Hunters For Collectors!

They are places never far away on an cosmic scale, but the luminous chunks of NEW YORK, BERLIN and PRAGUE can still play a game of hide-and-seek where you don’t recognize the most sensation-fixated players at first or only find them later – and maybe miss joining the game. Enter “City Primeval, New York, Berlin, Prague”, 552 pages that can jump-start you into a new sport of visual and (con)textual pleasures, and let you in on the all-out amusements. At turns shiny, sinful, sensitive, senseless – it is all of this and more, a romp through three cities that will kill for art and good times, with 72 key figures taking you on a taste-test of their hangouts, hangovers and hang-ups, with vivid imagery lining the path. Weighing in at 2.6 pounds, it qualifies as an underground bible of sorts, showing how these sweat asylums thrive and interconnect, with a cast of enigmatic oddities including Nick Zedd, J.Jackie Baier, Nat Finkelstein, Max Dax, Lydia Lunch, Julia Murakami, Miron Zownir and many more, including previously unpublished pix and up-close stories of cult(ural) icons like Klaus Nomi, Iggy Pop, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Brian Eno to boot.

Put together with pedantic precision in upscale fanzine style by known-everyone-been-everywhere New Yorker Robert Carrithers and partner-in-crime Louis Armand, the volume is following up its New York MoMA presentation earlier this month with among other things this zoom-in encounter. Back on Earth, six of the contributors will present the book close-up in the best way possible: in the flesh, at BuchHafen in the bosom of Neukölln. Besides Robert Carrithers, sidle up to Carola Göllner, Steve Morell, Mark Reeder, Kenton Turk and André Werner. An evening of feral tales and seductive stories from the earthly reaches of the heavens. Meteorites and falling stars welcome.

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Location: BuchHafen Berlin, Okerstraße 1, 12049 Berlin




“Trans women on Ku’damm” (1985, Kenton Turk), taken from “City Primeval, New York, Berlin, Prague”

The book City Primeval: New York Berlin Prague documents the zeitgeist of art and culture in NYC, Berlin, and Prague from the 1960s to nowadays. Key artists document life in each city and offer a unique glimpse into their exceptional universe. Including moments from the lives of Lydia Lunch, Iggy Pop, Jean Michel Basquiat, Penny Arcade, Mark Reeder, David Černý and many others who have shaped the spirit of the time. “City Primeval” was curated by New York photographer Robert Carrithers and writer/critical theorist Louis Armand.

19:00-22:00 @ Kino Central: Book Release Event
Robert Carrithers, Louis Armand & contributors introduce the book with projected images, talks, and interact with the audience.
Presentations from photographers and Berlin film makers about their work:
Miron Zownir | J. Jackie Baier | Ilse Ruppert | Timo Jacobs | Mark Reeder
Live-Act: Song „City Primeval“ by Phil Shoenfelt and Marcia Schofield
22:00 @ Eschschloraque: Book Release Party – DJs, Performances, Live-Acts
DJs: Black Black God and Gina Dorio/Cobra Killer
Live Acts & Performances: Evelyn Frantti: Burlesque | Lady Gaby & Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt | Mona Mur performs new poems by Miron Zownir | Viviana Druga: Ritualistic Action Royal Comfort (Oska Wald, Jimmy Trash & Big Daddy Mugglestone) | Phil Shoenfelt

The book release events will bring the stories visually into life in all the cities of their Creation – in Berlin on November 30, 2017 @ Haus Schwarzenberg, Rosenthaler Str. 39, 10178 Berlin!
Entrance: 5 Euros

Photo: Phil Shoenfelt playing at DL IX

“City Primeval: New York, Berlin, Prague” pays homage to the grungy underground art world in these three metropoles. “City Primeval” features the work of various artists and was meticulously curated by New York photographer Robert Carrithers and writer/critical theorist Louis Armand. The fundraiser party will capacitate the book launch and exhibition for this historically important book of New York, Berlin and Prague.


Louis Armand: How big is your money Tracey Emin, Prague, 2017

Join us at The Chemistry Gallery in Prague for a night of art, drinks & music in the company of a vagabond New Yorkian – and then celebrate with us again in autumn for the book release and exhibition that you made possible. The event will offer works by Robert Carrithers as well as other featured artists (to be announced!) for purchase.
Special feature: DJ programme to get the summer on its feet //
18.00-21.30: DJ IM Cyber
21.30-00.00: Ado

The Groovy Dada Lounge Revisited

Photographs by Robert Carrithers: Basquiat, Haring, the New York scene in the 1980s and the infamous Club 57.
At Fotograf Gallery, Školská 28, Prague,

21 March – 20 April 2012
Opening tonight:
20 March, 18:00–21:00
DJ Miki
Mark Steiner & His Problems
A showing of films of Cinema of Transgression by Nick Zedd

read more at placeboKatz: The Groovy Dada Lounge Revisited

pictured: Ann Magnuson when she was the manager of Club 57

photo by Robert Carrithers