Marina Sorbello – Kulturproduzentin

Marina Sorbello (b. in Catania, Italy) is a curator, journalist and art-critic based in Berlin, Germany. Among her current and recent projects: “Transient Spaces – The Tourist Syndrome” Neue Gesellschaft fuer Bildende Kunst e Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin ,and other venues in Italy, Rumania and Lithuania, www.transientspaces.org); “Cairoscape. Images, Imaginary and Imagination of a contemporary Mega City” (exhibition, interdisciplinary project, 2008, Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien and other places, Berlin, www.cairoscape.org);

Together with Dorothee Bienert, Dortje Drechsel and Antje Weitzel she runs uqbar, a not for profit project space operating in and from Berlin, with a regular exhibition program in its premises in Berlin-Wedding (www.projectspace.uqbar-ev.de).

about uqbar:

uqbar is a non-profit organization for contemporary art and a project space run by the all-women curator collective of Dorothee Bienert, Dortje Drechsel, Marina Sorbello and Antje Weitzel.

After working together on previous exhibition projects, Dorothee Bienert, Marina Sorbello and Antje Weitzel, together with a group of supporters, decided to formalize their co-operation in 2004 and founded an association called uqbar – Gesellschaft für Repräsentationsforschung e.V. (Society for Representation Research). In 2007, Dortje Drechsel joined the group and uqbar project space was created to host regular exhibitions in Wedding, Berlin. Since 2004, uqbar has produced a number of international projects and has hosted and co-produced several events, gaining visibility in Berlin and within the international context.

uqbar’s main focus is contemporary art. uqbar tends to implement projects and feature art works that have a social or political dimension, that are process or research oriented, and that ultimately have something to say about the world we live in. Ideas and projects for uqbar are developed in a continuous dialogue within the collective and with the artists and the partners involved. Thus, an important aspect of uqbar’s approach is to implement interdisciplinary projects that foster a critical standpoint and understanding and go beyond the field of visual art and address new forms of distribution and audience participation.

The name “uqbar” was taken from a novel by Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986). In Borges’ novel the word “uqbar” is an entry in a fictitious encyclopedia. The word is an invention, a letter combination without meaning, used by the author to reveal the ways knowledge and meaning are constructed. The problem of the constitution of meaning, signification and interpretation is central to discussions about the terms of “representation”. Representation in its broadest sense is a switching procedure which functions through references and replacement; an integral component of each art form.