+GET A FUN DRINK.
DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT.
We are holding an Xmas themed fund raiser party to round out the year before it is too cold to hang out in the gallery! We are going to have food and drink as well as some weird activities and finish the night with a dance party. Come help us get through the cold winter months!
EVENT LINE UP:
ALL NIGHT: SCREENING OF HOME ALONE AND NAUGHTY XXXMAS FILMS IN THE BATHROOM
ALL NIGHT: TRASH SANTA PHOTO BOOTH IN THE ANNEX WITH REVEREND ERIC DANGER CLARK
Little Berlin Main Gallery
8PM – 10PM Winter food favorites buffet.
9PM – BAD ART WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE.
Bring bad, bad art from your studio or from the thrift store. Please don’t spend any money! Try to win your favorite artwork. Bribing and hijinx encouraged. We’ll have extra artwork but bring your own too. Yes.
10PM – 3AM MEGA DANCE PARTY
TONYMONT (Magic Death Sounds)
#Kismet #Rap #Remix #90s #Mashup #SeerSucker
(it’s a hit with the goofballs)
(-> STAR CIRCLE ANATOMY)
https://soundcloud.com/starcircleanatomy (Ace Of Tapes / Ego Huffing)
Little Berlin Annex
8PM – 3AM TRASH SANTA PHOTOBOOTH with Reverend Eric Danger Clark
Little Berlin Bathroom
8PM – 3AM Screening Home Alone and Naughty XXXmas films
MAKE SOME MERRY WITH US!
On November 22, 2014 Will Owen concludes his time based plant piece with a three course dinner using the plants he grew in the gallery at Little Berlin.
The Floral Kombat FINISH THEM! Dinner Party
Location Little Berlin, 2430 Coral Street
Date November 22 at 8PM
$3 suggested donation
Selected artist Will Owen
Curated by Maddie Hewitt
For the exhibit Hard To Please, curated by Maddie Hewitt at Little Berlin, New York artist Will Owen has brought kudzu vines back to Philadelphia illegally sent through USPS from a rural town in the Smokey Mountains. Kudzu and the other invasive plants are on the “orange team” and the more traditionally cultivated plants are on the “purple team.”
Floral Kombat is a small-scale experiment demonstrating how invasive plant species overrun other plants in their immediate vicinity if left unattended. This time-based installation includes invasive plants–kudzu and peppermint–that grow alongside other edible, more constrained plants in a large vitrine planter. Throughout the duration of Little Berlin’s exhibit, Hard To Please, the plant growth in the gallery represents the changing landscapes in America, and how it relates to a slow competition for life.
Owen grew up in rural Western North Carolina among the Smoky Mountains. The area is a temperate rainforest diverse with deciduous and coniferous vegetation. Over the last several decades large swaths of the indigenous landscape have become engulfed by kudzu; a perennial vine native to Asia. Kudzu is venerated in Japan where it’s root is dried and powdered and used as a thickener. There are places in Haywood County, North Carolina and across the southern states of America that are now enveloped by kudzu, where the vines are known to grow up to a foot per day in mid-summer.
Kudzu was introduced to the United States as an ornamental bush and an effortless and efficient shade producer at the Philadelphia Continental Exposition in 1876. In the 1930s and ‘40s, the vine was rebranded as a way for farmers to stop soil erosion. Southern farmers were given about eight dollars an hour to sow topsoil with the invasive vine. The cultivation covered over one million acres of kudzu.(1)
Will Owen is an artist working primarily with design, interactive media, sound, and food. Originally from western North Carolina and currently based in a few city centers of the American northeast, Will is interested in the social intersections of the organic & synthetic, memory & perceived reality, and Fozzie Bear & Miss Piggy. Will is currently an artist in resident at Flux Factory in Queens, New York. Recently, Will had an installation at the original site of the Black Mountain College and was included in a 2014 Harvard peer-reviewed study of the “most memorable data visualizations” regarding his design work for the international medical humanitarian aid organization Doctors Without Borders.
1.) Kudzu: The Vine that Ate the South; PorterBriggs.comhttp://porterbriggs.com/the-vine-that-ate-the-south/