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18.09 > 17.11.2013 Curators : Michel François & Guillaume Désanges

The 8th Biennial on Contemporary Art, entitled A Universal Exposition (Documentary Section) , will take place from 18 September to 17 November 2013 in the 4000 m2 space of the Grand Rue parking lot as well as the Louvain-la-Neuve Museum. For this eighth edition, the Cultural Centre of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve has brought in a pair of curators: Belgian multimedia artist Michel François and French curator and critic Guillaume Désanges.

An experimental and ambitious project taking the Universal Expositions of the 19th and 20th centuries as its model, the BIENNIAL8 is made up of around twenty themed pavilions. However, while the traditional Universal Expositions saw themselves as a window to progress and the latest wonders of the world, the BIENNIAL8 is focused on revealing the hidden and obscured sides of progress, methodically tracking the aberrations of the complex world we live in. Consider, for example, the “Pavilion of New Viruses”, the “Pavilion of the Obsolescence of Knowledge”, the “Pavilion of Exclusion”, or even the “Pavilion of the Vanities” in the Louvain-la-Neuve Museum.

The BIENNIAL8 also subverts the very principle of the Contemporary Art Biennial and proposes an exhibition beginning with non-artistic objects, thereby presenting itself as a real contemporary cabinet of wonders: images, unusual objects, facts and documents, pieces of evidence, industrial or technological products, samples or reconstituted objects… A mass of data with no coherence other than to metaphorically represent today’s world! Concretely, each of the BIENNALE8’s pavilions is comprised of two elements: an object or group of objects spreading out in space, a true metaphor for the theme of the pavilion; and an imposing iconography (images, articles, texts) that constitutes a reference guide to the pavilion’s theme. On the initiative of the Cultural Centre of Brabant Wallonia, the BIENNALE8 will also have a mobile pavilion, the “Pavilion of New Mobility”, circulating around Brabant Wallonia.

Organised by the Cultural Centre of Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve since 2000, the Biennial on Contemporary Art allows guests to see, understand, and think critically and sensitively about the contemporary world.

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