KW Institute for Contemporary Art as organizer of the Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art is delighted to announce the appointment of the New York based collective DIS, composed of Lauren Boyle, Solomon Chase, Marco Roso, and David Toro, as curatorial team of the 9th Berlin Biennale.
The cultural interventions of DIS are manifest across a range of media and platforms, from site-specific museum and gallery exhibitions such as CO-WORKERS – Network as Artist (2015, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris), Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015 (The Museum of Modern Art, New York, US), DIS Image Studio (2013, The Suzanne Geiss Company, New York, US), ProBio at EXPO 1: New York (2013, MoMA PS1, New York, US) or Dressing the Screen for the British Council (2012, UCCA, Beijing) to ongoing online projects which most notably include DIS Magazine, a virtual platform that examines art, fashion, music, and culture, constructing and supporting new creative practices. Recent ventures include DISimages, 2013, a fully operational stock photography agency that enlists artists to produce images available for private and commercial use, and DISown, a retail venture aimed at expanding creative economies. Across its various endeavors, DIS explores the tension between popular culture and institutional critique, while facilitating projects for the most public and democratic of all forums—the Internet.
Since its inception in 1998, the Berlin Biennale has become one of Germany’s most important events of contemporary art. It is shaped by the different concepts of curators appointed to enter into a dialogue with the city of Berlin, its general public, the people interested in art as well as the artists of this world. The previous eight editions of the Berlin Biennale explored a variety of exhibition formats and involved diverse curatorial agendas.
The 9th Berlin Biennale for contemporary art may or may not include Contemporary Art. The Prancing Elites may or may not be the official brand ambassadors of the 9th Berlin Biennale. A pop album by artists may or may not replace the press release. Performance art may or may not be the future of advanced interior design and performers may or may not be paid sick-days. The KW Institute for Contemporary Art may or may not trade square meters with the Mall of Berlin. The 9th Berlin Biennale may or may not render the present in drag.