The main theme of "Medians Biennale" is the interdisciplinary dialogue between civilizations, arts and cultures presented through the medium of contemporary art from all over the world, including the newest quests of the artists from Eastern Europe. The event showcases around 150 artists from over 30 countries...
Kimsooja, "Lotus Zone of Zero", photo: press materials
The main theme of "Medians Biennale" is the interdisciplinary dialogue between civilizations, arts and cultures presented through the medium of contemporary art from all over the world, including the newest quests of the artists from Eastern Europe. The event showcases around 150 artists from over 30 countries
"The Biennale should be teeming with life and follow contemporary discourses and discussions as closely as possible", says Matthias Reichelt, one of the curators of the "Erased Walls" exhibition. "It should not, however, succumb to the pressure of museum canons or the whims and predilections of the art market"
The main programme of the Mediations Biennale 2010 includes two exhibitions: "Beyond Mediations" and "Erased Walls". The artistic events of the accompanying programme will take place in several galleries and public places all over the city. Exhibitions: "HUB or SChUB transforma(c)tion" in cooperation with Łódź Biennale, curated by Mariusz Sołtysik and "SKIN - Extreme pleasure, Extreme pain. Art from Argentina and Urugway", curated by Enrique Badaro.
The grand opening of Mediations Biennale 2010 takes place during one of the associated events of the ASEM Conference - a meeting of 43 Ministers of Culture and delegations from Asia and Europe, held in Poznań on September 8 - 10, 2010".
- "Beyond Mediations"
Venue: Centre of Culture "Zamek" and National Museum in Poznań
Curators: Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, Tsutomu Mizusawa
The exhibition establishes a space of co-presence for both the traditional kinds of contemporary art (painting, sculpture, drawing etc.) and the digital art of new media, thus surmounting the ever-extant division of the two. The latter art is usually presented in projects limiting their scope to the new media, and organised by institutions which specialise in work of that nature (Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe or Intercommunication Center w Tokio), while the classical artistic forms are shown to art lovers in numerous, traditional institutions of art of the museum-gallery type. The division incessantly persists, in spite of the progressing digitalisation of the contemporary world, which embraces all its domains, art included.
Artists: Keith Armstrong & Chris Barker (AU), Małgorzata Borek (PL), Dorota Chilińska & Andrzej Wasilewski (PL), Luc Courchesne (CA), Jonas Dahlberg (SE), Smadar Dreyfus & Lennaart van Oldenborgh (Il/UK), Inga Fonar Cocos (IL), Paula Gaetano Adi (AR), Hossein Golba (IR), Ken Feingold (US), Masaki Fujihata (JP), Naoya Hatakeyama (JP), Sanja Iveković (HR), Jakub Jasiukiewicz (PL), Eduardo Kac (US), Kimsooja (KR), Bart Koppe (NL), Masato Kobayashi (JP), Daniel Koniusz (PL), Kamil Kuskowski (PL), Konrad Kuzyszyn (PL), George Legrady & Angus Forbes (US), Marie-Jo Lafontaine (BE), Dominik Lejman
(PL), Julien Maire (FR/DE), Wade Marynowsky (AU), Yuiko Matsuyama (JP), Hidetoshi Nagasawa (JP), Jean-Christophe Norman (FR), Zbigniew Oksiuta (PL), Anna Orlikowska (PL), Adrian Paci (AL), Mateusz Pęk (PL), Geoffrey Alan Rhodes (US), Józef Robakowski
(PL), Yukina Sakai (PL), Chiharu Shiota (JP), Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau (AT/FR), Konrad Smoleński (PL), Calum Stirling (UK), Michelle Teran (CA/DE), Ultra-red (US), Paul Vanouse (US), Magnus Wallin (SE), Apichatpong Weerasethakul (TH), Marc Tobias Winterhagen (DE/PL), Wu Jian'an (CN), Piotr Wyrzykowski (PL), Kijuro Yahagi (JP).
- "Erased Walls"
Venue: container building - parking lot at CK "Zamek" and the buildings in ul. E. Orzeszkowej 6
Curators: Georgi Begun, Noam Braslavsky, Juraj Čarný, Nika Kukhtina, Matthias Reichelt, Sławomir Sobczak, Raman Tratsiuk & Volha Maslouskaya, Marianne Wagner-Simon, Tomasz Wendland
"Erased Walls" narrows its focus to the creative work after 2000, with an emphasis on the latest art, unconstrained by geopolitics. Erasing of the frontiers does not apply exclusively to our region anymore. All over the world, the walls that were physically torn down, have been replaced by invisible ones - whose existence is all the more efficacious and poignant because of their imperceptibility. Political divisions are now being exchanged for new ones, those associated with the dominance of the capital, social supremacy, poverty, media manipulation, the feeling of solitariness and exclusion. The artists, by constructing an image, arrive at reflections otherwise unattainable, which cannot be devised by means of language or document. An image is frequently a close-up quotation from reality, which, having been extracted from the mundanity and then presented in a different light shed by art, becomes surprisingly distinct. "Erased Walls" is an ironic question: have the last walls really fallen?
