Wednesday June 6, 2012
Autonomous University @ Berlin Biennale 7
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69 10117
The workshop at the Berlin Biennale was attended mostly by artist and occupiers of the occupy space within the KW. We began with an informal presentation on art funding in Europe with a focus on a well know 15th Century Italian artist and the way he went about his business of funding his art, which was mostly through state sponsorship within warring and opposing states. Military superiority was tied with cultural superiority as each state was vying for the masters of the that time. This is compared to present day Europe where European Biennials are often competing to put on the best show in the region, resulting in commissions that are usually by and from the same international contemporary masters, so to speak. Already, for example, flying to Venice and then to Berlin or New York, you might encounter the same video artist in a major exhibition, as if we are short on artists.
Following the presentation, the group began discussing the current condition for arts funding and arts commoning in Berlin. Information about art rentals, art share programs, and exchanges were brought up. While the options are forming, one participant wondered what would be the next step for all these ideas?