Date(s) - 22/03/2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Angewandte Innovation Lab


The Angewandte hosts the book launch of Pass, the inaugural issue of the International Biennial Association’s (IBA) journal with Basak Senova in Vienna.

Pass, which is an annual publication, aims to bear witness to the critical and experimental role of contemporary art biennials around the world. Pass presents diverse approaches and divergent perspectives on biennials as institutions, curatorial endeavours and public projects. It examines the biennial as an actively evolving form that mobilizes relationships between artists, sites and audience on varied scales and in different contexts. It explores the issues and challenges arising in the perennially shifting field of biennial-making. Pass also aims to serve as a tool for learning, debate and advocacy while shaping the public profile of biennials.

Launched in 2018 as a public program of the International Biennial Association, Pass was originally proposed and confirmed at the IBA’s 3rd General Assembly in Milan, Italy. This new program was conceptualized and produced by Editorial Board of IBA—Anne Barlow, Sylvie Fortin, Bige Orer and Basak Senova—with support from the membership of the association.

The development of this publication reflects the biennial field’s shared and acutely perceived need: a self-determined platform to consciously examine the biennial as an active, critical and evolving form, and a forum to define our own measures of accountability. Biennials often capture the imagination of social scientists and humanities scholars. Their cosmopolitan allure, local embeddedness and public engagement make biennials a darling subject of curatorial studies. As exhibition history takes its place in the art historical canon, biennials, which have long been privileged sites of experimentation, gain pride of place. We laud this attention while recognizing that a crucial voice is still missing: the critical assessment of biennial makers. This publication seeks to fill this gap and to become the vehicle for biennial makers to share their knowledge and experience, to present their challenges and to chart ways ahead.

Pass 1 (2018) contributors:
Adelina Cüberyan von Fürstenberg, Basak Senova, Bose Krishnamachari, Claire Tancons, Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro, Gerardo Mosquera, Iara Boubnova, Jens Hoffmann, Jochen Volz, Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Kitty Scott, Natasha Ginwala, Nav Haq, Nevenka Sivavec, Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, Sylvie Fortin, Xenia Kalpaktsoglou

Sylvie Fortin

Editorial Committee
Anne Barlow
Basak Senova
Bige Orer

Studio Gusto


Poster Design
Peter Putz

International Biennial Organisation