How to gather? Acting in a Center in a City in the Heart of the Island of Eurasia

Under challenging circumstances, the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art opts for a radical format and changes its structure: the biennale will be condensed into ten days. Artistic, discursive and reflective moments will shape the space. Located in the Pavilion No.1 of VDNKh, it is here that the Moscow Biennale will evolve, as a think tank in real time.

Biennale: Sept 22 - Oct 1, 2015
Documentary exhibition project: Oct 3 - Oct 11, 2015

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Abbas, Ackbar

Based in Irvine, California, US
Born in HK

Ackbar Abbas teaches comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine and is a honorary professor at Hong Kong University. His research interest lays in Hong Kong, Chinese culture, architecture and cinema as well as in critical theory, globalisation and post-colonialism.

Ackbar Abbas’ keynote for the biennial derives from his research on Chinese culture and identity and his practice as a Professor in the United States for Comparative Literature. Through the framework of “volatility” Abbas offers a reading of current global conditions such as financial crises and their impact on cinematic and artistic departures. In a time where no values of one cultural perspective can provide a frame of reference for an adequate understanding of the world we live in anymore, this keynote elaborates on the question: Which epistemes could offer leads to the dynamic societal, cultural and economic contexts we find ourselves in?

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Living Together in Volatile Spaces, 2015

Click here to read the transcript of the keynote by Ackbar Abbas.