artists & participants

Dominik Alterazioni VideoMaayan AmirYossi AtiaAriella AzoulayMalgorzata BorekOndrej Brody Chiharu ShiotaDorota ChilinskaAnetta Mona ChisaCostantino CiervoJonas DahlbergPlamen DejanoffTomas DzadonKen FeingoldMasaki FujihataClemens FürtlerPaula Gaetano AdiHossein GolbaRobert F. HammerstielNaoya HatakeyamaKarl Heinz JeronRudolf HerzTakashi IshidaSanja IvekovicRafal JakubowiczJakub JasiukiewiczEduardo KacMK KaehneSandy KaltenbornMartin KaltwasserUri KatzensteinPeter KeesThomas Kilpper KimsoojaFolke KöbberlingDaniel KoniuszPawel KowalewskiChristine KriegerowskiNika KukhtinaOliver KunkelMaciej KurakMichael KurzwellyKamil KuskowskiMarie-Jo LafontaineGeorge LegradyDominik LejmanJulien MairePierre MaiteWade MarynowskyVolker MärzLaurent MignonneauTamara MoyzesJohan MuyleHidetoshi NagasawaVladimir NikolicJean-Christophe NormanZbigniew OksiutaAnna OrlikowskaAdrian PaciKristofer Paetau PSJMPeter PuypeAriel ReichmanJozef RobakowskiItamar RoseRuti SelaKonrad SmolenskiHaim SokolKrzysztof SolowiejChrista SommererJan-Peter E.R. SonntagMalgorzata SzymankiewiczChristoph TempelMichelle TeranKoen TheysLucia TkacovaMarc Tobias WinterhagenJean TocheJaan ToomikIlya Trushevsky Ultra-redTomas VanekKoen VanmechelenMarianne WagnerMagnus WallinAndrzej WasilewskiApichatpong WeerasethakulTomasz WendlandPiotr WyrzykowskiShlomi YaffeOleg Yushko 


press release

The second Mediations Biennale - the largest contemporary art exhibition in Middle Europe will take place in Poznan/Poland from 5.09. to 30.10.2010 (the opening on 4.09). The presentation of the latest achievements in art concentrating on a dialogue between different cultures of the world and artistic explorations of creators from Middle Europe, by relating to our historical and cultural experience will create a different platform, different sensitivity and a different perspective in the perception of global processes.

This year the official opening of the Biennale is one of the items of the programme accompanying the 4th ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) conference – a meeting of 43 Ministers of Culture and delegations from Asia and Europe, held in Poznań on 7th- 19th September 2010".


Beyond Mediations Curators about the concept of the exhibition: Beyond is intended to mean that only art can bridge gaps that exist between people. (…)The distance that separates us is conditioned by a vast number of factors. Ironically, the process of globalization made it all even more complex, while many people became more conscious of the fact, sometimes even obsessed with its burden. The division lines are countless. Among others, we are separated by biological conditioning (sex, skin colour) and social issues (nationality), or geopolitical limitations (borders). The cultural tradition, which would be expected to be more flexible and fluid, not infrequently transforms into narrow-minded nationalism. Overcoming, going beyond those limitations might be difficult. The further one goes the harder it becomes to shake off the anxiety of alienation from the self. Without doubt, art is the most sophisticated cultural medium created by human, and only art will be able to lead us beyond the distance.

Erased Walls The curators will focus on the creative work after 2000, with an emphasis on the latest art, unconstrained by geopolitics. Erasing of the frontiers does not apply exclusively to our region anymore. All over the world, the walls that were physically torn down, have been replaced by invisible ones – whose existence is all the more efficacious and poignant because of their imperceptibility. Political divisions are now being exchanged for new ones, those associated with the dominance of the capital, social supremacy, poverty, media manipulation, the feeling of solitariness and exclusion. The artists, by constructing an image, arrive at reflections otherwise unattainable, which cannot be devised by means of language or document. An image is frequently a close-up quotation from reality, which, having been extracted from the mundanity and then presented in a different light shed by art, becomes surprisingly distinct.

"Erased Walls" is a part of European exhibition project, in frames of which two other exhibitions will be presented in Berlin (1-30.10.2010) and Bratislava (3.10-3.12).

The artistic events of the accompanying programme: "HUB or SChUB transforma(c)tion" in cooperation with Łódź Biennale, curated by Mariusz Sołtysik and Aurelia Mandziuk and "SKIN - Extreme pleasure, Extreme pain. Art from Argentina and Urugway", curated by Enrique Badaro. The accompanying programme will take place in several galleries, among others "Arsenał" Municipal Gallery, and public places all over the city.

Organization: "Zamek" Culture Centre, Kontekst Sztuki Association Financed by: Governor of Wielkopolska Province, Municipality of Poznań, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, European Commission.

Beyond Mediations

curators: Tsutomu Mizusawa and Professor Ryszard W. Kluszczyński

Erased Walls

curators: Georgi Begun, Noam Braslavsky, Juraj Čarný, Nika Kukhtina, Matthias Reichelt, Sławomir Sobczak, Raman Tratsiuk & Volha Maslouskaya, Marianne Wagner and Tomasz Wendland.

Venues: Beyond Mediations will be displayed at the National Museum and at Culture Centre "Zamek". Erased Walls will occupy an alternative space, created especially for this presentation.

Mediations Biennale "Zamek" Culture Centre ul. Św. Marcin 80/82 61-809 Poznań / Poland Email: PR Joanna Przygońska t. + 48 61 64 65 270

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2. Mediations Biennale Poznan 2010
"Beyond Mediations"
Ort: National Museum; Culture Centre Zamek
Kuratoren: Tsutomu Mizusawa, Ryszard W. Kluszczynski
"Erased Walls"
Kuratoren: Georgi Begun, Noam Braslavsky, Juraj Carny, Nika Kukhtina, Matthias Reichelt, Slawomir Sobczak, Raman Tratsiuk & Volha Maslouskaya, Marianne Wagner, Tomasz Wendland

Künstler: Alterazioni Video , Arena Online, Keith Armstrong + Chris Barker, Yossi Atia & Itamar Rose, Ariella Azoulay, Malgorzata Borek, Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau, Pasko Burdjelez, Dorota Chilinska + Andrzej Wasilewski, Anetta Mona Chisa / Lucia Tkacova, Costantino Ciervo, Luc Courchesne, Ronald Dagonnier, Jonas Dahlberg, Plamen Dejanoff, Alexandra Dementieva, Democracia /Ivan Lopez, Pablo Espana, S. Dreyfus + L. van Oldenborgh, Tomas Dzadon, Richard Fajnor, Ken Feingold, Inga Fonar Cocos, Masaki Fujihata, Clemens Fürtler, Paula Gaetano Adi, Hossein Golba, Grupa 4! , Grupa Block , Robert F. Hammerstiel, Naoya Hatakeyama, Rudolf Herz, Takashi Ishida, Sanja Ivekovic, Rafal Jakubowicz, Jakub Jasiukiewicz, Karl Heinz Jeron, Eduardo Kac, MK Kaehne / Andrei Loginov, Sandy Kaltenborn / Pierre Maite/ Image-shift , Uri Katzenstein, Peter Kees, Thomas Kilpper, Kim Sooja, Cezary Klimaszewski, Masato Kobayashi, Folke Köbberling & Martin Kaltwasser, Daniel Koniusz, Bart Koppe, Pawel Kowalewski, Christine Kriegerowski / Christoph Tempel, Oliver Kunkel, Maciej Kurak, Michael Kurzwelly, Kamil Kuskowski, Konrad Kuzyszyn, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, George Legrady + Angus Forbes, Dominik Lejman, Ola Lewin, Julien Maire, Kvetan Marek, Wade Marynowsky, Volker März, Stano Masar, Yuiko Matsuyama, Tamara Moyzes & Shlomi Yaffe, Johan Muyle, Hidetoshi Nagasawa, Vladimir Nikolic, NO-MAD , Jean-Christophe Norman, Zbigniew Oksiuta, Anna Orlikowska, Adrian Paci, Mateusz Pek, Andrzej Peplonski, Dominik Poplawski, PSJM , Peter Puype, Ariel Reichman, Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, Don Ritter, Jozef Robakowski, Yukina Sakai, Roman Sakin, Roland Schefferski, Ruti Sela & Maayan Amir, Marcus Shahar, Chiharu Shiota, Konrad Smolenski, Haim Sokol, Christa Sommerer + Laurent Mignonneau, Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag, Krzysztof Solowiej, Calum Stirling, Malgorzata Szymankiewicz, Michelle Teran, The United Transnational Republics , Koen Theys, Jean Toche, Jaan Toomik, Ilya Trushevsky, Maxim Tyminko, Ultra-red , Tomas Vanek, Koen Vanmechelen, Paul Vanouse, Magnus Wallin, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Marc Tobias Winterhagen, Wu Jianan, Piotr Wyrzykowski, Kijuro Yahagi, Oleg Yushko