Modern Poetry – live in Berlin

30 September 2020. 7pm local time, 6pm GMT
(streamed by Neurotitan Gallery Berlin, Cold Lips & Gallery 46, London)

Kirsty Allison, Rob Doyle, Kieran Leonard

Neurotitan Gallery is the last remanent of the joy of reunification between East and West Berlin. After the wall fell in 1989, the free-for-all of the former no-man’s land in the area known as Mitte was attained by squatters in buildings such as Tascheles, now largely a hotel (a model for Shoreditch’s site of Red Gallery), and Tresor nightclub in a former bank vault. Without records of previous families, lost in the war and partitioning, everything could be re-written. Neurotitan created a gallery space, bar, and arts spaces which remain underground, showing the works of Genesis P. Orridge, most quality street artists, and radical contemporary artists.

Enter Danielle De Picciotto, who arrived in Berlin from New York fashion school in the 80s and found herself living with the Bad Seeds, and with boyfriend of the time, co-founded the Love Parade – the largest street raves to ever have occurred in Europe. Now married to Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten) they collaborate as HackedePicciotto, and share his and hers studios beneath a fire station in Wedding. Working across mediums – the Neurotitan are hosting an exhibition of her paintings from the past six years, a sado-goth-feminist traction of oil and ink. There are also mechanical sound machines, video art and a series of panels, with performances.

Rock n roll poet, Kirsty Allison is artist/writer-in-residence aside musician and filmmaker, Gil De Ray as guests of Danielle De Picciotto, for this GESAMKUNSTWERK exhibition at Neurotitan Gallery, 12 September>03 October.

Kirsty has shared the stage with Dr John Cooper Clarke, Thurston Moore, Bill Drummond, opened the Convenanza Festival, and accompanied Youth. She will be reading from her debut NOW IS NOW poetry collection (work since 007, Cold Lips Press).

At risk of being accused of damning her with faint praise I’d contend that Kirsty Allison is the greatest cultural beacon this planet has producedIrvine Welsh

She will be accompanied by Rob Doyle, cult author, whose third book, Threshold, is the psych-noir novel for the next generation, astrally exploring contemporary existentialism via place and consciousness – with Here Are The Young Men coming soon as a feature film, and his first book of stories, The Ritual. Doyle is an Irish writer, and half-based in Berlin.

Kieran Leonard, the rising lyrical folk rocker of Saint Leonard, whose Good Luck Everybody album was recorded in the mysterious location of Stanley Kubrick’s former estate, and led him to support Patti Smith, Nick Cave, and tour with Father John Misty, will be sharing from his novel, A Muse, for the first time. He has been working on it for many years, exploring his own life story, which scopes from growing up the son of a drug dealer, to joining a cult. NME declared his recent music: ‘surrealist, mystical odyssey of self-discovery, maximal hedonism and Jaws of death revelation – Light years ahead of the game’.

Tickets are 5E in advance The event will be streamed by Cold Lips and Gallery 46, with donations to artists.

On 3 October, Kirsty will join the icon who is John Robb (The Membranes, Louder Than War) with Danielle, to discuss language in journalism.

Full programme of panels

More info/contacts: Andy Fraser +447768 443 048 or

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