'In response to each Biennale of Sydney since 1998, Artspace has commissioned a range of critics, curators and theorists to interrogate and engage with the curatorial framework informing the exhibition, as well as with the practices of the contributing artists, thinkers and performers. On each occasion, writers have been given a week to submit a substantial, fluidly discursive paper quickly brought together and published in a reader format then inserted back into the public sphere to act as a generator of and focal point for sustained critical discussion of the Biennale in its local, regional and global contexts.' - from the Artspace website

Column 2 is a special issue of the bi-annual periodical published by Artspace devoted to such engagement with the 2008 Biennale of Sydney, accompanying quick response texts with sustained contextual analysis and an interview with the biennale's Artistic Director, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. Also includes documentation and discussion of Artspace's artistic program from November 2007 to June 2008.

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Art and the Emerald City

- Jacqueline MILLNER

Confusion, a trip to the dentist and the Biennale of Sydney: a conversation with Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Michael Rakowitz

- Zanny BEGG

Going round

- Christina BARTON

Revolutionary forms and figures

- Susan BEST

The unradicality of art: self-centring artists, mediarised crackpots and alchemical conductors

- Philip BROPHY

'I got as far as Mike Parr...'

- Bec DEAN

Catholic tastes and tail-chasing

- Anthony GARDNER

Discomforts of home

- Frazer WARD

Francis Upritchard: rainwob

- Charlotte DAY

BED/SIT — a play in two parts

- Ewen McDONALD, 伊溫麥當勞

Architecture of shadows: the sculptures of Caroline Rothwell

- Christine MORROW

Inhabiting the border


The odd angry shot: on the beach with Vernon Ah Kee

- Reuben KEEHAN

Unfolding ground

- Ainslie MURRAY

Darkness awaits: Brent Grayburn's Flicker

- Caleb KELLY

Sriwhana Spong: Beetlejuice

- Sharon CHIN

Column 2: 2008 Biennale of Sydney Critical Response
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Column 2: 2008 Biennale of Sydney Critical Response