[artinfo] and first IBA General Assembly

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International Biennial Association (IBA)

Conference and First IBA General Assembly
10-13 July 2014

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin
Free admission

The International Biennial Association (IBA) is 
pleased to announce the First General Assembly 
will be held in Berlin at the Haus der Kulturen 
der Welt (HKW) on the 10 to the 13 of July, 
during the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary 
Art. The event with the focus on the inaugural 
ceremony of IBA will be open to the public, 
consisting of keynote lectures and panel 

The conference will bring together artists, 
critics, art historians, curators, and biennial 
directors who influenced important questions and 
developments related to perennial art 
exhibitions. The conference will begin with the 
question "Why Biennial?" leading into the topic 
of "Biennial Writing, Re-assessing Art History." 
The second question that will be addressed is 
"Why Associate?" opening up discussions on 
"Institutional Critique and How to be 
Self-Critical in Biennial Work."

Over the last 50 years, biennials as a form of 
contemporary art exhibitions have increasingly 
become a focus of academic and critical inquiry. 
Biennials are becoming the most talked about 
artistic events and being reviewed more and more 
by art writers in order to highlight their 
innovativeness or the role they play in the local 
and international context

Thursday, 10 July
Guided tour of 8th Berlin Biennale by Juan A. 
Gaitán, Curator, 8th Berlin Biennale for 
Contemporary Art-IBA members only
Preview and opening at the ifa Gallery Berlin: 
Moshekwa Langa: The Jealous Lover

Friday, 11 July: open to public
Welcoming address
Keynote lecture: "Why Biennial?" Maria Hlavajova, 
Artistic Director BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, 
Utrecht and FORMER WEST
Panel discussion: "Biennial Writing-Re-assessing Art History"
How do biennials as ephemeral exhibitions take 
their part in art history? What kinds of 
histories of the biennials are visible and 
readable? Is a new reading of art history based 
on perennial exhibitions possible? Are biennials 
as a format of the display of art exhausted or is 
it possible to think about different potentials?
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
Victoria Noorthoorn, Director, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires 
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"
How can biennials serve as instruments to open up 
cultural debates? Can they encourage plurality of 
diverse opinions and support the right to freedom 
of artistic expression? How do 
international/local as well as sources of funding 
influence the decisions about biennials? Is it 
the right time to be self-critical 
and incorporate institutional critique into the 
current debates?
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 Ög˜üt, artist
Moderated by Bige Örer, Director, Istanbul Biennale

Saturday, 12 July: IBA members only
Opening word from Yongwoo Lee, Interim President
Introduction of Interim Board
IBA report
Board and executive election
First IBA board meeting
Preview launch of the World Biennial Forum No 2 at the ifa Gallery Berlin
Celebration dinner IBA

Sunday, 13 July
Visit the 8th Berlin Biennale
All venues

Be part of the first IBA General Assembly
How? Become a member in the network of art 
professionals and take part in the General 
Assembly by applying directly through the IBA 
or alternatively download an application form and 
submit it to the IBA Office.

The International Biennial Association (IBA) is a 
nonprofit arts association composed of 
institutions, individuals and associates from the 
biennial community and arts-related industry; 
created to expand and share activities of 
curatorial, artistic creation and knowledge 
production through cooperation and exchange among 
biennials and other institutions.

Executive Board (Interim)
President- Yongwoo Lee (Gwangju Biennale)
Vice President- Bige Örer (Istanbul Biennial)
Vice President- Marieke van Hal (Biennial Foundation)  

Board Members (Interim)
Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi (Sharjah Biennial) / Elke 
aus dem Moore (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) 
/ Marah Braye (Biennale of Sydney) / Donna De 
Salvo (Whitney Biennial) / Patricia Druck 
(Mercosul Biennial) / Margarita González (Havana 
Biennial) / Gabriele Horn (Berlin Biennale) / 
Hong-Hee Kim (MediaCity Seoul) / Helena Kontova 
(Prague Biennale) / Patrick Mudekereza 
(Lubumbashi Biennale) / Eriko Osaka (Yokohama 
Triennale) / Mauro Petroni (Dakar Biennale) / 
Thierry Raspail (Lyon Biennale) / Alya Sebti 
(Marrakech Biennale) / Alia Swastika (Jogja 
Biennale) / Sally Tallant (Liverpool Biennial)  / 
Tan Boon Hui (National Heritage Board, Singapore) 
/ Zhang Qing (International Biennial Research 
Center, China)

*List above is in alphabetical order

For all enquiries, please 
contact <mailto:info at biennialassociation.org>info at biennialassociation.org.

International Biennial Association (IBA)
111 Biennale-Ro, 3rd Floor
Buk-Gu, Gwangju
Republic of Korea, 500-845
T +82 (0) 62 608 4134 / F +82 (0) 62 608 4139 

The Conference on the occasion of IBA's General 
Assembly is organized by the Berlin Biennale for 
Contemporary Art. The Conference and General 
Assembly are hosted and generously supported by 
the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal 
Cultural Foundation). 

With kind support of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

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