5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art

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The 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art opened on April 5th, launching 63 days and nights of art, revelry, and entertainment. Adam Szymczyk and Elena Filipovic curate bb5, which is divided into daytime and nighttime events and titled “When Things Cast No Shadow”. It brings together artists of various generations and nationalities in the experimentation and promotion of new art.

The day part consists of 50 artists exhibiting at three main venues: the KW Institute for Contemporary Art (the organizer), The Neue Nationalgalerie, and Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum. These were thoughtfully selected for their cultural and historical significance. KW Institute for Contemporary Art, a former margarine factory, is showing films by Babette Mangolte, Michel Auder, and Patricia Esquivias. Founded in 1991, it has become a popular venue for contemporary art in Berlin. The Neue Nationalgalerie is an icon of post-war modernist architecture in the capital. Mies van der Rohe‘s glass hall showcases a film installation by Susanne M. Winterling. Above is a still from her 2006 video, Piles of Shade. Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum is an outdoor exhibition site located in an area formerly occupied by the Berlin Wall, an urban void developed by artists who began to host diverse exhibitions and cultural activities. It hosts a community-based project by Katerina Seda and a screening of Lars Laumann‘s film about a woman who marries the Berlin Wall.

The night portion, “My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days”, sweeps the city’s main venues and other locations in an eccentric array of lectures, performances, concerts, workshops, and other presentations. This curiosity-driven experiment draws artists and thinkers from various fields. Neuro-scientist Olaf Blanke demonstrates an out of body experience and this year’s Nobel Peace Prize candidate, Augusto Boal, runs a workshop according to his context-sensitive teaching method. The Volksbuhne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz screens Cameron Jamie‘s recent film, JO, with a live score by Japanese noise artist Keiji Haino, and many many more events, night after night until June 15th!

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