Liverpool Biennial is delighted to launch Stages, a new online journal. It presents new writing and thinking, and is a space for staging research generated from the Biennial’s year-round programme.

The first issue, Stages #0: The Banff Report is a portfolio of thinking that emerged from the Banff Research in Culture (BRiC) residency on the topic of ‘Dock(ing); or, New Economies of Exchange’ which took place in summer 2013. Lead by Joseph Grima, Suzanne Lacy, and Hakan Topal, alongside the Liverpool Biennial curatorial team, artists, activists, economists and historians took the residency theme as a starting point to collectively explore some of the social, political and cultural challenges we are facing.

Stages #0: The Banff Report includes texts and works by Brent Bellamy, Nadine Attewell, Morgan Charles, Imre Szeman, Jeff Diamanti, Ryan Ferko, Kate Hoffman and Ada S. Jaarsma, Logan Sisley, Fiona McDonald, Rafico Ruiz, Florian Sprenger, Michael Truscello, Xinran Yuan and Eva Castringius.

Morgan Charles discusses the artistic interventions on Silo no.5, Montreal’s largest industrial ruin. The idea that “oil as fundamental to the societies we have now” is explored in Imre Szeman’s article, How to Know About Oil. You can read Stages #0: The Banff Report in full online here.

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