YOUniverse

In the global context of the information and communication society, the third edition of the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville (Biacs3) will make a new map of Global Art, World Art, addressing the specific aspect of media, environment and technology. Under the title YOUniverse, the Biennial of Seville will show how contemporary art worldwide has changed through the influence of media, technology, science and architecture by fostering one main goal: the participation of the public and a new equation between man and his environment.

The creations of the selected artists (approximately one hundred in number) will revolve around mobility, individualisation through technologies, quantum physics, nanotechnology, hydraulic engineering, architecture and the environment. One aspect will be to show that technology as man-made nature can help to solve our problems with natural environments. The other aspect will be the democratization of art. The audience, rather than the artists, is the star.

The artistic curatorial team plans to present the public with a showcase of the 21st century’s most representative technical breakthroughs on the threshold of a material revolution that will lead us from simulation to stimulation, and will invite visitors to personally interact with the contents of the exhibition.

The Biennial is organised into four areas:

  1. Section 1 offers a brief retrospective overview of the great masterpieces of media art, from Nam June Paik to Bill Viola. Also included are little known artistic positions, which deserve to be relocated from the historical periphery to the centre of attention.
  2. Section 2 showcases the very latest trends in media art: interactivity and participation of the public, Internet art, and multiplayer media, the spectator as user. Using state-of-the art technology, the art at the Biacs3 will open a gateway onto an unknown world that science, technology, art, and media place at our disposal, a world where humans are central and can influence the world in any way they wish.
  3. In Section 3 the transformations in architecture through the use of computers and new software programs that generate new forms of conviviality will be on display.
  4. Section 4 is Andalusia itself. The exhibition not only takes place in the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (CAAC), but also in public spaces in the city of Seville. Furthermore, there will be satellites of the exhibition at other locations, such as Cordoba and Granada. The purpose of these annexes is to delve into the archaeology and deep time of the sciences and technology in Andalusia and demonstrate that Andalusia has a long history of science, technology and art.

Curatorial Team

  • Peter Weibel, general director of the ZKM Centre for Art and Media of Karlsruhe, Germany.
  • Wonil Rhee, guest curator of PS1MoMA 2009, Korean curator.
  • Marie-Ange Brayer, director of the Regional Centre of Contemporary Art of Orleáns, France.

Organizer

Foundation for the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville (BIACS).

The primary goal of the BIACS Foundation is to offer a selection of today’s most avant-garde artwork, bringing people together every other year in a supranational gathering that invites visitors to discover where the latest creative tendencies are headed. At the same time, the BIACS also aims to enrich the present cultural panorama by weaving new energy into the current artistic fabric, in response to the growing social demand for quality cultural productions. Seville shares in this universal demand and rises to meet the challenge armed with the strength of its vast cultural, artistic and intellectual experience.