Performative Intervention:
Maximiliane Baumgartner x Otto Hofmann


Former Studio of Eva Eisenlohr


25.02 / 14:00


In her performative action WITH THE WHEELBARROW the artist Maximiliane Baumgartner together with Paula Kommoss activates the path from the former studio of the Freiburg artist to the Old Cemetery in memory of the work of Eva Eisenlohr

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Performative Intervention:
Maximiliane Baumgartner x Otto Hofmann

25.02.2023 / 14:00 / Former Studio of Eva Eisenlohr

PERFORMATIVE INTERVENTION: WITH THE WHEELBARROW: MAXIMILIANE BAUMGARTNER X OTTO HOFMANN
Saturday, February 25, 2023, 2 p.m.
Meeting point: Former studio of Eva Eisenlohr, Elsässer Straße 17, 79110 Freiburg

In her performative intervention WITH THE WHEELBARROW, together with Paula Kommoss, artist Maximiliane Baumgartner commemorates the work of Eva Eisenlohr by activating the path from the Freiburg artist’s studio to the Old Cemetery. A closer look at Eisenlohr’s works in various public places will provide insights into her working methods. The focus is on artistic work in the tension between commission and self-commissioning as a self-empowering gesture, which also informs Maximiliane Baumgartner’s practice. Otto Hofmann, whose research has provided a foundational insight into Eisenlohr’s work, will expand on the intervention with a reading.

The PERFORMATIVE INTERVENTION format works with the immediacy of the street and infiltrates it with bodies, actions, and settings that create unexpected encounters and new experiences of urban space. In this way, both audiences and passers-by can experience the street as an artistic medium and place of intervention.

Pflaster:
From Schwarzwaldhof to Im Grün


Schwarzwaldstraße 18


02.03 / 18:00


The head of the Archiv Soziale Bewegungen Michael Koltan will guide you from the former Schwarzwaldhof through the inner city to the Sedanviertel

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Pflaster:
From Schwarzwaldhof to Im Grün

02.03.2023 / 18:00 / Schwarzwaldstraße 18

Dreisameck, 1980s, Archiv Soziale Bewegungen

PFLASTER: STREET TALKS IN AND ABOUT FREIBURG

FROM SCHWARZWALDHOF TO IM GRÜN WITH MICHAEL KOLTAN (ARCHIV SOZIALE BEWEGUNGEN)
Thursday, March 2, 2023, 6 p.m.
Meeting point: Forecourt, Schwarzwaldstraße 18, 79102 Freiburg

The Archiv Soziale Bewegungen was established as a result of the so-called Nuclear Autumn in 1983 and is unique in southwestern Germany due to its large stock of leaflets, magazines, posters, buttons, and audio and video recordings. The head of the archive, Michael Koltan, leads a tour from the former Schwarzwaldhof through the city center to the Sedanviertel. The street talk focuses on squatted houses and the locations of artistic street actions that took place in the early 1980s and serves to make visible and reflect on political activism in the time since the ’68 movement.

For the PFLASTER series, experts from different fields are invited to get to the root of the realities and histories of specific urban contexts in the format of a guided walk, reflecting on the potentials of social movements, feminist representation, colonial urban history, and the current realities of life on the street. Using existing resources and expert knowledge, PFLASTER aims to sharpen the focus on the historical and contemporary layers of meaning, (in)visibility and (in)accessibility of urban space.

Pflaster:
Feminist History in the Stühlinger


Forgotten Coat Memorial


16.03 / 18:00


Birgit Heidtke and Hannah Kindler report on their research processes, the visualization of feminist history, and their activist work

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Pflaster:
Feminist History in the Stühlinger

16.03.2023 / 18:00 / Forgotten Coat Memorial

Sully Roecken and Carolina Brauckmann at the Walpurgis Night Demo 1987, Photographer unbekannt, Feminist Archive Freiburg

PFLASTER: STREET TALKS IN AND ABOUT FREIBURG

FEMINIST HISTORY IN THE STÜHLINGER WITH BIRGIT HEIDTKE (FEMINISTISCHE GESCHICHTSWERKSTATT) X HANNAH KINDLER (SOMEBODY*IES)
Thursday, March 16, 2023, 6 p.m.
Meeting point: Forgotten Coat Memorial, Wiwilí-Brücke / Konrad-Adenauer-Platz, bridge entrance city side, 79098 Freiburg

Stühlinger is a place where feminist history is inscribed. The renaming of streets is an important means of renegotiating representation in urban space, as well as the self-image of cities. Using the example of several renamed streets, Birgit Heidtke and Hannah Kindler report on their research processes, the visualization of feminist history, and their activist work.

