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 13:

REALTY reader

11 May–11 May 2022

Published by Hatje Cantz, April 2022, with the contributions of over a dozen artists and experts who participated in the REALTY program 2017-2020. 192 pages ISBN 978-3-7757-5345-6   ORDER NOW!

Language: English

Episode 12:

Rural gentrification, contemporary art, and other options, old and new

VILLEGGIATURA discusses patterns of rural gentrification and the role of contemporary art within them. Histories of displacement differ from city to city, countryside to countryside. But for all the s...

Episode 11:

Statecraft, Pioneer Usage, Representation

20 May–31 Dec 2019
Haus der Statistik, Berlin, DE

In September 2015, a banner designed by the Allianz bedrohter Berliner Atelierhäuser (Berlin Alliance of Artist Studios Under Threat) announced the establishment of a center for socio-cultural purpos...

Language: Deutsch, English


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...