The city does not only refer to a physical site, the museum, where the art of the day turns to and reflects on, but also to other spaces, mental sites where discussions pertaining to globalization and its discontents, the states of things and the opportunities of change are at the core of the daily life. These are the places that artists learn from and feed-back to. For example, the impacts and import of globalization in Taipei or the transformations effecting the mobility of people and the conditions of labor are questions that art is interested in. While art does not have answers to these questions, it has the capacity to reflect on them from different angles, ask different questions and sometimes focus on individual moments. As with the approach of the biennial, no story is infinitely singular. One's story in Taipei links to other places in Asia and the globe. Hence, the exhibition focuses on issues such as globalization and its resistances, the neoliberal habitat, mobility, borders, divided states and micro-nations/states, urban transformations, informal economies, politics, and the war condition. Each focus comes with many other questions, for example, the mobility of a tourist, a temporary worker or a foreign bride are certainly not the same, not even similar. Towards this end, the Biennial has been commissioning as many new works as possible and/or asking the artists to rethink and adapt previous projects in the light of Taipei. There will also be existing works juxtaposed against the new ones. The exhibition will also have thematic compilations and farcical and biting videos. By means of these projects the curators and artists will show the diverse opportunities that this Biennial is capable of creating and responding to.
List of the Participating Artists in progress (as of March 28, 2008)
Lara Almarcegui Netherlands) Yochai Avrahami (Israel)Matei Bejenaru (Romania) Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkacova omania) Democracia (Spain) Didier Fuiza Faustino (Portugal) Mieke Gerritzen (Netherlands)Shaun Gladwell (Australia)Nicoline van Harskamp (Netherlands) Oliver Ressler (Austria) & Zanny Beggs (Australia) Mario Rizzi (Italy) Katya Sander (Denmark) Saso Sedlacek (Slovenia) Superflex (Denmark) Bert Theis (Italy) Nasan Tur (Germany)Wong Hoy-cheong (Malaysia)