Taipei Bi­en­nial

The China Post - - ARTS - BY DIM­ITRI BRUYAS

There are only a few days left if you want to visit the Taipei Bi­en­nial 2014 (台北雙年展), which fea­tures artists from Africa, Asia, Europe, South Amer­ica and the U.S. around the topic “The Great Ac­cel­er­a­tion” (劇烈加速度).

Cu­rated by Ni­co­las Bour­ri­aud, this edi­tion of the bi­en­nial has fea­tured so far a con­tem­po­rary art ex­hi­bi­tion, film screen­ings, live per­for­mances, talks, read­ings, con­fer­ences, pub­li­ca­tions and other spe­cial events at the Taipei Fine Arts Mu­seum (臺北市立美術館).

The in­ter­na­tional event, which is run­ning un­til Jan. 4, 2015, also tends to take a wider, more over­all view of the cu­ra­to­rial con­cept for the bi­en­nial by re­flect­ing on how hu­man ac­tiv­i­ties im­pact the Earth’s bio­sphere. The re­sult­ing global warm­ing, de­for­esta­tion and soil pol­lu­tion have re­sulted in the emer­gence of a new era, the An- thro­pocene, after 10,000 years of the Holocene.

To il­lus­trate this evo­lu­tion, the cu­ra­tor has aimed to show the emer­gence of an un­prece­dented po­lit­i­cal coali­tion be­tween the in­di­vid­ual/cit­i­zen and a new sub­or­di­nate class: an­i­mals, plants, min­er­als and the at­mos­phere, all as­sailed by a techno-in­dus­trial sys­tem now clearly de­tached from civil so­ci­ety.

“The Great Ac­cel­er­a­tion” is pre­sented as a trib­ute to this coac­tiv­ity, the as­sumed par­al­lel­ism be­tween the dif­fer­ent king­doms and their in­ter­ac­tions. That is also what the artists are look­ing at in con­cepts such as an­ces­tral­ity (the world be­fore hu­man con­scious­ness) and its land­scape of min­er­als, along­side veg­etable trans­plants or cou­plings be­tween hu­mans, ma­chines and beasts. ‘Taipei Bi­en­nial 2014 — The Great Ac­cel­er­a­tion’ (台北雙年展 劇烈加速度) Un­til Jan. 4, 2015 (Sun.) / Taipei Fine Arts Mu­seum (臺北市立美術館) / No. 181 Zhong­shan N. Road Sec. 3, Taipei (臺北市中山區中山北路三段181號) / NT$15 ~ NT$30 /­seum

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