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Politics of Contemporary Art Biennials : Spectacles of Critique, Theory and Art (Hardcover) (Panos
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This book focuses upon the socially interventionist and activist agendas of contemporary art biennials during and in response to the current economic crisis. It seeks to untangle their tensions, conflicts and intimate socialities as they evolve against the backdrop of neoliberalism, austerity, crisis and the rise of Occupy cultures. Drawing upon primary ethnographic research on the 3rd Athens Biennale (2011) and the 7th Berlin Biennale (2012), as well as on the examination of curatorial, journalistic and archival documents, this book argues for an approach that takes into consideration the threefold nature of these sites, as institutions, organizations and events. In employing the research perspectives of place and translocality, this study contends that rather than merely imposing a global art language, biennials unfold through complex socio-spatial dynamics, manifesting a remarkable capacity to absorb, remediate and repurpose their surrounding environments.