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vladimir bulat on Thu, 21 Oct 2004 11:18:30 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-ro] The next Istambul Biennial

Aiu fost desemnati viitorii curatori ai bienalei de arta contemporana de la

ochiul de veghe,


Esche and Kortun Appointed Curator of the 9th International Istanbul

The 9th International Istanbul Biennial, organised by the Istanbul
Foundation for Culture and Arts, will open in the city from 16 September to
30 October 2005. For the first time the Biennial will be co-curated, with
Charles Esche and Vasif Kortun working together on an exhibition structure
that folds out of and reveals its context - the city of Istanbul. 

The title of this Biennial will initially be "Istanbul", referring both to
the real urban location and the imaginative charge that this city
represents for the world. "Istanbul" as a metaphor, as a prediction, as a
lived reality and an inspiration has many stories to tell and the Biennial
will attempt to tap directly into this rich history and possibility. 

Esche and Kortun will not be using any of the historic monuments located in
the historical peninsula preferring to work in sites that have a more
common reference to post-industrialisation, the physical legacy of
modernity and the shift to a consumer economy. Another distinct change will
be that this Biennial will take place simultaneously at the Van Abbemuseum,
Eindhoven, Netherlands. The Eindhoven exhibition will be a parallel
project, sharing some artists and drawing on the history of the Istanbul
Biennial to represent the idea of 'elsewhere' in all its complexity within
an international art museum. In doing so, it will pose questions about the
hierarchy between the stable museum context and the transient biennial

To achieve this, Esche and Kortun plan to select artworks on two grounds.
Firstly, by commissioning works by artists who deal directly with the urban
conditions of the city, its history and future. Secondly, by selecting
works that they judge provoke a contrast to Istanbul or provide a conscious
estrangement from the surrounding reality. The Biennial will organise
long-term residencies in Istanbul for some artists and attempt to give each
individual presentation greater substance than is traditional in art
biennials. Esche and Kortun will also select fewer artists than before and
start in the region before working outwards to Asia, Europe and beyond.

A parallel project of the Biennial will be to spotlight existing phenomenon
within the city that are less well known outside their own context. These
can relate to specific historic sites, to the intellectual and artistic
energy of the city, or to future possibilities that are becoming visible
now. This project will take various forms from metaphoric maps to tours and
travel instructions.

These framing devices will be the organisational principles for the
Biennial. While themes or related subject matters may evolve as the
Biennial develops, Esche and Kortun also want this structure to allow
artists and visitors to draw their conclusions from the unfolding
experience of the exhibition.

Charles Esche is director of the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and editor of
Afterall Journal, London and Los Angeles.

Vasif Kortun is director of Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center,

For further information please contact:
Mr. Ustungel Inanc
Foreign Press Coordinator
Tel: +90 212 334 0757
Fax: +90 212 334 0716
e-mail: uinanc {AT} istfest.org


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