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What Can LARPing Bring to an Art World Obsessed with the Present?

by Vanessa Gravenor
The problem of presence Presence wracks the contemporary artist’s existence. Take, for instance, Marina Abramovic’s 2010 retrospective, , during which the artist famously sat in the gallery for the entirety of her exhibition’s run at MoMA. In her essay “‘The Artist is Present’: Artistic Re-enactments and the Impossibility of Presence,” critic Amelia Jones argues that the very fact that Abramovic was there, in the live act, “destroys presence (or makes the impossibility of its being secured... [more]
Posted by Vanessa Gravenor on 9/15/16
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At a Berlin Juice Bar, Squeezing Social Commentary into a Luxury Beverage

by Nadja Sayej
Walking into the Akademie der Künste, a key venue of the 9th Berlin Biennale, the café you encounter is more than just a café—but you wouldn’t know it at first glance. On one side there is a green juice bar serving up pricey smoothies and snacks; the seating area is furnished with fake plants and “upcycled” wooden tables made from shipping pallets. MINT, as the café is called, is an art project by Mexico City-based artist Débora Delmar, who created her own artist-run corporation in 2009:... [more]
Posted by Nadja Sayej on 6/22/16
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At the Berlin Biennale, Are DIS Pranksters or Practitioners of the Present?

by Vanessa Gravenor
A post-internet dystopian fairyland—this was my first reaction to the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Curated by DIS, the art collective behind DIS magazine, the exhibition promised to be full of post-internet art, advertisements, and corporate aesthetics, as was made apparent by branding techniques and imagery on the Biennale website as early as 2014, when the curatorial team was announced. In the weeks preceding the Biennale, posters were mounted outside KW Institute for... [more]
Posted by Vanessa Gravenor on 6/10/16
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Berlin Biennale 8: The Gentleman's Guide to Tropical Photography

by Guy Parker
Having read about the historical themes and ideas that curator Juan A. Gaitán chewed over while planning the 8th Berlin Biennale, I wondered if I was supposed to feel like some colonial explorer as I journeyed southwest towards Dahlem and into a Berlin kiez less travelled (by a peripheral fellow traveller of the Berlin art crowd, at least). Someone like Alexander von Humbolt, who undertook the first scientific exploration of South America and whose name is to appear on the controversial Humbolt... [more]
Posted by Guy Parker on 5/29/14
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Lost in the Berlin Biennale: A First Look

by Sonja Hornung and Richard Pettifer
ifty artists is not so many for a biennial, and we were certainly looking forward to a concentrated and focussed set of exhibitions. Spread across three venues, this Biennale sprawls, conceptually and physically. Sonja Hornung: ‪We caught the train out to Dahlem, west of Berlin, and got rained on. Once we made it into the exhibition you seemed totally uneasy, Richard – why was that? Richard Pettifer: I couldn’t work out what was from the Biennale and what were pre-existing from the... [more]
Posted by Sonja Hornung and Richard Pettifer on 5/29/14
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Untitled: Agatha Gothe-Snape on the threshold of the 8th Berlin Biennale

by Sonja Hornung
An artist rejects the visual to provide words for a Biennale without a title. Since January this year, Melbourne-based artist Agatha Gothe-Snape has been stringing together compositions of words. Her enigmatic phrases appear splayed across the splash page of the Berlin Biennale, placed where you would ordinarily expect to see a curatorial concept. No explanation provided. Title: Untitled. {EVERYTHING HAS TWO HANDLES} was my first hit. Yours might be something else. {ACCRUE! ACCRUE!}... [more]
Posted by Sonja Hornung on 5/25/14
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