BIENNALIST [fr. biennaliste]
Biennalist is an art format, like Emergency Room.
A biennalist is an artist working in this format.
This working implies some savoir-faire and some rules.
A biennalist may collaborate with Emergency Room,
Biennalism is a commenting format.
As most of the time biennials have themes.
They promote themselves as reflecting and prospective.
They are looking upon important matters.
They are looking concerned and critical.
They are looking analytically and synthetically.
Often their themes are but a pretext.
A Blue Stamp.
A biennalist loves biennial themes.
A biennalist loves triennial themes.
A biennalist loves quadrennial themes.
A biennalist loves quinquennial themes.
A biennalist takes them seriously.
As soon as the themes has been announced,
The biennalists embraces them
like a chicken on an egg.
Biennial themes are treasures.
Biennial themes often reflect matters about the world of today.
Biennial themes are often very serious.
Biennial themes are often so serious, that the debate they generate
cannot be ignored.
For a biennalist biennial themes are important launch pads for
A theme can be as powerful as a declaration of love
Or as a declaration of war.
No one should underestimate the importance of biennial themes.
They might have been chosen with care or random.
They might have been chosen sincerely or cynically.
Whatever have been the case,
the themes constitute important matter.
A biennalist is like a faillot at school.
A biennalist wants to please the teacher.
A biennalist feels enthusiasm about debates generated by biennalist
and by biennalism as such.
The biennalist takes the themes so seriously,
that the biennalist sometimes might appear embarrassing exaggerated.
Biennial themes are precious.
Biennial themes is a matter very much like artists’ sweat.
No one should abuse their reflective power.
Everyone should take them seriously.
Biennial themes are statements of desire.
They exhibit a desire to be looked at, for a long time.
They exhibit a desire to be answered.
Il ne faut pas les prendre a la legere.
Which means that they should not be looked lightly upon.
The biennalist sometimes wonders who chooses the themes?
Is it the curators?
Is it the sponsors?
Is it the philosophers?
Or is it communication advisors?
Are the themes serious meant?
Or is it mere word-play?
The biennalist is often pensive.
Nevertheless the biennalists constitutes an army.
Like an hord of insomniac Colombos.
Moving freely around with an avid thirst for debates.
Day and night.
At the Istanbul Biennial 2007 the theme was:
“Optimism at the age of global war.“
The biennialist was wondering who choose that theme?
Was the theme chosen to please someone?
And if so, who?
And how could such theme be debated in the context of a biennial?
At the Athens Biennial 2007 the theme was:
The theme was chosen beforehand.
At the biennial, Athens was really burning.
some people accuse the investor
investor were organizing the biennial
to give value to their property
Biennalism might look like an idiotic format.
It looks pathetic to work, when parties for the biennial pilgrims rule.
But biennials are important places of investigation.
Biennials contain all the important actors:
the cultural managers,
the real powerful,
and the themes.
Biennials are like G-8.
There are no good biennials without biennalists.
Like there are no good democratic institution without emergency
A biennalist does not have to,
but a biennalist often get nutrition from Emergency Room.
For example at the Penetration at the Athens Biennial 2007,
the artists from Emergency Room came and expressed themselves about
The Emergency Room was a motor and a legitimate source of inspiration.
A burning need to express oneself has to be there.
A source of energy has to be there.
the biennalist is an irresistible enthusiastic voice;
a voice that rises by the burning need to participate in the debate.
There are people playing football.
With a ball on a field.
There are people playing football.
With a beer on a sofa.
Biennalists cannot read the themes without a burning need to interfere.
Biennalists need to express it to us with pure enthusiasm.
Biennalists need to express it even though not asked to.
The biennalist’s voice is a passionate voice.
Biennalists use different methods to express themselves.
It could be penetrations.
It could be talking backpacks.
It could be rumours.
It could be party hijacks.
It could be demoralisation of the queue.
It could be parachutes.
It could be fake painters.
It could be happy events.
It could be weddings.
It could be corrective press releases.
It could even be hair cuttings.
The biennalists have been doing some 10 campaigns!
In cultural managed events.
Like art fairs.
We have noticed that even art fairs behave themselves like biennials,
which opens up great opportunities for biennalism and biennalists!
In a statement from an anonymous biennalist at the Venice Biennial
“One of the goals of the biennialist is to create a set of methods that
will enable artists to penetrate cultural staged events and surf in
them freely when they have emergency statements to expose. The general
mission of the biennialist is to point at dysfunctions“.
by Thierry Geoffroy /
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