For the PFLASTER series, experts from different fields are invited to get to the root of the realities and histories of specific urban contexts in the format of a guided walk, reflecting on the potentials of social movements, feminist representation, colonial urban history, and the current realities of life on the street. Using existing resources and expert knowledge, PFLASTER aims to sharpen the focus on the historical and contemporary layers of meaning, (in)visibility and (in)accessibility of urban space.

Pflaster:
Postcolonial Urban History


Hörsaal Anatomie Universität Freiburg


22.03 / 18:00


In this street talk, Heiko Wegmann, the founder of freiburg-postkolonial, shows how closely Freiburg’s inner city is interwoven with the history of colonialism

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Pflaster:
Postcolonial Urban History

22.03.2023 / 18:00 / Hörsaal Anatomie Universität Freiburg

PFLASTER: STREET TALKS IN AND ABOUT FREIBURG

POSTCOLONIAL URBAN HISTORY WITH HEIKO WEGMANN (FREIBURG-POSTKOLONIAL)
Wednesday, 22. March 2023, 6 p.m.
Meeting point: Anatomy Lecture Hall, University of Freiburg, Albertstraße 17, 79104 Freiburg

In this street talk, Heiko Wegmann, the founder of freiburg-postkolonial, shows how closely Freiburg’s inner city is interwoven with the history of colonialism. Today, this is only visible in a few places. However, for many locations and monuments, it can be traced back through photographic evidence, daily newspapers and other contemporary historical documents.

For the PFLASTER series, experts from different fields are invited to get to the root of the realities and histories of specific urban contexts in the format of a guided walk, reflecting on the potentials of social movements, feminist representation, colonial urban history, and the current realities of life on the street. Using existing resources and expert knowledge, PFLASTER aims to sharpen the focus on the historical and contemporary layers of meaning, (in)visibility and (in)accessibility of urban space.

Pflaster:
Dietenbach


Dietenbach


30.03 / 18:00


What all has to happen before a street is built? Architect Wolfgang Borgards and Freiburg artist Ben Hübsch take a closer look at this question on the Dietenbach site

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Pflaster:
Dietenbach

30.03.2023 / 18:00 / Dietenbach

PFLASTER: STREET TALKS IN AND ABOUT FREIBURG

DIETENBACH WITH WOLFGANG BORGARDS (INDEPENDENT ARCHITECT BDA) X BEN HÜBSCH
Thursday, March 30, 2023, 6 p.m.
Meeting point: corner of Carl-von-Ossietzky-Strasse / Mundenhofer Strasse, 79111 Freiburg.

What has to happen before a street is built? What processes and decisions surround the emergence of a new Freiburg district? From planning to construction, a great number of steps are necessary. Architect Wolfgang Borgards and Freiburg artist Ben Hübsch take a closer look at these elements on the Dietenbach site and interrogate the design and functional criteria of a “successful” cityscape.

For the PFLASTER series, experts from different fields are invited to get to the root of the realities and histories of specific urban contexts in the format of a guided walk, reflecting on the potentials of social movements, feminist representation, colonial urban history, and the current realities of life on the street. Using existing resources and expert knowledge, PFLASTER aims to sharpen the focus on the historical and contemporary layers of meaning, (in)visibility and (in)accessibility of urban space.

