21, 22 and 23 September 2007
Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Auditorium
During the closing of the ‘Third CEI Venice Forum for Contemporary Art Curators – Continental Breakfast. Outposts 2007′, held in Venice the last 7th and 8th of June, during the three days of preview of the Biennale of Venice, the CB working group has decided to focus on the main events of the summer 2007 (Venice Biennale, Documenta, Münster, Athens, Istanbul and Lyon etc…) and to think over these experiences in the Continental Breakfast 2007 Istanbul Forum, conceived as “After All…”
The new Istanbul Forum will foster, as in Venice, some of the most important museum directors and curators of Central Eastern Europe and it will be focused on the past, present and future of the global biennale and its impact on the current and future cultural and artistic communication and curatorial practices.
The CB Forum, organized in occasion of the 10th Istanbul Biennale, will be opened to Central Eastern European (CEE) experts and curators. It will be organized by BM Contemporary Art Center, European Culture Association and Europist under the patronage of CEI (Central Europe Initiative) supported by Mimar Sinan University.
The Continental Breakfast 2007 Istanbul Forum is part of an activity of the international project ‘Continental Breakfast’ that fosters and supports the creation of partnership projects and multidimensional capacity building exchange programmes in the field of contemporary art in Central Eastern Europe. It is composed at present by a network of institutions in Austria Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Rumania, Montenegro, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey and United Kingdom.
The proposed theme covers the recent past, the present and the future of the biennale as the ultimate spectacle of global contemporary art. The biennale as such should be continuously examined, analyzed and evaluated in their influence on artistic creativity and tasks, on the institutions and on the art market. Moreover, their impact on curatorial responsibilities and functions, their weight on local or regional cultural policies, on city economies, tourism and public education is an essential field of discussion and criticism. The inevitable ambiguities and dilemmas related to the concepts, contents, methods and organizational issues of the biennale are being discussed since decades, however, with the inclusion of new territories with different socio-political and cultural backgrounds these issues need to be re-visited
Hereby, we hope that the Istanbul Biennial will be a motivating background for a deeper insight into the global biennale and into the Istanbul art scene as one of the most attractive hot spots of global contemporary art.