A Look at the 14th Istanbul Biennial

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Fig. 8. Vague Pure Affection, from A. Besant and C. W. Leadbeater, Thought-Forms, 1901


This lecture by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, curator of the 14th Istanbul Biennial and visiting professor in art theory and practice at Northwestern University, explores the ideas underlying the Biennial, which opens in September 2015. This cutting-edge, periodic, international exhibition of contemporary art will present new works by over 50 visual artists and other practitioners, including oceanographers and neuroscientists, in a city-wide exhibition that considers different frequencies and patterns of waves, along with the currents and densities of water, both visible and invisible, which poetically and politically shape and transform the world. Christov-Bakargiev states, “the 14th Istanbul Biennial will embark on looking for where to draw the line, to withdraw, to draw upon, and to draw out. It will do so offshore, on the flat surfaces with our fingertips, but also in the depths, underwater, before the enfolded encoding unfolds. With and through art, we mourn, commemorate, denounce, try to heal, and commit ourselves to the possibility of joy and vitality, leaping from form to life.”