Last weekend was the art opening for Martina Goldbecks art exhibition with the title: “desire” (Pronunciation: di-‘zI(-&)r).

Since many years Martina is interested in iconic representations of women in the public press. A big part of her work displays women as they are shown in fashion, business, fotographical or other magazines. Besides the particular choice of her subjets her emphasis lies in particular on the investigation of how these images are displayed. With her paintings she is trying to fathom the boundary between painted and graphical. While she is re-defining her visual scopes (like some of her female images are painted on transparent acrylic glass where e.g. the white part of the cornea is left transparent) she discusses at the same time concepts such as hyperrealism (see e.g. the topmost image from 2007).

With the exhibition Martina is giving a rather theoretical investigation into the matter of desire, including the buddistic sense. She sees it in particular as an important component of societal development.

Martina Goldbeck, born 1965 in Dortmund studied from 1989 to 1996 art at the UdK Berlin with degree “Meisterschuelerin”.
13.06.-23.06.2007 Finissage: 24.6. 17 uhr Sommerfest by Scotty, Grillen und Chillen
mo-fr 15-19 uhr
sa 12-16 uhr
Scotty Enterprises Produzentengalerie
Oranienstr. 46
10969 Berlin UBhf Moritzplatz

contact via the gallery “scotty enterprises” (URL)

The gallery location – the Oranienstrasse – was originally one of West Berlins strongholds of the 80’s squatting movement and is now a popular street packed with restaurants mainly of the oriental type. The art opening had a slightly surrealistic touch to it, since a bit down the street everything was jammed with police cars and seating blockades due to the demonstration about the vacation of Berlins last squatted house called Koepi. However some people ignorantly kept sitting and chatting in the restaurant right next to the blockade. (see last image)














8 Responses to “desire”

  1. agaf tel avrekh Says:

    I think it is good if people keep enjoying their beer even if there is a dense charged fight going on, have you seen this video from beersheva on boing boing? :

  2. nad Says:

    agaf tel avrekh said:

    I think it is good if people keep enjoying their beer even if there is a dense charged fight going on, have you seen this video from beersheva on boing boing? :

    Yes, in the Gaza conflict as well as at the above Koepi conflict there is (amongst others) a fight about resources (here mainly about living space), but the above mentioned Koepi wrangling is of a very different quality than the current fights in the mid-east. First of all the Koepi conflict is way less violent, in particular the squatters have gotten at least a temporary lease. That is although tresspass is forbidden in Berlin, authorities are often willing to negotiate, especially if this concerns emptied dwellings. In the mid-east conflict the situation is very different that is there have been people dying and this makes it hard to turn away one’s head. I am very happy that there is currently a cease fire.
    It is in general a difficult question how much one can afford to actively care about victims in more or less far away conflicts. And even if one cares actively it is usually not evident which kind of activity this should imply. Finally sometimes people have parties on a graveyard, which doesn’t imply that they don’t care.
    Another difference between the conflicts is that in the Koepi conflict there are rather clear regulations, in the Gaza conflict however there is not really a commonly accepted concept on how this conflict could be resolved (even the polls seem to be not equivocal see e.g. here and here (at least not over time) ??).
    Moreover I fear there may currently actually be too much interest within and outside of Israel/Palestine not to resolve the conflict. An outer enemy or a fight may divert from inner problems. And just think about the problems (especially the economic ones) and conflicts within the Gaza stripe and the Westbank and partially also within Israel and also think about how some countries have reacted to the conflicts.

  3. bibi Says:

    It is terrible that there are no more affordable living places in Berlin and
    that people are thrown out of their appartments.
    What happens to all the people who can only afford lowrents ?

  4. nad Says:


    yes the real estate market here in Berlin has been tightening and unfortunately there had recently been quite some ugly stories about people here who had to move unwillingly out of their appartments after having lived there half of their life, like because they couldn’t pay the rent any more. I think especially for old people it is often especially hard to be forced out of their familiar environment. Here there have been still some rather strong laws here for protecting tenants, but unfortunately especially in recent times some real estate entrepreneurs had used tricks and sometimes even subtle terror to circumvent these.
    People who can only afford low rents went sofar to the unhip quarters of Berlin, but even there I heard meanwhile about some not so nice things happening.

  5. Marlene Says:

    ..the street everything was jammed with police cars and seating blockades due to the demonstration about the vacation of Berlins last squatted house called Koepi.

    You don’t get to hear much about riots in Berlin.
    I plan to visit Berlin soon, in particular gallery spaces in places like
    Wilmersdorf and Westend. Are those close to the once you described here?
    Is it safe to go there? Were people throwing stones?

  6. nad Says:

    If they threw stones then at most one or two, finally people kept sitting in the cafĂ©’s. I don’t remember. Did you look at the posts date? I wrote it in 2007. Wilmersdorf or Westend are not close to Kreuzberg, but anyways meanwhile Kreuzberg itself got already gentrified by quite a bit. Not sure whether there would still be any riots.
    And frankly I haven’t been for quite some time to Wilmersdorf or Westend, but both quarters were always considered as “rich”. Would be interesting to know what gentrification means there.

  7. Marlene Says:

    Thanks for the infos about Kreuzberg. Interesting. It seems it may be worthwhile to visit . Is the Gallery still there, is the artist still there? Are there other galleries in Kreuzberg, which you could recommend? A list of about 10 best places to visit in Kreuzberg would be great.

  8. nad Says:

    Lately I haven’t been looking much at art and the Berlin art scene in particular, I even didn’t make it to the art opening of my aunt last week. I can’t recommend you anything. I have been not much in contact with the above mentioned artist Martina Goldbeck. That is after the art lessons I took with her, we met only on and off in some galleries or so. Last time I met her actually on the street in Prenzlauer Berg, like 1 or 2 years ago. Although we were both quite in a hurry we got into a rather philosophical discussion about “prediction”. That is next to her job as an artist she is fortune-telling. I don’t know however whether she still think its worthwhile to further promote some of her experiences and knowledge via youtube, like here:

    It seems the above gallery “Scotty Enterprises” moved within Kreuzberg. They don’t mention Martina in their affiliate list so I don’t know what the current status is. It seems Martinas works can currently be purchased here.

    For the place to visit please ask the Berlin tourist info.

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