"Taking Tacheles" is a short documentary about the fall of one of Berlin's most famous alternative landmarks, the "Kunsthaus Tacheles." Tacheles, a bomb-damaged former department store, had a long intricate history as a self-organized, anarchist arts collective. However, by 2010, this famous house for free-thought was already subsumed by ruthless capitalism ~~ Due to a problem with its lease, the Tacheles artists faced eviction to make way for lavish development. (*The house officially closed in 2012.)
Ariel Kavoussi is a video artist, documentary filmmaker, actress, and curator of film & video works based in New York City. Her work has been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art's Documentary Fortnight, Dia: Chelsea, Louis B. James, the Williams College Museum of Art, and elsewhere. She graduated from Williams College in 2012 where she studied Studio Art & Philosophy. Ariel can next be seen as the lead actress in the upcoming underground feature film, "The Deflowering of Ariella Von," by Marianna Ellenberg and David Louis Zuckerman.