The State of Things brings together essays by Franco Berardi, Leo Bersani, Judith Butler, T.J. Clark, Jan Egeland, Fawaz A. Gerges, Jacques Rancière, Saskia Sassen, Vandana Shiva and Eyal Weizman as commissioned by OCA as part of Norway's official representation in the 54th edition of the Venice Biennale. The State of Things aims to tackle the 'state of things' today, drawing from the speakers' fields of activity and research, and from what they consider the intellectual and political priorities of today. The overall programme took its cue from the Nansen Passport, created by Norwegian diplomat and explorer Fridtjof Nansen at the end of World War I in an attempt to enable refugees to move across borders in search of political and intellectual shelter.
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