at last something interesting,
the KW Institute for Contemporary Arts in Berlin announced an open call for the 2012 Berlin Biennale with the theme ‘Art and Politics’
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“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.”
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