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Krytyka Polityczna in Berlin

Posted on: Oktober 18th, 2011 by Denhart von Harling

Krytyka Polityczna in Berlin

The 7th Berlin Biennale invites you to the kick-off event of the Berlin club of Krytyka Polityczna (Political Critique) from Warsaw, which will consequently organize events at KW Institute for Contemporary Art.


The Krytyka Polityczna community, which as an organization includes a publishing house, an informal university and a cultural center in Warsaw, is the most significant left-wing intellectual formation in Poland. It was set up to reinvigorate the tradition of the engaged intelligentsia, to combat economic and cultural exclusion, to spread leftist ideas both in academic and mainstream media and to transform citizens into self-conscious political subjects. The community is formed of journalists, scientists, writers, critics, playwrights, artists and numerous activists, who since the very beginning have been working closely together in the common believe that art and politics go together and that everyone should contribute to a critical and self-conscious society.


Krytyka Polityczna widens its activities to various clubs in Poland, as well as internationally with clubs in Kiev and London, one club in Saint Petersburg being in the course of formation.


The 7th Berlin Biennale supports the development of a presence of Krytyka Polityczna in Germany. This is one of the ways in which the curator Artur Żmijewski would like to politicize culture. Since its very beginning Krytyka Polityczna has been working closely with artists to create a society in which politics is not reserved for politicians and the administrative apparatus, but in which everyone is a political entity.


More about Krytyka Polityczna

in Polish

in English

Keep yourself informed about Krytyka Polityczna's activities in Berlin.


Job Opportunity: Image Editor

Posted on: September 22nd, 2011 by Denhart von Harling


Bildredakteur/In für die 7. Berlin Biennale für zeitgenössische Kunst


Wir suchen eine Person, die die Bildredaktion für die Publikationen sowie für die Pressearbeit und den Internetauftritt der 7. Berlin Biennale übernimmt.




  • Bild- und Medienarchivierung
  • Anfrage, Aufarbeitung, Bearbeitung und Präsentation des Bild- und Medienmaterials für Drucksachen, Website und Presse
  • Betreuung der Dokumentation der Ausstellung und ihrer Veranstaltungen
  • Abklärung von Bild- und Medienrechten in diesem Zusammenhang


Erforderliche Kenntnisse und Fähigkeiten

  • Kenntnisse und Interesse an der zeitgenössischen Kunst- und Kulturszene mit einem besonderen Interesse an der Buch- und Katalogproduktion
  • gute Grundkenntnisse der Bild- und Medienbearbeitung (z.B. Photoshop, InDesign usf.)
  • sehr gute Computerkenntnisse (Microsoft Office insbesondere E-Mail-Programme, Word und Excel, div. Internetanwendungen)
  • Grundkenntnisse in HTML sind von Vorteil, ebenso Erfahrung mit Betreuung bzw. Erstellung von Websites
  • Grundkenntnisse im Bild- und Medienrecht sowie vers. Recherchequellen
  • Grundkenntnisse in Archivierungssystemen
  • sicheres Deutsch und Englisch in Wort und Schrift
  • Organisationstalent, Flexibilität, Selbstständigkeit, verantwortungsvolles Arbeiten, Belastbarkeit, Teamfähigkeit, Kommunikationsfreude



Beginn: ab 15. Oktober 2011, Laufzeit bis 30. Juni 2012


Der Zeitaufwand staffelt sich nach dem  Arbeitsaufwand gemäß dem Projektverlauf der 7. Berlin Biennale.


Gehalt: Honorar nach Vereinbarung



Bitte reichen Sie Ihre Bewerbung bis zum 30. September 2011 nur per E-Mail an Denhart v. Harling ( ein, begleitet von einem kurzen Lebenslauf und einem aussagekräftigen Anschreiben.

Artist Talk with Artur Zmijewski Trembling Bodies / Körper in Aufruhr

Posted on: Juni 24th, 2011 by PraktikantIn

Artist Talk with Artur Zmijewski Trembling Bodies / Körper in Aufruhr

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 8 pm


Book launch, exhibition and artist talk in English with Joanna Rajkowska, Stanislaw Ruksza and Artur Żmijewski




Zimmerstr. 90/ 91, 10117 Berlin


On the occasion of the publication of Artur Żmijewski’s interview book Drżące ciała (Trembling Bodies / Körper in Aufruhr, in German) and parallel to the Berlin international film festival, the daadgalerie will be showing the film works and documentations of the performance, photography, and film art in Poland from the 1990s till the present.

The dates of the 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Posted on: Juni 24th, 2011 by PraktikantIn 2 Comments

The dates of the 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

The 7th Berlin Biennale takes place from April 27 to July 1, 2012.

Open Call ended

Posted on: Juni 24th, 2011 by PraktikantIn 3 Comments

Open Call ended

In preparation of the 7th Berlin Biennale, Artur Żmijewski asked artists to submit statements on their political convictions in an Open Call. By the January 2011 deadline approximately 7,500 artists from all over the world had sent in their material. The submissions are currently being reviewed and archived.

“We now need time to go through the submissions carefully and to realize what kind of political beings we are as artists,” comments Żmijewski.

You can find the Open Call here.

Open Call

Posted on: November 22nd, 2010 by Denhart von Harling

Open Call of the 7th Berlin Biennale

Within the framework of the 7th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art in 2012, curated by Artur Żmijewski, artists from all over the world are requested to send in their artist material for a research investigation, following the conditions below.


We accept artistic material in hard copy formats not bigger than A3 (297 x 420 mm or 11.69 x 16.54 in.), printed images, digital data, as well as DVDs.

PDFs in A4 (297 mm x 210 mm or 11.7 x 8.3 inches) or fax will also be accepted.

Please do not send any original artworks.

We welcome all possible languages of your artistic comments and explanations. However there should equally be an English version.


As the research also focuses on the question whether artists consider themselves to be political, please inform us about your political inclination (e.g. rightist, leftist, liberal, nationalist, anarchist, feminist, masculinist, or whatever you identify yourself with) or whether you are not interested in politics at all.


Please send your artistic statement or presentation as a hardcopy via regular mail, via e-mail or fax to the following address or number before January 15, 2011:


Berlin Biennale

– Open Call –

KW Institute for Contemporary Art

Auguststr. 69

10117 Berlin/Germany




This open call is not guarantying that you will be invited to take part in the 7th Berlin Biennale. Please be aware that your submission might be used and published within its framework. Please also consider that the 7th Berlin Biennale is not able to send back any received material, but that everything will be integrated into the public research archive of the Berlin Biennale.


Image: Hiwa K

You can download this open call in different languages

Arabic, ChineseEnglish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

“Usually, artists are not asked to identify their political positions. But this time it's different. In my opinion, all artists represent particular political standpoints, even if they don't want to identify them clearly. There is this invisible rule for artists to produce so-called “political art” from an unidentified political position and to keep neutrality, even if it is obvious that they are not neutral.


Our reality is structured by politics; this means that art is also structured by them. Let's present this invisible/hidden structure, this obscene background of art. Politics are not, as politicians would like to convince us, fights for power or dirty games. They are the language of our collective needs which people share.


We are not only human beings, we are also political beings, as Hannah Arendt said. Let's describe what we are doing as artists also in pure political terms. That's why I ask about this “secret” and “private” information. Let's give it a public body.


It doesn't mean that the curatorial choice will be based on preferred political identity—no, it will be based as always on intuition and ambiguity. But this time intuition and ambiguity will be a little deformed by this over-obvious political element. So, we will see what happens.”


Artur Żmijewski

Here you can find the explanation in various languages

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

10th Berlin Biennale