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Installation view of Biennale! including Everybody else is wrong
Installation view of Biennale! including Everybody else is wrong

Biennale! is an ambitious international survey exhibition of single screen video curated by Anthony Gross. Presented by temporarycontemporary the exhibition features 19 single-channel video works by 19 emerging international artists. The artists were each selected by temporarycontemporary or by invited international guest curators and artists. The different forms of selection were designed to investigate local and international networks, encourage discussion and make connections with artists, independent curators and art spaces from many countries.

Everybody else is wrong, a single channel video work by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, was selected for the exihibition.

Installation view of Biennale! including Everybody else is wrong
Installation view of Biennale! including Everybody else is wrong

Iain and Jane made Everybody else is wrong in Montreal in 2004. It is the second work in their Precious Little series of single channel works each featuring a video collage of around a dozen people talking straight to camera about love, loss and the musicthat soundtracks their lives.

Invitation card for Biennale!
Invitation card for Biennale!

"Half the artists are selected by international guest curators that we have worked with in some form over the past couple of years. We asked them to select works using the exact same criteria as us: we chose works that we feel are the most pertinent in our given context that we have access to. The selectors interpreted that brief in the way they saw fit and their selection was final. They were then responsible for obtaining the work and providing us with contextualising catalogue statements. The other half of the exhibition is made up of video artists we have contact with from art school or the local scene, friends of friends, or by having seen their work in another show and getting in touch. In this way, the exhibition is not just a presentation of current video art from around the world but also an examination of how subjective and social connections form between the works, the scenes and the artists emerging from them.

The exhibition is also testimony to e-mail and home DVD authoring with messages bouncing across the networked connections and posted DVDs tracing the physical ones. Through this process we arrive at some international non-place where everywhere is local and everywhere just as foreign. If that is indeed true, then what is the self-appointed authority we use to judge the value of works and their efficacy in their or our own contexts? Does a pluralism of representation sit easily with our own subjective view of the world? Thanks to everyone’s participation, the project became an exciting selection of international video work and showcases some of the most interesting artists emerging right now from local scenes. Maybe this is particularly timely in an artist-run space - and not an institution - at this moment and in this specific part of the city undergoing transformation.”

Anthony Gross

Installation view of Biennale! including Everybody else is wrong
Installation view of Biennale! including Everybody else is wrong

The 19 emerging artists from China, the US and Europe are:

David Blandy, Gerard Byrne, Lu Chunsheng, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Oriana Fox, Jonah Freeman, Jonas Fromm & Andreas Schulenburg, Anne Marie Kennedy, Francis Lamb, Michelle Naismith, Damon Packard, Giles Perry, Josefina Posch, Jimmy Robert, Mark Aerial Waller, Grace Weir, Jen Wu, Yang Zhenzhong

The invited guest selectors are:

Jananne Al-Ani, Christian Chapelle, Nataline Colonnello, Stuart Comer, Ben Cook, Edward Mitterrand, Flemming Neilsen, Paul O’Neill, Davide Quadrio

Installation view of Biennale!
Installation view of Biennale!

Biennale! opened in London at temporarycontemporary throughout January and February. The exhibition then embarked on a tour of China throughtout 2005, visiting the Dashanzi International Arts Festival in Beijing, BizArt in Shanghai, Lijiang Studios in Yunnan and there are further dates and venues to be confirmed.

Biennale! was supported by the Arts Council England and developed in partnership with Artist Links, the British Council / Arts Council England exchange programme that operates out of China and BizArt, Shanghai.

Installation view of Biennale!
Installation view of Biennale!

2nd Floor, Atlantic House
The Old Seager Distillery
Brookmill Road, Deptford
London SE8 4IT

22 January to 27 February 2005
Open 12 noon to 6 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday
or by appointment. Free admission

China Tour 2005
30 April - 4 May: Dashanzi International Arts Festival, Beijing
1-14 August: BizArt, Shanghai
September: Lijiang Studios, Yunnan
November: Tankloft Art Center, Chongqing
November: REDSKYART, Redskyart Space, Haikou

For more information, visit the exhibition web sites:



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Work in the show
Everybody else is wrong

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