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 /