An initiative for art and research
Bergen Assembly is the name of the planned triennial in Bergen. Following an extensive discussion of the format itself through the Bergen Biennial Conference 2009 (BBC2009) and the following anthology The Biennial Reader (Hatje Cantz / Bergen Kunsthall 2010), the triennial’s international advisory board has moved from the question “to biennial or not to biennial” to ask: “how to biennial.” With more than 200 biennials worldwide, what can Bergen Assembly do that hasn’t been done many times before? Where both biennials and contemporary art have a tendency to take a reactive position in relation to recent events, or a retrospective one towards a cultural and political past, Bergen Assembly has the ambition of working prognostically, allowing newly emerging narratives to be investigated in light of their future potential.
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