World Biennial Forum 2014 | See the full programme here

(São Paulo, Brazil)

The World Biennial Forum is a gathering of biennial practitioners and appreciators to examine and discuss the foremost topics and concerns within international biennial making and contemporary arts. Its role is to signal primary concerns in biennial art environments, investigating and researching the various modes of operation and production in different regions, and offering insights into the current issues and needs surrounding art biennials worldwide.

The World Biennial Forum No 2 will look at the biennial from the point of view of the southern hemisphere. It will concentrate above all on recent biennials in what has come to be termed the ‘Global South’, occasionally taking a broader perspective to investigate how we have arrived here. The main focus will be on the cities of Dakar, Istanbul, Jakarta and São Paulo, where the Forum takes place, but also other southern biennials will come into the picture.

The four focus cities have been staging biennials in different forms over at least the past 20 years, during which time they have invented new traditions and created suitable structures to support and develop them. At a time when the relationship between artistic desire and political will is under negotiation more broadly and biennials are seen simultaneously as both opportunities for harvesting cultural capital and threats to the smooth operation of the status quo, these biennials will serve as the anchor points for a more general discussion about what the potential of biennials is in contemporary times.

See below the complete programme for the Forum:

Wednesday, 26th November
7.30pm Opening cerimony
“Contemporaneity and the Biennial Form”, with Peter Osborne

Thursday, 27th November
10am-1pm Closed workshops for biennials representatives and guests
Moderators: Charles Esche, Pablo Lafuente, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Galit Eilat

3pm-5.30pm “Once Again, as If for the First Time: archives, biennial memory and the balance between continuity and reinvention”, with Anthony Gardner, Fernando Oliva, Fabio Cypriano and Martin Grossmann (moderator)

6.30pm-9pm “Works and Their Changing Places: the interpretation of artworks and their relations to space and time”, with Lucy Steeds, Marina Fokidis, Övül Durmusogly, Moacir dos Anjos (moderator)

Friday, 28th November
10am-1pm Closed workshops for biennials representatives and guests
Moderators: Charles Esche, Pablo Lafuente, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Galit Eilat

3pm–5.30pm “No More Imagined Communities: creating new biennials beyond national art competitions and neoliberal city marketing”, with Anne Szefer Karlsen, David Teh, Manuela Moscoso and Ana Paula Cohen (moderator)

6.30pm-9pm “Popularity without Populism: education, ideology and exchange”, with Reem Fadda, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Cayo Honorato and Ana Magalhães (moderator)

9pm Closing address with Ivo Mesquita

Saturday, 29th November
10am-11am
Introduction by the curators to the 31st São Paulo Biennial. Venue: Biennial Pavilion.

11am-5pm Visit to the 31st São Paulo Biennial

Sunday, 30th November
10am Visit to the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo and other cultural venues in São Paulo

World Biennial Forum No 2 – “How to make biennials in contemporary times”
From 26th to 30th November
Ibirapuera Auditorium
Avenida Pedro Álvares Cabral, Portão 2
Ibirapuera Park
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