11th Gwangju Biennale
2. 9. – 6. 11. 2016

Forum and Fellows

To All the Contributing Factors is a forum organized as part of the 11th Gwangju Biennale, titled The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?), discussing works by small- and medium-scale art organizations across the world with regards to questions of value, continuity, and scale, and imagining acts in common.

Roughly one hundred small- and medium-scale art organizations whose work makes important contributions to the art of today are invited as the Biennale Fellows. While being “appointed” Biennale Fellows, they simply go on doing the great work they are engaged with in their own contexts—placing art center-stage there—without being concretely involved with the biennale in Gwangju. Distinct from bigger-scale art organizations such as museums, art fairs, and biennales, these organizations often function as the research and development department of the art world, generating new ideas and shaping new curatorial and educational methods. Above all, they actively support artists to experiment and cultivate their practices and nurture contact and conflict zones around themselves, including neighbors and various practitioners from other fields.

Yet the significance of their works is not fully acknowledged in a wider art and social ecology, while their self-determined “marginal” or “minor” positions, as well as increasing precarity in the climate of austerity and various crises, are palpable. What if we “connect dots” through such a “molecular campaign” and manifest a critical mass to commit to these shared concerns?

The Forum together with the Fellows call for the gathering of all those who are interested in and working with art through such organizations. It is planned as a meeting ground where a large-scale event can be the occasion for exchange and debate among smaller agents, beyond biennial routines such as representation, promotion, and city branding. The Forum takes place from 2 to 4 September, after the preview of the 11th Gwangju Biennale Exhibition, and consists of public readings, lectures, workshops, and a plenary session. Sharing common issues from post-fossil aesthetics to parallel pedagogies; gentrification; labor point of view; new relation between machine, animal, and humans, and specific artistic agencies in them; exchanging and exploring common organizational concerns; and different working methods and tactics, a new multi-organizational field might take shape.

The Forum entitled To All the Contributing Factors, consists of three days of activities dedicated to questions of value, continuity, and scale through the lens of the art organizational practices of the so-called Biennale Fellows, around 100 small and mid-size “differential” art organizations from various parts of the world, and imagining acts in common. Representatives from about 80 of the Fellows will participate in the Forum.

The Forum will take place at several locations, including the Gwangju Biennale Hall, 518 Archives, Gwangju International Center, Mite-Ugro, Asia Culture Center and The New Centre for Research & Practice (online)

The first day takes place on the Biennale premises from 17:00 to 19:00 with readings, presentations, and lectures by guest speakers including Han Kang, novelist and the author of The Vegetarian and Human Acts, among many others; Fernando Garcia-Dory (GB11 artist) & Hu Fang, poet and co-founder of Vitamin Creative Space; Andrea Philips, art theorist and PARSE Professor of Art and Head of Research at the Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg; and Shin Ji Young, researcher and the author of Minority Commune.

The second day takes place in the form of workshops at several host locations in the city, each moderated by one of the Biennale Fellows. All Forum participants are directed to join smaller groups focusing on specific issues (each is capped at a maximum of 15 participants) and have a daylong discussion until we all gather for a plenary session to harvest the outcomes of each workshop. The list of issues and groups will be announced on the first day of the forum.

The third day will feature a mode of encounter and exchange popular in Korea—hiking in Mudeungsan National Park in Gwangju, which will be a two-hour walk, followed by visits to three private museums in the area, each of which are hosting parts of the GB11 exhibition, namely the commissions by Gunilla Klingberg, Bernd Krauss and Saskia Noor van Imhoff. The forum will conclude with an early evening neighborhood party, or Janchi, at the plaza in front of the Biennale Hall.

