21st Biennale of Sydney, Superposition: Art of Equilibrium and Engagement

16 March–11 June 2018

Exhibition Overview

Ruins of the Intelligence Bureau

The 2018 Biennale of Sydney, SUPERPOSITION: Art of Equilibrium and Engagement, will draw on the concept of ‘superposition’ in quantum mechanics as a metaphor to link the notions of equilibrium and engagement, and provide us with insights into the world today.

Artistic Director Mami Kataoka noted that: ‘we are surrounded by conflicting ideas across all levels of humanity: different cultures; readings of nature and the universe; political ideologies and systems of government; interpretations of human history, including the history of art and definitions of contemporary art.’

Commenting on the selected artists, Ms Kataoka added: ‘Drawn from around the globe, the participating artists in the 21st Biennale of Sydney have been chosen to offer a panoramic view of how opposing understandings and interpretations can come together in a state of equilibrium. My hope is that their artworks will serve as a catalyst for thinking about these principles and concerns, and encourage each of us to consider our own position in society as a starting point.’

According to the theory of ‘Wuxing’ in ancient Chinese natural philosophy, everything in this world is comprised of five main elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each element gives rise to the next – either through a process of symbiosis where one element encourages the formation of the others in a circulatory system, or; a situation of mutual conflict and antagonism, in which each element resists and suppresses the others. In reality, diverse elements come together in a state of repeated collision, collapse, and rebirth.

The 21st Biennale of Sydney will be presented over twelve weeks at multiple locations throughout Sydney. At the MCA, the exhibition will be presented across Level 1 and Level 3 Galleries; and the hang will include a number of Australian artists from the MCA Collection.

(Photo: Chia-Wei Hsu, Ruins of the Intelligence Bureau (video still), 2015, video installation)

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