Past Young Curators Workshop

16.9.2016, 19.0020.00
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69
10117 Berlin, Germany
Panel discussion with Bassam El Baroni, Gabriele Horn, and Joanna Warsza, moderated by Armen Avanessian, in English
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 a 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.

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 Past Young Curators Workshops panel discussion looks at previous curatorial gatherings and considers the actual potential and effectiveness of these workshop formats. The event will examine the exponential spreading of likely initiatives, platforms, and courses that aim to strengthen the network and expertise of emerging curators. Speakers will include former Young Curators Workshop participants Bassam El Baroni, professor at the Dutch Art Institute; Joanna Warsza, associate curator of the 7th Berlin Biennale and head of the CuratorLab Research Program in Stockholm; and Gabriele Horn, director and workshop-initiator of the Berlin Biennale.


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).


Free entry, only with RSVP:


Image: past and future equally important in the organization of the system from The Time-Complex. Postcontemporary, drawing by Andreas Töpfer, 2016,