are like that for art, which is also vastly less relevant than any of those things--movies, books, avocado toast.
In response to the success of these three major exhibitions, and the desire of national and local governments to signify their own status as international hubs, biennials
and triennials mushroomed across Asia from the mid-1990s onwards.
It features over 100 artists from over 40 countries and Hasegawa has worked blood, sweat and tears to make it the success it is: "I got the invitation to curate the Biennial
in December 2011, so I have been working on this project for about a year and two months.
To be honest, it was a bit of a joke," says Biggs, of the art world's reaction to the idea of a Liverpool Biennial
-the dismay in part due to curators feeling under pressure to visit every such festival across the globe.
Lewis Biggs has spent the past 10 years growing the Biennial
from an unexpected event to one of the world's leading visual arts festivals.
Throughout the entire month of July, the Biennial
celebration will offer visitors cross-cultural experiences through a wide array of art exhibits, live music, and special cultural programming.
Foxgloves are magical plants in the late spring and early summer border and, while all parts of the plant are poisonous, they are the easiest of all biennials
to grow from seed, germinating quickly and thickly, almost like mustard and cress.
The theme of this year's biennial
is "What, How & for Whom (WHW)".
The most recent Sharjah Biennial
presented various attempts in visual arts and film that addressed the growing social, political and environmental challenges the world is facing due to excessive urban development, pollution, political ambitions, and the thoughtless misuse, abuse and exhaustion of natural resources - an exhibition that probably deserves to be resurrected, considering today's continuing fragile environmental and political issues.
The prime example here is Mai Abu ElDahab, Anton Vidokle, and Florian Waldvogel's attempt, albeit ultimately unsuccessful, to reimagine Manifesta 6 as an experimental art academy, but one could also mention Documenta 12, with its emphasis on workshops and colloquy, or New York's performance-only biennial
, Performa, now heading toward its third edition.
Taken together, Whitney Biennials
have not merely shown the latest in American art but provided a register of changes in American attitudes over the past decade, as seen through our art.
The 3rd 01SJ Biennial
is a multi-disciplinary, medium agnostic contemporary art festival that focuses on the nexus of art, technology and digital culture.