Gwangju Biennale 2016 – Bik Van der Pol, Metahaven, Saskia Noor van Imhoff and Ahmet Ögut
From 2 September until 6 November 2016 the eleventh edition of the Gwangju Biennale in Korea is taking place: The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?). At the biennale, attention is directed to artworks and projects addressing the agency of art in terms of the question, “what does art do?”. A central part of this interest in the performative aspect of art is its projective and imaginative qualities—art’s active relationship to the future. Other concerns include the mediation of art: art’s embeddedness in various contexts and the potential of connecting dots between already existing activities and people near and far.
Dutch artists Bik Van der Pol, Metahaven, Saskia Noor van Imhoff and Ahmet Ögut are taking part in the biennale. These artists are supported with money made available by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2015 and 2016, the Dutch culture funds are collaborating in a joint programme that focusses on cultural activities in Flanders, Germany, France, Brazil and South Korea.