World Biennial Forum No 1

World Biennial Forum No 1

Biennial Foundation

Biennial Map, World View. Courtesy: Biennial Foundation.
October 19, 2012
World Biennial Forum No 1

Shifting Gravity
27–31 October 2012
Gwangju, South Korea

Organized by:
Gwangju Biennale Foundatio
Biennial Foundation
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen 

Kim Dae-Jung Convention Center
Free Admission

Initiated by:
Biennial Foundation

Ute Meta Bauer & Hou Hanru

Guest of Honor
René Block

Keynote Speakers
Wang Hui – Professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Tsinghua University, Beijing.
Nikos Papastergiadis – Professor for Cultural Studies and Media & Communications, University of Melbourne.
Hans Ulrich Obrist – Co-Director of Serpentine Gallery, London.
Chantal Mouffe – Professor of Political Theory and Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, London.

Case Studies

1. Asia Pacific – part a
Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT): Caroline Turner
Biennale Jogja: Alia Swastika
Singapore Biennale: TBC
Biennale of Sydney: Jonathan Watkins

2. Asia Pacific – part b
Taipei Biennial: Fang-Wei Chang
Shanghai Biennale: Zhang Qing
Yokohama Triennial: Eriko Osaka
Aichi Triennale: Fumihiko Sumitomo
Kobe Biennale: Ritsuko Taho

3. Architecture – Design – Infrastructure
Istanbul Design Biennale: Joseph Grima
Gwangju Design Biennale: Pai Hyungmin
Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism Architecture: Ou Ning
Guangzhou Triennial: Wang Huangsheng

4. Emergent – Alternative
Emergency Biennale: Evelyne Jouanno
Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Riyas Komu
Land Art Mongolia LAM 360˚: Marc Schmitz
Tbilisi Triennial: Wato Tsereteli
Riwaq Biennale: Reem Fadda

5. South Korea
Gwangju Biennale: Yongwoo Lee
Mediacity Seoul: Jin Sang Yoo
Busan Biennale: TBC
Anyang Public Art Project – APAP: Jee-Sook Beck

Asia and its Margins
Sharjah Biennial: Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi
Istanbul Biennial: Bige Orer
Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art: Alisa Prudnikova
Meeting Points: Tarek Abou El Fetouh

Marie Le Sourd, Secretary General ‘On the Move’
Kim Hong-Hee, Director, Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA)
Ute Meta Bauer, Dean of Fine Art, Royal College of Art, London
Hou Hanru, Curator, 5th Auckland Triennial
Apinan Poshyananda, Director General, Office of Contemporary Art and Ministry of Culture, Thailand
Zheng Yan, Deputy Director, Today Art Museum, Beijing

Venue Design
Choi Jeong Hwa

Archive Exhibition
Publications from biennials worldwide

Biennial Representatives Meeting
Biennial practitioners from all regions are invited to take part in this meeting in order to discuss common objectives for biennale organisations and their role in society, and to jointly look into the possibilities and benefits of stronger professional alliances and collective and cooperative action.

3 Korean Biennials
The World Biennial Forum No 1 offers participants the opportunity to visit three Korean biennials.

ROUNDTABLE: 9th Gwangju Biennale (7 September–11 November)
GARDEN OF LEARNING: Busan Biennale 2012 (22 September–24 November)
SPELL ON YOU: 7th Mediacity Seoul (11 September–4 November).

The World Biennial Forum No 1 will take place from Saturday 27th–Monday 29th of October.
Tours are offered on Tuesday October 30th and Wednesday October 31st.
SeMA DAY is organized by Seoul Museum of Art on 30th of October.

Travel Grant Awards
The Prince Claus Fund has generously provided 10 travel grants to support the attendance and participation of biennial practitioners from emerging and developing countries.

Further Information
Gwangju Biennale Foundation
WBF Coordinator Harian Cho: [email protected]

Biennial Foundation
WBF Coordinator Olga Hatzidaki [email protected]
**Registration closes on October 22nd. Register here.

The World Biennial Forum No 1 is supported by the Metropolitan City of Gwangju; the Prince Claus Fund; the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and Arts Network Asia (ANA) as part of the programme Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe; the Goethe Institute – Seoul, the Seoul Museum of Art – SeMA, and the Italian Cultural Institute – Seoul. 




RSVP for World Biennial Forum No 1
Biennial Foundation
October 19, 2012

Thank you for your RSVP.

Biennial Foundation will be in touch.


e-flux announcements are emailed press releases for art exhibitions from all over the world.

Agenda delivers news from galleries, art spaces, and publications, while Criticism publishes reviews of exhibitions and books.

Architecture announcements cover current architecture and design projects, symposia, exhibitions, and publications from all over the world.

Film announcements are newsletters about screenings, film festivals, and exhibitions of moving image.

Education announces academic employment opportunities, calls for applications, symposia, publications, exhibitions, and educational programs.

Sign up to receive information about events organized by e-flux at e-flux Screening Room, Bar Laika, or elsewhere.

I have read e-flux’s privacy policy and agree that e-flux may send me announcements to the email address entered above and that my data will be processed for this purpose in accordance with e-flux’s privacy policy*

Thank you for your interest in e-flux. Check your inbox to confirm your subscription.