UR-NOW: The Ruins of the Contemporary
Curated by Brian Dillon
The Horsebridge Arts & Community Centre, Gallery 1
UR-NOW: The Ruins of the Contemporary focuses on what it means to be contemporary, to be up to date, of the moment, au courant: all of this implies a kind of punctuality, a requirement that we meet our times on their own terms. And yet, this moment – ‘the now’ – is always about to vanish into the past or the obsolete: nothing seems so dated as the declaration that one is at the cutting edge of fashion, culture, social or political mores. On the other hand, how to tell what was wholly of its time before that time has passed? The contemporary demands a future from which it may be judged, precisely, to have been contemporary.
Brian Dillon is AHRC Research Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Kent. He is UK editor of Cabinet magazine and the author of Tormented Hope: Nine Hypochondriac Lives (Penguin, 2009) and In the Dark Room (Penguin, 2005). He lives in Canterbury.
View the Biennale calendar to see information on dates and times of the whole programme together in one place.
Talk by Brian Dillon and artists in the film programme
Saturday 19 June
See here for more details about the talk.