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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, and in what has come to be termed the ‘Global South’, occasionally taking a broader perspective to investigate how we have arrived here.

World Biennial Forum No 2

How to Make Biennials in Contemporary Times

Directed by: Charles Esche, Galit Eilat, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Pablo Lafuente, Luiza Proença, Oren Sagiv, and Benjamin Seroussi.

26-30 November, 2014
Auditório Ibirapuera, São Paulo, Brazil


Wednesday, November 26

7:30 p.m – Welcoming

Keynote Address: Peter Osborne 
Contemporaneity and the Biennial Form


Thursday, November 27

3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion
Once Again, as If for the First Time: archives, biennial memory and the balance between continuity and reinvention

Moderator: Martin Grossmann
Fabio Cypriano
Anthony Gardner
Fernando Oliva


6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Panel Discussion
Works and Their Changing Places: the interpretation of artworks and their relations to space and time

Moderator: Moacir dos Anjos
Marina Fokidis
Lucy Steeds
Övül Durmusoglu


Friday, November 28

3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion
No More Imagined Communities: creating new biennials beyond national art competitions and neoliberal city marketing

Moderator: Ana Paula Cohen
Anne Szefer Karlsen
David Teh
Manuela Moscoso  


6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Panel Discussion
Popularity without Populism: education, ideology and exchange

Moderator: Ana Magalhães
Elvira Dyangani Ose
Cayo Honorato
Reem Fadda

9 p.m. – Closing address

Guest of Honor: Ivo Mesquita


Saturday, November 29

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Introduction by the curators to the 31st Bienal de São Paulo. Location: Biennial Pavilion

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.   – Visit to the 31st Bienal de São Paulo


Sunday, November 30

10 a.m. – ……….- Visit to Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo and other cultural venues in São Paulo