The 10th Shanghai Biennale: Social Factory
Thematic Exhibition: SOCIAL FACTORY
Chief curator: Anselm Franke
Co-curators: Freya Chou, Cosmin Costinas, Liu Xiao.
Curator for the Film program: Hila peleg
Curator for the Music Program: Nicholas Bussmann
City Pavilion: Urban Work & Shop
Curator: Zhu Ye
Anselm Franke is a curator and writer based in Berlin. He is Head of Visual Art and Film at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. In 2012, he curated the Taipei Biennial, Modern Monsters / Death and Life of Fiction. His project Animism was presented in Antwerp, Bern, Vienna, Berlin, New York, Shenzhen, Seoul and Beirut in various collaborations from 2010 to 2014. At the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, he co-curated The Whole Earth. California and the Disappearance of the Outside ( with Diedrich Diederichsen), and After Year Zero. Geographies of Collaboration (both 2013).
From 2006 to 2010 he was Artistic Director of Extra City Kunsthal Antwerpen, where he organized solo exhibitions by artists such as Peter Friedl, Joachim Koester, Valerie Mannaerts and others, co-curated Sergei Eisenstein: The Mexican Drawings, and curated group exhibitions such as Mimétisme, and Drawing Documents. He was a curator of Manifesta 7, The Soul, or Much Trouble in the Transportation of Souls, in Trento, Italy. Until 2006, Franke was curator at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, where he organized exhibitions such as Territories (with Eyal Weizman and others, later shown in Malmö, Stockholm, Rotterdam and Tel Aviv, 2003/2004) and No Matter How Bright the Light, the Crossing Occurs at Night (with Ines Schaber, Natascha Sadr Haghighian and Judith Hopf, 2006/2007). Anselm Franke has edited numerous publications and regularly contributes articles to magazines such as e-flux journal and Parkett.
Freya Chou plays various versions of herself in art projects, she is a curator, a producer, a collaborator, a narrator, a writer and a publisher. She started as a freelance curator, coordinated exhibitions at Taipei Fine Arts Museum from 2004 - 2008, including the 5th and 6th Taipei Biennial. She is assistant curator of 2010 Taipei Biennale and as one of the members in the curatorial team of 2014 Shanghai Biennale. She is also a founder of YiBen Book - an independent publishing house, committed to artist's book. She also contributes for art periodicals including Artist Magazine (Taiwan), ARTCO Magazine (Taiwan) and LEAP (China). Freya Chou currently lives and works in Taipei.
Cosmin Costinas (b. 1982, Satu Mare, Romania) is the Executive Director/Curator of Para Site, Hong Kong (since 2011). He was the Curator of BAK, Utrecht (2008-2011); co-curator of the 1st Ural Industrial Biennial, Ekaterinburg (2010), and Editor of documenta 12 Magazines, Kassel/Vienna (2005–2007). At Para Site, Costinas co-curated among others: Ten Million Rooms of Yearning, Sex in Hong Kong (2014); the conference Is the Living Body the Last Thing Left Alive? The new performance turn, its histories and its institutions (2014); A Journal of the Plague Year. Fear, ghosts, rebels. SARS, Leslie and the Hong Kong story (2013, toured throughout 2014 and 2015 in Taipei, Seoul, San Francisco); Taiping Tianguo: A History of Possible Encounters (2012, toured throughout 2013 and 2014 in Istanbul, Singapore, New York).
Liu Xiao is researcher in Institute of Contemporary Art and Social Thought, School of Intermedia Art, and MA of China Academy of Art. She used worked in Department of Research, Guangdong Museum of Art. In the past years, Liu has been involved in important international exhibitions of academic standing, contemporary art and architecture biennales. Her focal points and practice are curatorial study, social thoughts writing, and long-term independent research project “National Road”. As curator, she curated West Bund 2013: A Biennial of Architecture and Contemporary Art (Shanghai); in 2011, she launched Reading at Night series exhibition, traveled between Hangzhou and London, and completed the displaying on the magazine Vision; As assistant curator, curated Farewell to Post-colonialism: The 3rd Guangzhou Triennial (2008), Rehearsal: the 8th Shanghai Biennial (2010), and Reactivation: The 9th Shanghai Biennial. Her main editing work includes Farewell to Post-colonialism: The 3rd Guangzhou Triennial (2008) and relevant Readers 1, 2 and 3 (2008-2012), Rehearsal: the 8th Shanghai Biennial (2010), Ho Chi Minh Trail (2010), Architecture Creates Cities. Cities create Architecture: 2011 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture (2011), Reactivation: the 9th Shanghai Biennial (2012), etc.
Hila Peleg (b. 1976 in Tel Aviv) is a curator and filmmaker based in Berlin. She studied Photography and Video at the University of Westminster, London, and Art History at Goldsmiths College, London. She has curated solo shows, large-scale group exhibitions, and various interdisciplinary cultural events in public institutions across Europe, such as KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), Extra City Kunsthal (Antwerp), Iniva - Institute of International Visual Arts (London), and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin). Peleg was co-curator of Manifesta 7 European Biennial of Contemporary Art (Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, 2008). Her film A Crime Against Art (2007) was screened in film festivals worldwide, including Berlinale, Hot Docs, Toronto, and CPH:DOX, and presented at institutions such as the Centre Pompidou, the New Museum, and ZKM. Her new film, Sign Space, will be released in 2015. Peleg is the founder and artistic director of the Berlin Documentary Forum. Initiated at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in 2010, this biannual event is devoted to the production and presentation of contemporary and historical documentary practices in an interdisciplinary context. Peleg is curator for film program at the 10th Shanghai Art Biennale (2014).
Nicholas Bussmann mixes traditional composition with club music production techniques and concept art. He performs under various monikers and band names. Besides his artistic work he curates regularly a love song competition, named Grand Prix d’Amour in Berlin and occasionally for other venues: Maerzmusik/Berliner Festspiele, Haus der Kulturen der Welt/Berlin, Transmediale/Berlin. He toured in Europe, Japan, North and Middle America and published numerous Vinyls & CDs.
Nicholas Bussmann now lives in Berlin.
Zhu Ye (b. 1973, Wuxi, China) is an independent artist and curator, as well as an urban researcher working in Urban and Architecture Research Center of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts as the deputy director, and in School of Architecture and Art Design as associate professor.