Paul Domela explores new relations between art, city and society. Most recently he co-curated This is Not Detroit in Bochum, Germany and was commissioned by the British Council to conceive a programme for Nigeria 101 for 2015. He was Deputy Chief Executive and Programme Director of Liverpool Biennial between 2001 and 2013. He has organised multiple exhibitions, public programmes, publications and international exchanges with an interest in the reverberations of globalisation and art as a field of knowledge production. With Imogen Stidworthy he curated Die Lucky Bush, (Mukha, 2009) and (In) the First Circle, (Tapies Foundation, 2011). He is a member of the boards of International Foundation Manifesta and Manifesta 10 in St Petersburg.
New City Makers: art, energy and architecture.
As artists turn context into content, architects find art a welcoming field for speculative projects. From temporary use, art and architecture have developed social and spatial practices that are playful and anticipatory. Post-industrial redundancies of space, waste, labour and time are used as a catalyst to think cities bubbling up from the bottom. How may a biennial of architecture take up this impulse from the art field?