The 4th Bucharest Biennale under the curatorship of Felix Vogel
Felix Vogel chose as theme of research for BB4 Handlung. On Producing Possibilities. BB4 takes the ambiguity of the German term “Handlung” – that is impossible to translate in all its levels of meaning, but it is somehow located between action, activity, agency and participation, but at the same time it could also mean story or even narration – as a starting point to examine diverse practices, which are proposing various forms of action. BB4 attempts to scrutinize and to exhaust the promise – that might just be a supposition – of art taking place in the public sphere and is it thus creating possibilities for (political) action or does the artwork itself has already inherited this moment of action? Therefore, the exhibition rather tries to articulate questions and suggests different prospects than to formulate answers. The biennial aims to intensify the interaction with the urban and political context in Bucharest by inviting participants, coming from different fields like arts, architecture, politics, anthropology etc.
Felix Vogel (b. 1987) is curator and theoretician. His research and curatorial practice is focused on the relations between aesthetics and the social sphere. Consequently, he is interested in areas linked to activism, gender, historical avant-gardes as well as participative architecture.
Among his last curatorial projects are 100 Dutch Minutes (Bucharest, Cluj, Iasi, Timisoara), 1234567 (Karlsruhe) and Holy Damn It! (Karlsruhe). Felix Vogel lately edited two books for OneStarPress (Paris): Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil: Fin de représentation and Lia Perjovschi: Sense. Furthermore, he has been writing and working for different magazines, such as PAVILION, AFI and Displayer.
Felix Vogel is currently living and working in Karlsruhe and Konstanz, Germany.
With the appointment as curator of BB4, Felix Vogel will – probably – be the youngest curator of a biennial, ever.
The co-directors of BB4 are Răzvan Ion and Eugen Rădescu.