Workshop:
James Gregory Atkinson


CRAC Alsace


13.04 / 19:00


In his workshop, Atkinson uses his interdisciplinary approach to bring traces of history into dialogue with contemporary conditions

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Workshop:
James Gregory Atkinson

13.04.2023 / 19:00 / CRAC Alsace

WORKSHOP WITH JAMES GREGORY ATKINSON
Thursday, April 13, 2023, 7 p.m.
Location: CRAC Alsace, 18 Rue du Château, 68130 Altkirch (France)

In his research-based exhibition projects, artist James Gregory Atkinson combines autobiographical with political history and responds to the extreme gaps in records of Afro-German life in Germany’s official archives. In doing so, Atkinson draws on transnational queer and Black narratives, modifying them and bringing them into dialogue with the present. In this way, he creates alternative ways of confronting the past.

During his residency at CRAC Alsace in April 2023, Atkinson will research “Schwarze Schmach” propaganda in local archives, libraries, and various locations along the Rhine. The focus of his research is on French colonial troops deployed along the Rhine and at Franco-German borders points during the First and Second World Wars. Tracing the footsteps of these troops, Atkinson charts their legacies and impact on (Afro)Franco-German life in the region.

In his workshop, Atkinson uses his interdisciplinary approach to bring these stories into dialogue with contemporary conditions.

Film Program:
Whose Public?


GHB Universität Freiburg


20.04 / 20:00


The film program continues with Carole Roussopoulos LES PROSTITUÉES DE LYON PARLENT and Chantal Akerman’s NEWS FROM HOME

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Film Program:
Whose Public?

20.04.2023 / 20:00 / GHB Universität Freiburg

BFF 2 X AKA-FILMCLUB PRESENT: CAROLE ROUSSOPOULOS UND CHANTAL AKERMAN
Thursday, April 20, 2023, 8 p.m.
Location: Faculty of Biology large lecture hall, Schänzlestraße 1, 79104 Freiburg

LES PROSTITUÉES DE LYON PARLENT
Director: Carole Roussopoulos, 1975, 46 min., French with English subtitles

On June 2, 1975, nearly 200 sex workers occupied the Saint-Nizier Church in Lyon for eight days to draw attention to their precarious working and living conditions, which were characterized by (police) violence, exploitation, and social exclusion. In LES PROSTITUÉES DE LYON PARLENT, Carole Roussopoulos contributes towards the self-determined audibility and visibility of sex workers, broadcasting the interviews in real time on monitors and confronting people passing on the street. June 2, 1975 is still commemorated today as “International Whore Day,” recalling the sex workers’ continually relevant demands.

NEWS FROM HOME
Director: Chantal Akerman, 1977, 85 min., French with English subtitles

Shots of streets both lively and lifeless condense into a snapshot of New York City; some lie empty, in others, people push and shove along densely crowded sidewalks. From subways and cars, the film follows the never-ending tunnels and streets until the city becomes a picture postcard of itself viewed from a boat. The shots are accompanied by Chantal Akerman’s voice reading letters that the director received from her mother during her stay in New York between 1971 and 1973. Thus, in NEWS FROM HOME, Akerman interweaves image and voice as well as autobiographical and documentary elements into a cinematic dialogue.

Introductory lecture by Dr. Eva Kuhn, Art and Film scholar, Leuphana University Lüneburg

The collaboration between the Biennale für Freiburg 2 and the aka-Filmclub forms the cinematic prologue to the Biennale exhibition taking place in summer 2023. Across five dates, the curated series comprises screenings of selected films surrounding the thematic focus of the Biennale, accompanied by introductory lectures. The films will be shown in chronological order, providing insight into the history of cinematic explorations of the street as motif, backdrop, and metaphor from the 1950s to the present day.

Film Program:
Youth / Transgressions


GHB Universität Freiburg


27.04 / 20:00


On the third evening of the film program we will show PIXOTE: A LEI DO MAIS FRACO - ASPHALT-HAIE by Héctor Babenco

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Film Program:
Youth / Transgressions

27.04.2023 / 20:00 / GHB Universität Freiburg

BFF 2 X AKA-FILMCLUB PRESENT: HÉCTOR BABENCO
Thursday, April 27, 2023, 8 p.m.
Location: Faculty of Biology large lecture hall, Schänzlestraße 1, 79104 Freiburg

PIXOTE: A LEI DO MAIS FRACO – ASPHALT SHARKS
Director: Héctor Babenco, 1980, 128 min., Portuguese with English subtitles
Pixote, a ten-year-old boy, is picked up by the police on the streets of São Paulo and taken to a juvenile detention center where violence and corruption are the order of the day. The institution’s criminal and sadistic guards abuse the children from the streets using torture and humiliation tactics. Two runaways are murdered by police officers, who turn the blame on Lilica, a 17-year-old trans woman. Together with Lilica, Pixote and friends manage to escape. Back on the streets, they fight a constant battle for survival.

