Darryl Turner talks with Ingrid Sischy and Germano Celant

FOUR YEARS SHORT OF THE millennium we are perhaps accustomed, if not quite inured, to the mongrelization of culture. Is there anyone who still bats an eye at a Vermeer in Vanity Fair, an Issey Miyake gown in a museum, parliamentary porn stars turned icons, or talking turtles christened Michelangelo?

In an attempt to evoke just this cultural climate, the artistic directors of the Firenze Biennale—Germano Celant, curator of contemporary art at the Guggenheim Soho, Luigi Settembrini, marketing entrepreneur, and Ingrid Sischy, editor of Interview—hope to create a forum for investigations centered on our ever-mutating perceptions of the body: the varied guises it assumes when seen through the filters of virtual reality, Deleuzian philosophy, and gender-bending.

Addressing the theme of “time and fashion,” this biennial posits that fashion, as a semipopulist laboratory, can reveal the rifts

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