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Biennial Foundation presents the World Biennial Forum No 1, 27-31 October 2012, in collaboration with the Gwangju Biennale Foundation in Gwangju, South-Korea.

Guest of Honor René Block

Keynote Speakers

  • Wang Hui – Professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Tsinghua University, Beijing.
  • Nikos Papastergiadis – Professor for Cultural Studies and Media & Communications, University of Melbourne.
  • Chantal Mouffe – Professor of Political Theory and Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, London.
Hans-Ulrich Obrist – Co-Director, Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects, Serpentine Gallery (London) in public conversation with the artists Moon Kyung Won and Chun Jun Ho.


Case Studies

1. Emergent – Alternative

            • Emergency Biennale, Evelyne Jouanno
            • Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Riyas Komu
            • Land Art Mongolia LAM 360˚: Marc Schmitz, Dolgor Ser-Od
            • Tbilisi Triennial: Wato Tsereteli
            • Riwaq Biennale: Reem Fadda

2. Asia Pacific – part a

            • Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT): Caroline Turner
            • Biennale Jogja: Alia Swastika
            • Singapore Biennale: Matthew Ngui
            • Biennale of Sydney: Jonathan Watkins

3. Asia Pacific – part b

            • Taipei Biennial: Manray Hsu
            • Shanghai Biennale: Zhang Qing
            • Yokohama Triennial: Eriko Osaka
            • Aichi Triennale: Fumihiko Sumitomo
            • Kobe Biennale: Ritsuko Taho

4. Architecture – Design – Infrastructure

            • Istanbul Design Biennale: Joseph Grima
            • Gwangju Design Biennale: Pai Hyungmin
            • Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture: Ou Ning
            • Guangzhou Triennial: Wang Huangsheng

5. South Korea

              • Gwangju Biennale Foundation: Yongwoo Lee
              • Mediacity Seoul: Jin Sang Yoo
              • Busan Biennale: Doo-Shik Lee
              • Anyang Public Art Project – APAP: Jee-Sook Beck

6. Asia and its Margins

            • Sharjah Biennial: Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi
            • Istanbul Biennial: Bige Orer
            • Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art: Alisa Prudnikova
            • Meeting Points: Tarek Abou El Fetouh


            • Marie Le Sourd, Secretary General ‘On the Move’
            • Kim Hong-Hee, Director, Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA)
            • Ute Meta Bauer, Dean of Fine Art, Royal College of Art, London
            • Hou Hanru, Curator, 5th Auckland Triennial
            • Apinan Poshyananda, Director General, Office of Contemporary Art and Ministry of Culture, Thailand
            • Zheng Yan, Deputy Director, Today Art Museum, Beijing

Venue Kim Dae-Jung Convention Center

Venue Design
Choi Jeong Hwa

Archive Exhibition
Publications from biennials worldwide

Biennial Representatives Meeting

Biennial practitioners from all regions are invited to take part in this meeting in order to discuss common objectives for biennale organisations and their role in society, and to jointly look into the possibilities and benefits of stronger professional alliances and collective and cooperative action.

3 Korean Biennials

The World Biennial Forum No 1 offers participants the opportunity to visit three Korean biennials.

            • ROUNDTABLE: 9th Gwangju Biennale (7 September – 11 November);
            • GARDEN OF LEARNING: Busan Biennale 2012 (22 September – 24 November);
            • SPELL ON YOU: 7th Mediacity Seoul (11 September – 4 November).


The World Biennial Forum No 1 will take place from Saturday 27th – Monday 29th of October.
Tours are offered on Tuesday October 30th and Wednesday October 31st.
SeMA DAY is organized by Seoul Museum of Art on 30th of October.

The World Biennial Forum No 1 is open to the public and free of charge.

Registration closes on October 22nd.


Further Information

Gwangju Biennale Foundation
WBF Coordinator Harian Cho harian.cho@gwangjubiennale.org

Biennial Foundation
WBF Coordinator Olga Hatzidaki oh@biennialfoundation.org

The World Biennial Forum No 1 is supported by the Metropolitan City of Gwangju; the Prince Claus Fund; the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and Arts Network Asia (ANA) as part of the programme Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe; the Goethe Institute – Seoul, the Seoul Museum of Art – SeMA, and the Italian Cultural Institute – Seoul.