Introductury lecture by Hella Wiedmer-Newman, PhD Candidate at eikones — Center for the Theory and History of the Image, University of Basel

The collaboration between the Biennale für Freiburg 2 and the aka-Filmclub forms the cinematic prologue to the Biennale exhibition taking place in summer 2023. Across five dates, the curated series comprises screenings of selected films surrounding the thematic focus of the Biennale, accompanied by introductory lectures. The films will be shown in chronological order, providing insight into the history of cinematic explorations of the street as motif, backdrop, and metaphor from the 1950s to the present day.

Film Program:
Berlin. Aspects


GHB Universität Freiburg


04.05 / 20:00


The fourth evening of the film program is dedicated to FORMER EAST / FORMER WEST by Shelly Silver and THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA by Marten Persiel

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Film Program:
Berlin. Aspects

04.05.2023 / 20:00 / GHB Universität Freiburg

BFF 2 X AKA-FILMCLUB PRESENT: SHELLY SILVER UND MARTEN PERSIEL
Thursday, May 4, 2023, 8 p.m.
Location: Faculty of Biology large lecture hall, Schänzlestraße 1, 79104 Freiburg

FORMER EAST / FORMER WEST
Director: Shelly Silver, 1994, 62 min., German

Shortly after the fall of the Wall, artist Shelly Silver takes to the streets of Berlin to ask passers-by from East and West for their personal opinions on the pressing issues of the time. What is their sense of ‘home,’ for example, what do they think about the antagonism between socialism and capitalism, or the welcome money that the FRG pays to former GDR citizens entering the country? Silver creates a portrait of a city in transition: supposedly insurmountable prejudices, resurgent right-wing populist tendencies, and a spreading fatigue with democracy come to the surface—despite or precisely because of the need for mutual reconciliation.

THIS AIN’T CALIFORNIA
Director: Marten Persiel, 2012, 96 min., German

In the 80s, neighborhood kids Denis, Dirk, and Nico conquer the streets of Magdeburg-Olvenstedt on homemade skateboards. As teenagers in Berlin, they are in with the skater scene, using the concrete plazas and architecture of the GDR as their playground. When GDR officials sense success on this new phenomenon, some of the clique are sent to Euroskate ’88. After the fall of the Wall, the group lose touch with each other, until a tragic death brings them back together in 2011. The fictional documentary is comprised of Super-8 film sequences, interviews, and archive material, as well as animations.

Introductory lecture by Dr. Sabine Rollberg, former professor, Academy of Media Arts Cologne (until 2019); former editorial director WDR/Arte (until 2018).

The collaboration between the Biennale für Freiburg 2 and the aka-Filmclub forms the cinematic prologue to the Biennale exhibition taking place in summer 2023. Across five dates, the curated series comprises screenings of selected films surrounding the thematic focus of the Biennale, accompanied by introductory lectures. The films will be shown in chronological order, providing insight into the history of cinematic explorations of the street as motif, backdrop, and metaphor from the 1950s to the present day.

Film Program:
The Street As a Metaphor for Life


GHB Universität Freiburg


11.05 / 20:00


The last evening of the film program belongs to JADDE KHAKI — HIT THE ROAD by Panah Panahi

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Film Program:
The Street As a Metaphor for Life

11.05.2023 / 20:00 / GHB Universität Freiburg

BFF 2 X AKA-FILMCLUB PRESENT: PANAH PANAHI
Thursday, May 11, 2023, 8 p.m.
Location: Faculty of Biology large lecture hall, Schänzlestraße 1, 79104 Freiburg

JADDE KHAKI – HIT THE ROAD
Director: Panah Panahi, 2021, 93 min., Farsi with English subtitles

In a rented car, a family of four travels through a rugged landscape in northern Iran. Where they are headed remains unclear. The aimlessness of the road trip is reflected in the film’s imagery: the roads blend into the landscape more and more until they seem to dissolve into each other completely. Panah Panahi contrasts the noticeably growing tension with moments of situational comedy. This finally snaps with full force. Accompanied by the pop songs of Shahram Shabpareh, past and present collide.

