Innsbruck International is a contemporary biennial of the arts that invites international artists to make use of Innsbruck’s extraordinary historical and contemporary venues in the presentation of their works of visual art, film, and sound as well as performances and installations. In 2018, the biennial will be informed by the theme of “Agents of Social Change”. In addition to ten venues with exhibitions, this rendition will also feature performative highlights that follow this year’s politically topical theme.

The 2018 Innsbruck International explores how a shared language has emerged from the fleeting experience of personal closeness in the age of social media – which tilts into a distant, strange emptiness –, and how our relationships to one another and the surrounding world are shaped out of this void. This dialogical process, implemented between the artistic works and their locales of exposition, is triggered by specific performances. The landscape of contemporary production created by such means challenges not only the public, but artists and curators, who, as initiators and agents of social change, want to provoke a dialogue about what it means to be ‘alive’ today (Jens Hoffmann, Theater of Exhibitions).

ARTISTS
Amen, Ashida Park, Battle-ax, Melanie Bonajo, Djordje Čenić, Cinématons (Peter Blaas / Jürgen Bauer / Romana Fiechtner; Filmemacher: Guillermo Tellechea), Marcus Coates, Stephanie Cumming,
Sophie Cundale, Gustav Deutsch, fAUNA, God’s Entertainment, Elfriede Jelinek “SCHATTEN (Eurydike sagt)” Inszenierung: THEATER.punkt / Sabine Mitterecker, Chosil Kil, Nina Kusturica, Oliver
Laric, Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin (“What Matters”), Maanantai Collective, Magic Island, Marge Monko, Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe, The Riahi Brothers, Johanna Tinzl, Addie Wagenknecht, Lois Weinberger.

VENUES
BIENNIAL CENTRE, BRUX / Freies Theater, FOTOFORUM, Galerie A4, Gotischer Keller Hofburg Innsbruck, Innsbruck City Centre, Innstraße 55, cellar vault Schloss Büchsenhausen, Musikpavillon
Hofgarten, Neue Galerie, Riesensaal Hofburg Innsbruck, Salzlager Hall, Swarovski Kristallwelten Wattens / Forum and Swarovski Kristallwelten Store Innsbruck / Wunderkammer, Innsbruck University
forecourt.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD 2018 sponsored by Swarovski Kristallwelten
The Innsbruck International Recognition Award was given for the first time as part of the 2016 Innsbruck International Biennial of the Arts (awarded artist: Heidrun Sandbichler). The goal of the Biennial of the Arts is to create a prize for Tirol’s creative artists that will elevate them to the international stage and therefore promote their development and raise their profiles. The prize includes the production of a new work and an exhibition of selected works. In 2018, the Award will be granted at the festival opening on 9 March 2018.

EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS
1.) BIENNIAL CENTRE at FOTOFORUM, Adolf-Pichler-Platz 8, 6020 Innsbruck
10. – 25.3. WED-SUN 11-19 h
Johanna Tinzl
Filmscreening: Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin, What Matters?

FRI 9.3., 19 h OPENING INNSBRUCK INTERNATIONAL. BIENNIAL OF THE ARTS
Awarding INNSBRUCK INTERNATIONAL Special Recognition Award 2018
Performance: Chosil Kil
Live in concert: Magic Island
DJ-Set: Ashida Park

WED 21.3. INNSBRUCK INTERNATIONAL FILM
15 h Djordje Čenić, Unten
17 h Nina Kusturica, Ciao Chérie
19 h The Riahi Brothers, Everyday Rebellion
DJ-Set: Djoki Django

2.) BRUX / Freies Theater, Wilhelm-Greil-Straße 23, 6020 Innsbruck
TUE 13.3., 20 h INNSBRUCK INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE (in cooperation with Vorbrenner18)
Stephanie Cumming, Redneck to Cyborg: a shared transformation. 2.0

WED 14.3., 15-18 h INNSBRUCK INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP
Stephanie Cumming
Registration for the Workshop until 7.3. via @ (limited attendance)

3.) FOTOFORUM, Adolf-Pichler-Platz 8, 6020 Innsbruck
10. – 25.3. WED-SUN 11-19 h
Maanantai Collective

4.) GALERIE A4, Angerzellgasse 4, 6020 Innsbruck
10. – 25.3. WED-SUN 11-19 h
Addie Wagenknecht

5.) GOTISCHER KELLER, Hofburg Innsbruck, Rennweg 1 (entrance via Hofgasse), 6020 Innsbruck
FRI 16.3., 20 h INNSBRUCK INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE NIGHT
Performance: Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe, Pink Eye
Live in concert: Battle-ax feat. DJ Paypal and Bruno Mokross
Live in concert: fAUNA
DJ-Set: Amen

6.) INNSTRASSE 55, 6020 Innsbruck
10. – 25.3. WED-SUN 11-19 h
Sophie Cundale

7.) CELLAR VAULT SCHLOSS BÜCHSENHAUSEN
THU 22.3., 20 h & FRI 23.3., 20 h & SAT 24.3., 20 h INNSBRUCK INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE
God‘s Entertainment, Neue Europäische Tragödie – Teil 3