Taipei Biennial 2010
07 Sep - 14 Nov 2010
7 September - 14 November, 2010
Hongjohn Lin, Tirdad Zolghadr
Taipei Biennial 2010, curated by Hongjohn Lin and Tirdad Zolghadr, reconsiders the biennial format through a number of structural proposals. Although we have no curatorial masterplan to scream from the rooftops, one leitmotif is the question of what makes biennials distinctive today. What are the conditions of production a biennial creates, what can you do with a biennial that you cannot do with anything else, is there a way to use the biennial more precisely, more effectively? After all, the aspirations of a typical biennial are more easily achieved through other devices. One tends to consider biennials ideal for promoting urban marketing, a professional career or an activist demand, when actually the track record is quite disappointing. It may be surprising, but the instrumentalization of the biennial is rarely successful—never mind the instrumentalization of the art.
TB10 is reconsidering the biennial format through a number of structural proposals. Although we have no curatorial master plan to scream from the rooftops, a potential leitmotif is the question of what is distinctive of biennials today. What are the conditions of production a biennial creates, what can you do with a biennial that you cannot do with anything else.
Avoiding the usual tabula rasa, TB10 will build on ideas and projects from previous Taipei Biennials. For example, a number of TB 2008 artists are invited to critically revisit their previous contributions.
Two More Years
Artists first approached for TB10 were involved in a wider curatorial discussion. This resulted in a transfiguration of TB10 into a two year process, leading to a series of smaller exhibitions 2012. The process will be sustained by an academic framework that is currently being finalized, ideally resulting in sustainable art-pedagogical infrastructure.
Pak Sheung Cheun
Mario Garcia Torres
Wang Ya Hui