The temporality of a biennial, as perhaps distinct from other art institutions, means that it is lighter, quicker, has the ability to respond – has a responsibility – to its time. As this response, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale is not only a gathering of contemporary art but also a platform for discussions and debates about the realities that we inhabit. The seminar series, titled History Now, at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 seeks to complement the biennale exhibition and bring into alliance the aesthetic and the analytic.
In asserting a definite and defining location, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale refuses the flat universalism of today’s political and cultural engagement, as the seminars series furthers the Biennale’s ambition to be a forum for intelligent and creative attention to our time. History Now intends to bring a range of subjects and thinkers into contact with each other, becoming a context of production of meaningful conversation.
History Now will run parallel to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 and will be held at the Pavillion at Aspinwall House, Fort Kochi.