreach format DEMOAUFNAHME(N) / DEMO RECORDING(S), developed by the film-maker and video artist for the nGbK in the frame of her stipend, is conceived as a series of short documentaries and videos. The DEMOAUFNAHME(N) / DEMO RECORDING(S) have the character of snapshots and will be recorded and presented in several film and video workshops, small street actions and film evenings in the nGbK and its surroundings. The starting point of the filmic research and sketches are themes and artworks of the current nGbK exhibitions as well as their urban and social environment. Together with pupils, artists, persons interested in art and film, as well as visitors and neighbours of the nGbK, Branka Pavlović will examine creative and autonomous thought and action.

Film and video are everyday media that often reproduce power relations and promote standardisation and the conveyance of prejudices and stereotypes. Branka Pavlović searches for contrary, emancipatory processes. Her Art Outreach project therefore focuses on the potential of audio-visual productions using their own voice and creating their own images. For this reason, DEMOAUFNAHME(N) / DEMO RECORDING(S) takes up practices and traditions of (self-)empowerment by means of film and video. The Art Outreach project seeks partnerships and contacts in the neighbourhood and a direct dialogue with the public.

In this sense, Branka Pavlović invites people once a month to a neighbourhood film evening. The programme of the public film evenings makes reference to current exhibitions at the nGbK and reflects on themes drawn from the surroundings of the grassroots art association. All interested persons are cordially invited to visit the screenings and engage in discussions with the protagonists and guests!

DEMOAUFNAHME(N) / DEMO RECORDING(S) can take on a variety of forms and will be made public and presented at diverse places – on the internet, in shop windows, public meeting spaces in the neighbourhood and the nGbK.

Branka Pavlović is a film-maker and video artist from Serbia. She received her BA in Film & TV Editing from the Academy of Film, Television, Theatre and Radio, FDU, in Belgrade, Serbia, and her MA from the Institute for Art in Context of the Berlin University of the Arts. Since 2006 she has been working as a freelance video artist, camerawoman and cutter in Berlin and Belgrade and in the field of documentary film and theatre. She has been collaborating with the performance artist Nezaket Ekici since 2007. Branka Pavlović has gained extensive experience in outreach and workshop activities with youths and young adults, she is a member of various artists’ groups and has been the programme director of the Belgrade Slobodna Zona Human Rights Film Festival since 2009.


On occasion of the exhibition “77□13 Political Art and Resistance in Turkey”

DEMOAUFNAHME(N) in cooperation with BBK Medienwerkstatt invites you:
(Video)Performance workshop with performance artist Nezaket Ekici
inspired by the nGbK exhibition 77□13 Pollitical Art and Resistance in Turkey
July 12th 2015, 10-17h

The exhibition “77□33” deals with the subject of protest - Occupy movement, demonstrations and resistance in public space. Inspired by personal impressions and in dialogue with the exhibition “77□33” in this 1-day workshop with performance artist Nezaket Ekicithe participants are encouraged to develop ideas for a videoperformance in the exhibition/public space.
DEMOAUFNAHME(N) is an experimental art outreach program developed by filmmaker and videoartist Branka Pavlovic, ngbk art outreach stipend recipient since 2013/2015.

Nezaket Ekici
was born in Kırşehir in 1970 and moved to Germany when she was three years old. At the moment she lives and works in Berlin and Stuttgart. She studied painting and sculpture in Munich, then moved into performance art and completed a master’s degree in Performance Art with Marina Abramovic. She has presented her work worldwide in museums, biennales, galleries and festivals; with a total of more than 120 different performances, on 4 continents, more than 100 cities and 30 countries.
Her work touches on gender, politics, religion, Turkish-German identity, art history and architecture. The ideas and thoughts generated by these topics form the bases for her artwork. Ekici’s ideas come from the social and cultural aspects of everyday life situations, and are expressed in performances and installations. She uses the body as a means of expression; sometimes, the artistic idea is expressed using the body alone; at other times, the body is used as part of the installation and within the context of a presentation to an audience. Ekici deals with subjects of time, movement, space, material, body, and action/interaction. She tries to create works of art that leave the viewer free to make their own associations and new possibilities.

On occasion of the exhibition “Verbotene Bilder [Banned Images]”

Sunday, June 7th, 2015, 12-17h
Exhibition space of the nGbK
Audio workshop inspired by the nGbK exhibition “Banned Images”
nGbK art outreach programme invites you to the artistic documentary research on artists and their (absent) works.
At the last minute, the specialist art transport company from South Korea commissioned for the job refused to transport the works of Sung-dam HONG and Sunmu to Germany. For the curators of the “Banned Images” exhibition the circle is full - the works of Sung-dam HONG and the (government) pressure he was subjected to were in fact the impulse to do this exhibition in the first place.
DEMOAUFNAHME(N) audio workshop questions these and other banned images and their impact here and now. How can we show the invisible? Do we have to read between the lines in order to tell the truth?
How come the freedom of (artistic) expression is often perceived as controversial and dangerous for the system and how do the artists and the public deal with that kind of pressure?
Inspired by the works and biographies of the artists Chieh-jen CHEN, Ching-Yao CHEN, Sung-dam HONG, Katsuhisa NAKAGAKI, Sunmu und Taeko TOMIYAMA the participants of the workshop will try not only to make the absent works visible/audible but also to deal with the terms such as freedom, democracy, censorship and remembrance.

On occasion of the exhibition Redemption Jokes Part 1 / Office for Paradoxical Relations:

March 12-14th, 2015
Videoportrait meets Street Photography
Videoworkshop at the exhibition space of the nGbK
a 3-day video research of the Oranienstr. and it’s neighborhood.

The participants set off on a quest for the unexpected situations, hidden treasures, special persons und everyday jokes. Everything goes - from video-selfies to documentary video portraits and animated GIF’s.
Together we explore what stories human face has to tell and looking for small wonders and paradoxes of everyday life trough the camera lens.
The video portraits created by the participants are going to be publicly presented during Redemption Jokes part 2 exhibition (nGbK September-November 2015)
The workshop is open for all interested; the experience or a background in video and/or photography is not crucial.
Equipment: The participants have 2 SLR NIKON D3100 cameras, 2 tripods and audio recorder at their disposal, you are also very welcome to work with your own iPads, iPhones, tablets and cameras.
The videoworkshop is free of charge.
Workshop by: Branka Pavlovic, film editor and videoartist, a nGbK art outreach stipend recipient 2013/2015

March 18th, 2015 all-day
closed videoworkshop in cooperation with Gymnasium Tiergarten, Berlin

March 23rd, 2015, 7pm
Kiez-Kino in der nGbK
In the nGbK exhibition space
Admission is free
93 min, in English
Special guests:
The members of Peng! Collective who are known for the Slam Shell, Google
Nest and AstroTV hacks, will introduce the film and share some behind the scenes footage of a recent action they did with the Yes Men in Berlin.
Synopsis:Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are two guys who just can’t take “no” for an answer.
They have an unusual hobby: posing as top executives of corporations they hate. Armed with nothing but thrift-store suits, they lie their way into business conferences and parody their corporate nemeses in ever more extreme ways - basically doing everything that they can to wake up their audiences to the danger of letting greed run our world.
The Yes Men Fix the World is a true story that follows a couple of gonzo political activists as they infiltrate the world of big business and pull off outrageous pranks that highlight the ways that corporate greed is destroying the planet. Along the way the duo discover the culprits behind the cult of greed, and in a wildly uplifting ending, they find a way for everyone to defeat the cult and save civilisation from its own worst excesses.

On occasion of the exhibition LOVE AIDS RIOT SEX 2:

Monday 20th January 2014, 19h
Neighborhood film evening:
We Were Here - The Arrival and Impact of AIDS in San Francisco
(USA, 2011, 90 min), by David Weissman and Bill Webber

Tuesday –- Sunday, 21 - 26 January
Video Workshop
with Branka Pavlovic

Monday, 17 February, 19h
Neighbourhood film evening
USA, 2012, R. Dylan Mohan Grey,
84 min, original with English subtitles
An intricate tale of ‘medicine, monopoly and malice’, FIRE IN THE BLOOD tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 - causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths - and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back. Shot on four continents and including contributions from global figures such as Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu and Joseph Stiglitz, FIRE IN THE BLOOD is the never-before-told true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop ‘the Crime of the Century’ and save million of lives in the process.

Tuesday - Saturday, 19 - 22 February
with Branka Pavlovic

On occasion of the exhibition LOVE AIDS RIOT SEX 1:

Monday 16th December 2013, 19h
Neighborhood film evening
event space of the nGbK, 1st floor
(USA 2012, 83 min, english with german subtitles, R: David France)
Academy Award© Nominee - Best Documentary Feature 2013 including incredible archive footage
Faced with their own mortality an improbable group of young people, many of them HIV-positive young men, broke the mold as radical warriors taking on Washington and the medical establishment.
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE is the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time. With unfettered access to a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival footage from the 1980s and ’90s, filmmaker David France puts the viewer smack in the middle of the controversial actions, the heated meetings, the heartbreaking failures, and the exultant breakthroughs of heroes in the making. - See more at: