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'Biennials: Prospect and Perspectives' conference at ZKM

International Biennial Association will run a conference titled "Biennials: Prospect and Perspectives" between 27 February - 1 March.


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. Fulya Erdemci will join the panel titled "Biennials and Public Space" as a spokesperson and it will discuss the notion of art as public domain and new definitions of publicness. Another panel Bige Örer will join will be titled as "Chances and Limitations of Biennials in the Context of Marketing and Policies" and the question of how biennials deal with the demands of urban development, location marketing and political ambitions will be addressed.


Thursday, February 27

Keynote lecture: Ute Meta Bauer

Friday, February 28


"Biennials and Public Space"
Chair: Carol Lu
Panel: Fulya Erdemci, Sheika Hoor Al Qasimi, Yongwoo Lee, Katja Aßmann
Respond: Blair French, Christoph Schäfer

"Biennials as a Motor for Social Change"
Chair: Christine Eyene
Panel: Abdellah Karoum, Patrick Mudekereza, Alia Swastika, Gerardo Mosquera
Respond: Elise Atangana, Jun Yang

"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

"Chances and Limitations of Biennials in the Context of Marketing and Policies"
Chair: Sabine B. Vogel
Panel: Zhang Qing, Tan Boon Hui, Bige Örer, Kasper König, Nicolaus Schafhausen
Respond: Ursula Zeller, Sally Tallant

"Alternatives // Open Spaces"
Chair: Rafal Niemojewski
Panel: Leah Gordon, Pan Gongkai

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