Li Qing : The 9th Shanghai Biennale, China
2012-10-17 Period    

Li Qing_A Buddha Factory at the Riverside_2012_oil on canvas_240x408cm


The 9th Shanghai Biennale


Ⅰ. Rediscovery: City Pavilions It is the first time for the Shanghai Biennale to include city pavilions and will help the organizers of the Biennale to determine whether this will become a permanent part of future biennales. This inclusion of city pavilion’s pattern into the structure of Shanghai Biennale is the logical progress of Shanghai Biennale’s inherent problems’ clues, and also the physical possibility provided by the space in the new Contemporary Art Center. Currently, we have received positive feedbacks from cities such as Amsterdam, Auckland, Berlin, Istanbul, Palermo, Tehran, Vancouver, Zurich, and etc.

Ⅱ. Recall: The Academy of Reciprocal Enlightenment The theme of the 2012 Shanghai Biennale implies the critical role of education. Thus, the curating team decides to place seminars, lectures and other communication events into the framework of a short-term training program. The program will be included in the autumn semester of the School of Inter-media Art, China Academy of Art, and starts in the installation period of the Biennale. It plans to invite international experts to give lectures. Students will obtain certificate after finishing the program.

The program is named “the Academy of Reciprocal Enlightenment”, as “Academy” refers to a Platonic-style community of wisdom and criticism. It embodies our educational philosophy: education is a self-governing action by learner communities, which serve as a platform of exchanges and dissemination of opinions. The curricula of the program include a series of classes as follows: The Class of Curation Education Aiming at students of young curatorial staff, this class is co-organized by the 2012 Shanghai Biennale, the curatorial graduate student course of the California College of the Arts, and the curatorial major of the China Academy of Art. The first phase will be taken charge by Jens Hoffmann and Leigh Markopolus, mainly follow the curatorial graduate student course of the California College of the Arts, and invite international curators to proceed in the form of public lecture and small-scope discussion.

The second phase will mainly follow the curatorial major in the China Academy of Art, focus on the practice of large-scale exhibitions in the range of Asia, and closely proceed the argumentation of future curatorial plan in the way of one-to-one. The Training Class for Art and Culture Journalists Aiming at students of young writers of art and culture pages of domestic public media, this class has professors of art historians, curators, chief editors and chief commentators of art and culture pages of public media. During the class, besides probing into the interactive relations among contemporary art practice, curation and writing articles for public media, the students also have the opportunity of closely meeting the curators and participating artists of the biennale and going deep into the sites of art production. The students’ final assignments would be the articles and reports in media.

We hope, through this writing class, it would enhance the integration between the art writing of public media and the practice of contemporary art practice. The Class of Science and Art This class’ curricula include the profuse contents of digital and derivatively art, software art, game, theoretical research on the history of experimental media art; communication media, linguistics, micro-information; sculpture, space art and bio-technology; sound art and tele-information technology; interactive art, human consciousness, tele-communication technology, and etc. International masters of new media art and young artists will discuss the benign interaction between science and art together.