The collaboration between the Biennale für Freiburg 2 and the aka-Filmclub forms the cinematic prologue to the Biennale exhibition taking place in summer 2023. Across five dates, the curated series comprises screenings of selected films surrounding the thematic focus of the Biennale, accompanied by introductory lectures. The films will be shown in chronological order, providing insight into the history of cinematic explorations of the street as motif, backdrop, and metaphor from the 1950s to the present day.

Pflaster:
Resistant Streets


13.07 / 19:00


Together with the social worker Dorothee Annette Kreuzer, the participants are encouraged to focus their attention on places that are characterized by contradictions

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Pflaster:
Resistant Streets

13.07.2023 / 19:00

PFLASTER: STREET TALKS IN AND ABOUT FREIBURG

RESISTANT STREETS WITH DOROTHEE ANNETTE KREUZER
Thursday, July 13, 2023, 7 p.m.
Meeting place to be announced

Participants are invited to accompany social worker Dorothee Annette Kreuzer and broaden their perspective as they move through the city, directing their gaze to places that are characterized by contradictions. The streets of a city mark its centers, delimit them and guide people through them. As public spaces, they are equally contested sites of political disputes. This raises the question of who owns these spaces and how the city can be shaped and lived in.

For the PFLASTER series, experts from different fields are invited to get to the root of the realities and histories of specific urban contexts in the format of a guided walk, reflecting on the potentials of social movements, feminist representation, colonial urban history, and the current realities of life on the street. Using existing resources and expert knowledge, PFLASTER aims to sharpen the focus on the historical and contemporary layers of meaning, (in)visibility and (in)accessibility of urban space.

Past program

Feature Film:
La Strada


GHB Universität Freiburg


02.02 / 20:00


The FILM PROGRAM of the Biennale für Freiburg 2 begins with Federico Fellini’s LA STRADA

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Feature Film:
La Strada

02.02.2023 / 20:00 / GHB Universität Freiburg

BFF 2 X AKA-FILMCLUB PRESENT: FEDERICO FELLINI
Thursday, February 2, 2023, 8 p.m.
Location: Large lecture hall of the Biology Department, Botanical Garden of the University of Freiburg, Schänzlestraße 1, 79104 Freiburg, Germany

LA STRADA
Director: Federico Fellini, 1954, 108 min., Italian with German subtitles

The Biennale für Freiburg 2 film program opens with Federico Fellini’s LA STRADA (1954). In this classic, the street provides the characters’ lived environment. Moreover, it becomes the story’s central setting as well as a symbol of the path to finding one’s self. The film follows strongman Zampano on his journey through Italy. He seeks an assistant for his performances and buys a poor widow’s daughter, Gelsomina. Zampano’s brutal ways come to face Gelsomina’s Chaplinesque innocence. Together, the mismatched duo endure the reality of a life on Italy’s country roads. While briefly guest-performing with a circus, the pair meet the acrobat Matto. In Fellini’s characteristic style, this encounter leads to a rupture in the delicate balance between the characters, who are forced once again to fend for themselves.

Introduction by Paula Kommoss, Artistic Director of the Biennale für Freiburg 2

The collaboration between the Biennale für Freiburg 2 and the aka-Filmclub forms the cinematic prologue to the Biennale exhibition taking place in summer 2023. Across five dates, the curated series comprises screenings of selected films surrounding the thematic focus of the Biennale, accompanied by introductory lectures. The films will be shown in chronological order, providing insight into the history of cinematic explorations of the street as motif, backdrop, and metaphor from the 1950s to the present day.

The Night


Bertoldsbrunnen / DELPHI_space/gvbk


26.01 / 19:00


The Biennale für Freiburg 2 together with DELPHI_space/gvbk invites to an informal kick-off and BFF 2-Friends event.

