Manifesta purposely strives to keep its distance from what are often seen as the dominant centres of artistic production, instead seeking fresh and fertile terrain for the mapping of a new cultural topography.

Manifesta 13 Marseille was one of the only international biennials to take place during the global pandemic COVID-19, the biennial ended earlier than planned due to the second national lockdown

Takehito Koganezawa, JP

Performance and video at Frankensteiner Hof and Info Screens. Courtesy of Loock Galerie, Berlin.

This performance by Japanese artist Takehito Koganezawa consisted of 24 clocks hidden in a room that started ringing at different times. As soon as the ringing started, actors wearing identical masks and uniforms looked for the source of the noise. The one who found the clock turned it off and took the place of an immobile person in the foreground. This cyclical performance lasted for so long that emptiness and boredom reached an absurd tension.