taipei biennial

Chia-Wei Hsu, “Spirit-Writing”, 2016

Taipei Biennial 2016
September 10, 2016 – February 5, 2017
Press/professional preview: September 8 and 9, 2016
Organized by Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM)
Curated by Corinne Diserens

With Dareen ABBAS, Lawrence ABU HAMDAN, Saâdane AFIF, John AKOMFRAH, Francis ALŸS, anarchive, Sven AUGUSTIJNEN & Hannah RYGGEN, CHANG Teng-Yuan, CHEN Chieh-jen, Eric CHEN & Rain WU, Fei-hao CHEN, I-Hsuen CHEN, CHIANG Kai-chun, Tiffany CHUNG, Tacita DEAN, Manon de BOER, Ângela FERREIRA, Peter FRIEDL, Valeska GERT, Kyungah HAM, James T. HONG, Chia-Wei HSU, Li-Hui HUANG, HUANG Mingchuan, Po-Chih HUANG, Yi-Chen HUNG, IM Heung-soon, siren eun young jung, Bahman KIAROSTAMI, KAO Jun-Honn, KUO Yu-Ping, Latifa LAÂBISSI & I-Fang LIN & Christophe WAVELET, I-Chern LAI, Yi-Chih LAI, LÊ Thị Kim Bạch, Xavier LE ROY, Hsu-Pin LEE, James Ming-Hsueh LEE, Pierre LEGUILLON, Minouk LIM, River LIN, LIN Yi-Wei, Chih-Hung LIU, Vincent MEESSEN, Christine MEISNER, Santu MOFOKENG, Jean-Luc MOULÈNE, Reinhard MUCHA, Pages Magazine, PARK Chan-Kyong, PEN Sereypagna & The Vann Molyvann Project, PEN Varlen, Jo RACTLIFFE, Ella RAIDEL, Yvonne RAINER, Shubigi RAO, Ad REINHARDT, Walid SADEK, Anri SALA, Alexander SCHELLOW, Shake, Nida SINNOKROT, Penny SIOPIS, SU Yu Hsien, Nasrin TABATABAI & Babak AFRASSIABI, TING Chaong-Wen & Yannick DAUBY, TRẦN Lương, TRƯƠNG Công Tùng, Po-Hao TSENG & Lecture of Ghost, Hong-Kai WANG, WANG Mo-Lin & Blacklist Studio & AU Sow-Yee, Christophe WAVELET, Witkacy, WU Chi-Yu & SHEN Sum-Sum & Musquiqui Chihying, Paola YACOUB, YEH Wei-Li & YEH Shih-Chiang.

With contributions from more than 80 artists, Taipei Fine Arts Museum and guest curator Corinne Diserens will present a rich, five-month long artistic program interweaving exhibitions, performances, screenings, symposiums, readings, conferences, and workshops in on-going collaborations with various cultural and educational institutions.1

Gestures and Archives of the Present, Genealogies of the Future aims to explore the museum’s catalytic role in navigating between knowledge systems and in the experience of trans-artistic practices and research in societal configurations that take into consideration cultural paradigm shifts. Treating the biennial as a matrix, an organic whole with its various forms, intensities, rhythms, and traces, it engages “performing the archives, performing the architecture, performing the retrospective” and the invention of narrative apparatuses and reflexive images in relation to artistic productions and practices of thought with a firm grip on historical conditions and realities, which play along with or resist realities to come, or whose advent is impossible.

With works that aim to keep alive the collective, imaginary memory of potentially yet to be revealed images, the biennial proposes to unravel relations to archiving or anti-archival gestures and modes of memorization in an effort to shed light on their readings/usage and potential appropriations, considering that their geneses are closely bound to a “critical intimacy” between the artwork and the spectator/visitor. Doing so, it aims to contribute to a coherent critique of institutional bureaucracy so that radical thought does not lose its vital center and ability to disarm configurations of power, thereby unlocking human imagination out of dead zones to explore heterogeneous narratives and allow common memory to disseminate and settle.

The biennial’s program offers a space embracing artistic experimentations and debates with various publics, reconfiguring the logic of what is shared, a site for public staging in relation to an idea of art as well as to evolving acts and forms seeking emancipation from the dominant narratives that rule social life.

With the production, co-production, and presentation of a large number of new artworks, films and performances from Taiwanese, Southeast Asian, and international artists, the biennial has become a major actor in supporting contemporary art in Taiwan. Exploring historical coincidences and resonances, some invited artists are also proposing evocations and presentations, with visual, performative, or discursive configurations, that engage with seminal artistic gestures and the corpuses of major artists of the last century that have nourished their own practices, including John Cage, Lygia Clark, Marcel Duchamp, Valeska Gert, Le Corbusier, Hannah Ryggen, Yvonne Rainer, Ad Reinhardt, Witkacy, and Yeh Shih-Chiang, among others.

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Taipei Biennial Performances

  • “Little Cinema”
  • Taipei Biennial Symposium: September 10 – 11, November 26 – 27, 2016 and January 13 – 15, 2017
  • Kau-Puê×Photography Forum: September 17, October 22, November 19, December 17, 2016
  • The Editorial: December 10 – 11, 2016

1. Taipei Artist Village, Guling Street Avant-garde Theater, School of Dance at the Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei Backstage Pool, Kishu An Forest of Literature, Cultural Affairs Bureau of Tainan City Government, Tainan National University of the Arts (TNNUA) / Research and Innovation Centre of Visual Art, Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong, Vernacular Institute, and Motto Books, among others.