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Real Players

Curatorial workshop on the occasion of the 6th Berlin Biennale

Based on the success of the curatorial workshops held in relation to the 4th and 5th Berlin Biennale, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, supported by Goethe-Institut Munich, Allianz Cultural Foundation, and BMW took the 6th Berlin Biennale as an occasion to once again strengthen the initiative of young curators by organizing a workshop for 13 young, international aspirants from this field.

Participating Curators:

  • Lerato Bereng (South Africa)
  • Vjera Borozan (Czech Republic)
  • Maria Chekhonadskikh (Russia)
  • Misbah H. Deeb (Palestine)
  • Wang Dong (China)
  • Tomasz Fudala (Poland)
  • Radmila Joksimović (Serbia)
  • Eva Khachatryan (Armenia)
  • Magdalena Lipska (Poland)
  • Lourdes Morales (Mexico)
  • Julia Moritz (Germany)
  • Caterina Riva (Italy)
  • Joshua Simon (Israel)

The curatorial workshop Real Players took place around the opening days of the 6th Berlin Biennale from June 5 to 15, 2010. Consisting of ten days of seminars and debates, as well as exhibition and studio visits, it aimed to enhance the young curators’ professional development by exploring in depth topics of this year’s edition of the biennial. The workshop thus emphasized the question of how to navigate, think, and create new perspectives within our currentsocial context and realities. Further it provided the young participants with an exclusive look ‘behind the scenes’ of the 6th Berlin Biennale as well as gave insights into the current art production of Berlin, supplemented by a two-day excursion to Warsaw.

Real Players focused on a variety of subjects, including methods of engaging with a wider social or political environment to bypass the normative exhibition context, and how to create and reveal reconfigurations of cultural production and institutional creating. The workshop also was exploring different seminar formats, from participatory sessions and walks to more classical lectures and debates.

The speakers included amongst others Elena Filipovic (USA/Belgium), Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy (Mexico), Joanna Mytkowska (Poland), Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez (Slovenia/France), Bojana Piškur (Slovenia), The Pinky Show (USA), and Federico Zukerfeld (Argentina) & Loreta Garin Guzman (Chile) from the artist collective Etcetera.

After a controlled application process, in which more than 70 international candidates took part, all participants were chosen by the following selection committee: Gabriele Horn (Director, KW Institute for Contemporary Art/Berlin Biennale), Kathrin Rhomberg (Curator, 6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art), Eva Schmitt (Department of Visual Arts, Goethe-Institut), Michael Thoss (Managing Director, Allianz Cultural Foundation), and Ana Janevski (Conception, Curatorial Workshop).

The Curatorial Workshop Real Players was organized by the Berlin Biennale in cooperation with Goethe-Institut e.V., München, Allianz Kulturstiftung and BMW.