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 - Beautiful world, where are you? invites artists and audiences to reflect on a world in social, political and economic turmoil.

The line ‘Beautiful world, where are you?’ derives from a 1788 poem by the German poet Friedrich Schiller. Today the poem continues to suggest a world gripped by deep uncertainty; a world in social, political and environmental turmoil. It can be seen as a lament but also as an invitation to reconsider our past, advancing a new sense of beauty that might be shared in a more equitable way.

The Serving Library
The public programme for Liverpool Biennial 2018 includes a series of talks, performances, film screenings, events and an education programme.

For Liverpool Biennial 2018, The Serving Library will present a series of free public talks hosted at LJMU's  Exhibition Research Lab. A wide-ranging list of participants including economists, sociologists, 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?

Speakers include:
  • Silke Otto-Knapp and Ei Arakawa, both artists in this year's Biennial 
  • Eyal Weizman, founder of the independent research agency Forensic Architecture
  • Candice Hopkins, a curator and writer interested in the history of indigeneity

Other confirmed participants are Ryan Avent, Jessica Coon, Meehan Crist, Mark Miodownik, Angela Nagle and Jussi Parikka.

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