Serving Library exhibition space

Liverpool Biennial: The Serving Library

at the Exhibition Research Lab

John Lennon Art and Design Building view map & directions

During building opening hours

Liverpool Biennial 2018 launches with the programme of public talks in partnership with Liverpool School of Art and Design's LJMU's  Exhibition Research Lab and curated by artists The Serving Library.

At irregular intervals between May and October, a wide-ranging list of participants including economists, sociologists, linguists, media theorists, architects and painters are invited to variously address or refract the question borrowed from Friedrich Schiller to title the Biennial: Beautiful world, where are you?

Talks take place on the dates below between 6.30 and 7.30pm (doors open at 6.00pm when refreshments will be served)


Thursday 5 July
Moonlight and LED, An exchange between Liverpool Biennial 2018 artists Ei Arakawa (New York) and Silke Otto-Knapp (Los Angeles)

Thursday 26 July
Climate Grief and the Visible Horizon, A talk by Meehan Crist (Writer-in-residence in Biological Sciences, Columbia University, New York)

Thursday 13 September
Self-Repairing Cities, A talk by Mark Miodownik (Professor of Materials and Society, University College London)

Thursday 27 September
The Fabric of the Planetary Surface, A talk by Jussi Parikka (Professor of Technological Culture and Aesthetics, University of Southampton, UK, and Docent of Digital Culture Theory, University of Turku, Finland)

Thursday 11 October
A Great Enchanted Garden: Can AI Give Us Back Our Sense of Wonder?, A talk by Ryan Avent (Senior Editor and Free Exchange Columnist, The Economist, Arlington, USA)

Thursday 18 October
October Reclaiming Beauty as a Public Good, A talk by Angela Nagle (Writer, author of Kill All Normies, Dublin and New York)

Friday 26 October
Aliens, Fieldwork, and Universal Grammar, A talk by Jessica Coon (Associate Professor of Linguistics, McGill University, Montreal) and a conversation with Vincenzo Latronico (Writer, translator and guest co-editor of The Serving Library Annual 2018/19)

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