Volume 54: On Biennials
Arjen Oosterman (Editor)
Published by Archis
Designed by Irma Boom and Julia Neller
33 x 24 cm, 112 pages, color, offset, glue bound, softcover
The biennial as format and phenomenon was declared dead or obsolete time and again, it was discarded as commercial, promotional, touristic, capitalistic, wasteful, white supremacist, and what not. In the end, that is not the issue. The issue is the tension between expectations and pretension, between agency and result. Volume #54 looks at what biennials promise and what we actually get; they look at who is pulling the strings and for whom they are made. But first and foremost they check what a biennial can do.
Volume is an independent magazine that sets the agenda for architecture and design. Created as a global idea platform to voice architecture any way, anywhere, anytime, it represents the expansion of architectural territories and the new mandate for design.