The 1st World Biennial Forum is an
international convention, the first of its kind for biennale organizers and
related professionals, that will take place in Gwangju, South Korea
coinciding with the 9th Gwangju Biennale. The 1st World
Biennial Forum serves as a forum for exchange, providing an opportunity for
critical reflection upon the fact that over 150 biennials for art and
related disciplines are currently being organized all over the world: a
world with many cultural centers that are characterized by rapidly changing
socio-economic and political situations.
This reality creates
new challenges in the field of producing and curating contemporary art
while it has affected various societies across the globe. The 1st World
Biennial Forum will dedicate special attention to Asia as its context and
as a continent.
The 1st World Biennial Forum is aimed for
all those who are involved with them: curating, organizing, and supporting
international biennials. Conceived as an informal meeting point, the 1st
World Biennial Forum will present talks by well-known speakers from a wide
range of backgrounds and fields, and also offer workshops and smaller
specialized sessions in order to address day-to-day matters that concern
those who engage with biennials on a professional level, including those
who represent and fund them.
The World Biennial Forum is an
initiative of Biennial Foundation, a non-profit organization
facilitating links between organizations and practitioners operating within
the international biennial community by providing an open platform for
exchange, collaboration, and research.
The premiere of the World
Biennial Forum is organized by Biennial Foundation, IFA, and
Gwangju Biennale Foundation. The hosting of the first edition of the
WBF reflects Gwangju Biennale Foundation's ongoing pro-active, innovative,
and discourse-stimulating role. Gwangju Biennale Foundation was
founded in 1995 in memory of the 1980 civil uprising and the Gwangju
Democratization Movement. The Gwangju Biennale is Asia's oldest and most
prestigious biennial of contemporary art.
The 1st World Biennial
Forum offers opportunity to visit three Korean biennials: ROUNDTABLE: 9th
Gwangju Biennale (7 September–11 November); GARDEN OF LEARNING: Busan
Biennale 2012 (22 September–24 November); and SPELL ON YOU: 7th
Mediacity Seoul (11 September–4 November).
Co-Directors Ute Meta Bauer and Hou
Hanru will jointly provide a set of topics, serving as a point of
departure for the discussions.
Ute Meta Bauer is the Dean of
Fine Art at the Royal College of Art. She served as the Director of the
Visual Arts Program and as Founding Director of the Program in Art, Culture
and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Bauer was
co-curator of documenta 11, artistic director of the 3rd Berlin Biennale
(2004), and was the Founding Director of the Office for Contemporary Art
Hou Hanru is an art critic and curator. He worked
at San Francisco Art Institute as Director of Exhibitions and Public
Program and Chair of Exhibition and Museum Studies (2006–2012). He
has curated numerous exhibitions including the Biennials of Johannesburg,
Shanghai, Gwangju, Guangzhou, Tirana, Venice (French Pavilion, 1999,
Chinese Pavilion, 2007), Istanbul, and Lyon. Hou is currently curating the
5th Auckland Triennial.
Saturday 27 October: Holiday Inn.
participants, welcoming reception.
Sunday 28 October: Kim
Dae-Jung Convention Center.
Keynote presentations, panel
Tour of ROUNDTABLE: the 9th Gwangju Biennale
Monday 29 October: Kim Dae-Jung Convention Center.
Tuesday 30 October: Biennial
Depart for Seoul from Gwangju.
session at the Seoul Museum of Art.
October: Tour of cultural sites in Seoul (optional).
number of travel grants for biennial professionals from emerging and
developing countries are available, supported by the Prince Claus
Fund. For criteria and to apply: www.worldbiennialforum.org.
For more information:
Seiyoung Yoo: firstname.lastname@example.org
Supported by the Gwangju Metropolitan City Government
and by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and Arts Network Asia
(ANA) as part of the programme Creative Encounters: Cultural
Partnerships between Asia and Europe.