12th Biennale de Lyon “Meanwhile … Suddenly and Then” announces complete artists list, special weekends and a symposium.

Roe Ethridge, Louise Blowing a Bubble, 2011. Courtesy Biennale de Lyon

12th Biennale de Lyon

Meanwhile … Suddenly and Then

12. September 2013 – 5. January 2014

Curator: Gunnar B. Kvaran

80% of the works in the 2013 edition are new and specially created for the Biennale .

Participating Artists:

  • Jonathas de Andrade Souza
  • Ed Atkins
  • Trisha Baga
  • Matthew Barney
  • Neïl Beloufa
  • Gerry Bibby
  • Dineo Seshee Bopape
  • The Bruce High Quality Foundation
  • Antoine Catala
  • Paul Chan
  • Ian Cheng
  • Dan Colen
  • Petra Cortright
  • Jason Dodge
  • Aleksandra Domanovi
  • David Douard
  • Erró
  • Roe Ethridge
  • Edward Fornieles
  • Gabriela Friðriksdottir
  • Robert Gober
  • Karl Haendel
  • Fabrice Hyber
  • Glenn Kaino
  • Jeff Koons
  • Margaret Lee
  • Ann Lislegaard
  • Nate Lowman
  • MadeIn Company
  • Václav Magid
  • Helen Marten
  • Thiago Martins De Melo
  • Bjarne Melgaard
  • Takao Minami
  • Meleko Mokgosi
  • Paulo Nazareth
  • Paulo Nimer Pjota
  • Yoko Ono
  • Laure Prouvost
  • Lili Reynaud-Dewar
  • James Richards
  • Matthew Ronay
  • Tom Sachs
  • Hiraki Sawa
  • Mary Sibande
  • Gustavo Speridião
  • Tavares Strachan
  • Nobuaki Takekawa
  • Ryan Trecartin & Lizzie Fitch
  • Peter Wächtler
  • Hannah Weinberger
  • Ming Wong
  • Yang Fudong
  • Anicka Yi
  • Zhang Ding

Special Weekends:

Performance Weekend

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 october 2013
An exhibition that includes performances typically reserves them for the opening night, after which only leftovers or remnants are shown: traces, photographs, a film or a scene… By devoting a whole weekend to performance, the Biennale de Lyon is giving the genre its own timeframe, which is not solely that of the exhibition. There is once exception: Paulo Nazareth’s “walking performance” from South Africa to Lyon will be constructed (and narrated) right along his route, during the period of the Biennale.

Video Weekend

Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December 2013
It is rare for an audience to properly watch a single-screen video lasting more than 15 minutes. That’s why the Biennale has decided to hold a weekend dedicated wholly to the screening of single-reel films and videos – so that visitors can watch, debate, and meet the artists in the best possible setting.

Robotics Weekend

December 2013

Interactive narrative
A forum organised by AWAbot and the Lyon Biennale AWAbot, a company created in 2011 by Bruno Bonnel (founder of Infogrames-Atari, Infonie, and Robopolis) and the Lyon Biennale, is organising a forum on the subjects of narrative interaction and mechanical, artificial, and artistic intelligence. It will be a discussion between artists, researchers and… robots.


Colloquium “The world is made of stories”
How contemporary artists formalise visual narratives
22 November 2013
At the Planetarium in Vaulx-en-Velin
As part of the Entretiens Jacques Cartier
In partnership with Lyon 3 University

This colloquium, held in Vaulx-en-Velin, Greater Lyon, is part of a week-long programme devoted to film. It provides an opportunity to review a fundamental aspect of narration: giving form to the world and linking past, present and future. If “the world is made of stories”, and if this world is undergoing radical change, is it not significant that we are seeing the emergence of new narrative forms and new ways of telling stories? If the present seeks to reconstruct ist relationships with past and future, how does storytelling switch between tenses? Contemporary art asks these questions in a particularly incisive way, by effecting a displacement from narration to narrative form: what forms do artists invent to embody the stories they tell?

Scientific committee:
Normand Biron, commissioner for international cultural relations and excellence awards, directorate of culture and heritage, City of Montreal.
Abdelkader Damani, Veduta Project Director.
Marie Fraser, chief curator and director of education, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal; and professor of art history and museology, Université du Québec à Montréal.
Gunnar B. Kvaran, curator of the 12th Biennale de Lyon.
Thierry Raspail, artistic director, Biennale de Lyon; director of mac

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