Third Berlin Biennale fo Contemporary Art

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2004
14 February - 28 April 2004

The 3rd Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art directed by Ute Meta Bauer presented 50 contemporary artists at KW Institute for Contemporary Art and, for the first time, also at Martin-Gropius-Bau. In addition 35 film pieces were shown at the cinema Arsenal.


As its central concern the 3rd Berlin Biennale aimed for the creation of a temporal space of discourse by fostering connections between local players of art and knowledge production. Ute Meta Bauer's selection of writers, filmmakers, cultural producers and artists took place within the context of twenty years of structural changes that the city had experienced since the end of the East/West conflict. For the biennial, Berlin became a frame of reference in which to present a broad international spectrum of visual art, architecture, film, performance, sound art and urban interventions. The exhibition moreover reflected on issues of site-specificity, particularly in terms of comparing Berlin's idiosyncratic topography to similar conditions in other European metropoles.


Five core themes called "hubs" were mostly developed on-site by establishing direct relations to Berlin as an exhibition space: MIGRATION, URBAN CONDITIONS, SONIC SCAPES, SASHIONS AND SCENES and OTHER CINEMAS.


For the first time the Arsenal cinema at Potsdamer Platz functioned as an additional venue to present an extensive film program three times a week. Besides lectures and discussion events at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, the biennial included cooperation with numerous other local cultural institutions such as the Heinreich Böll Foundation, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, MaerzMusik, Berliner Festspiele and Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz. Other novelties were the institutional partnership with the Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek and the temporary radio project, which did a weekly broadcast on the 3rd Berlin Biennale.


The 3rd Berlin Biennale ended with the three-day event, Performance Jam, featuring sound performances, concerts, readings and fashion shows during the final exhibition weekend.


(Source: Berlin Biennale)

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