To All the Contributing Factors is a forum organized as part of the 11th Gwangju Biennale, titled The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?), discussing works by small- and medium-scale art organizations across the world with regards to questions of value, continuity, and scale, and imagining acts in common.
Roughly one hundred small- and medium-scale art organizations whose work makes important contributions to the art of today are invited as the Biennale Fellows. While being “appointed” Biennale Fellows, they simply go on doing the great work they are engaged with in their own contexts—placing art center-stage there—without being concretely involved with the biennale in Gwangju. Distinct from bigger-scale art organizations such as museums, art fairs, and biennales, these organizations often function as the research and development department of the art world, generating new ideas and shaping new curatorial and educational methods. Above all, they actively support artists to experiment and cultivate their practices and nurture contact and conflict zones around themselves, including neighbors and various practitioners from other fields.
Yet the significance of their works is not fully acknowledged in a wider art and social ecology, while their self-determined “marginal” or “minor” positions, as well as increasing precarity in the climate of austerity and various crises, are palpable. What if we “connect dots” through such a “molecular campaign” and manifest a critical mass to commit to these shared concerns?
The Forum together with the Fellows call for the gathering of all those who are interested in and working with art through such organizations. It is planned as a meeting ground where a large-scale event can be the occasion for exchange and debate among smaller agents, beyond biennial routines such as representation, promotion, and city branding. The Forum takes place from 2 to 4 September, after the preview of the 11th Gwangju Biennale Exhibition, and consists of public readings, lectures, workshops, and a plenary session. Sharing common issues from post-fossil aesthetics to parallel pedagogies; gentrification; labor point of view; new relation between machine, animal, and humans, and specific artistic agencies in them; exchanging and exploring common organizational concerns; and different working methods and tactics, a new multi-organizational field might take shape.
- Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall
- Forum & Fellows
- Forum & Fellows