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The Night

26.01.2023 / 19:00 / Bertoldsbrunnen / DELPHI_space/gvbk

THE NIGHT: KICK-OFF AND BFF 2-FRIENDS EVENT
Thursday, January 26, 2023, 7 p.m.
Meeting point: Bertoldsbrunnen, 79098 Freiburg
From 7:30 p.m. at DELPHI_space/gvbk, Bismarckallee 20, 79098 Freiburg

The Biennale für Freiburg 2 invites you to an informal kick-off and BFF 2-Friends event, co-hosted by DELPHI_space/gvbk. you’re. All BFF participants, supporters, and the public are invited to get together and set the mood for the upcoming Biennial. The event will begin with a walk from Bertoldsbrunnen to DELPHI_space/gvbk, followed by a screening of films that give an insight into the themes and perspectives of the Biennale: the aka-Filmclub production DEMONSTRATION AM BERTOLDSBRUNNEN (1968), Ulrike Ottinger’s COUNTDOWN (1990) and Tsai Ming-liang’s THE NIGHT (2021).

DEMONSTRATION AM BERTOLDSBRUNNEN
Production: aka-Filmclub, 1968, 3 min., silent
Freiburg has a rich history of negotiating societal designs and utopias, which often resulted in an occupation of the street by means of resistant bodies and practices. In February 1968, for example, in response to a drastic increase in public transport fares, Freiburg students occupied the central transportation interchange at Bertoldsbrunnen with the slogan “Gleich wird’s grün” (“It’s turning green”). They sat on the ground—a radical and punishable action at the time, which was met with the first use of a water cannon in Baden-Württemberg.

COUNTDOWN
Director: Ulrike Ottinger, 1990, 188 min., German
The film COUNTDOWN documents the chronological sequence of the last ten days leading up to the Economic and Monetary Union on July 1, 1990, which initiated the first stage of German reunification. Starting from Potsdam, the film approaches Berlin, capturing important places and sections of streets, such as the former Berlin Wall and “death strips,” being repurposed already by cyclists and pedestrians. Construction sites can be seen everywhere—Berlin is in upheaval. The markets tell the same story, spreading across different parts of the city over the course of the day. People of different backgrounds gesticulate and communicate with each other at the stalls. Homeless people wander through the city in search of a place to stay or a little money. Day by day, the money traders at Bahnhof Zoo become increasingly nervous. The lines at the ATMs grow longer and longer.

LIANG YE BU NENG LIU (THE NIGHT)
Director: Tsai Ming-liang, 2021, 19 min., Taiwanese with English subtitles
The title of the film is inspired by an old Chinese lullaby from the 1940s (in English “The beautiful night is slipping away”). Towards the end of 2019, Tsai Ming-liang was invited to Hong Kong to share and perform a selection of popular songs. As the director describes, it was a turbulent time, when the landscape of the city’s day to day life was changing unexpectedly. In THE NIGHT, he roams the nighttime streets of Hong Kong, documenting their rhythm and atmosphere.

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24.01.2023

The Biennale for Freiburg is looking for an intern

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24.01.2023

INTERNSHIP
From March to August 2023

The Biennale für Freiburg 2 is looking for

AN INTERN

From June 16 to July 30, 2023, the Biennale for Freiburg 2 will take place for the second time at various locations in Freiburg, including the Kunstverein Freiburg, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Kommunales Kino, DELPHI_space/gvbk, and the Kaiserwache, as well as on streets and squares in public space. With the title “Das Lied der Straße”, this second iteration of the biennial deals with the street as a political realm and as a place of public lived experience.

To support our team, the Biennale for Freiburg 2 is looking for an intern in full-time (40h / week) for 6 months starting in March, who would like to gain experience in the organization of a biennial and artistic events.

The period of the internship includes the preparation, install, runtime as well as the follow-up of the exhibition and the pre-program of the biennial.

The internship is remunerated with 500 EUR per month and can be completed as a “Pflichtpraktikum.”

