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HearingsA Reader

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The Contour Biennale offers a platform to curators and artists working with different forms of moving image, from film and video to installation. This reader accompanies the 8th edition of the biennale, dedicated to the notions of evidence and testimony. It includes texts and illustrated contributions by international artists, writers, poets, anthropologists, and filmmakers.
The Contour Biennale 8, “Polyphonic Worlds: Justice as Medium,” curated by Natasha Ginwala, brings together twenty-five international and local artists and art collectives working in lens-based media, sound, performance, drawing, and installation. Taking place in Mechelen, Belgium, “Polyphonic Worlds” embraces the communal spirit of biennale by including the many-sided voices that assemble in collective formations as well as discrete, individual creative positions.
This reader proposes a series of beginnings—it is a polyphonic approach that borrows from juridical and musical spheres. Hearings comprises texts orginally published on the eponymous online journal that traces the artistic processes, conceptual methods, and historical research through textual as well as image and video-based contributions from a range of artists, writers, poets, anthropologists, and filmmakers. It is not a traditional exhibition catalogue but instead complements what is in the biennale, engages with current ideas and discourses, and reorients relationships around the artwork as a site of evidence and as a testimonial record.
Texts and contributions by Agency, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Eric Baudelaire, Rossella Biscotti, Hunter Braithwaite & Trevor Paglen, Filipa César, Cooking Sections, Council, T. J. Demos, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Pedro Gómez-Egaña, Rana Hamadeh, Louis Henderson, Adelita Husni-Bey, Ho Tzu Nyen, inhabitants, Arvo Leo, Sven Lütticken, Basir Mahmood, Samuel Mareel, Dirk de Meyer, Otobong Nkanga, Pallavi Paul & Anish Ahluwalia, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, Judy Radul, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam, Madonna Staunton, Ana Torfs, Nguyen Trinh Thi, Susanne M. Winterling & Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Ghassan Zaqtan.

Published on the occasion of “Polyphonic Worlds: Justice as Medium,” Contour Biennale 8, Mechelen, from March 11 to May 21, 2017.
Edited by Natasha Ginwala.

Graphic design: Studio Remco van Bladel.
published in September 2017
English edition
15 x 22 cm (softcover)
248 pages (color and b/w ill.)
ISBN : 978-3-95679-297-7
EAN : 9783956792977
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