Ready for the artis­tic takeover of the cap­i­tal, Serene Tseng ex­plores the ori­gins and ob­jec­tives of the 9th Berlin Bi­en­nale for Con­tem­po­rary Art.

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Get ready for the artis­tic takeover of the cap­i­tal and head to the 9th Berlin Bi­en­nale for Con­tem­po­rary Art.

Due to its unique role at the fore­front of po­lit­i­cal change and devel­op­ment in mod­ern his­tory, Berlin has re­mained a mecca for artists seek­ing growth and evo­lu­tion. Many events cel­e­brate the city's artis­tic im­por­tance, and the cap­i­tal's mul­ti­tude of mu­se­ums, gal­leries, per­for­mance spa­ces, and art schools is proof of that last­ing al­lure. Per­haps the most im­por­tant art-cen­tric event is the Berlin Bi­en­nale for Con­tem­po­rary

Art, es­tab­lished in 1998 as a re­sponse to the Venice Bi­en­nale. Some­times de­scribed as an ex­per­i­men­tal event, the Bi­en­nale is an "art lab" for both artists and visi­tors that fo­cuses on Berlin's abil­ity to in­flu­ence the art world both in­side and out, while em­body­ing the free spirit of the cap­i­tal. Ev­ery two years, the Bi­en­nale ex­plores the artis­tic devel­op­ment of younger and more ob­scure con­tem­po­rary artists, whose work is shown at venues cho­sen by the edi­tion's cu­ra­tors. This year's cu­ra­tion panel, New York art col­lec­tive DIS, have as­sem­bled both sta­tion­ary and mo­bile works for ex­hi­bi­tion at lo­ca­tions rang­ing from the glass-fronted Akademie der Kün­ste on Pariser Platz, with its artis­tic legacy, to the Feuerle Col­lec­tion WWII bunker on the Landwehr canal and the Blue Star sight­see­ing boat by Reed­erei Riedel, turned into a mov­ing con­tem­po­rary art gallery that will fol­low the pop­u­lar tour boat routes on the Spree. The set­tings are di­verse and dy­namic, and aim to en­hance the ex­hi­bi­tions they host. The 9th edi­tion of the Bi­en­nale fo­cuses on themes closely linked to tech­nol­ogy and en­com­pass­ing var­i­ous top­ics, from the im­pli­ca­tions of uni­ver­sal con­nec­tiv­ity to mi­cro-trends, new forms of ex­hi­bi­tion de­sign, cli­mate wars and geopol­i­tics, as well as con­tent and form in the age of in­ter­net. Berlin's three-month-long event is a re­flec­tion of the cu­ra­tors' view of so­ci­ety, and the in­cor­po­ra­tion of var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in the city cre­ates a gi­ant gallery space that in­vites a di­a­logue be­tween artists, view­ers, and cu­ra­tors with Berlin and its in­hab­i­tants.

4 June to 18 Septem­ber. www.­bi­en­

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