In April 1995, the House of World Cultures in Berlin organized the symposium
The Marco Polo Syndrome. Problems of intercultural communication in art theory and curatorial practice.
After the symposium Gerhard Haupt, who developed the idea and the concept, and Bernd M. Scherer, at that time HKW, edited the issue 4/5 1995 of the magazine neue bildende kunst in close cooperation with the publisher. It contains the edited papers of the symposium, as well as further contributions to the topic.
Contents and some texts:
Gerhard Haupt and Bernd M. Scherer [deu]
A global art scene? Marco Polo and the Other Cultures
Opaque Rooms, or the Processes of Cultural Construction
Catherine David [deu]
Here comes Everybody. Relations of Power and Cultural Exchange
"Decolonizing the Mind" as a "Voyage in". About Edward Saïd's "Culture and Imperialism"
Karlheinz Barck [deu]
The Other in the Land of the Globetrotters
Sebastián López [deu]
The World of Differences. Notes about art, globalization, and periphery
The Corruption in the Arts / the Art of Corruption
Luis Camnitzer [deu] [esp]
Images of Japan: Baron von Stillfried Rathenicz, Paul Graham
Production of World Images: About the Traditional Grammar of Contemporary Imagery
Art from the African continent
The Marco Polo Syndrome
Five Good Reasons for Travelling Far Away
European Art as a Special Ethnological Case
An Interview with Wulf Köpke
About the Reception of Black-Australian Art in Europe
Dialogue of Cultures? Configura 2 or the "Erfurter Method"
The Mask of Universality
Kim Levin [deu]
Why one more Biennial, Mr. Lee?
Interview with the chief-curator of the 1st Gwangju Biennale, Yongwoo Lee [deu]
Mongols in the Palace. East Asian Art in Venice 1995
Comparisons. Developments of the International Cultural Exchange
Ethno, what Ethno? Artistical Practice at the Interior Periphery
Christoph Doswald [deu]
Statement and works of artists:
A photographical essay on Mexico by Ulrich Wüst illustrates the first section of the issue.