How to gather? Acting in a Center in a City in the Heart of the Island of Eurasia

Under challenging circumstances, the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art opts for a radical format and changes its structure: the biennale will be condensed into ten days. Artistic, discursive and reflective moments will shape the space. Located in the Pavilion No.1 of VDNKh, it is here that the Moscow Biennale will evolve, as a think tank in real time.

Biennale: Sept 22 - Oct 1, 2015
Documentary exhibition project: Oct 3 - Oct 11, 2015

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Polzin, David

Based in Berlin, DE
Born in Hennigsdorf, DE

David Polzin collects objects, reassembling or analysing them to invent spatial interventions. He creates situations that potentially distance the viewer from the artwork they expect to see by putting them right into its centre. A main source of inspiration is his hometown of Velten in Brandenburg, Germany, in the former GDR where he grew up in the 1980s and 1990s. 

Item details
Department for Information Exchange, 2015
Installation, variable dimensions
mixed media

The Department for Information Exchange opened for ten days during the Moscow Biennale 2015. The artist David Polzin returned to the site daily to put in a full day’s work at the Department. Visitors could ask to make a deposit at the bank—in the form of information. This information could be true or false. There was no way of knowing whether the Department would check the data delivered to verify if it was correct or not. There was, however, an infrastructure in place that assigned a specific value to the information and would determine whether it was worthy of receiving another intelligence in return or not.