20.04.2021-20.05.2021, Berlin. Artistic intervention on billboards at U1 Kottbusser Tor subway station (Kreuzberg - Berlin)

The Südstellium project was selected by the Project Funding Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg 2020-21 and supported by the cultural and artistic state funding of the city of Berlin.

For Galery Weekend Berlin, three Berlin-based Brazilian artists occupied billboards in the U1 subway in collaboration with artists in Brazil.

With SÜDSTELLIUM, the artists Ana Hupe, Barbara Marcel and Matheus Rocha Pitta initiated an exciting cooperation with Brazil and opened up Berlin's urban space for an unusual artistic intervention. The exhibition project Südstellium included artistic interventions on three subway boards located at the U1 Kottbusser Tor subway station and started at Gallery Weekend Berlin. Berlin-based artists Ana Hupe, Barbara Marcel and Matheus Rocha Pitta rented the platform boards for 20 days to deliver messages from the skies of the global south that are not so evident from Berlin. A stellium is a collection of stars or celestial bodies; the term southern stellium is an invention that uses terms from astronomy, astrology, and geopolitics. As a poetic invention, SÜDSTELLIUM is a forward-looking rather than a descriptive term: when we look up at the sky, we project our earthly concerns onto it, for example, by attributing figures as constellations.

The collaborations proposed by SÜDSTELLIUM reveal, through art, pieces of the current situation of remote territories. The idea of how the first image of the black hole was achieved in April 2019 guided the concept of these artistic dialogues. Six astronomical observatories, each located in a different country, were aligned and took a picture each of a frame of the black hole. Hundreds of terabytes were generated and brought in HDs to a lab in Germany, where the pieces were bonded together to form a whole picture of this cosmological phenomenon. The mysterious object described by Einstein in 1916 was made accessible for the first time to our eyes. Until then, it only existed on a theoretical plane. Given its distance from the Earth, it would be necessary to capture its image with a lens of the same diameter as our planet. However, through an orchestration of seven telescopes around the globe, an image of its evidence was finally possible. This discovery is taken by SÜDSTELLIUM as a paradigma of the power of collaboration and producing alliances. We all look at the same sky, of course using different lenses, but still we have something that unites us all, possibly common horizons.

Click here to read the article about the project in the German newspaper taz - die Tageszeitung.

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