P/Act for Art: Berlin Biennale Zeitung

Published within the 7th Berlin Biennale

Within the next days the bilingual newspaper P/Act for Art: Berlin Biennale Zeitung is released. It refers to Berlin’s cultural politics currently being highly debated in the city. Since its founding the Berlin Biennale is connected to the city and takes local topics as a trigger for own activities. Thus Artur Żmijewski and the 7th Berlin Biennale asked international cultural and knowledge producers to weigh in on the current debates. P/Act for Art: Berlin Biennale Zeitung gathers around 50 statements expressing different, future orientated opinions and aiming to stimulate a creative exchange with the politically responsibles of Berlin. Anh-Linh Ngo perfectly defined the common task in P/Act for Art: Berlin Biennale Zeitung: “Get involved, take position, make demands”.


P/Act for Art: Berlin Biennale Zeitung is distributed for free.

The statements are also online: please scroll down to read them.


P/Act for Art: Berlin Biennale Zeitung was designed by Berlin BUREAU Mario Lombardo, who is in charge for the graphic design of the 7th Berlin Biennale.



1. Should art consciously participate in current debates and serve as a critical voice in society respectably to generate democratic processes within society?


2. How should the situation be assessed in which almost the entire budget of existing art institutions is spent on infrastructure, with no money left for new experimental approaches, programming, new productions, or acquisitions?


3. What are possible alternative sources of cultural funds and how can they be realized in order to generate reliable and independent funding for cultural and artistic production?


4. How should topic-specific funding and funding connected to a particular federal state—which is made available based on the need for political representation—be dealt with?


5. What responsibility does the commercial sector within the art system have with regard to competition among artists? Does the non-commercial part of the system contribute to it »innocently« and how?


6. Should commercial galleries co-finance new »non profit« art production and exhibitions?


7. What is the responsibility of artists towards the city and society in which they live?


8. Why don’t the politicians responsible work together with art and cultural professionals, and why are there not any advisory committees for this field?


9. Have artists lost their trust in art institutions? Why do they so often feel manipulated?


10. How is it possible to involve international cultural producers based in Berlin in the debate about culture in Berlin and resolve existing language problems?

Gabriele Horn

In the recent months, segments of the art scene have been demanding structural reform of cultural policy: at the beginning of 2011, the initiative “Haben und Brauchen” set the ball rolling with an open letter to the Governing Mayor. [...]More >

Artur Żmijewski

Berlin of today is a city of artists, and their presence is what shapes its identity. It should treat them with the utmost care. However, the recent developments in Berlin’s cultural policy seem more like a threat. At the end of 2010, the Governing Mayor [...]More >


Marius Babias

Director, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin More >

Zdravka Bajovic

Art historian, 7th Berlin Biennale, Berlin More >

Stéphane Bauer

Director, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, communal gallery of the district Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg More >

Leonie Baumann

President, School of Art Berlin Weißensee More >

René Block

Curator, director, TANAS, Berlin More >

Ellen Blumenstein

Curator, Salon Populaire, Berlin More >

Monica Bonvicini

Artist, Berlin More >

Arno Brandlhuber / Alexander Koch

Architect and city researcher, Berlin / Curator, theoretician, and gallerist, Berlin More >

Ann Cotten

Writer, Nagoya More >

Dellbrügge & De Moll

Artists, Berlin More >


Artist, co-director and curator, Art Laboratory, Berlin More >

Yvonne P. Doderer

Office for Transdisciplinary Research and Cultural Production, Stuttgart More >

Matthias Flügge

Art historian, Berlin More >

Joerg Franzbecker

Curator, Berlin More >

Sønke Gau

Curator and art critic, Zurich More >

Stephan Geene

b_books, Berlin More >

Erik Göngrich

Artist, Berlin More >

Nicole Hackert

Gallerist, Berlin More >

Erika Hoffmann

Art lover, Berlin More >

Tom Holert

Art critic and art historian, Berlin and Vienna More >

Gabriele Horn

Director, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin More >

Ela Kagel

Independent curator and producer, Berlin More >

Renata Kaminska

Artist, Berlin More >

Wolfgang Kil

Architecture critic and writer, Berlin More >

Gabriele Knapstein

Art historian and curator, Berlin More >

Thomas Köhler

Director, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin More >

Kasper König

Director, Museum Ludwig, Cologne More >

Heimo Lattner / Annette Maechtel

Artist, Berlin / Independent curator, Berlin More >

Adrian Lohmüller

Artist, Berlin More >

Diana McCarthy

Artist run radio, Berlin More >

Jonathan Meese

Arch and ore artist More >

Ute Meta Bauer

Professor and curator, Cambridge / Berlin More >

John Miller

Artist, Berlin / New York More >

Ute Müller-Tischler

Director of the Art and Cultural Office, Berlin-Lichtenberg More >

Anh-Linh Ngo

Editor, ARCH+, Berlin More >

Johannes Paul Raether

Artist, Berlin More >

Karin Rebbert

Managing director, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst e.V., Berlin More >

Natascha Sadr Haghighian

Berlin More >

Bernd M. Scherer

Director, House of World Cultures, Berlin More >

Esther Schipper

Gallerist, Berlin More >

Sabine Schmidt

Gallerist, Berlin More >

Janos Sugar

Artist, Budapest More >

Christoph Tannert

Director, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin More >

Jalal Toufic

Thinker and mortal to death More >

Jan Verwoert

Author, Berlin More >

Marion von Osten

artist, author, and exhibition maker, works in Vienna, lives in Berlin More >

Tanja Wagner

Gallerist, Berlin More >

Ute Weiss Leder

Artist, Berlin More >

Florian Wüst

Artist and film-curator, Berlin More >

Inga Zimprich

Artist, Berlin More >

Artur Żmijewski

artist and curator, 7th Berlin Biennale, Berlin and Warsaw More >
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