Biennale de Lyon

Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art Cité internationale,
Sucrière - Port Rambaud, Villeurbanne Institute of Contemporary Art
and other locations, Sept-October 2005
Biennales often seem to be tools for curators to respond to each other. For example this Biennale de Lyon curated by Palais de Tokyo's Nicolas Bourriaud and Jérôme Sans, on view until December, comments on the previous one (curated by The Art Center Consortium's team Eric Troncy, Xavier Douroux and Franck Gautherot). That 2003 edition of Lyon was a strong reaction to the controversial Venice Biennale organized by Francesco Bonami in the same year. For those not in Europe in the last couple of years Venice was a messy event that overshadowed the artworks - "l'oeuvre" - the Consortium team returned to basics. Carsten Höller, Pierre Huyghe and John Armleder among others were included to renew the experience of artworks. The exhibition was criticized for being far too "aesthetic". Now Bourriaud and Sans demonstrate what the experience of art is not only a question of seeing, but of space and time, a "duration". And which artists illustrate their statement? The same ones again, (Carsten Höller, Pierre Huyghe...), plus a bunch of 70s artists prepresented by historical pieces... Conclusion: in this ping pong system we are offered less and less novelty, which is supposed to be the purpose of a Bienniale isn't it?
Charlotte Laubard
installation view Dream House La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela
courtesy La Monte Young et Marian Zazeela, photo Blaise Adilon

Blakatak event #2 & #3

Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay, Sydney
Saturday 12 November 2005 1.30-5.30 pm
Respect yourself: historical amnesia, cultural ownership and respect.

Saturday 29 October 2005 1.30-5.30 pm
Art Adulation: Is criticism of Aboriginal art dominated by Western approaches such as racial theory?
(click on the link above for more information, comments and discussion)