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The Shanghai Biennial
ver the last 19 years, the Shanghai Biennial has worked to bring artists and curators together from all over the world. And its 11th edition is no exception.
For four months, from 11 November 2016 to 12 March 2017, it is presenting the work of 92 artists from 40 different countries, inspired by a seminal question which also serves as its theme: "Why Not Ask Again?" But ask for what? And from whom? Mysterious questions, which are impossible to answer except through other questions. The whole issue consists precisely in inventing appropriate contours, object, interlocutors and temporality. This edition, organised by the Raqs Media Collective – consisting of Monica Narula, Shuddhabrata Sengupta and Jeebesh Bagchi – has chosen the science-fiction trilogy "The Three Body Problem" by Chinese bestselling author Liu Cixin as the main theme. The book is based on the physical theory stating that two bodies in space will react predictably, but a third introduces uncertainty. Artists, collectives, generators and writers are there-

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fore invited to discuss and view "the self as a fragment of the infinity of the universe," to quote Jeebesh Bagchi, in relation to an increasingly elusive world. Developed through various sections ("Terminals", "Infra-Curatorial Platform", "Theory Opera", "51

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