UFO Visitor #3: Johanna Markert (anorak, Berlin)

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I’m an inde­pen­dent cura­tor based in Berlin. Together with Lukas Ludwig and Florian Model, I co-direct ano­rak, a cura­to­ri­al col­lec­ti­ve and non-pro­fit orga­ni­sa­ti­on for con­tem­po­ra­ry art. This sha­red prac­ti­ce grew out of col­la­bo­ra­ting as artists. Since 2016 ano­rak has ser­ved as an expe­ri­men­tal plat­form to pre­sent exhi­bi­ti­ons, scree­nings, per­for­man­ces, din­ners, publi­ca­ti­ons, and work­shops devel­o­ped in clo­se dia­lo­gue with inter­na­ti­o­nal and local artists and insti­tu­ti­ons. While ano­rak is a con­stant enga­ge­ment of mine, I also col­la­bo­ra­te on pro­jects with other artists.

What are you cur­rent­ly wor­king on?

Recently, I co-wro­te the script for a per­for­man­ce with artist Ana Wild tit­led Gravity and Grace for which mys­tic, poli­ti­cal acti­vist and phi­lo­sop­her Simone Weil’s idea of decre­a­ti­on’ ser­ved as a cri­ti­cal star­ting point. It pre­mie­red in October as part of Diver Festival, Tel Aviv, and we’re now wor­king on brin­ging it to Berlin within anorak’s upco­ming pro­gram­me. This coin­ci­des with an exci­ting new devel­op­ment – after years of wor­king noma­di­cally, ano­rak is about to open a pro­ject spa­ce in Kreuzberg. Currently, we’re in the pro­cess of moving into the new loca­ti­on and devel­o­ping the pro­gram­me for 2022

How would you defi­ne your practice?

My appro­ach is trans­dis­ci­pli­na­ry and dia­lo­gi­cal. It often begins with an inves­ti­ga­ti­on into a spe­ci­fic work and rela­ted prac­ti­ce that con­ti­nues in clo­se exchan­ge with other artists: a col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve pro­cess that trans­forms the ini­ti­al fas­ci­na­ti­on into form. I am inte­rested in the ways art, par­ti­cu­lar­ly time-based forms and moving ima­ge, devel­ops a new sen­so­ri­um to detect affec­ti­ve attach­ments – fee­lings that we usu­al­ly ascri­be to sub­jec­ti­ve expe­rien­ce – as inte­gral to lar­ger soci­al, mate­ri­al and envi­ron­men­tal con­texts. Running a non-pro­fit offers spa­ce for this way of wor­king. It also inclu­des the con­ti­nuous work on a sustai­na­ble sup­port struc­tu­re to ena­ble artists to pro­du­ce, sha­re and cri­ti­cally dis­cuss their work.

What do you expect from the UFO visi­tors programme?

I’m curious to learn more about the orga­ni­sa­ti­ons behind the pro­gram­me and look for­ward to the site and stu­dio visits, the con­ver­sa­ti­ons that emer­ge within and beyond the days spent together.


Johanna Markert is a cura­tor based in Berlin. Together with Lukas Ludwig and Florian Model, she co-directs the non-pro­fit art asso­ci­a­ti­on Anorak, a plat­form for con­tem­po­ra­ry art and expe­ri­men­tal exhi­bi­ti­on-making. Anorak’s artis­tic pro­gram­me is devel­o­ped in clo­se dia­lo­gue with local and inter­na­ti­o­nal cul­tu­ral prac­ti­ti­o­ners and unfolds in exhi­bi­ti­ons, film scree­nings, publi­ca­ti­ons, din­ners, and work­shops. From 2018 – 19, Markert was a fel­low of the inter­na­ti­o­nal artist resi­d­en­cy Akademie Schloss Solitude.