The Biennale is by nature a place of encounter and experimentation. In October 2019, the Biennale will be the setting for students and faculty of the SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences to hold their first joint workshop as a new university.
Through artistic inspiration and the reflection of contemporary art, the participants* want to build bridges between their different university cultures and disciplines. To this end, 45 students from all five schools under the direction of Prof. Bert Eichhorn, Prof. Brigitte Biel, Vanessa Borckmann and Prof. Dörte Schultze-Seehof will travel to the Academic Sessions of the Biennale.
The title of the 58th International Art Exhibition could not be more appropriate for this project: "May You Live In Interesting Times". The very political theme goes back to a Chinese curse that refers to times of uncertainty, crisis and turmoil - "interesting times" like those in which we live today.
Curator Ralph Rugoff himself commented on his concept:
"The title of this Exhibition could be interpreted as a sort of curse – stated President Paolo Baratta - where the expression “interesting times” evokes the idea of challenging or even “menacing” times, but it could also simply be an invitation to always see and consider the course of human events in their complexity, an invitation, thus, that appears to be particularly important in times when, too often, oversimplification seems to prevail, generated by conformism or fear. And I believe that an exhibition of art is worth our attention, first and foremost, if it intends to present us with art and artists as a decisive challenge to all oversimplifying attitudes."
Moved by the critical motto and the provocative installations of the art show, the students and teachers of the SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences want to search for connections for their own coexistence.
The trip served the academic exchange with the universities, which were also present at the Biennale Berlin during the Academic Sessions.