Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art.


For Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2013 we set out to explore artistic and curatorial strategies that aim at recapturing the radical imagination in our post-industrial era of late capitalism. In this framework, GIBCA 2013 will focus on curatorial and artistic approaches that use the potential and ambivalence of the notion of play to open up new ground for imagining alternative realities that subvert the rules and logic of the everyday.

The subtitle of GIBCA 2013 borrows inspiration from the famous slogan by David Graeber—the anarchist and activist, who was one of the leaders of the Occupy movement in NY. In using the potential of assembly to occupy not merely a city square but also the radical imagination, he envisioned the creation of a new space, a space to explore, to desire, to map and create. Taking this notion to task, GIBCA 2013 will shift away from the conventional group exhibition and will instead be structured around a number of “play-grounds”, curated by a selection of artists and curators. Engaging with multiple aspects of the concept of play, such as fiction and theatricality, mimesis and methexis, ritual and rehearsal, the different platforms will explore the diverse ways in which art is inserted into a variety of narratives, ranging from the personal and social to the critical and historical.

Venues & Curators:

The Politics of Play
Venue: Röda Sten Konsthall.
Curator: Katerina Gregos

AnarKrew: An Anti-Archives
Venue: Göteborgs Konsthall
Curator: Claire Tancons

Art & Crime. Legally On The Edge – A Forensic Exhibition in the Backwaters of Göteborg
Venue: Lilla Bommen / Drömmarnas kaj
Curator: Joanna Warsza

Weight Venue: Stora Teatern
Curators: Ragnar Kjartansson & Andjeas Ejiksson

Röda Sten Konsthall
GIBCA 2013© Attila Urban

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Participating artists:

Andreas Gedin (Sweden, 1958)  Carolee Schneemann (USA, 1949)  Deimantas Narkevičius (Lithuania, 1964)  Eunhye Hwang (Korea, 1978) Fernando Sanchez Castillos (Spain, 1970) Forensic Architecture & Füsun Türetken (UK, 2011-2014 / Turkey, 1972) Guerrilla Girls (USA, est. 1985)  Jean-Louis Huhta (Sweden, 1965) Jill Magid (USA, 1973) Johan Heintz (Sweden, 1958) Jorge Galindo & Santiago Sierra (Spain, 1966 / 1965) Karol Radziszewski (Poland, 1980)  Katarzyna Krakowiak (Poland, 1980)  Liv Strömquist (Sweden, 1987) Luc Deleu (Belgium, 1944) Maja Hammarén (Sweden, 1978) Mapa Teatro (Colombia, est. 1984) Marion von Osten (Germany, 1963)  Markus Öhrn (Sweden, 1972) Margrét Helga Sesseljudóttir (Island, 1988)  Marinella Senatore (Italy, 1977) Nabil Boutros (Egypt, 1954) Nanna Nordström (Sweden,1982) Nevan Lahart (Ireland, 1973) The New Beauty Council & MYCKET i samarbete med Maja Gunn (Sweden, est. 2008 / 2011) Nicolina van Harskamp (The Netherlands, 1975)  Ninar Esber (Libanon,1971) Núria Güell (Spain, 1981)  Olav Westphalen (Germany,1963) Otobong Nkanga (Nigeria, 1974) Parastou Forouhar (Iran, 1962) Pavel Pepperstein (Russia, 1966) Per Zennström o Lennart Sjöberg (Sweden, 1961 / 1961) Psychic Warfare (Sweden, 2010)  Qiu Zhijie (China, 1969) Roberto N Peyre (Sweden, 1971)  Sonia Boyce (UK,1962) Spartacus Chetwynd (UK, 1973)  Sunshine Socialist Cinema (Kalle Brolin & Kristina Müntzing, est. Sweden, 2011)  Tala Madani (Iran, 1981) Tania Bruguera (Cuba, 1968)  William Hunt (UK, 1977)  Wooloo (Martin Rosengaard & Sixten Kai Nielsen, Denmark, est. 2002) Åke Edwardson (Sweden, 1953)

GIBCA Extended:

GIBCA Extended is a collaboration between Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art and the local art life in the region of Västra Götaland. This year GIBCA Extended consists of 45 productions throughout the region. They are all working with the common theme Play! Recapturing the Radical Imagination but showing the width, diversity and creativity found in contemporary art.

Among the productions, everything from literature to performance, solo and collaborative exhibitions, video works, interactive installations and photography, is presented. The arenas also provide a wide program of talks and workshops engaging in local issues and contemporary art.

Leisure, Discipline and Punishment

LDP is an EU supported collaboration between Contour Biennial, Mechelen, GIBCA, Liverpool Biennial and Lubljana Biennial of Graphic Art. The exhibition is presented in locations where people live, work, relax etc. The idea is to look at different social spaces that people visit for pleasure and necessity or where they are placed by force. The artists respond to the meaning of these places, adding new layers of content and form.

The Biennial takes place every other year since 2001. Since 2006, Röda Sten Konsthall has been the main organizer, commissioned by the city of Göteborg’s Cultural Affairs commitee.

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