This seventh edition of the high profile event Global Art Forum focuses on ‘language.’ Titled ‘It Means This’, the forum explores the concept of ‘definitionism’: investigating the words, terms, clichés and misunderstandings that proliferate in the art world and beyond. The Forum attempts to define and redefine words, phrases and ideas we think we know – and those we need to know – in order to navigate the 21st century. Featuring commissioned projects and research, as well as six days of live talks, Global Art Forum brings together a diverse line-up of participants: artists, curators, musicians, strategists, thinkers and writers. Among the more than 40 contributors are the political scientist Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, poet and author Mourid Barghouti, former REM lead singer Michael Stipe, editor and writer Brian Kuan Wood, artistsDominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Hassan Khan, curators Koyo Kouoh (Raw Material Company, Dakar), Bisi Silva (CCA Lagos), Hans-Ulrich Obrist, and Canadian writer and artist Douglas Coupland. Each element of the Forum takes on a keyword; some are more common (Heritage, Biography, Freezone, Score and Place) than others (think Academese, Advert Adverts, Drone Fiction, MENA (Middle East Nervous Anxiety), or Neologism). The eclectic line-up of contributors will pick apart these terms through debates, polemics, friendly rants (‘frants’), performances, TV clips, new publications, films and music.