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The biennial as format and phenomenon was declared dead or obsolete time and again, it was discarded as commercial, promotional, touristic, capitalistic, wasteful, white supremacist and what not. In the end, that is not the issue. The issue is the tension between expectations and pretension, between agency and result. In Volume 54 we look at what biennials promise and what we actually get; we look at who is pulling the strings and for whom they are made. But first and foremost we check what a biennial can do.

With contributions by: Charles Esche, Ole Bouman, Léa-Catherine Szacka, Brendan Cormier, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Francesco Degl’Innocenti, Gabrielle de Vietri, Marina Otero Verzier, Deniz Ova, dpr-barcelona, Tinatin Gurgenidze.

Next to the biennials in general with a focus on architecture and design biennials we are zooming in on the Shenzhen Biennale. In UABB 01-07 supplement we look back at seven biennials, their goals and how they transformed the city.

With articles by: Doreen Liu, Shaun Teo, Ou Ning, Juan Du, Meng Jan and an image essay by Charlie Koolhaas.



Table of contents

Editorial: Agency
Arjen Oosterman


The Culture Shock Concept Interview
Charles Esche

The Agency of Biennials
Ole Bouman

Léa-Catherine Szacka

Imaginary Biennials
Brendan Cormier

Work in Progress: On Manifesta 2018 Interview
Ippolito Pestellini Leparelli


Return on Investment
Francesco Degl’Innocenti

The Art of Boycotting Interview
Gabrielle de Vietri


Work! A Curator’s Plea to the Audience
Marina Otero Verzier

Reach Out Interview
Deniz Ova

Why We Publish (Books on Biennials)

Mila Bolt

Buildings Are Not Enough
Tinatin Gurgenidze


Volume #54: On Biennials
Editor in Chief: Arjen Oosterman
Designed by Irma Boom Office (I. Boom, Jan van der Kleijn)
56 Pages, 33 x 24 cm
Soft cover, stapled

Supplement UABB 01-07
Edited by UABB Office and Volume,
Designed by Irma Boom Office
56 Pages, 33 x 24 cm
Soft cover, stapled

ISSN 1574-9401
ISBN 9789077966648

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