An image of Telfar Clemens' family from the Berlin Biennale. A retrospective of his clothing designs anchor the event.



DIS And Telfar Rise to the Occasion At The 2016 Berlin Biennale

The Berlin Biennale, a massive art exhibition, has found its stride–it may just be the most anticipated event the European city has seen in recent years. We live in a world where Venice Biennale still may reign, but its smaller sister is definitely on the come up. Founded in 1998, The Berlin Biennale’s competitive edge has long lied in its devotion to the artists chosen to show–it stays true to its subjects visions, creating an unpolluted environment dedicated to pure creativity. 2016 is no different. With focuses on post internet-ism, the public versus the private, and the “optimized human being.”

In late 2014, it was announced that the Biennale Foundation had appointed DIS as the curators for 2016. DIS is a New York-based collective, a total media, art, digital, and cultural powerhouse. It’s probably most well known for DIS-Magazine, a forum for analyzing creativity, culture and humanistic values through a distinct and detailed lens. Like most of Dis’ hilarious, relevant, and occasionally incomprehensible work, the 2016 Biennale has been described as “post contemporary,” but at the core of it all, it’s knowingly difficult to put into words.

An image from the Telfar retrospective at the Berlin Biennale, which i-D described as “powerfully weird.”

The Berlin Biennale is a fascinating experiment. Excitingly, in a centerpiece of the whole shebang, Babak Radboy, the beloved creative director of MADE designer (and Milk fave) Telfar, is showing a retrospective of his clothing line. Another one of our favorite elements of the Biennale is a record that accompanies the event. Titled “Anthem,” it features a roster of media artists including Juliana Huxtable, Hito Steryel, Fatima Al Qadiri, Total Freedom, and Ryan Trecartin. The serves as something like a table of contents to the event, an artwork in its own right. We also loved a work from Jon Rafman, the artist famous for his 9 Eyes/ Google Street View website, who created a doomsday version of an oculus rift. On a sweet note, installation artist Simon Fujiwara dedicated himself to happiness, literally.

DIS’s role goes far beyond a curatorial management team. Their success lies in building bridges for contrasting thoughts to meet at, and not settling for the reality at present, a crusader for the tomorrow. By implementing critical thought and psychological meaning in what may seem just like crumbs of life’s habits and characteristics, the personification of an artist comes into full view. They also came up with perhaps the catchiest tagline of all time. The Biennale is centered around the idea that “the present is drag.” Bravo.

Images via The New York Times, i-D

Stay tuned to Milk for more from the Berlin Biennale

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