Nicolas Bourriaud Appointed Curator of the 2014 Taipei Biennial

Nicolas Bourriaud has been named curator of the 2014 Taipei Biennial. Bourriaud plans to use the biennial to expand on his theory of relational aesthetics—he has titled the biennial “The Great Acceleration” and noted that the curatorial concept is “Art and Its New Ecosystem: A Global Set of Relations.” Bourriaud wants to examine how contemporary art expresses a contract among human beings, animals, plants, machines, products, and objects. A press release notes: “The exhibition will highlight the way artists focus on links, chainings, connections, and mutations, and how they envision planet Earth as a huge network, where new states of matter and new forms of relations appear, forming a new state of the ‘ghost dance’ between people and objects that Karl Marx has described in the nineteenth century.” Bourriaud is currently director of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, a position he assumed in 2012.