TASKS

  • Helping with the preparation, install, and dismantling of the exhibition in collaboration with the artists and cooperation partners
  • Coordination and supervision of exhibition venues as well as function as contact person for visitors
  • Support in the realization of events
  • Support in the coordination of travel and accommodation
  • Support in press and public relations, especially social media, newsletter distribution, website maintenance, and documentation
  • Editing and proofreading for exhibition, website, signage, and lettering
  • Assistance with administrative and art mediation activities

PROFILE

  • Student of art, art history, or cultural anthropology
  • Great interest in contemporary art and high motivation to work on a project like a biennial
  • Availability for weekends and evening events, especially during the biennial (run-time 6 weeks)
  • High degree of organizational talent, ability to work in a team and reliability as well as responsible, precise, and independent way of working
  • Very good command of written and spoken German and English, knowledge of French is an advantage
  • Confident handling of common office programs, knowledge of Kirby, Mailchimp and Photoshop is an advantage

WHAT WE OFFER

  • An interesting position with challenging tasks
  • An exciting work environment in the art field and the opportunity to become part of a small, dynamic team
  • Basic experience in the process, preparation, and organization of a large-scale contemporary art project, including production, installation, press and public relations, and mediation
  • Collaboration with national and international artists
  • Please send a short, informative application including a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae in table form and, if applicable, references and certificates by February 15, 2023 to: bewerbung@biennalefuerfreiburg.de

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Paula Kommoss, Artistic Director, at: bewerbung@biennalefuerfreiburg.de

We look forward to receiving your application!

Das Lied der Straße


07.12.2022

Under the title “Das Lied der Straße,” (“The song of the street”), the Biennale für Freiburg 2 explores the street as a political realm and as a place of lived publicness.

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Das Lied der Straße

07.12.2022

The street—like a living organ—is characterized by constant movement and change. It is witness to immediate reality and, at the same time, to the layers and deposits of historical events and socio-political power relations that inscribe themselves in its strata. In the past and the present alike, the street exists as a political symbol. Under the title “Das Lied der Straße,” the Biennale für Freiburg 2 reflects on the street as a space in which social debates and power relations are negotiated and brought into the public sphere. The street was and is a place where different attitudes and realities of life meet, and images of continuous, urban transformation are projected.

With a program of events starting in February 2023, the Biennale für Freiburg 2 invites the city’s urban fabric to participate in the research process: a film program, organized in cooperation with the Aka-Filmclub, as well as other formats will convene audiences to consider the street as a space of possibility and reception.

Prologue: February – May 2023
Exhibition: June 16 – July 30, 2023
Opening reception: June 16, 2023, 7pm

Save the Date!


24.10.2022

The Biennale für Freiburg 2 is happy to announce its exhibition dates: June 16 – July 30, 2023

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Save the Date!

24.10.2022

The Biennale für Freiburg 2 is happy to announce its exhibition dates:

June 16 – July 30, 2023

The pre-program will start in February 2023 – stay informed via our newsletter.

Artistic Director of Biennale Für Freiburg 2


01.01.2022

The association Perspektiven für Kunst in Freiburg e.V. is pleased to introduce Paula Kommoss as the new Artistic Director and Managing Director of the Biennale für Freiburg 2.

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Artistic Director of Biennale Für Freiburg 2

01.01.2022

PAULA KOMMOSS TO BE THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF BIENNALE FÜR FREIBURG 2

The association Perspektiven für Kunst in Freiburg e.V. is pleased to introduce Paula Kommoss as the new Artistic Director and Managing Director of the Biennale für Freiburg 2.

“I am looking forward to the next two years – to working with artists and partners, the people of Freiburg, and Freiburg itself,” says the art historian and curator. Paula Kommoss will take up the position in January 2022, with the Biennale taking place in 2023. She succeeds Leon Hösl, who directed the first edition of the Biennale.

