This catalogue is a collection of texts published on the occasion of the 11th International Istanbul Biennial in 2009. The Biennial features over 140 projects by 70 artists.

"The title of the 11th Istanbul Biennial - 'What Keeps Mankind Alive?' - is the English translation of the song 'Denn wovon lebt der Mensch?' from The Threepenny Opera, written in 1928 by Bertolt Brecht...(it) thematises the process of the redistribution of ownership within bourgeois society and casts an unforgiving light on a wide range of elements of capitalist ideology. Brecht's assertion in the play that 'a criminal is a bourgeois and a bourgeois is a criminal' remains as resonant and as true as ever, and the parallels between the burgeoning liberal economy's capacity to erode a hitherto existing social consensus in 1928 and the present are striking.

The Biennial's title, 'What Keeps Mankind Alive?' evokes two main subjects, politics and economics, which have grown indistinguishably similar as they have connected and networked all around the globe. At a moment when the ongoing financial crisis has dealt a considerable blow to the legitimacy of that 'new world order' in which we have all been living for the past several decades, undermining its seemingly unquestionable neo-liberal premises, 'What Keeps Mankind Alive?' seeks to rethink the biennial as a meta-device with the potential to facilitate the renewal of critical thinking by extracting thought from the immediate artistic and political context where it takes place." - excerpt from curators' text

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Corporate Support on Art: A vicious or virtuous cycle? - Gokce DERVISOGLU

Life of Galileo - Bertolt BRECHT

This is the 11th International Istanbul Biennial curators' text - What, How & for Whom

On Brecht - Elin DIAMOND

Politics with a Mask: The 'end', the 'origins', and the possibilities of politics - Meltem AHISKA

On Brecht - Fredric JAMESON

Secularism and Politics in Iran - Morad FARHADPOUR

The Post-Communist Robinson - Boris BUDEN

On Brecht: When? - Alain BADIOU

Brecht's Gesture - Mladen DOLAR

Centennial Politics: On Jameson On Brecht On Method - Darko SUVIN

Brecht and Latin America: Refunctioning models - Luis Ignacio GARCIA

'Charity is a Legitimate Part of Our Culture' - Ayse BUGRA

Can the Capitalist World-Economy Survive the Rise of China? - LI Minqi

Harold Pinter on Truth and Responsibility - Harold PINTER

The Politics of Perception: Art and the World Economy - Brian HOLMES, Claire PENTECOST

Reading Lenin with Brecht - Slavoj ZIZEK

Neither With Nor Without You - Süreyyya EVREN

Dense Objects and Sentient Viewings: Contemporary Art Criticism and the Middle East - Omnia EL SHAKRY

On Pirate Jenny - Bob DYLAN

Somewhere Between an Office and a Stage: A Dramaturg leaves her Room, a Curator enters a Play - Eda CUFER

Bloss Menschen or Something that Adorno Forgot and Brecht didn't - Keti CHUKHROV

Exit Strategies (For Keeping Mankind Alive): Challenging Productivism in Contemporary Capitalism and Art - Stephen WRIGHT

What Keeps Mankind Alive? - Bertolt BRECHT, Kurt WEILL

What Keeps Mankind Alive? The Texts: 11th International Istanbul Biennial
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What Keeps Mankind Alive? The Texts: 11th International Istanbul Biennial