Missed the 8th Gwangju Biennale? Watch it all online

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Mousse Magazine was chosen by the Gwangju Biennale to put together a series of video portraits of the entire 2010 event. The resulting set of films tour the various exhibition spaces and provide a surprisingly genuine experience of the artwork on display, with and without the crowds.

Zhou Xiahou, 'Concentration Training Camp', 2007-8, multi-channel video installation. Image from 10000lives.org.

Zhou Xiahou, 'Concentration Training Camp', 2007-8, multi-channel video installation. Image from 10000lives.org.

8 videos provide Biennale browsing opportunity

While nothing beats actually being there, we think what Mousse has put together acts as a pretty good substitute. Each of the five galleries, as well as the exhibitions at Gwangju Museum of Art and Gwangju Folk Museum, are shot using a series of close-ups, zooms and gallery panoramas, with detailed information on artist and artwork provided in Korean and English. What is particularly nice is that we are shown the Biennale audience interacting with the works.

Click here to watch the eight videos of Gwangju Biennale 2010 on the Mousse Magazine website.

Hito Steyerl, 2004, video transferred to DVD. Image from 10000lives.org.

Hito Steyerl, 2004, video transferred to DVD. Image from 10000lives.org.

Gwangju Biennale 2010 among most-visited art events

“Conceived as a temporary museum examining the relationships that tie people to images, the Biennale presented 134 artists and thousands of art works and cultural artifacts from 30 countries throughout the world. The attendance of over 490,000 marked a 25% increase from the previous edition, placing 10,000 Lives among the most visited exhibitions and biennials in the world.”

Gwangju Biennale, a South Korean event, was founded in 1995 in memory of the civil uprising resulting from the 1980 repression of the Gwangju Democratization Movement. This 8th event, Gwangju Biennale 2010: 10,000 Lives, coincided with the 30th anniversary of the uprisings. It is Asia’s oldest biennale and widely seen as the region’s most prestigious. This year’s artistic director was Massimiliano Gioni (Director of Special Exhibitions at The New Museum In New York and Artistic Director Of The Nicola Trussardi Foundation, Milan).

Click here to download a digital version of the short guide created for the Biennale containing artist-by-artist descriptions in each gallery (20 MB PDF).

Alice Kok, 'Family Script', 2008, three-channel video, Image from 10000lives.org.

Alice Kok, 'Family Script', 2008, three-channel video, Image from 10000lives.org.

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