Curated by Binna Choi and Maria Lind.
With the Biennale Fellows
98Weeks, Beirut / Al-Ma’mal Foundation, Jerusalem / Arts Initiative Tokyo, Tokyo / Artspace, Auckland / Artsonje Center, Seoul / Art Space Pool, Seoul / Ashkal Alwan, Beirut / Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong / Audio Visual Pavilion, Seoul / BAR Project, Barcelona / Beta-Local, San Juan / Bétonsalon – Center for Art and Research, Paris / Britto Arts Trust, Dhaka / Bulegoa, Bilbao / CAMP, Mumbai / Campus in Camps, Palestine / C/o (care of), Milan / Casa Do Povo, São Paulo / Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht / CCA Glasgow, Glasgow / CCA Tallinn, Tallinn / Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos / Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid / Chimurenga, Cape Town / Chto Delat – What is to be done?, St. Petersburg / Clark House Initiative, Mumbai / Council, Paris / Cooperativa Cráter Invertido, Mexico City / Delfina Foundation, London / Disclab, Manila / Di Tella, Buenos Aires / Eastside Projects, Birmingham / e-flux, New York / Forum Lenteng, Jakarta / Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig / Grizedale Arts, Cumbria / Art group 705, Bishkek / Heem, Busan / Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo / If I Can’t Dance, Amsterdam / Institute for New Connotative Action, Seattle / Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane / JUBILEE, Brussels / Kadist, Paris/San Francisco / Khoj, Delhi / kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga / Konsthall C, Stockholm / KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Yogyakarta / Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus / Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon / Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga / Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris / Community Space Litmus, Ansan / Lugar a dudas, Cali / Marabouparken, Sundbyberg / Minatomachi Art Table, Nagoya / Mite-Ugro, Gwangju / Museo Experimental el Eco (Mexico City), Mustarinda, Hyrynsalmi / National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Ural / Nile Sunset Annex, Cairo / NTU CCA Singapore, Singapore / OCAT Shenzhen, Shenzen / Office of Culture and Design, Manila / Open School East, London / P!, New York / P74, Ljubljana / Pages Project/Magazine, Rotterdam/Tehran / Para Site, Hong Kong / Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, Dhaka / Portes et Passage, Joal / Pro qm, Berlin / RAW Material Company, Dakar / REDCAT, Los Angeles / Riwaq, Al Bireh / ruangrupa, Jakarta / SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh / Savvy Contemporary, Berlin / SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, Montreal / SPOT, Istanbul / Spring Workshop, Hong Kong / ST PAUL St Gallery, Auckland / Taipei Contemporary Art Center, Taipei / Talking Art, Seoul / Tensta konsthall, Tensta / TEOR/éTica, San José / The Bamboo Curtain Studio, Taipei / The Book Society, Seoul / The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Los Angeles / The Common Guild, Glasgow / TheCube Project Space, Taipei / The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon / The Reading Room, Bangkok / The Showroom, London / Times Museum, Guangzhou / Townhouse Gallery, Cairo / tranzit.hu, Budapest / tranzit.cz, Prague / Triangle, New York / Triple Canopy, New York / Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou / Western Front, Vancouver / What, How & for Whom / WHW, Zagreb / Witte de With, Rotterdam / and Work on Work, Seoul

9. 2 Fri

Gwangju Biennale Gàsigi Hall


Opening Speech – Maria Lind (Artistic director)
Welcome speech
Yangwoo Park (President, Gwangju Biennale)
Bartomeu Mari (Director, MMCA)
Introduction and moderation by Binna Choi (Curator)
Gwangju Biennale Gàsigi Hall

Presentation I Han Kang:
, , reading fragments and conversation with Binna Choi
Gwangju Biennale Gàsigi Hall

Presentation II Shin Ji Young:
Gwangju Biennale Gàsigi Hall

Presentation III Hu Fang and Fernando Garcia-Dory:
Gwangju Biennale Gàsigi Hall


Open Conversation
Moderator: Mohammad Salemy (GB11 artist, co-founder of the New Center)
Gwangju Biennale Gàsigi Hall

Reception Party - GB Fellows, VIP, Press
Gwaungju Biennale courtyard

9. 3 Sat

Parallel Workshop Orientation
Introduction of parallel workshop by Binna Choi (Curator)
Topic and grouping
518 Archives

Parallel Workshops

ACC, 518 Archives, GIC (Gwangju International Center), Mite-Ugro


Parallel Workshops

ACC, 518 Archives, GIC (Gwangju International Center), Mite-Ugro


Plenary Session
Harvesting the outcomes and discussion

9. 4 Sun

Hiking: Mudeungsan National Park
Entrance à Jungmeorijae à Jeungsimsa Temple
Mudeungsan National Park and Jeungsimsa Temple

Lunch and Free time
(Including biennale exhibition visits near Mudeungsan National Park)
Uijae Art Museum, Mudeung Museum of Contemporary Art, Woo Jaeghil Art Museum

Performance: Fernando-Garcia Dory & Hansaebong Dure

Hansaebong Dure and Agricultural Ecological Park

Forum Closing
Yangwoo Park (President, Gwangju Biennale)
Maria Lind (Artistic director), Binna Choi (Curator)
Banquet with local residents
Gwangju Biennale Gàsigi Hall

※ Programs and events are subject to change.

Other Participatory Events
18:00~20:00 Woo-jin Kim’s solo exhibition opening (Mite-Ugro)
19:00~21:00 Asian Arts Space Network Opening Party (ACC)
All individuals and organizations can participate in the forum, with no fee, but registration is necessary. The deadline for the registration is 30 July.

To register, please follow the link and indicate which days you will be present. For further inquiries about the Forum, please contact Mihyun Jang mihyun.jang@gwangjubiennale.org