Biennials: Prospect and Perspectives

ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
27 Feb 2014 - 01 Mar 2014

As part of the theoretical foundations of GLOBALE, the ZKM, in cooperation with the ifa [Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations], has organized a large-scale conference with approx. 40 curators who seismographically record and reflect the process of transformation triggered by globalization.

Worldwide biennials can be seen as mirror of the process of transformation triggered by globalization. The proliferation of the format biennial in the meantime has developed many different discourses and concepts. Against this backdrop the conference will focus on five issues: The opening section “Biennials and Public Space” discusses the notion of art as public domain and new definitions of publicness. The section “Biennial as Motor for Social Change” attempts to find out which impact biennials can have on the transformation of societies and politics. And upon considering the impacts, which could be seen as successful. Another panel will be devoted to “The Dynamics of Biennials and the Role of its Actors (Curators, Artists, Organizers, Audiences)”. In the past years the proliferation of biennials has for instance strengthened the visibility of the curator. Which reciprocal effect have biennials had on other protagonists such as the artist or the audience? In the section “Chances and Limitations of Biennials in the Context of Marketing and Policies” the question of how biennials deal with the demands of urban development, location marketing and political ambitions will be discussed. The final panel “Alternatives ?? Open Spaces” will lead the discussion to alternative models of biennials, which try to offer new visions for the future of the biennial.

Concept: Andrea Buddensieg and Elke aus dem Moore


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Thursday, February 27, 2014
7 p.m. Keynote Lecture

Friday, February 28, 2014

9.30 a.m.?10 a.m. Introduction

10 a.m.?12 p.m. Biennials and Public Space
Chair: Carol Lu
Panel: Fulya Erdemci, Sheika Hoor Al Qasimi, Yongwoo Lee, Katja Aßmann
Respond: Blair French, Christoph Schäfer

2 p.m.?4 p.m. Biennial as a Motor for Social Change
Chair: Christine Eyene
Panel: Abdellah Karoum, Patrick Mudekereza, Alia Swastika, Gerardo Mosquera
Respond: Elise Atangana, Jun Yang, Sara Rifky

4.30 p.m.?6.30 p.m. The Dynamics of Biennials and the Role of its Actors (Curators, Artists, Organizers, Audiences)
Chair: Marieke van Hal
Panel: Basak Senova, Marah Braye, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Mônica Hoff
Respond: Gabriele Horn, Patricia F. Druck

Saturday, March 1, 2014

9.30 a.m.?11 a.m. Chances and Limitations of Biennials in the Context of Marketing and Policies
Chair: Sabine B. Vogel
Panel: Zhang Quin, Tan Boon Hui, Kasper König, Bige Örer
Respond: Ursula Zeller, Sally Tallant

11.30 a.m.?1 p.m. Alternatives ?? Open spaces
Chair: Rafal Niemojewski
Panel: Leah Gordon, Pan Gongkai

Final Discussion

ZKM | Karlsruhe in Cooperation with ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) [Institute for Foreign Affairs]



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