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Press Release: Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum welcomes:

5th berlin biennial
When things cast no shadow
curated by Adam Szymczyk and Elena Filipovic
April 5 - June 15, 2008


Friday, April 4, 5 PM
at Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum

Kommandantenstrasse / Seydelstrasse / Neue Grünstrasse
U2 Spittelmarkt

Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum is pleased to welcome the 5th berlin biennial for contemporary art from April 4th - June 15th. The park will be one of four venues for the biennial, entitled When things cast no shadow. The exhibition takes place during both day and night. The day part can be seen at the Neue Nationalgalerie (West), KW Institute for Contemporary Art (East), the Schinkel-Pavillon and Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum (the border).

Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum is located in the heart of Berlin's cityscape. It is a vacant land, located on one of the former "death strips" within the Berlin Wall. Now comprising of 62 vacant lots of downtown real estate, this ambiguous site remains overrun by weeds, makeshift fences, trash and debris form pre-War buildings.

In 2006, five artists, Matthias Einhoff, Philip Horst, Markus Lohmann, Harry Sachs and Daniel Seiple, inaugurated the land with the title Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum. Since then they have been supporting site-related artists' projects, and when neccessary working with the various landowners. In contrast to classical ideas of a "sculpture park", there is little park-like about the unkempt land. However ironic, the land remains noticeably un-manicured with the intention that the projects reveal both themselves and this land upon which they sit.

Perhaps by coincidence, since the group commenced their activities, property values have begun to rise after years of dormancy. Driven entirely by a speculative market, the land's value and identity are shifting. One construction project has broken ground and two others are scheduled to follow. It is likely that the following exhibition series Landreform and Wunderland will also have new buildings and construction sites as a backdrop.

As the history of the site begins to be overgrown not only by vegetation and community use, but also by investor fantasies and buildings, the park's focus will shift to issues of urban planning, architecture, land use, community development and disruption. In all of its efforts, Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum and its operational arm, KUNSTrePUBLIK e.V., aspires to create a model for urban sites awaiting development. Through their temporary use of the land, they hope to inspire and frame other ways of perceiving and experiencing unused urban space.

The biennial, curated by Adam Szymczyk and Elena Filipovic, adds yet another significant layer to the site's already rich history. This event joins Skulpturenpark's three previous exhibitions, Grand Opening (Bestandsaufnahme), Parcella, Spekulationen, and the upcoming series, LANDREFORM (2008).

As part of the nightly section taking place throughout the city, the organizers of Skulpturenpark will present an event, LANDREFORM Carousel, on the evening of June 10th, 2008.

Skulpturenpark is pleased to announce that Neue Nachbarn by Ulrike Mohr, a project of the Spekulationen series, will also be included in the bb5.

The 5th berlin biennial for contemporary art at Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum is made possible through cooperation between KUNSTrePUBLIK e.V. and KW Institute for Contemporary Art.

5th berlin biennial website

For more information, please contact our office:
Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum
Neue Grünstr. 20
10179 Berlin