Archive: Issue No. 61, September 2002

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Okwui Enwezor

Okwui Enwezor, Director of Documenta


Documenta 11 ends

In ending, Documenta 11 gave the art world one more demonstration of its excellent organisational skills. On the very day the exhibition closed its gates, a press release was sent out giving a comprehensive overview of the statistics connected to the D 11, an event which attracted the largest audience ever in the history of Documenta. An edited version follows.

"After almost four years of work and intense debate, research, discussion, and cooperation with many partner institutions and individuals, after four platforms in Vienna and Berlin, New Delhi, St. Lucia, and Lagos with over 130 international participants and more than 10.000 visitors, the fifth platform of Documenta11 closed on September 15th. After one hundred days of active engagement with the artistic positions presented in Kassel, and of film programmes with 25 films by 14 filmmakers, after 53 artists presentations, workshops, lectures, performances, concerts, and discussions, it remains to draw a first balance.

"The exhibition has in many ways exceeded the expectations of the organizers, not only in the statistical facts of numbers and sales. The interest and the discussions that this exhibition has generated is mirrored in the best attendance figures ever achieved since the founding of documenta; in total, 650.000 paying visitors attended the fifth platform of Documenta11 in Kassel. Between the opening days and September 15, almost 15.000 journalists registered to see and report on the exhibition. There was a total of 14.500 guided tours. Approximately 10% of all tours were given in languages other than German. Of these tours, 59% were given in English.

"The Documenta11 website was a source of practical information,and further enabled access to all platform discussions.The website had approximately 140,000 visits per month. The breadth and density of information is mirrored in the duration of individual visits: On average, each visitor of the website remained on it for 60 clicks before leaving the site again; this means that each visitor visited 60 sub-sites of www.documenta.de beforeexiting the site."

Documenta 12 will take place in Kassel in 2007.

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