This summit on the postglobal future would seek to bring about a consensus concerning the various aesthetic, intellectual, and political positions that might affectively intervene in the dominant forces that presently give form and content to the process of globalization.

Conference Mediations Biennale 2014

Postglobal Future

25.-27. October 2014

Collegium Maius, Poznán, ul. Fredry 10

In this age of contingency, the post-global future seems to be a thing on the horizon. As we move ever closer it seems to get no more distinct – at times it appears to become increasingly formless. As we set and reset our course, this future becomes marked by greater risk, unforeseen eventualities, and unpredictability. This makes it more and more difficult to model the unimaginable world of the post-global into the everyday terms. The very words Post-Global, now appear to be linked to a semantically optimistic and utopian dream.

While the post-global future cannot be predicted, it can be invented. The process that began with Westernization – and the infinite possibilities of technology have now morphed into something unexpected as it simultaneously turns all human relations into commodities and makes all thought instrumental. The convergence of neo liberalism, neo nationalism, scarcity and environmental disasters  now appears to be inevitable – as new cold and hot wars become the rule rather than the exception .   Faced with these realities even the term post-global – post-international – seems to be a very real threat.  This conference will ask a small group of scholars, social scientist, artists, and activists to address the question: What is the toolkit we need to address the economic, juridical, sociological and technological challenges facing us in our  post-global future: in which more and more the terms of knowledge production and consumption have become a metaphor for value and wealth construction. 

The agenda that this think-tank sets will be the basis for an open discussion intended to set into motion a process that is unconcerned with either compliance or resistance – but with formulating some new modernism in which knowledge can be used to counter value and value may be set against knowledge to produce a discourse that does not become the Law of development  with an objective but an emerging Subject. 

This summit on the postglobal future would seek to bring about a consensus concerning  the various aesthetic, intellectual, and political positions that might affectively intervene in the dominant forces that presently give form and content to the process of globalization. By bringing together representatives of those forces that shape contemporary discourse to seriously consider the performative nature of the domestic, commercial and public spaces such a summit would afford its participants the opportunity to reflect on how their own  engagement contributes to creating future conditions, which may identify, instigate, design, and eventually manufacture an environment of common interests.


Saturday, October 25, 2014: Curators of 30 partner projects organized  within the structure of Postglobal Mediations will present the concept and content of their shows and explain  how it corresponds to their vision of the future.

10.00 a.m.

Opening speech – Tomasz Wendland

10.30 – Sławomir Sobczak – Poland, Kouji Ohno – Japan, Michael Kurzwelly – Germany,  Anna Tyczyńska – UAP

11.30 – Risa Takita and Akihiro Hirano – Japan, Drorit Gur Arie – Israel, An Seebach – Germany, Per Hüttner – Sweden,

12.45 – Yasuyki Saegusa – Japan, Kerstin Schulz – Germany, Katarzyna Kucharska – Poland,  Peter Puype – Belgium, Dominika Buchowska – Poland

14.00 – 15.00 – Lunch 

15.15 – Harro Schmidt – Germany, Robert B. Lisek – Poland, Marta Heberle – Poland,  Stefan Van Bellingen – Belgium, Ked Olszewski – Poland, Jung Me Choi – Korea.

16.30 – 18.00 – discussion

18.00 – Biennale Night – visiting biennale exhibitions.

Sunday, October 26, 2014: Closed session  for  a group of participants from diverse fields.  

10.00 – 13.00 Visiting Biennale and City of Poznań

14.00 – 16.00 – Jointly convened by: Saul Ostrow CPI, New York, Peter Funken – Kunsforum Magazine – Berlin

16.00 – coffee break

16.30 – 18.00 – Final conclusions and questions for the future

Monday, October 27, 2014: Joint session in which we  bring together the  partners on a to reflection a  vision of the future.  

10.00 – 12.30 Panel Discussion with Public – open debate with artists and students from:

The University of Arts in Poznań, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań – Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań Faculty Polish and Clasical Philology Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, History of Arts Institute,  Oxford Debates – Students’ Scientific Association at the Faculty of Political Sciences and Journalism at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.


  • Saul Ostrow
  • Peter Funken – Kunsforum Magazine – Berlin
  • Tetsuo Yamashige – Nakanojo Biennale – Nakanojo – Japan
  • Yaseuki Saegusa – Genesis 5 – Sojo Gallery – Kumamoto – Japan
  • Risa Takita – MMAC Festival (Mix Media Art Communication) – Mishima – Japan
  • Prof. Tatsuo Ebisawa, Ai Kobayashi – Uniwersytet Hiroshima – Japonia
  • Li Chaofei – Fei Contemporary Art Center (FCAC) – Shanghai, China
  • Drorit Gur Arie – Petach Tikva Museum – Israel
  • Tomasz Wendland – Poles – Empire Gallery – Istambul, Turkey
  • Juraj Carny – Crazycurators Biennale – Kunsthalle – Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Marianne Wagner – Freies Museum Berlin, Germany
  • Harro Schmidt – Kunsthalle Faust – Hannover, Germany
  • Koen Vanmechelen – Open University of Diversity – Hasselt, Belgium
  • Art_Hub – Critical Activity in a Network Society – New York
  • Enrique Badaro – Museo Blanes de Montevideo, Urugway
  • Kerstin Schulz – atelier-dreieck – Hannover, www.atelier-dreieck.de
  • Robert B. Lisek, Marta Heberle (ART_HUB – Critical Activity in a Network Society)
  • Magdalena Lewoc – Articum – Biennale Sztuki Bałtyckiej – Szczecin
  • Michale Kurzwelly – Nowa Amerika
  • Uniwersytet Artystyczny w Poznaniu – Poland
  • PAT – Polish Art Tomorrow; representans from 18 galleries and art institutions from around Poland
  • Paweł Sosnowski – Galeria Propaganda – BILLION AND ONE
  • IKG ( Internationale Kunstler Gremmium)
  • IBA (International Biennial Association
  • Oliver Grau – media theorist (Danube University Krems, Image Science)
  • Tim Ingold – (philosopher)
  • Bruce Ferguson – (director BlouinMedia – they publish Modern Painters, and Art and Auction)
  • Felicia Lee – (fee@nytimes.com) (writes on culture for the NY Times)
  • Carol Kino – (writes on culture for the NY Times)
  • Andras Bozoki


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