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the Manchester International Festival

View of Manchester International Festival, Mayfield Depot, Manchester, UK, 2013.

SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 2007, the Manchester Inter­national Festival has leaned heavily on curator Hans Ulrich Obrist for advice on the portion of its programming devoted to visual art, which the biennial always features alongside big-name acts from pop and theater (this year’s lineup included Kenneth Branagh, in Macbeth; Massive Attack; and the xx). Obrist, for his part, seems to have continually used the festival to rethink the relationship between performance and visual art. In 2007, he and Philippe Parreno staged the first iteration of “Il Tempo del Postino,” an attempt to reinvent the typical format of a group exhibition by transforming it into a time-based theatrical show; the results were hit-and-miss, as visual artists tend to be great at spatial organization, but not so expert at handling duration. In 2011, Obrist and Klaus Biesenbach staged “11 Rooms,” a more successful

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