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The present winter season has been particularly hard on Berlin, and not only because of the sub-zero temperatures and icy streets. The sun for sorrow will not show his head. We’ve just emerged from a record sixteen days without direct sunlight. A new art space in Mitte might provide the perfect treatment: a light therapy room, with an accompanying Icelandic soundscape.

The venue is called MMX (think Roman numerals). It’s a temporary gallery, bar and general creativity space occupying the ground floor of a soon-to-be-renovated altbau in Linienstraße. MMX occupies over 1000 square meters of floor space, with several gallery rooms, a video screening room, a bar, a courtyard and a front garden that will come alive in summer. The do-it-yourself aesthetics of the location contrast strongly with the rest of the street. It’s relieving to know that such underground art activities can still take place in this rather-gentrified district.

The light therapy room is an installation by artist and MMX co-founder Rebecca Loyche, who has collaborated with sound artist Björk Viggósdóttir from Iceland. It will be part of the venue’s first exhibition program, which runs from January 30 until February 28.

MMX celebrates is opening this Friday night, with live performances and general festivity. It will remain open for several months or longer, depending on the impending renovation plans.

MMX Open Art Venue
Linienstr. 142-143, Berlin-Mitte
Opening night: Friday Jan 29, 19.00
Regular hours: Wed-Sun 12.00-18.00