Chen Chieh-jen
Date:2011|09.06 - 11.13
Contemporary Artist Chen Chieh-jen was invited to participate in
.Dublin Contemporary 2011
.The 6th Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art
.Göteborg, and The 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow

Dublin Contemporary 2011, Dublin

Curator:Jota Castro和Christian Viveros-Fauné
Theme:Terrible Beauty: Art, Crisis, Change & The Office of Non-Compliance 

Taking place from September 6th until October 31st, Dublin Contemporary 2011 is one of the most ambitious exhibitions ever staged in Ireland. Showcasing the work of more than 114 Irish and international artists, Dublin Contemporary is set to transform the city into a vibrant gallery. Visitors of every age, from the novice to the expert, can expect a truly memorable experience where you can be introduced to visual art, innovation, creativity and imagination.

The title and theme of Dublin Contemporary 2011 is Terrible Beauty—Art, Crisis, Change & The Office of Non-Compliance. Taken from William Butler Yeats’ famous poem “Easter, 1916”, the exhibition’s title borrows from the Irish writer’s seminal response to turn-of-the-century political events to site art’s underused potential for commenting symbolically on the world’s societal, cultural and economic triumphs and ills. The second part of the exhibition’s title underscores Dublin Contemporary 2011’s emphasis on art that captures the spirit of the present time, while introducing the exhibition’s chief organizational engine: The Office of Non-Compliance. Headed up by Dublin Contemporary 2011 lead curators Jota Castro (artist/curator) and Christian Viveros-Fauné (critic/curator), The Office of Non-Compliance will function as a collaborative agency within Dublin Contemporary 2011, establishing creative solutions for real or symbolic problems that stretch the bounds of conventional art experience.

The 6th Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Göteborg

CURATOR:Sarat Maharaj
Theme:Pandemonium: Art in a Time of Creativity Fever

Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, 2011 will be an occasion for artists, curators, writers and thinkers to mull over the turbulence and turmoil that is today’s world. Is it only about a sense of hurly-burly, disorder and dismal confusion – of »sheer pandemonium«? Or is it also about transformation and creative emergence – the making of new worlds, possibilities and paradigms? What shape of Europe wells up from economic crash and nosedive? How is the project of »modernity and Enlightenment« it forged in earlier episodes of chaos and tumult shaping up today?

We have risk, uncertainty and disequilibrium at one end at odds with upturn at the other end, with the ascendency of Asia, the global South, »non-Western modernities«. But if we see turbulence narrowly in terms of »financial bubble«, of »boom and bust« – painful and devastating as its concrete consequences are for individuals, actual people and institutions – we overlook the fact that out of the maelstrom other modes and forms of order and designs for living are also brewing up. In this context, Pandemonium – Art in a Time of Creativity Fever grasps turbulence less as a point of utter termination and more as a phase of a dynamical system in which negative and positive pass over into each other – where order emanates out of apparent chaos – a creative, self-organising system, self-raising and self erasing.

The 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow

CURATOR:Peter Weibel
 Theme:Rewriting Worlds

The Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art was established in 2003 as part of a federal program entitled “Culture of Russia. 2001-2006,” one of the most important cultural events organized under the aegis of the Russian government.

The First Moscow Biennale (January 28 – February 28, 2005) generated critical acclaim, both in Russia and abroad, and made important headway in becoming an international event. The main exhibition, “Dialectics of Hope,” presented projects by 41 artists from 22 countries. The idea behind the project was in defining the 21st century visual-arts movement. There was also a number of projects introducing trends in Russian contemporary art. The Biennale’s special projects and parallel programs included over 50 exhibitions, providing an unprecedented showcase for Russian art, as well as European, American, and Asian visual artists.