Manifesta 9 Coffee Break: A Brief Summary

Manifesta 9 Coffee Break – “the contemporary at the service of the past”

Casino Modern, Genk, Limburg, Belgium December 9 and 10, 2011

Organised by Manifesta Foundation in collaboration with Manifesta 9, Manifesta Coffee Break is a recurring public meeting that works as an active tool to discuss the Manifesta concept, generously supported by the European Commission.

The relationship between the past, the present and the future was explored at the Manifesta 9 Coffee Break through debates, lectures and artistic presentations, with specific references to the staging of Manifesta 9 in 2012.

This event was the sixth edition of our Manifesta Coffee Breaks, initiated 10 years ago by Manifesta 1 curator Hans Ulrich Obrist as a valid attempt to test some curatorial concepts prior to executing them in an exhibition format. This enables the curators and the whole Manifesta team to install a self-reflective and critical mind-set, in order to learn from our own past and present.

Download our PDF to read the brief chronological summary of the discussions and presentations by Cuauhtémoc Medina, Jeremy Deller, Viktor Misiano, Ekaterina Degot and Phil Collins and many more completed during the two-day Coffee Break in Genk, which involved 120 participants.