People from the emerging social movements have chosen to participate in the 7th Berlin Biennale for many reasons, some personal, some collectively shared. Above all, the KunstWerke provides us with a space to bring together participants from different countries around the world, to share our experiences from the last year, knowledge of past struggles and to build new connections to bring our movement forward. The next two months will be a collective experiment, as we work together to create a space where we can discuss both politico-social questions and organizational strategies, grow through public interaction, and engage in various forms of activity, from creative actions to mass demonstrations.
Although we may be in a gallery in Berlin, unfortunately we are not a static movement on display. We are part of larger actions unfolding across the planet. In the United States, Occupy Wall Street has called for a general strike on May 1st, a call that will be answered enthusiastically in cities across North America and Europe. Following a year after the emergence of the movement in Spain on 15M, May 12 will be another major day of international demonstrations. On May 16 – 19, a broad international coalition will travel to Frankfurt to blockade the European Central Bank and demand an end to the crisis regime of the European Union. Like these major actions, the occupied Berlin Biennale is only a step in the long process of building a successful movement for social, economic and environmental justice. We invite you to join us.