August 28, 2008

Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations presents Biennials in Dialogue

Biennial Foundation
Fourth ‘Biennials in Dialogue’ Conference
7 September 2008Shanghai

In the series of ‘Biennials in Dialogue’ conferences the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) Germany in cooperation with Goethe- Institute has initiated a new two-days conference aiming to generate discussion in the context of international biennial culture. Following earlier conferences in Kassel (2000), Frankfurt (2002) and Singapore (2006) a new group of biennial experts from various parts of the world is invited to convene in Shanghai during the opening days of the next Shanghai Biennial entitled ‘Translocalmotion’, curated by Zhang Qing (CN), Henk Slager (NL), and Julian Heynen (D).

Three main issues will be discussed:
Sustainability What are the various short and long term effects of biennials in hosting cities? What experiences and lessons can we share? Internationalism versus Regionalism Analysis of the local – global aspects present in most contemporary art biennials: democratization of the international art world or a homogenization of cultural expression? Cultural education The interrelationship between international and local audiences? What is the impact of the international on the local and vice versa?

With the conference ifa and Goethe-Institute aim to produce new knowledge, useful for all professionals working in the biennial world as well as the wider general public interested in relevant issues in the context of an ongoing global biennialisation process.

6 September 2008
2pm – 6pm: Public presentations and discussion

7 September 2008
10am – 1pm: Internal Forum with invited guests
3pm – 6pm: Public presentations and discussion
6 pm Reception

For the participation at the reception please register latest on 29th August at Mrs. Ma Xiaofei: [email protected]; 0086-21-63912068

The conference will take place at the German Consulate: Deutsches Generalkonsulat Shanghai. 102A Cross Tower, Fu Zhou Lu 318. Shanghai 200001, China, Tel: (21) 6391 2068 X 601

Rei Maeda, Coordinator 3rd Echigo – Tsumari Art Triennial, Japan; Ursula Zeller, Director Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen, organizer 4th “Nothing To Declare” Triennial of Contemporary Art Oberschwaben, Germany; Dora Hegyi, Curator Periferic 8th- “Art as Gift”, Biennial for Contemporary Art, Romania; Khalil Rabah, Director 2nd Riwaq Biennial ‘To Set In Motion’, Palestinian Territories; Gridthiya Gaweewong, Curator Saigon Open City, Vietnam; Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Curator Biennial Foundation, 28th Biennial São Paolo ‘In Living Contacts’, Brazil; Sujud Dartanto, Curator 9th Biennial Jogja ‘Neo Nation’, Indonesia; Zhang Qing, Julian Heynen and Henk Slager, Artistic Director and Curators 7th Shanghai Biennial ‘Translocalmotion’, China

Introduction and moderation: Marieke van Hal, former General Coordinator International Foundation Manifesta, Director 1st Athens Biennial, Founder Biennial Foundation, PhD candidate on biennials at the Royal College of Art, London and Rafal Niemojewski, Curator of Public Programmes Hayward Gallery/Southbank Centre London, PhD candidate on biennials at the Royal College of Art, London)

Organizer: Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) and Goethe-Institute
Concept: Elke aus dem Moore, Director of Visual Arts Department, ifa

For further information on the conference:
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), Maria Kourti, Charlottenplatz 17, 70173 Stuttgart, Germany, T: 49/711/2225-132. E-Mail: [email protected]

For further information on ifa:
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), Miriam Kahrmann, Charlottenplatz 17, 70173 Stuttgart, Germany, T: 49/711/2225-105, E-Mail: [email protected]

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