Magazine article Art Monthly

Trillions of Biennales and Triennales

Magazine article Art Monthly

Trillions of Biennales and Triennales

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For many September was a long month for long-haul flights, with notable exhibitions opening across cities in the Far East, including Busan, Taipei, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Gwangju and Yokohama. Time Crevasse, the first and hotly tipped Yokohama Triennale, was curated by a familiar international coterie of curators including Daniel Birnbaum, Hu Fang, Akiko Miyake, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Beatrix Ruf. Performance works by Terence Koh, Jimmy Robert, Jonathan Meese, Cerith Wyn Evans with Throbbing Gristle and Aki Sasamoto took place over the opening weekend--all seemingly contributing to the curators' intention of surveying artists whose practice is characterised by 'parallel productions', like for example Meese or Bock, 'where one can see the production of the thing is part of the thing, and as important as the actual result'. Well, that's clear then. The Triennial took part of its cue from Obrist and Philippe Parreno's ambitious and performance-led event II Tempo Del Postino, which was held at Manchester's International Festival 2007. www.yokohamatriennale.jp

The political landscape in China came under some scrutiny when, during the opening of the Taipei Biennial, Turkish co-curator Vasif Kortun commented that works for the Shanghai Biennale had to be submitted four weeks in advance for governmental approval. …

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