6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art 11.6.–8.8.2010
“Do you believe in reality? What a question, you’ll reply. Reality isn’t something you believe in. It proverbially catches up with you anyway – always. But then what are we talking about here? Maybe we could talk about the fact that you so often hear people saying something was different ‘in reality’? Or about why it has become so customary to add a ‘really‘ or an ‘actually’ or an ‘in fact’ to so many of the things we say? Let’s talk about the cracks in reality, about the gap between the world we talk about and the world that’s really there. But why this distinction? Because reality is always the other? Or the others? Everything that’s waiting out there?
Let’s talk about the self-deceptions where reality becomes too painful. Let’s talk about the fictional arsenal of the mass media and consumerism, about the rhetoric of distraction and appeasement. Won’t that ultimately lead us to question contemporary art, and its relationship to reality?” – BB6
On the occasion of BB6, the International Curators Forum will mediate a group response to the Biennale’s open question in the form of selected studio visits and presentations with Haegue Yang, Nasan Tur, Libia Castro and Olafur Olafsson, Thomas Kilpper, Ming Wong, Omer Fast, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Mayaan Amir and Ruti Sela. Thinking and moving around this question of what constitutes ‘reality’, each encounter will approach and consider the core question in relation to individual research and practice informed by the conditions of trans-nationality, migration, autonomy and community.
ICF is offering bursaries of £250.00GBP to five individuals who would like to attend the professional preview of BB6 from 9 to 12 June 2010 and the ICF tour.
The criteria for selection are:
• A track record of curating international artists (minimum of 3 projects)
• A strong interest in the aesthetics and ethics of global curatorial development
• A collaborative approach to sharing knowledge and expertise
• A statement supporting your interest in attending the event and its relevance to your current research (maximum 500 words).
Please send your applications digitally to
The deadline for applications is Friday 30 April 2010. Successful applicants will be notified by 6 May 2010.