Yoel Diaz Vazquez
Zille Homma Hamid
Mahlet Ogbe Habte
Olav Christoffer Jensen
Reena Saini Kallat
Antonio Vega Macotela
The New Beauty Council
Hans Hamid Rasmussen
Inga Svala Thorsdottir
The 6th edition titled 'Pandemonium - Art in a Time of Creativity Fever' is a Lab, an experiment zone. Wary of 'paradises lost', of utopias that have turned sour, it sounds today's turbulent world for new possibilities and perspectives, alternative forms of life and living that are brewing up. The performance program City Excavations initiated the biennial process in June and served as a platform for artistic explorations of the city of Goteborg and its history.
curated by Sarat Maharaj
Co-curators: Dorothee Albrecht, Stina Edblom, Gertrud Sandqvist
Francis Alÿs, Örn Alexander, Ámundason, Zarina Bhimji, Wim Botha, Matthew Buckingham, Chen Chieh-jen, Chimurenga, Yoel Díaz Vázquez, Jimmie Durham, Klas Eriksson, Karolina Erlingsson, Liam Gillick, Goldin+Senneby, Zille Homma Hamid, Mahlet Ogbe Habte, Florian Hecker, Lisa Jeannin/Rolf Schuurmans, Olav Christoffer Jensen, Isaac Julien, Reena Saini Kallat, John Kelly, Matts Leiderstam, Katarina Nitsch/Patrik Bengtsson, Antonio Vega Macotela, Ernesto Neto, The New Beauty Council, William Pope.L, Hans Hamid Rasmussen, Viktor Rosdahl, Tino Sehgal, Bryndis Sneabjörnsdottir/Mark Wilson, Åsa Sonjasdotter, Inga Svala Thórsdóttir, Jana Winderen, Henrik Frisk/Stefan Östersjö
Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce its 6th edition. Titled Pandemonium – Art in a Time of Creativity Fever, the biennial is an occasion to mull over the turbulence and turmoil that is today's world. In John Milton's epic Paradise Lost (1671), Pandemonium is the castle built by Lucifer and his band after they had been booted out of heaven. It is the base camp from which they plot against the 'old order'. But it is also a platform from which they seek to launch the project of another creation, a new kind of world albeit a 'devilish' one. Through 'Pandemonium', Milton reflects on the turbulence and topsy-turvy of civil war England. Was this only about a sense of hurly-burly, disorder and dismal confusion—of 'sheer pandemonium'? Or was it also about transformation and creative emergence—the making of new worlds, possibilities and paradigms? The term has both positive and negative connotations. From William Blake to Derek Jarman, from punk to pop bands and everyday 'hubbub' of street sound and speech, it has been used to explore chaos and disorder that is at the same time about the emergence of new worlds, alternative global modernities, other possibilities.
For the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2011, Pandemonium is a Lab, an experiment zone, bubbling with ideas. Wary of 'paradises lost', of utopias that have turned sour or gone of the rails, it sounds today's turbulent world for new possibilities and perspectives, alternative forms of life and living that are brewing up. What shape of Europe wells up from economic crash and nosedive? How is the project of 'modernity and Enlightenment' forged in earlier episodes of chaos and tumult shaping up today?
The curator for Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Professor Sarat Maharaj, is working together with a team of co-curators: artist Dorothee Albrecht, curator Stina Edblom and Professor Gertrud Sandqvist. Together they have turned this year's biennial into a process, with space for in-depth reflection and knowledge production. The performance program City Excavations initiated the biennial process in June and served as a platform for artistic explorations of the city of Göteborg and its history. A number of Summer Academies on the Biennial theme have been established in collaboration with the School of Photography and the School of Design and Craft, to further engage in the ideas and research connected to the biennial theme.
This year the biennial takes place at four different venues; Röda Sten Art Center, Göteborg Konsthall, The Gothenburg Museum of Art and Konsthallen – Bohusläns museum.
For detailed information on program, press preview, transportation etc please visit www.goteborg.biennal.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art is organised by Röda Sten Art Centre, with financial support from the City of Göteborg's Cultural Affairs committee, Region Västra Götaland and The Swedish Arts Council.
Image: Isaac Julien, "Maiden of Silence" (Ten Thousand Waves), 2010, (©) Isaac Julien & Victoria Miro Gallery, London.
For information please contact:
Ulrika Sten, Project Manager
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Press preview: 9 September
Inauguration: 10 September, Göteborg and 11 September, Uddevalla, Sweden
Röda Sten Art Centre
Röda Sten 1, SE–414 51 Göteborg, Sweden
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday 12–5 pm, wednesday 12–7 pm
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Opening hours: Tuesday and Thursday 11am–6pm, Wednesday 11am–8pm,
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Gothenburg Museum of Art
Opening hours: Tuesday 11am–6pm, Wednesday 11am–9pm, Thursday 11am–6pm, Friday–Sunday 11am–5pm
Götaplatsen/Avenyn, SE–412 56 Göteborg, Sweden
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Konsthallen at Bohusläns
Opening hours: Tuesday–Thursday 10am–8pm, Friday–Monday 10am–4pm
Box 403 / Museigatan 1, SE–451 19 Uddevalla, Sweden
Phone +46 (0)522 65 65 00