Art Festivals and the City

Date and time
Thursday 17 May 2018
18.00 – 20.00

Parish Building
London School of Economics and Political Science
London WC2A 2AE
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Art Festivals and the City

Dr. Hyun Bang Shin (Department of Geography and Environment, LSE)

Dr. Julie Ren (Department of Geography, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin; Department of Geography and Environment, LSE)

Cecile Bourne Farrell (Curator of Douala SUD2017 triennale, Doual’Art, Douala, Cameroon)
Dr. Andrew Harris (Department of Geography, University College London)
Dr. Adam Kaasa (School of Architecture, Royal College of Art; Co-founder of Theatrum Mundi)
Professor Andy Pratt (Department of Sociology, City University of London)

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The 2017 edition of the Documenta art festival featured a satellite event in Athens, outside of its regular host city Kassel. Held every five years, Documenta is widely considered one of the most influential contemporary art festivals, which has historically been known for its field-configuring provocations. The latest edition, however, garnered criticism of its excursion abroad as “crisis tourism,” a way to exploit the political and financial situation in Athens for cultural consumption.

This panel takes Documenta as a starting point to discuss the relationship between art festivals and cities, exploring the way that contemporary art serves a particular function for the urban imaginary. Especially given the proliferation of the art biennial in cities outside of Europe and North America, this raises questions about audience, representation,and the spatial politics of cultural production. Contemporary art and its attendant symbols, references, institutions, actors, and immense wealth of resources, shapes cities in powerful ways. How do scholars from different fields assess the risks of exploitation, or the impact of aspirational politics?

Please note that this event has been postponed from the original date on 22 February to take place on Thursday 17 May in the same venue. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Access information

There is step free access throughout the building via lift(s) and accessible toilets. View detailed accessibility information on DisabledGo
Unisex toilet facilities are located within the venue.