“Paula Kommoss is the ideal person for the artistic direction of the second Biennale. She is familiar with the city of Freiburg and has solid experience in the art world on a national and international level. Her program will give an important impulse to contemporary art and the cultural life of Freiburg and will continue the success of the first edition curated by Leon Hösl,” says the board of Perspektiven für Kunst in Freiburg e.V. consisting of Heinrich Dietz (Director, Kunstverein Freiburg), Julia Galandi-Pascual (Director, PEAC Museum, Freiburg), Yvonne Ziegler (Art Historian), Ben Hübsch (Artist and Professor, Hochschule Macromedia). Together with external advisors Maurin Dietrich (Director, Kunstverein München) and Hanne König (Academic Assistant Exhibition Design and Scenography, HfG Karlsruhe), the Board unanimously appointed Paula Kommoss as Artistic Director.

Born in 1989, the art historian and curator has been working at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main since 2018. Alongside this work, Paula Kommoss has curated numerous exhibitions, and in 2021 founded the Frankfurt exhibition space ELVIRA. There she realized a successive, thematic exhibition program that brought together works by Claude Cahun, Isa Genzken, Judith Hopf, Atíena R. Kilfa, Shaun Motsi, Georgia Sagri, and Matt Welch, among others.

Paula Kommoss studied Art History and American Studies at the Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg, at University College London, and at the Ruhr University Bochum. She was curatorial assistant at the Fridericianum in Kassel in 2016 and at the German Pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale, which won the Golden Lion with Anne Imhof’s Faust (2017). During her time at the Städelschule, Paula Kommoss has been responsible for the coordination of the public program and worked most recently as research associate and in management.

Publications include the co-edited Städelschule Lectures 2 (2021) with contributions by Claire Denis, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Cauleen Smith, as well as Städelschule Lectures 1 (2019) with contributions by Lucy Raven, Martha Rosler, and Amy Sillman among others.

For the second time, the Biennale für Freiburg will take place across various locations in Freiburg from June 16 to July 30, 2023, including the Kunstverein Freiburg, the Museum für Neue Kunst, the Kommunales Kino, the offspaces DELPHI_space/gvbk and Kaiserwache, as well as on the streets and squares of the public realm. Under the title “Das Lied der Straße,” (“The song of the street”), the second edition of the Biennale explores the street as a political realm and as a place of lived publicness. The program will begin next February with a prologue of film screenings, site visits, and performances. The Artistic Director of the Biennale für Freiburg 2 is Paula Kommoss.

Prologue: February – May 2023
Exhibition: June 16 – July 30, 2023
Opening reception: June 16, 2023, 7pm

The Biennale für Freiburg is a new platform for contemporary art in Freiburg. In close collaboration with the invited artists and local actors, new formats and artworks are developed especially for the Biennale that create explicit references to the city and activate it as a field of experimentation: They reveal hidden stories, provoke unexpected experiences, and create moments of interchange and contact. The Biennale’s multi-layered program presents and mediates contemporary art beyond institutional spaces, puts local conditions in tension with global contexts and issues, and conveys new perspectives on the city.
The Biennale for Freiburg was founded in 2019 by the association “Perspektiven für Kunst in Freiburg e.V.” in response to the closure of the Freiburg branch of the Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe and the resulting question about the role of contemporary art (education) in Freiburg. The Biennale expands the cultural and artistic life in Freiburg and sets impulses for an ongoing exchange between national and international artists, artistic contexts, and the urban society.

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Team

Paula Kommoss
Artistic Director
kommoss@biennalefuerfreiburg.de

Valentina Ehnimb
Assistant to the Artistic Director
ehnimb@biennalefuerfreiburg.de

Imprint

The Biennale für Freiburg is organized by Perspektiven für Kunst in Freiburg e.V.

Contact:
Perspektiven für Kunst in Freiburg e.V.
Dreisamstr. 21
79098 Freiburg
verein@perspektivenfuerkunst.de

Committee:
Heinrich Dietz, Chairperson
Julia Galandi-Pascual, Vice Chairperson
Yvonne Ziegler, Treasurer
Ben Hübsch

Registration court: Amtsgericht Freiburg
Registration number: VR 702810
UST ID: DE331510618

Responsible for contents according to § 10 paragraph 3 MDStv: Paula Kommoss (Managing Director, address see above)

Graphic design:
Ronja Andersen and Marius Schwarz

Programming:
François Girard-Meunier

Typeface:
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