Sunday, June 12, 2016

Well it's that time again.  Manifesta is rolling out it's 11th um, manifestation.  This time, it's going to be held in Zurich and is titled "What People Do for Money: Some Joint Ventures."  This title makes a bit more sense to the state of the Swiss economy when you consider that just recently the Swiss voted to make the basic income the equivalent to around $2500 a month.  This would give the Swiss people more freedom to realize dreams and have jobs that aren't just born out of necessity, but rather real desires and passions.  Regardless of how you feel about this, it's an important subject in Swiss culture and is no doubt reflected in the theme and works that will be featured.

Manfiesta named an artists as curator, which is also an interesting point to the biennialIt's a recent trend in the art world to have artists as curators and curators as artists.  The line between curator and artist is being blurred almost to the point of not existing at all. The biennial will be curated by Christian Jankowski who is the first artist to completely curate on his own at Manifesta.

Anywho, it will be interesting to follow this year's Manifesta and see how the state of Zurich at present and Jankowski's artist vision will play out, and maybe even affect other biennals and Manifesta's in the future.

Manifesta opened Saturday, June 11th.  
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