artists & participants
The 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) and curated by DIS, will seek to materialize the paradoxes that increasingly make up the world in 2016: the virtual as the real, nations as brands, people as data, culture as capital, wellness as politics, happiness as GDP, and so on.
The Berlin Biennale is not in a position to occupy "abandoned" spaces, acting as a would-be primer for private acquisition, yet it is also unable to wash over the city like the cultural force of a new product release. Recasting a relationship in which the city makes the biennial but the biennial also returns to refresh the cultural capital in its image, the 9th Berlin Biennale aims to shape-shift across multiple sites, each one releasing a whiff of contemporary "paradessence" (paradox + essence).
Pariser Platz is the point of departure. An iconic tourist trap, it is the site where Michael Jackson once dangled his baby from his Adlon Hotel balcony in a private-public performance that foretold the throngs of selfie sticks today framing the subjects on this site of historical record. The square is surrounded by largely unseen networks of corporate and national powers; Lockheed Martin, Allianz Stiftungsforum, DZ Bank, and BP Europa SE reside alongside the US and French embassies.
Akademie der Künste on Pariser Platz is a historical site that has been sheathed in a large glass building. In immediate proximity to the government district it exemplifies the contemporary visual codes of the state: a national legacy with a sheen of transparency. The Berlin Biennale will occupy the Akademie's transitory spaces, event spaces, and passageways.
The ESMT European School of Management and Technology business school is a building that once housed the Staatsrat (State Council) of the GDR. The building's socialist past is superimposed with the contemporary codes of global business; state socialist aesthetics preside over live feeds of the German stock market and state-of-the-art business education facilities for future executives.
On the Landwehr Canal in Kreuzberg, a former telecommunications bunker has been refurbished and renewed as the extensive complex of The Feuerle Collection. A private collection of museum scale open to the public, the space marks the steady influx of collectors to Berlin—and the kinds of public-private partnerships driving its cultural economy.
The Blue-Star sightseeing boat by Reederei Riedel will double as an exhibition venue and place for events and performances. Its course will follow the main route favored by tour boats on the Spree, passing Museum Island and the city's government district, and casting the viewer as tourist, the signature collector and purveyor of contemporary experience.
The site of the KW Institute for Contemporary Art functions as a point of continuity within the historical legacy of the Berlin Biennale. Its neighborhood is the publicized image of Berlin's domestic sphere. Once dilapidated buildings with bright luxury interiors and permalancers in boutique cafés are counterposed with the public stage of Pariser Platz.
Signaling a biennial that seeks to act on the present yet is incapable of institutionally housing it, the 9th Berlin Biennale's first active venue is the website, a feed for content both in and not in the Berlin Biennale: www.berlinbiennale.de.
Akademie der Künste
Pariser Platz 4
10117 Berlin, Germany
ESMT European School of Management and Technology
10178 Berlin, Germany
The Feuerle Collection
Hallesches Ufer 70
10963 Berlin, Germany
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
10117 Berlin, Germany
Who is in the 9th Berlin Biennale?
June 4 until September 18, 2016
Enjoy the scroll!
69, Antoni Abad, Halil Altındere, Ei Arakawa , Dan Poston, Stefan Tcherepnin, Korakrit Arunanondchai / Alex Gvojic, atelier le balto, Armen Avanessian/Alexander Martos, Christopher Roth, ayr, Will Benedict, Julien Ceccaldi, Centre for Style, Anna-Sophie Berger, Burkhard Beschow & Anne Fellner, Max Brand, Rare Candy, Susan Cianciolo, Marlie Mul, Liam Osborne, H.B. Peace & Kate Meakin, Joshua Petherick, Lin May Saeed, Eirik Sæther, Brody Condon, CUSS Group, ANGEL-HO, FAKA, Megan Mace, NTU, Kathleen Daniel, Debora Delmar Corp., Simon Denny, Cécile B. Evans, Nicolás Fernández, Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin, Simon Fujiwara, GCC, GUAN Xiao, Calla Henkel/Max Pitegoff, Camille Henrot, Yngve Holen, Alexa Karolinski/Ingo Niermann, Josh Kline, Korpys/Löffler, Nik Kosmas, Christopher Kulendran Thomas, M/L Artspace, Shawn Maximo, Ashland Mines, New Scenario, Katja Novitskova, Trevor Paglen/Jacob Appelbaum, Juan Sebastián Peláez, Adrian Piper, Alexandra Pirici, Josephine Pryde, Puppies Puppies, Babak Radboy, Jon Rafman, Timur Si-Qin, Lucie Stahl, Hito Steyerl, TELFAR, Wu Tsang, Anna Uddenberg, Amalia Ulman, Anne de Vries
Abu Hajar, Halil Altındere, Math Bass, Lizzi Bougatsos & Brian Degraw, Elysia Crampton, Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin, Isa Genzken, Juliana Huxtable, Kelela, Nguzunguzu, Adrian Piper, Fatima Al Qadiri, Carles Santos, Jacolby Satterwhite, Hito Steyerl, Total Freedom, Amalia Ulman, Nick Weiss
Will Benedict, Dora Budor, Cao Fei, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Roe Ethridge, Hood by Air, Bjarne Melgaard, Zanele Muholi, Johannes Paul Raether, Torbjørn Rødland, Akeem Smith, Martine Syms, Stewart Uoo
Not in the Berlin Biennale:
Asger Carlsen, Casey Jane Ellison, Roe Ethridge, Avena Gallagher, Tilman Hornig, Chris Kraus, Bjarne Melgaard, Jason Nocito, Sean Raspet, Andrew Norman Wilson, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous
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