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Biennials: Prospect and Perspectives conference at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

 

Biennials: Prospect and Perspectives

Conference at ZKM_Media Theatre
February 27–March 1, 2014

In cooperation with ifa
Free admission

ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
Lorenzstrasse 19
76135 Karlsruhe
Germany
Hours: Wednesday–Friday 10am–6pm,
Saturday–Sunday 11am–6pm

T +49 (0) 721/8100 1200
info@zkm.de

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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 “Biennials 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 addressed. 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. The conference forms part of the series “biennials in dialogue,” which ifa has been realizing with cooperation partners since 2000. Previous conferences took place in Kassel, Frankfurt am Main, Singapore and Shanghai.

Concept: Andrea Buddensieg and Elke aus dem Moore

Program:

Thursday, February 27
7pm 
Keynote lecture: Ute Meta Bauer

Friday, February 28
9:30–10am
Introduction

10am–noon
“Biennials and Public Space”
Chair: Carol Lu
Panel: Fulya Erdemci, Sheika Hoor Al Qasimi, Yongwoo Lee, Katja Aßmann 
Respond: Blair French, Christoph Schäfer

2–4pm
“Biennials as a Motor for Social Change”
Chair: Christine Eyene 
Panel: Abdellah Karoum, Patrick Mudekereza, Alia Swastika, Gerardo Mosquera
Respond: Elise Atangana, Jun Yang

4:30–6:30pm
“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
9:30–11am
“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

11:30am–1pm
“Alternatives // Open Spaces”
Chair: Rafal Niemojewski
Panel: Leah Gordon, Pan Gongkai

Press contact:
Dominka Szope
T +49 (0) 721/8100 1220 / F +49 (0) 721/8100 1139 / presse@zkm.de

 

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