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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Weizman, Eyal and Ines

Based in London, GB

Eyal Weizman  is an intellectual and architect. He holds positions as Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London and Director of the Centre for Research Architecture within the Department of Visual Cultures. His research interests include the place of architecture in international humanitarian law as part of the Forensic Architecture project, and political theory on case studies such as Palestinian and Israeli geography and architecture. 

Ines Weizman completed her PhD in Architecture History and Theory at the Architectural Association after studying architecture in Weimar, Paris and Cambridge. She is a frequent writer and published the book Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence in 2014. Since 2013, she has taught at Bauhaus Universität in Weimar and is co-director of the Institute for History and Theory of Architecture and Planning.

Item details
Between the Dissident and the Activist, 2015
Keynote

In a dialogic concept “Between the Dissident and the Activist,” the contribution by Ines and Eyal Weizman, was realised as a conversation-play where both present architecture-based cases and put them into relation. Broken illusions after the big bang of 1968 which were followed by the sagging of communism as a unifying idea shaped the landscape of political forces from which the difference between the two notions will be read: Dissidence (as an oftentimes non-political act of stubborn negotiation, withdrawal and non-participation) is interpreted as an antithesis to the notion of activism (as in the nervous, agitated and engaged.)