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Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art 2005

Different Venues , Lyon

Experiencing Duration

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Experiencing Duration

Artistic Director Thierry Raspail
Nicolas Bourriaud & Jérôme Sans, Guest Curators

The 2005 Lyon Biennial is an exhibition that takes into consideration the stages of its conception and proposes complementary themes interlinked by the concept of tem-porality, which has provided our common thread.

Addressing time was a way for us to draw up an inventory ;of the 1990s, when art began to function as a sort of editing bay on which artists could reconstruct everyday reality. They have tweaked the tempo at which forms change – pausing, looping, delaying, synchronising, slowing down and speeding up. For the artists of the '90s, time is more a building material than a mere medium, and controlling the duration and the time protocols of exhibition has, like the controlling of space, become a major aesthetic issue.

This biennial seeks to reaffirm that a work of art is first and foremost an event before being a monument or a simple testimony; and that aesthetics are also a matter of energy. Eschewing the current temptation of a return to the tradi-tional categories of painting and sculpture (and video), we wanted to stress the fact that art is an experience that engages the spectator.

We have therefore considered the importance of the legacy ,of conceptual art (from Douglas Huebler to Josephine Meckseper, as well as John Miller, Erwin Wurm, Carsten Höller and Allora & Calzadilla) and of the Fluxus movement (Yoko Ono, Erik Dietman and Dieter Roth, and today Surasi Kusolwong and John Bock), for whom art-making time is inseparable from living time. Where are these explorations at today? Is there not a need to reassess certain practices that are still nourishing art?

This biennial will, in any case, be free of prospective mono-mania,
and will not subscribe to the rapid rotation of values that sometimes overly permeates large international exhibitions. Our preference is for a dialogue: between Dieter Roth and John Bock, between Tom Marioni and Erwin Wurm or Rivane Neuenschwander, between James Turrell and Ann Veronica Janssens, and so on. At the intersection of these avenues of thought is the concept of long duration: not slowness, which is a value judgement on time, but the project dimension. The long term is the time a project takes, the time sustainable development takes, which today is important to defend against gener-alised content-hopping and mercantile turnover. ,Our interest here is not in the “Seventies” in general but in the hippie experience as an attempt at a counter-culture, a laboratory of new forms of living. Indeed those years of emancipation and wholesale questioning of the status quo seem to contain, in a still-virulent form, all the problemat-ics of the early 21st century: feminism, multiculturalism, the struggle of sexual minorities, “new age” spirituality, identitarian and relational experience, ecology, orientalism, decolonisation, psychedelicism… But above all, they consti-tute a model for rejecting the consumer society. From zero growth to the return to nature, today's artists are still aspiring to “subversion through happiness”, though they are travelling other paths and proving to be less optimistic and more complex than their elders. Yet this 2005 biennial buzzes with the experimental spirit of '70s counter-culture, , featuring La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela, Terry Riley, Tony Conrad, Brian Eno, Yoko Ono, Tom Marioni, Robert Crumb, Gordon Matta-Clark, Robert Malaval, Jonas Mekas, Andy Warhol, James Turrell… “Experiencing duration” is not, however, a historical exhibition: our intention is not to stage a retrospective but to use the energy and patterns of those post-'68 years to shed light on the present.

The Guest Curators

Appointed by the Lyon Biennial as Guest Curators for the 2005 edition, Nicolas Bourriaud and Jérôme Sans launched the Palais de Tokyo in 2002, a contemporary art center that evolved into an international platform for dialogue, a venue for resources and interchange, a space of wide-ranging aesthetic debates, for which they were recently asked to stay on as co-directors.

Nicolas Bourriaud, b. 1965.

Based in Paris, this art critic and writer – “Relational Aesthetics”, Presses du Réel, Dijon, 1998, “Post-production”, Lukas & Sternberg, New York, 2001 – is a regular contributor to Beaux-Arts Magazine, Art Press and Flash Art. He is also an exhibition curator – “Touch”, San Francisco Art Institute, 2002, “Playlist”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2004 – and a member of the Regional Contemporary Art Fund advisory committee for Corsica.

Jérôme Sans, b. 1960.

Lives and works in Paris. As adjunct curator at the Institute of Visual Arts. in Milwaukee, he organised numerous monographic exhibitions there before moving on to a similar post at the Stockholm Konsthall's Magasin 3. As well as an exhibition curator – Taipei Biennale, Taiwan, 2000; “LIVE”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2004 – he is also a critic, author of a volume of interviews with Daniel Buren and a contributor to a wide range of art publications.

Franz Ackermann/Saâdane Afif/Jennifer Allora &/Guillermo Calzadilla/Kader Attia/Virginie Barré/John Bock/Daniel Buren/Sophie Calle/Paul Chan/Tony Conrad/Martin Creed/Robert Crumb/Verne Dawson/Wim Delvoye/Erik Dietman/Olafur Eliasson/Brian Eno/Vidya Gastaldon/Kendell Geers/General Idea/Henrik Håkansson/Carsten Höller/Douglas Huebler/Pierre Huyghe/Ann Veonica Janssens/Surasi Kusolwong/Jim Lambie/Michael Lin/Robert Malaval/Tom Marioni/Gordon Matta-Clark/Josephine Meckseper/Jonas Mekas/John Miller/Valérie Mréjen/Dave Muller/Rivane Neuenschwander/Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba/Melik Ohanian/Yoko Ono/Philippe Parreno & Rirkrit Tiravanija/Bruno Peinado/Terry Riley/Dieter Roth/Allen Ruppersberg/Santiago Sierra/Philip Taaffe/Pascale Marthine Tayou/Agnès Thurnauer/John Tremblay/Spencer Tunick/James Turrell/Piotr Uklanski/Fabien Verschaere/Wang Du/Andy Warhol/Erwin Wurm/La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela

Artistic Director Thierry Raspail

General Manager Thierry Prat

Artistic coordination Frédérique Gautier


Sucrière - Port Rambaud,
quai Rambaud, 69002 Lyon

Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art Cité internationale,
81 quai Charles de Gaulle, 69006 Lyon

Villeurbanne Institute of Contemporary Art
11 rue du Docteur Dolard, 69100 Villeurbanne

Le Rectangle
Place Bellecour, 69002 Lyon

Le Fort Saint Jean Ecole national du Trésor,
21 montée de la Butte, 69001 Lyon

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Opening times
Tuesday to Sunday, 12am to 7pm
Closed monday
Late opening on Fridays, 7pm to 10pm
(except the Fort Saint-Jean venue).
Closed 25 December

2 - 10 euro
Tickets give once-only access to each of the five exhibi-tion venues, valid throughout the event..

Permanent pass: 17 euro
Unlimited access to all five venues, valid throughout the event.

Duo pass: 25 euro
Unlimited access for two people to all five venues, valid throughout the event.

Entry + tour with commentary
5-12 per person. Gives access to a tour with commentary and once-only, unguided access to each of the five exhibition venues, valid throughout the event.

13th Biennale de Lyon
dal 7/9/2015 al 2/1/2016

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