Artists: Alternazione (IT), Arena Online (Internet), Yossi Attia and Itamar Rose (IL), Ariella Azoulay (IL), Group BLOCK (HU), Ondrej Brody (CZ) & Kristofer Paetau (FI, BR), Pasko Burdjelez (HR), Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová (CZ), Costantino Ciervo (IT, DE), Ronald Dagonnier (BE), Plamen Dejanoff (BG, AT), Alexandra Dementieva (RU, BG), Democracia (ES), Tomáš Džadoň (SK, CZ), Richard Fajnor (SK, CZ), Clemens Fürtler (AU), Grupa 4! (PL), Robert F. Hammerstiel (AU), Rudolf Herz (DE), Rafał Jakubowicz
(DE), Karl Heinz Jeron (DE), Sandy Kaltenborn & Pierre Maite / Image-shift (DE), MK Kaehne (LT, DE), MK Kaehne (LT, DE) & Andrei Loginom (BY, DE), Uri Katzenstein (IL), Peter Kees (DE), Cezary Klimaszewski (PL), Thomas Kilpper (DE), Folke Köbberling & Martin Kaltwasser (DE), Paweł Kowalewski
(PL), Christine Kriegerowski & Christoph Tempel / Gated Community (DE), Oliver Kunkel (DE), Maciej Kurak
(PL), Michael Kurzwelly (DE, PL), Marek Kvetan (SK), Otis Laubert (SK), Ola Lewin (LT, DE), Volker März (DE), Stano Masár (SK), Tamara Moyzes (SK, CZ) & Shlomo Yaffe (IL, CZ), Johan Muyle (BG), Vladimir Nikolič (RS), NO-MED (PL), Andrzej Pepłoński (PL), Dominik Popławski (PL), PSJM - Pablo San Jose Moreno (ES, DE), Cynthia Vera Perez (ES, DE), Peter Puype (BG), Ariel Reichman (ZA, DE, IL), Don Ritter (CA, DE), Roman Sakin (RU), Roland Scheffersky (PL, DE), Ruti Sela & Maayan Amir (IL), Marcus Shahar (IL), Krzysztof Sołowiej (PL), Haim Sokol (IL, RU), Jan Peter E.R. Sonntag (DE), Małgorzata Szymankiewicz (PL), Koen Theys (BG), Jean Toche (BG, US), Jaan Toomik (EE), Ilya Trushevsky (RU), Maxim Tyminko (UA, DE), Tomáš Vaněk (CZ), Koen Vanmechelen (BG), Oleg Yushko (BY, DE), Jakob Zoche (all the world).
- "Hub or Schab - an exhibition which will not happen "
Venue: Galeria Miejska "Arsenał"
Curator: Mariusz Sołtysik
Experimental exhibition. Six artists will collaborate to create one communal work or, rather, six different works in one, shared medium: video. Artists: Agnieszka Chojnacka (PL)Christine Mackey (IRL), Ela Walters (PL), Wiktor Polak (PL), Mariusz Soltysik (PL), Dmitry Strakovsky (USA)
- "Skin: Extreme Pleasure, Extreme Pain"
Venue: Galeria Miejska "Arsenał"
Curator: Enrique Badaró Nadal
"Skin: Extreme Pleasure, Extreme Pain" resulted from the research of the sensitivity of a body organ, exposed to the elements of nature, ideology, cultural history and the political body.. South America has its own natural skin mix, which is a result of the millennia of pre-European, colonial, and modern history. Mythology, racism, slavery, and migration support this amazing fabric that is our skin, and its metaphors. 5 artists and a curator / artist offer to the Polish and international public six different proposals, in which the skin is the protagonist and the axis of an ethical and aesthetic discourse.
- "Do it / duit"
Venue: Galeria Miejska "Arsenał"
Curator: Tomasz Wendland
"Do it / duit" (Do it / money) is an exhibition prepared for Mediations Biennale by three Indonesian artists whose works make up a critical commentary on the social, political and economic landscape of the Far East. Exhibition's intention is to extend the issues already taken up in Erased Walls.
All exhibitions open on September 11, 2010. Previews:
- at 12:00 - National Museum in Poznań
- at 2:00 PM - Galeria Miejska "Arsenał"
- at 3:00 PM - Centrum Kultury "Zamek"
- at 5:00 PM - container bulding, CK "Zamek" - parking space
- at 7:00 PM - buildings at ul. Elizy Orzeszkowej 6.
Performances programmed at the Biennale:
- Yukina Sakai, performance In her, F major
Venue: the hall in front of the "Profil" Gallery - CK "Zamek"
Time: September, 10 - 12, at 2:00 i 5:00 PM
- Jean-Christophe Norman, performance Crossing Poznań - The circumstances of accident
Venue: route: Ławica - ul. Warszawska
Time: September 3-10
Venue: route: CK "Zamek" - National Museum
Time: September 11.
- Also on September 11 & 12, performances by: Shahar Marcus, KH Jeron, Rafał Jakubowicz, Uri Katzenstein, Ola Lewin, Constantino Ciervo oraz No-Mad.
Organisers: Centrum Kultury "Zamek" in Poznań and the Stowarzyszenie Kontekst Sztuki (Society Context of Art)
The Biennale runs from September 11 through October 30, 2010.
Source: press release, www.mediations.pl