Manifesta 6. The failure is the project

Lecture and discussion with Florian Waldvogel
28. November 2006

“For substantial reasons, it would not have been meaningful to mount yet another large group exhibition on Cyprus. So we decided to establish a school where cultural production could be investigated by means of transdisciplinary techniques. A school that would deal with the issue of contemporary education and knowledge production in today’s world. Cyprus, whose Greek southern zone became a member nation of the EU in late 2004, has a history and geopolitical significance that make it an ideal site for a forward-looking project that would focus on new means and models for imparting knowledge and production. We had invited people from all walks of life to work on site-specific issues of global interest. It would now appear that our approach was too site-specific.”

Florian Waldvogel is curator at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam.