The Present in Drag
-Akademie der KünstePaAkademie der KünstePariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin
-ESMT European School of Management and TechnologySchlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin
-The Feuerle CollectionHallesches Ufer 70, 10963 Berlin
-KW Institute for Contemporary ArtAuguststraße 69, 10117 Berlin
-Blue-Star sightseeing boat of Reederei Riedel: Departures Wed–Mon at dock Märkisches Ufer 34, 10179 Berlin: 11 am, 1:30 pm, 4 pm
The 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art 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).
The 9th Berlin Biennale is a partner of Berlin Art Week.