This weekend, one of the most extensive discussion about biennials to date took place in Bergen, Norway with the participation of a wide range of international scholars, artists, curators, writers and critics
Bergen Kunsthall hosted a three-day conference, in response to plans in Bergen to establish a biennial in the city in 2011 from 17th of September to 20th of September.
The opening day of the conference were allocated to discussions on the history and origins of biennials and other perennial international exhibitions, from early World’s Fairs and the Venice Biennial.
In the second day of the conference, participants discussed the different types of biennials today, looking at their functioning, developments and evolution over time.
The final day of the bienal was for the evaluations of the recent tendency towards new discursive models for biennials, as well as the consequences of these changing exhibition structures for artists, curators and the public.