May 5, 2007 - Busan Biennale - What’s Up, Biennale?
May 5, 2007

What’s Up, Biennale?

What’s Up, Biennale?

The International Symposium 2007
2007. May. 21~May. 23
Conference Hall, Busan Metropolitan City Hall,
Samsung Haeundae Training Center

Host : Busan Metropolitan City,
Busan Biennale Organizing Committee
Participants : 58 experts from 13 countries
Contact : Tel. 82-51-888-6691~9 Fax. 82-51-888-6693

Busan Biennale Organizing Committee (Corp.) holds The International Symposium 2007 under the theme of What’s Up, Biennale?’ in the Conference Hall of the Busan Metropolitan City Hall and Samsung Haeundae Training Center from May 21 to May 23.

The total of 58 curators, exhibition directors, art critics from 13 countries attend this symposium to discuss the latest trends of biennales at home and abroad and to review some case presentations, exploring the path to the further development of Busan Biennale.

2007. May. 21 (Mon), ‘What’s Up, Biennale?’ – Conference Hall, Busan Metropolitan City Hall
Exhibition directors from around the world who organize biennales present on individual cases of biennales and discuss the prospects for Asian biennales including the ones held in Korea.
Presenters and Topics
– Fram Kitagawa (General Director, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial) : Echigo-Tsumari, Nature-public Art
Since its inception in 1990s, Echigo-Tsumari Triennal, which is held every three years in the Prefecture of Echigo-Tsumari, Japan, has been regarded as one of the most successful Asian biennales. Fram Kitagawa, general director of the triennial exhibition, delivers the success story. Fram Kitagawa serves as the president of Art Front Gallery and a professor at the Joshibi University of Art and Design. He participated in the first Anyang Public Art Project.
– Elizabeth Ann Macgregor (Director, Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney) : Who are Biennales for – the Sydney Biennale at the MCA
Elizabeth Ann Macgregor (Scottish), director of the Museum of Contemporary Art(MCA) in Sydney, reflects on the raison d’etre of biennales by presenting the question of ‘For whom are Biennales?’. She began her career as the curator of Scottish Arts Council’s traveling gallery. After a spell at the Arts Council, she spent ten years as the director of the Ikon Gallery in Bermingham.
– Gerardo Mosquera (Curator, New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York) : Multiple City
Gerardo Mosquera (Cuba) discussed city, art, and life of citizens in a project held in Panama, 2003. By founding and directing the Havana Biennale in 1983, he proved that the third world, not just Europe or the U.S. could host biennales. Currently the curator for the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, he served as the director of the 2006 Liverpool Biennale and the general director of the 3rd Havana Biennale.
– Young-Chul Lee (Artistic Director, International Contemporary Art Exhibition, PICAF 2000) : The things Korean Biennale left
Young-Chul Lee (Korea) points to the issues with Korean biennales, sharing lessons he earned working as the director of Kwangju Biennale, Busan Biennale and Anyang Public Art Project. Currently, he is a professor of Kyewon Art University and organized quite a few exhibitions, working as the exhibition director of Total Gallery, Seoul, art director of Kwangju Municipal Art Museum, art director of PICAF 2000 and exhibition director of the first Anyang Public Art Project.

2007. May. 22 (Tue), Biennale, for a Breathing City – Samsung Haeundae Training Center
Assuming that the primary objective of biennales is ‘to provide a window which injects new vitality into a city’, participants discuss how to come up with time and opportunities for ordinary citizens to imagine and relax.
Presenters and Topics
– Tetsuya Ozaki (Publisher, ART-iT) : Asian Biennale’s hope and prospect
Tetsuya Ozaki (Japan), chief editor of ART-iT and Real Tokyo, offers practical recommendations on the path that Asian biennales should take. Currently, he works as a professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design and worked for the Internet World Exposition 1996(IWE ’96) as the editorial director of Sensorium, the Japanese theme pavilion.
– Hans D. Christ (Co-director, Wuerttembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart) : Local practice – global networking : Biennales create or prevent infrastructures for contemporary art?
Hans D. Christ, Co-director of the Wuerttembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, talks about how Biennales and contemporary art get to form communities and networking between cities and the world and create infrustructures for the new world. Hans D. Christ majored in art history and literature science in University of Dortmund art, especially has a profound knowledge of media art and is in a wide variety of activities such as a co-curator in The 3rd Seoul International Media Art Biennale in 2004.
– Anna Harding (Chief Executive, SPACE in London) : Magic Moments – collaboration between artists and young people
Anna Harding(U.K.) studies how art galleries and art exhibitions can help artists and children to collaborate and presents the results of the collaboration. Currently the director of SPACE, London, she worked as the program director of the MA Creative Curating course at Goldsmith College and the curator of Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge University.
– Seung-Bo Jun (Independent Curator, Korea) : Whisper of Poet – Romanticism for city
Seung-Bo Jun (Korea) presents on what art exhibitions ultimately provide for people. He discusses how biennales can help people to restore humanistic imagination and what it means to ordinary citizens. Working as an independent curator, he served as the chief curator of Arco Art Center and the exhibition director of the 2nd Kwangju Biennale.
Workshop : 2007. May. 22 (Tue) – 2007. May. 23 (Wed)

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