The Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, opening under the title “The Present in Drag” managed to capture the disquieting mood of today’s universal human condition through the exhibition of a wide range of video and sculptural/installation works curated by DIS. In the catalogue essay DIS describes The Present as “Unknowable, Unpredictable and Incomprehensible”. True as that may be, this curatorial collective does a fine job at presenting a platform that is comprehensible enough to feel uncertainty and gloom. I was as positively impressed by many of the artists whose work I was seeing for the first time as I was with the installations themselves. It is refreshing to know that the dark side of the force can be so expertly disected and still be able to get out of town without the need of a single anti-depression tablet.
For an erudite and pithy commentary about the show I suggest you read Andrew Goldstein’s July 16, 2016 piece on Artspace titled “Secrets to Post-Internet Success From DIS’s Scary Berlin Biennale”. Impressive.
Meanwhile here are some of my photos from the Biennale.