David Polzin collects objects, reassembling or analysing them to invent spatial interventions. He creates situations that potentially distance the viewer from the artwork they expect to see by putting them right into its centre. A main source of inspiration is his hometown of Velten in Brandenburg, Germany, in the former GDR where he grew up in the 1980s and 1990s.
The Department for Information Exchange opened for ten days during the Moscow Biennale 2015. The artist David Polzin returned to the site daily to put in a full day’s work at the Department. Visitors could ask to make a deposit at the bank—in the form of information. This information could be true or false. There was no way of knowing whether the Department would check the data delivered to verify if it was correct or not. There was, however, an infrastructure in place that assigned a specific value to the information and would determine whether it was worthy of receiving another intelligence in return or not.