Half the artists are selected by international guest curators that we have worked with in some form over the past couple of years. We asked them to select works using the exact same criteria as us: we chose works that we feel are the most pertinent in our given context that we have access to. The selectors interpreted that brief in the way they saw fit and their selection was final. They were then responsible for obtaining the work and providing us with contextualising catalogue statements. The other half of the exhibition is made up of video artists we have contact with from art school or the local scene, friends of friends, or by having seen their work in another show and getting in touch. In this way, the exhibition is not just a presentation of current video art from around the world but also an examination of how subjective and social connections form between the works, the scenes and the artists emerging from them.
The exhibition is also testimony to e-mail and home DVD authoring with messages bouncing across the networked connections and posted DVDs tracing the physical ones. Through this process we arrive at some international non-place where everywhere is local and everywhere just as foreign. If that is indeed true, then what is the self-appointed authority we use to judge the value of works and their efficacy in their or our own contexts? Does a pluralism of representation sit easily with our own subjective view of the world? Thanks to everyones participation, the project became an exciting selection of international video work and showcases some of the most interesting artists emerging right now from local scenes. Maybe this is particularly timely in an artist-run space - and not an institution - at this moment and in this specific part of the city undergoing transformation.
- Anthony Gross
Many thanks to Arts Council England and also to our new Media Sponsor:
BIENNALE! INTERNATIONAL ARTIST FILM & VIDEO. Guest Selectors: JANANNE AL-ANI (London) CHRISTIAN CHAPELLE (Copenhagen) STUART COMER (London/Los Angeles) BEN COOK (London) NATALINE COLONNELLO (Shanghai) FLEMMING NEILSEN (Miami) PAUL ONEILL (London) DAVIDE QUADRIO (Shanghai) EDWARD MITTERRAND (Paris, Geneva) CURATED BY ANTHONY GROSS (London) SELECTED ARTISTS: DAVID BLANDY GERARD BYRNE LU CHUNSHENG IAIN FORSYTH & JANE POLLARD ORIANA FOX JONAH FREEMAN JONAS FROMM + ANDREAS SCHULENBURG ANTHONY GROSS ANNE MARIE KENNEDY FRANCIS LAMB MICHELLE NAISMITH DAMON PACKARD GILES PERRY JOSEFINA POSCH JIMMY ROBERT MARK AERIAL WALLER GRACE WEIR JEN WU YANG ZHENZHONG Panel discussion with: JANANNE AL-ANI STUART COMER MIKE SPERLINGER. Supported by Arts Council England. Media Sponsor: Contemporary magazine.