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10.9.2016 | KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

Post-contemporary Art

Panel discussion and book launch with Victoria Ivanova, Suhail Malik, and Tirdad Zolghadr, moderated by Armen Avanessian

In conjunction with the Young Curators Workshop Post-contemporary Art

In conjunction with the 6th Young Curators Workshop Post-contemporary Art, conceived by Armen Avanessian, the Berlin Biennale is pleased to present a series of discussions surrounding the new time complex that marks the end of the enduring linearity between past, present, and future. In today’s post-contemporary conditions—being constructed by financial capitalism as well as social media, the military, artificial intelligence, and big data—the present is operationalized as risk or contingency; that is by a relation to the future.

Contemporary art has been the art of its time, bound to the capitalist present in which it took place. Under the paradigm of the post-contemporary, what are the characteristics of art and its production conditions? Three events within the framework of the Young Curators Workshop will be dedicated to each temporality. Past, present, and future will be analyzed in regard to their changed conditions, questioning the possible social role and function of (post-)contemporary art.

The event Post-contemporary Art launches an attempt to re-localize the present as part of the changed, speculative time complex. The participants of the discussion—leading voices in the development of a post-contemporary discourse—will share their perspectives on the new situation and reveal shortcomings in established legal, political, and art systems.

This year’s Young Curators Workshop is conceived by Armen Avanessian and organized by Maurin Dietrich, Krisztina Hunya, and Valerie Amend.

The Young Curators Workshop Post-contemporary Art is a cooperation between Allianz Cultural Foundation, BMW Group, ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), and the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. The participation of one French curator is made possible in conjunction with the program Jeunes Commissaires of the Bureau des arts plastiques of the Institut français Germany.

The Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art is organized by KW Institute for Contemporary Art and funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation).