Curated by Mali Wu and Francesco Manacorda, the 11th edition of the Taipei Biennial will take place from 17 November 2018 to 10 March 2019. Taking the title Post-Nature — A Museum as an Ecosystem as their starting point, the curators will engage with different ecosystemic models, focusing particularly on the significance of reciprocal dependency, and how this form of working tends toward a holistic common good.
Curatorial statement ►
For Taipei Biennial 2018 the curators plan to transform the Taipei Fine Arts Museum into a platform for multi-disciplinary discussions of ecology, and to shed light on environmental issues through international artists’ perspectives. As global environmental problems become increasingly complex and severe, issues of ecology are no longer the responsibility of one single discipline. Instead, in the same way that many natural systems are closely connected and even interdependent, the disciplines can also become mutually influential.
As Francesco Manacorda explains, this biennial is not just concerned with addressing ecological issues inside a museum - rather it is a fresh attempt to further ecological consciousness as a way of thinking. One approach Manacorda cites is to consider ecology on an extended timeline, taking the welfare of future generations into account. With natural resources in short supply, and environmental crises fast developing, issues of ecology should be commonly and publicly considered at the present time - as debate at a later stage may not be possible. Through works by diverse practitioners, this biennial attempts to project into future timeframes.
The list of biennial participants has entered the stage of final confirmation, and the curators have included not only visual artists, but also NGOs, activists, film and documentary makers, architects and other non-visual artists, in a network of interdependent and cross-pollinating positions. By presenting non-traditional creatives in the TFAM galleries, instead of programming these as exterior satellite events, the curators will attempt to break the conventional boundaries between artists and non-artists, with the aim of enhancing discussion and knowledge exchange. Curator Mali Wu notes that the exhibition spaces will be divided according to the concept of an “eco-lab,” aiming to highlight the interactivity of information, encourage the participatory model and to redefine the roles and functions of the exhibition spaces. The labs will develop organically as the exhibition unfolds, becoming interdisciplinary hubs of knowledge.
KE Chin-Yuan, 1993 Sever Coastal Erosion Causing the Collapse of a Seaside Fortress at Bali Coast, Taipei, 1993
Manacorda has remarked that he appreciates the support of TFAM, which has given the curators considerable freedom to develop their ideas. In the process of determining the theme of this year’s Taipei Biennial, both the curators and the museum sought to expand the functions and the definition of the museum to the greatest possible extent. By exploring ecology issues in-depth, they hope to practice commitment to society, culture and the world.
The theme of A Museum as an Ecosystem, TFAM director Ping Lin stressed, highlights the museum’s function of “knowledge production.” By conveying information in the museum and leading the transformation of viewers from awareness to identification, the ultimate goal is for many people to put environmental values into practice in their lives. In the Taipei Biennial 2018, the museum hopes to serve as an active platform of discourse, forming connections among issues and forging bridges among disciplines.
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