The 3rd CAFAM Biennale—Negotiating Space: I Never Thought You Were Like This
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The reason why we named the third CAFAM Biennale as “Negotiating Space: I Never Thought You Were Like This” is that we try to deliver a new exhibition experiment model. The “space” refers to not only physical spaces,but also social spaces, psychological space, cultural space, public space, etc. “Negotiating space” firstly means that we should develop imagination about the above concepts as freely as we can, to dot the plan with fresh conception; secondly, it refers to that negotiation is enable the democratic formulation and implementation process of artwork plans. To bring “negotiating space” into exhibition, we have to divide the single curation power and break its monopoly; plan submitters should work together with negotiators to discuss how to connect visual presentation with space and how to break up spatial constraints, which will in turn trigger discussion about the democratization of curation, art, and culture. Built upon this principle, this year’s Biennale does not have any curators and the work team engages in organization and negotiation in the name of negotiators; instead of recommending or nominating works for the exhibition, the exhibition takes public solicitation as its framework. When everyone can be an artist, any individuals or groups can submit plans that have never been used in any other space and all plans will be covered by directories. While soliciting works, we invited people from all sectors to work as negotiators to discuss and negotiate plans submitted by artists in an open context. Where consensus is reached, works will be put on display. For those discussed in the negotiation stage, they are included into the catalogue. The discussion of plans, display, and on-site implementation constitute the presentation model of this year’s Biennale.
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