TrAIN Open Lecture by Peter Osborne Existential Urgency: Contemporaneity, Biennials and Social Form

Open Lecture

What happens to the form of the biennial when biennials become part of a world system of art institutions, subject to the historical temporality of a global contemporaneity?

What happens when the periodic rhythms of national narratives of biennial exhibitions are overcoded by a serial sequence of international biennials – competing for contemporaneity – seemingly without end?

This lecture approaches these questions via a consideration of the debate about the transitional symbolic significance of the 1989 Third Havana Biennale.

Peter Osborne is Professor of Modern European Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University London, and an editor of the journal ‘Radical Philosophy’.

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