biennale.NO is a contemporary art biennale that doesn’t take place, with works that don’t exist. It is structured as a decentralized network of collaborative nodes, projects and works. From November 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021
The White Page Gallery/s are a distributed community and network made of independent online galleries in the format of web page hosted on the websites of artists, curators, academies, festivals and other art and cultural operators and aficionados. The White Page Gallery is a concept happening every time someone or a group of people opens a WPG on their/her/his website dedicating a web page to others’s exhibitions and art projects. The White Page Gallery happens every time a connection and a collaboration are established between a host and a guest. The WPG’s host offers a space and the setting up. The WPG’s guests offer the contents. Every host of the WPG has their/her/his own rules for their own gallery.
The Burrow is a pavilion of The Wrong Biennale (Nov 2019 – Mar 2020), envisioning the internet as myriads of intertwining underground tunnels; where places of refuge coincide with the secret bases of those must be hidden from. The show was curated by Aad Björkro and is a sibling of the Very Large Works pavilion by Bjørn Magnhildøen and Zsolt Mesterhazy.
Inspired by aardvarks, who will dig to escape when threatened, and leave their burrows for others to use when relocating. The aardvark reminds us to think with our claws. No one expects us to dig when they force us to move; still in compliance but keeping our place. Then we can tickle the feet of our oppressors as they try to pass.
Emerged in the tunnels we tried to listen to those who must never speak, look for things we have lost and spy on the spies spying on us. For display we gathered relics from our past, expansions of the hidden, connections to the elsewhere and lessons for the future. We are now glad to invite you to see what we have found.
The exhibition consists of 25 individual works by 27 participating artists: Isabelle Arvers, Johannes Birringer, Brad Brace, Yu Cai, disnovation.org, Ursula Endlicher, Antje Feger, Sophie Fields, Benna Gaean Maris, Fabian Heller, Garrett Lynch IRL, Amelia Marzec, Luis Mercado, Zsolt Mesterhazy, Joseph Moore, Abe Morrison, Stefanie Reling-Burns, ronnie s, Ausín Sáinz, Alan Sondheim, Y Divya Sri, Benjamin Stumpf, Pall Thayer, Juergen Trautwein, Angelika Vardalou, ( ), Almond Yeggs
The exhibition contains platforms for open and collaborative works, in addition to individual works. 76 artists participate (including The Burrow), with 43 more taking part in the discussions (see bottom):
THE ALPHABET (Platform) Bruce Barber, Domenico Barra, Peter Basma-Lord, Lavoslava Bencic, Lawrence Bird, Johannes Birringer, Aad Björkro, Brad Brace, The Burrow (Platform), Samuel Brzeski, Chris Byrne, Christian Bøen (Termodress), Joana Chicau, Ludovic Coutinho, Cyborg Art Collective Cyborg Matrix (Platform), Antonela Debiasi, Y.Divya Sri, #DUMPHAUS (Platform), Dave Evans, Luca Forcucci, Benna Gaean Maris, Edoardo Gaudieri, Ben Grosser, Gottfried Haider, Max Herman, James A. Hutchinson, Hypercollective Autobiography (Platform), ca_jaeger__at__protonmail.com, Karl Heinz Jeron, Cyrus LK, Nicole Kouts, Erica Lapadat-Janzen, Joseph Moore. Rubén Möller, Novi Otten Erytryalsilani, Karina Palosi, Dominik Podsiadly, Julian Priest, Stefanie Reling, Anthony Robinson, João Rocha, Letta Shtohryn, Chan SomethingStar, Alan Sondheim, The Sunderland Pavilion (Time tunnel), Daniel Temkin, Pall Thayer, Elle Thorkveld, Jurgen Trautwein, A.P. Vague, Catalina Vallejos, Angelika Vardalou, Stephanie Vella, The VteX Files (Platform), Roland Wegerer, Neale Willis, White Page Gallery (Platform)
From The Burrow:
Isabelle Arvers, Basel Embassy (Tunnel), Aad Björkro, Yu Cai, DISNOVATION.ORG, Ursula Endlicher, Antje Feger & Benjamin F. Stumpf, Sophie Fields, Benna Gaean Maris, Fabian Heller, Garrett Lynch irl, Amelia Marzec and Abe Morrison, MEGALITH (Tunnel), Luis Mercado, Zsolt Mesterhazy, Joseph Moore, NETARTFORSTORAGE (Tunnel), Stefanie Reling, ronnie s, Ausín Sáinz, Pall Thayer, Jurgen Trautwein, Angelika Vardalou, Almond Yeggs
Opt-Out is organized by Parallel Polis in Prague on 04-05-06.10.2019. There will be a small selection of planter signs with QR codes present for works by Domenico Barra, Karl Heinz Jeron, Florian Kuhlmann, Bjørn Magnhildøen, Zsolt Mesterhazy, Karina Palosi, Dominik Podsiadly, Guido Segni, Jasna Velickovic, Alex Zakkas. Thanks to Rad0van Misovic!
Between 12.07 – 04.08.2019, WannaTry was part of Iasis/ Healing, an exhibition organized by Tilt Platform in Beau Rivage, Loutraki, Greece.
“They must invariably have hope!”
The street lottery seller is aware that he is “selling hope”. That’s the trade he is into and it’s the same for him and those who buy it from him. He doesn’t know which ticket will win. If he doesn’t sell all the tickets he buys wholesale, he may win. But mostly he loses of course, like most people who gamble. He walks his neighborhood, he knows people and people know him. He jokes and comments and circulates daily news. So he is bound by community customs and ethics. For example, one told us when we asked what makes a street seller good at his job, that besides being a talented seller, he must also have a sense of responsibility and be trusted. He said something hard to translate: “if you see a man devastated and nervous you must be careful or you will ruin him”. But most people buy lottery tickets when they feel hopeful and lucky. One told us that he once won a lot. He bought a hotel for his brothers. And they left him on the street.
“Some play for the moment, some play professionally and some others are mad”
Organized by Bjørn Magnhildøen(ES/NO), Alex Zakkas (NL/GR), Joubin Zargarbashi (NL/UK/IR) and Zsolt Mesterhazy (NL) to bring works from Igor and Ivan Buharov (DE/HU), Chaise group (Facebook), Jagoda Dmochowska (NL/PL), Silvia Gatti (NL/IT), Ben Grosser (US), Tibor Horvath (DE/HU), Florian Kuhlmann (DE), Bjørn Magnhildøen (ES/NO), Zsolt Mesterhazy (NL), Karina Palosi (NL/HU), Dominik Podsiadly (PL), Predictiveartbot.com (WWW), Jasna Velickovic (NL/ RS), Alex Zakkas (NL/GR), Joubin Zargarbashi (NL/UK/IR).
On 11th and 12th November 2018 in the meadow at NRW Forum, Düsseldorf, Germany. Note: This edition came about especially fast, suggested on Sunday it stood 6 days later on the next Saturday + Sunday! Thanks to Florian Kuhlmann!