TAIPEI – Humankind has so dramatically and irreversibly altered the planet that some say we have triggered a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. While the validity of the term continues to be debated, the explosion in global population and the acceleration of technological advancements are hard to argue with. These shifts and how artists respond to them are what curator Nicolas Bourriaud means to address in his iteration of the Taipei Biennial. Bourriaud has gathered a disparate assemblage of objects, photographs, films, installations and more by 51 international artists. Some, such as Marlie Mul and Jr-Shin Luo, use grass and tree bark, while others like Roger Hiorns (below) forcefully deploy industrial materials such as resin and repurposed aircraft parts. Among the installations is Joan Jonas’s Reanimation II (2010–13, below), comprising sculptural elements, hanging glass prisms and video projections, combining the human and the technological but not prioritising either.
ABOVE: SHEZAD DAWOOD, TOWARDS THE POSSIBLE, 2014. COURTESY TAIPEI BIENNIAL.
Taipei Biennial 2014: The Great Acceleration
Taipei Fine Arts Museum, through 4 January 2015