REALTY is a program currently hosted by the KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin and the Sommerakademie Paul Klee, among others. It is curated by Tirdad Zolghadr and promotes strategies to overcome Contemporary Art’s complicity with gentrification.

Episode 10:

Ethics as Authorship
A Preliminary Study of Institutional Power Structures

18 Dec 2018
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE

In 2018 we assume ethical conduct in the arts should come as naturally as breathing. But at closer inspection, our ethical powerhouses seem more like a new breed of stratified value systems than anyth...

Language: English


Episode 9:

Repurposing Contemporary Art, with Agendas in Mind Beyond Contemporary Art

14 Nov–17 Nov 2018
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE

The REALTY program addresses the art field’s complicity with the ongoing financialization and gentrification of city space. Contemporary Art plays a well-documented role in the way cities are being...

Episode 8:

Entrenchment Tactics, Cryptofinancial or Otherwise

08 Nov–13 Oct 2018
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE

SPACECRAFT addresses long-term strategies of financing and co-ownership that offer a contrast to the punishing precarity of Contemporary Art. It asks which methods of collectivization and cryptofinanc...

Episode 7:

Emotional Blackmail
Billboard Propaganda with Larissa Fassler

02 Nov–12 Nov 2018
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE

2017, the real estate firm Pandion acquired sizable plots of land near Moritzplatz. The high-end development marks a tipping point that will arguably redefine the neighborhood’s identity. Large-scal...


Episode 6:

Macroeducational Shifts
Sommerakademie Paul Klee

30 Jul–19 Aug 2018
Sommerakademie Paul Klee, Bern, CH

BLOCC is an educational platform emerging from the REALTY research program at the Sommerakademie Paul Klee Bern. Here it conducts a first trial run of its experimental syllabus. BLOCC’s syllabus str...

Language: English


Episode 5:

Municipalism – Tehran

21 Apr 2018, 5 PM
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE

This afternoon lecture by Tehran-based artist and architect Homayoun Sirizi explores the history of municipal “Shora-ye Shahr” structures in Iran. Shortly after the 1979 revolution, local instrume...

Language: English