Saturday, March 29, 2008

2008 Taipei Biennial Press Release

Taipei Fine Arts Museum

Concept for 2008 Taipei Biennial
The 6th Taipei Biennial, like our lives, is uncertain, fragmented and fragile. The project does not have a single theme, but a constellation of correlated themes, most of which address the chaotic states of things in this time of globalization.
The exhibition engages with the city of Taipei in various ways. It does not only take place in the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, but also within the urban spaces. There will be performative works and interventions in the city, some will be documented and reconfigured in the exhibition venues. The exhibition venues will include the Beer Brewery that has been on an extended process of transformation from Taiwan's first beer factory as a production and distribution site built during the Japanese occupation, to a state monopoly, privatization, rebranding and finally relocation of it out of the city center. While the factory's history may represent a classical example of a post-industrialized city anywhere in the world, the exhibition is interested in seeking the nuances and specificities within the general. The brewery's daily operation will go on during the exhibition run, and its space will be utilized as a real place rather than an insular exhibition zone. In addition, the curators plan to utilize a number of advertising boards in the city, spreading around, and coming into view when you least expect it.
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)

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