Linking Past And Future

The Taipei Biennial starts on September 7th with participation by 23 new artists

The 2010 Taipei Biennial (TB10) is reconsidering the biennial format through a number of structural proposals introduced by curators Hongjohn Lin and Tirdad Zolghadr. Despite the absence of a curatorial master plan to scream from the rooftops, a potential leitmotif is the question of what is distinctive of biennials today. TB10 therefore looks both forward and backward as it explores those themes.

A full calendar of events awaits art lovers in September 2010 thanks to the biennial’s ambitious program.  Although the number of new artists has been restricted to 23, a total of 50 artists are included via collaborations that both revisit the past and reach into the future.

Other areas of Taipei have been added to the usual biennial venues to bring together urban infrastructure and artistic production. Another noteworthy addition to this year’s biennial are the ‘Sputniks’, three critical companions who are invited to consistently provide unsparing feedback, taking the form of interventions if necessary.