The conference on Friday July 11, 2014 will be open for the wider public and bring together artists, critics, art historians, curators, and biennial makers who triggered, defined as well as influenced important questions and developments related to perennial art exhibitions.
On the extraordinary occasion of the First General Assembly of the International Biennial Association (IBA) in Berlin, biennial professionals from all over the world will gather at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt from July 10 to 13, 2014.
The idea of creating a stronger professional alliance among biennials was already discussed in the year 2000 at the first international conference Biennials in Dialogue (Kassel, Germany). Since then several small and large-scale events highlighted and shaped the development of a new network, which gained clear formulation at the World Biennial Forum No. 1 Shifting Gravity (Gwangju, South Korea, 2012) with the implementation of the International Biennial Association (IBA).
In the format of an association, IBA seeks to actively engage in how biennials evolved in the global art world and how they respond to socio-political urgencies in the midst of contemporary challenges.
Keynote Lecture: Why Biennial?
Maria Hlavajova, Artistic Director, BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht and FORMER WEST
11:45 am–1:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Biennial Writing – Re-assessing Art History
• Bruce Altshuler, Director, Museum Studies Program, New York University
• Nicolas Bourriaud, Director, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts/Curator, Taipei Biennial 2014
• Juan A. Gaitán, Curator, 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
Moderated by Koyo Kouoh, Founding Director, RAW Material Company
Keynote Lecture: Why Associate?
Bartomeu Marí, President, International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art/ Director, Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art
Panel Discussion: Institutional Critique – How to be Self-Critical in Biennial Work
• Galit Eilat, Co-Curator, 31st Bienal de São Paulo
• Hedwig Fijen, Director, Manifesta – The European Biennial of Contemporary Art
• Geeta Kapur, Art Critic and Curator
• Ahmet Öğüt, Artist
Moderated by Bige Örer, Director, Istanbul Biennial
The Live-Stream will be available on the program site at the HKW Website: