Taipei Biennial 2016: Participating Artists Announced

Words by My Art Guides Editorial Team
July 7, 2016

Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM) has announced the participating artists in the 10th edition of the Taipei Biennial to take place from September 10, 2016 to February 5, 2017.

The Taipei Biennial 2016 proposes to explore different practices of thought, the invention of discursive and performative apparatuses, and the production of models and images leading to heterogeneous narrations allowing trans-disciplinary artistic experiences bound to a “critical intimacy” between the artwork and the visitor. In doing so, it unravels relations to archiving or anti-archival gestures and modes of memorization, to their readings and usage, to their potential appropriations, taking in consideration historical and cultural paradigm shifts. Through acts of deciphering and activation, the biennial embraces the catalytic role of museums in navigating between knowledge systems.

The biennial’s configuration will encompass visual arts, dance, performance, cinema, and writing with historical evocations, editorial platforms, symposiums, and workshops to take place in the museum as well as in cultural venues, theaters and the universities of Taipei as a means to establish collaborations and stimulate a local synergy.

To reflect on societal frames and artistic experimentations, the biennial will adopt a speculative approach to some questions posed by anthropologist David Graeber in his book Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy: how to formulate a coherent critique of institutional bureaucracy and its structural violence in such a way that human imagination and radical thought do not lose their vital center; how to disarm configurations of power, including as proposed by artist Peter Friedl “the power of display,” and how the state of consciousness with which something is produced creates a liberated zone.

The exhibition will offer a space embracing debates and reconfiguring the logic of what is shared, of the common, a site for public staging where art is experienced as the production of narratives with a firm grip on historical conditions and realities that play along or resist, realities to come, or whose advent is impossible. It investigates how the museum invents various modi operandi to deal with the transmission of artistic heritage in the enlarged context of the history of modernity, the amplification of reception of ideas and gestures, in relation to constantly evolving acts and forms seeking emancipation.

Taipei Biennial 2016
Gestures and Archives of the Present, Genealogies of the Future
September 10, 2016–February 5, 2017

The full list of participating artists.

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