image 1
image 2
image 3
image 4
image 5

{The} Time is NOW
Exhibition at Kunstverein Neukölln, Berlin

Eric Meier, Hara Piperidou

September 2 - 24, 2023, Mainzer Str. 42, 12053 Berlin
in the framework of the WUNDERKAMMER program of the Neuköllner Oper Berlin

Opening September 1, 2923, 7pm
Our conventional measurement of time in past, present and future is currently dissolving in an age of globalization and digitization. The humanly measured and experienced time is opposed to digital simultaneity and omnipresence. Temporal dimensions are open to redefinition.
In ancient Greek mythology, Chronos symbolized the god of time, of transience, Kairos was the god of the favorable occasion, heeded and embraced through mindfulness. Today, quantum physics refers to the area of the simultaneity of all possibilities, in which a definite outcome can only occur through a measuring observer. This hypothesis opens up a glimpse into the world behind the phenomena, into eternity or the eternal present - hidden in the evanescence of a fleeting moment.

In times of transition, there is a state in which past values have not yet completely dissolved, but what the future holds is not yet apparent. Man disassociates himself from his ideas as they lose viability. Stability can only be found in the present moment. These transformation processes confront us with our individual and social projections onto the reality around us, which are held up to us like a mirror. They are narratives, melting in an instant like ice in the sun.
The ephemeral character of these narratives is the subject of Eric Meier's work. He deals with form-changing processes, in particular with the transformation of Germany after the fall of the Wall. In doing so, he questions structures in terms of their vitality and what they say about the society that created them.
He refers to a semantic gap, the empty area between utopia and dystopia, both of which are equally engraved as conceptual models in traces and views of monuments of the past . Man is mostly absent in his works, but his traces speak volumes. They speak of failed dreams and lives, of the changing of times. He describes the dystopian moment as an opportunity.

His socio-critical works make the viewer aware of the temporality of social structures and individual dreams. They are like a question asking "What remains?" which ultimately throws us back on ourselves, on this moment, the eternal present.

Hara Piperidou's works seem suspended in time and space. Her pencil drawings render snapshots with precision, but at the same time so weightlessly that they seem like a wisp of memory, a dream image that looms briefly and then passes away. The body acts as an anchor, absorbing the sensory experience and giving it meaning. But the scenes move in the ephemeral, as if between waking and sleeping. They leave a glimpse of a realm outside of our coordinate axes of space and time, lacking experiential meaning.

Hara Piperidou's works transport the viewer into an space in between. They appear so light that they leave the weight of meaning in abeyance and leave it open to the viewer to define them and thus localize them spatially and temporally. Transience seems to freeze in eternity and the viewer is free to choose one or the other.

The exhibition takes place as part of the WUNDERKAMMER program of the Neuköllner Oper Berlin, which combines music, science and philosophy in themed evenings.
Wunderkammer X: Our time
Musical performance with scientific discussion on the subject of experience with time and music.
September 6 and 7, 2023, at 8pm, Museum for Communication Berlin, Leipziger Str. 16, 10117 Berlin
With scientist and philosopher Prof. Dr. Norman Sieroka (University of Bremen), the cognitive psychologist and dancer Dr. Miriam Rueß (University of Freiburg), the soprano Josefine Göhmann, the multi-instrumentalist Nico Reinhold and Miriam Rueß (University of Freiburg), the soprano Josefine Göhmann, the multi-instrumentalist Nico Reinhold and musician Hilary Jeffery, looking at scientific and philosophical concepts about objective and subjective, socially determined and individual time and trying out possibilities of experiencing and shaping time., looking at scientific and philosophical concepts about objective and subjective, socially determined and individual time and trying out possibilities of experiencing and shaping time.
Moderator: Bernhard Glocksin, research and space: Sabrina Rossetto


Eric Meier's photographs, sculptures and video works show urban spaces and fragments in which signs of post-socialist transformation and the loss of social utopia have been inscribed. Humans are usually merely present in the traces they left behind, through fractures and cracks. He opens up a third, aesthetic space, temporally located in a presence between utopia and dystopia. Meier (*1989 in East Berlin) studied at the Ostkreuz School of Photography in Berlin, the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig and the University of the Arts in Berlin. In 2018 he received his diploma with honors in Leipzig. In 2019, Meier was a master student of Prof. Heidi Specker at the HGB Leipzig. Current solo and group exhibitions include Anhaltende Dauerzustände, A:D:Curatorial, Berlin (2023) Tropical Islands, After the Butcher, Berlin ( 2023) Mit der Tür ins Haus fallen, Neues Museum Nürnberg (2022), Fermentieren: Perspektiven auf Osten”, GRASSI Museum für Völkerkunde, Leipzig, Flaschen & Geister, MOUNTAINS, Berlin (2022),Identität nicht nachgewiesen, Neuerwerbungen der Sammlung des Bundes, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (2022),… oder kann das weg? Fallstudien zur Nachwende, nGbK Berlin (2021) Von der schenkenden Tugend, Zarinbal Khoshbakht, Köln (2021) Reelleti Scheck, St.-Marien-Kirche, Frankfurt an der Oder (2021), Don’t worry, there will be more problems, fffriedrich, Frankfurt am Main (2020) ICI ET LÀ BAS, Goethe Institut Paris, Frankreich (2019) Wind of Change, MOUNTAINS, Berlin (2019) DIKTAT, Valletta Contemporary, Malta (2019) Zweifel, Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin (2018) Requiem for a failed state, Halle 14 Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig (2018) i i i, fructa space, München (2018).

Hara Piperidou's artistic focus is on the interrelation between space and body, image and sound, absence and presence. She graduated with honors from the MFA  program of the Athens School of Fine Arts, where she mainly studied Theory, Art Criticism and Philosophy of Art (2009-2011) and with first-class honors (Oath Speech) from the School of Fine Arts (Department of Painting) of Aristotle University, where she studied painting and sculpture (2003-2008). Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions at, i.a., Immersive Gallery (Brooklyn, New York), National Gallery of Arts (Tirana, Albania), Varna Library (Varna, Bulgaria), MMCA, Knoll Gallery (Vienna, Austria), House of Cyprus (Athens), Archaeological Museum Amfissa, Olympia Municipal Music Theatre Maria Callas (Athens), Museum of Contemporary Art (Crete), Athens Concert Hall (Athens), Museum Chatzimichali (Athens), Zappeion Megaron (Athens), Thames Side Studios (London, 2016), 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture. She was awarded the first prize for painting (2008) by the Konstantinos Andreou Institution in Athens, as well as with distinctions from the State Scholarship Foundation of Greece. She worked as studio assistant and visiting speaker in Athens School of Fine Arts. She has given lectures related to the Human Body and the Biopolitics (ASFA, R.C.A., I.C.A. , N.Y.U.). She also presented  the seminar “Skin –  In And Between Two Worlds” [(2017-2020), “Body in Contemporary Art” (2014-2017)] at the Benaki Museum Athens. She curated the “Birth of Coexistence” at the Hellenic American Union in Athens (2016). She has taught theory of Art and Form Drawing: Human Anatomy at the Mod’ Art International (2015-2019). Some of her works are included in private and public collections.

Curated by Katja Ehrhardt

Organized by AthenSYN in cooperation with the Kunstverein Neukölln

in the framework of the WUNDERKAMMER program of the Neuköllner Oper Berlin