Special program for Berlin Art Week

14.9.2016, 12.0023.55
Alle Ausstellungsorte
Auguststraße 69
10117 Berlin, Germany
12 hours of exhibitions, performances, lectures, and music


1–2 pm
Open Workout with Lesley Moon
Akademie der Künste, 2nd floor
Please come in sports clothes
Nik Kosmas’ three simple structures on the terrace of Akademie der Künste are nothing more or less than foundational pieces of gym equipment for a physical training set-up, which is open to the public during regular, guided workouts with different trainers. Learn and practice the fundamentals of constructing a simple yet comprehensive training regimen for the entire body with Lesley Moon.

1:30–2:30 pm
Guided tour through the ESMT European School of Management and Technology
ESMT European School of Management and Technology, meeting point in the foyer
Please register at lvdh@berlinbiennale.de
Guided tour through the architecture of the ESMT Berlin, through areas of the business school that are usually not open to the public, and through the exhibition space of the 9th Berlin Biennale, in German.

From 2 pm
Brain on XANAX
Performance by Puppies Puppies
Akademie der Künste, ground floor
An anonymous figure at large in an era of hyper-documentation and information, Puppies Puppies mines a rich seam of grotesque humor beneath the clickbait, the brain-shredding, warp-speed surface of online life. In addition to a video posted each day on the Berlin Biennale website and hand sanitizer dispensers placed throughout the exhibition, this performance is Puppies Puppies’ third contribution to the 9th Berlin Biennale.

3–3:30 pm
Performance conceived by Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
The Feuerle Collection, ground floor
In the performance SONIC CRIPSIS, a flutist transposes a secret soundtrack for the flute, simultaneously encrypting its content and merging it with the surrounding sonic space.

3–4 pm
DISCREET Recordings
Trailer, WEBB-SERIES, film-in-progress, presented by Armen Avanessian and Christopher Roth, in English
Film on view all day
Akademie der Künste, 4th floor
DISCREET was a three-week workshop held during the 9th Berlin Biennale for the formation and development of a new kind of intelligence agency. Armen Avanessian and Alexander Martos invited 15 agents to find strategies and actions for an open-source secret service. Most of the discussions were broadcasted live on YouNow and DISCREET.global. Christopher Roth made trailers, interviewed the participants, and produced the WEBB-SERIES (written and directed by Webb Allen). A selection of this material will be shown as a work in progress.

4–5 pm
Magazine presentation and juice pairing with Yngve Holen and Matthew Evans, in English
Akademie der Künste, hosted by MINT Juicebar by Debora Delmar Corp. 
Enjoy a juice and get your copy of ETOPS III—the third issue of artist Yngve Holen’s magazine, focusing on food and political ecology in the Andes and the Amazon rainforest.

4–6 pm
Ongoing action by Alexandra Pirici
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, ground floor
Signals (2016) draws on newsfeeds from real political events, pop cultural memes, and ephemera. The ongoing action is a live feed determined by user preferences and a content ranking algorithm, enacted by performers in motion capture suits.

4–7:30 pm, each 30 min
Guided tour through the painted cellar of the Akademie der Künste, in German at 4 and 5 pm, in English at 6 and 7 pm
Akademie der Künste, meeting point in the foyer
For the carnival parties celebrated in the coal cellar of the Akademie in 1957 and 1958, artists had painted on the walls. The 30-minute guided tour with Carolin Schönemann offers an unusual look at informal GDR art during a period of formalism.

5–6 pm
Autonomy Cube
Artist talk with Trevor Paglen, in English
Akademie der Künste, 2nd floor
The Autonomy Cube (2015) by Trevor Paglen and Jacob Appelbaum is an intervention into two trends: the surveillance and militarization of the internet; and the deployment of biometric profiling systems in cultural institutions.

6:30–8 pm
CUSS Group
Performance by July Zuma with the support of Nguni Arts International
Ultimate Blow Out Sale (all day)
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Triomf Factory Shop
The CUSS Group, which realized a program with South African artists in their Triomf Factory Shop at KW for the entire duration of the exhibition, extends an invitation to an Ultimate Blow Out Sale plus performance in the shop.

7–8 pm
No Price Like Home: Post-capitalism and the Future of Housing
Conversation between artist Christopher Kulendran Thomas and economist Moritz Schularick, in English
Akademie der Künste, 2nd floor
The technological acceleration of the fourth industrial revolution is not only transforming capitalism but also opening up new possibilities for how housing could be organized. Artist Christopher Kulendran Thomas and economist Moritz Schularick consider whether real estate markets—cornerstones of the global economic and financial system—could be disrupted by new models that privilege flexible access over private ownership. They ask the question: Could capitalism be driving itself out of business?

8.30–9.30 pm
Five Finger Discount History
Lecture performance by Christine Sun Kim, in American Sign Language and in English
Akademie der Künste, 2nd floor
This is the artist’s attempt to recount her personal observations as a form of Deaf American History. She offers, providing a critique towards of its aesthetics and links with sign language, laws, technology, and deaf dogs.


Our thanks for the support of the events go to Art Collection Telekom; Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb; Bundeskanzleramt der Republik Österreich – Kunstsektion; Rudolf Augstein Stiftung; NikeLab; Accíon Cultural Español; Esther Schipper, Berlin; Akademie der Künste and ESMT European School of Management and Technology.


Ticket 10 Euro, grants admission to all events and multiple repeated admission to all exhibition venues (except sightseeing boat) starting from 11 am.
Tickets are available at the ticket desk at Akademie der Künste, The Feuerle Collection, and KW Institute for Contemporary Art.


Image: Roe Ethridge, Chris Kraus and Babak Radboy, image from Not in the Berlin Biennale, 2016, photo: Roe Ethridge