Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

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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

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

Berlin Biennale: Real World Kreuzberg

by Mara Goldwyn
      The name of the 6th Berlin Biennale is “What is Waiting Out There”. It is a meditation on reality. Reality, the press release says. I’ve lived in Berlin for four years. Now—as in those first months when I would spend myafternoons in Görlitzer Park after German class exhilarated, drinking 40-cent Sternberg beers flung out next to my GDR-era bike—there are, and were, people who have been here much longer than me. Some of those old-timers were even here through ’89 and the (“the... [more]
Posted by Mara Goldwyn on 7/1/10
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