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2019 UABB Shenzhen Call for Curators

2018.03.29

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Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Organizing Committee (shorten as "Biennale Organizing Committee") hereby invites your team to submit proposal by way of application for  2019 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (Shenzhen) and thereof participate as the curator(s). 


Theme Direction: Urban Space + Scientific and Technological Innovation


2019 UABB plans to study the relationship between urban space and scientific and technological innovation, and connect city, architecture and art with scientific and technological innovation fields. In addition, it designs to review history and look forward to the future through UABB, in order to demonstrate historical impacts of scientific and technological innovation on cities and architecture, imagine urban space for future cities and design various settings for future cities, such as future living space, production space and ecological space. It aims to study the important driving role of cities and architecture on scientific and technological innovation through UABB, such as how to create new infrastructures, building materials, construction methods and design means to adapt rapidly changing cities. Meanwhile, it aims to explore new ways of art intervention to bridge cities and scientific and technological innovation, and figure out how to eliminate negative impacts of science and technology on urban life through art.


About UABB


Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) is currently the only biennial exhibition in the world that is based exclusively on the set themes of URBANISM AND URBANIZATION. Co-organized by the two neighboring and closely interacting cities of Shenzhen and Hong Kong, UABB situates itself within the regional context of the rapidly urbanizing Pearl River Delta, concerns itself with globally common urban issues, extensively communicates and interacts with the wider public, is presented using expressions of contemporary visual culture, and engages in international and avant-garde dimensions as well as discourses of public interest.


Initiated by Shenzhen in 2005 and joined by the adjacent city Hong Kong in 2007, the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (hereinafter referred to as UABB) has evolved into a unique breed among its kind that is held and interacted between twin cities: a Bi-city Biennale. UABB was originally conceived by the urban planning department of Shenzhen Municipal Government for the purpose of constructing a more influential, more professional and more interactive exhibition. Although UABB embraces the general name and system of Biennale in arts and architecture exhibition, its intention is divergent from being merely an architecture showcase, but focusing on the macroscopic background of unprecedented rapid urbanization in China and issues of cities and urbanization (In the name of UABB, "Urbanism\Architecture" implies the idea that architecture belongs to cities and the discussions should be made under the context of cities). Already held in Shenzhen and Hong Kong for the sixth time, UABB is the only international biennale that sets "urban & urbanization" as its permanent theme. With about 930 pieces of excellent exhibits and 520 activities, UABB has attracted over 1.1million visitors worldwide. UABB takes full advantage of multi-media, such as design, image, installations, drama, public art, monographic study and discussion, and reveals different aspects of the progress of urbanization and human habitation of Shenzhen, Hong Kong, China and worldwide.


Different from other exhibitions and expositions, UABB focuses devotedly on the pioneering and conceptual issues of urban & architecture. In retrospection of the five editions of UABB (SZ), the focal point of works and discussions has been set on themes such as Urban Village & Spontaneous City, City of Expiration & Regeneration, Public Space, Urban-rural Relationship& agriculture, and Border/Edge. The consequent explorations inspired researches, ideas and discussions already have significant impacts and will keep influencing on Shenzhen, a city self-positioned with the concept of “pioneer".


Each biennial's theme is about concerns in China's urbanization, including but not limited to:


In succession to the first Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in 2005 that initiated the independent curator responsibility system, we successfully invited Yung Ho Chang and Qingyun Ma, two international renowned Chinese architects, Ou Ning, a cross-field cultural practitioner, internationally renowned curator Terence Riley to act as the chief curator and Mr Ole Bouman to act as creative director, Dr. LI Xiangning and Prof. LI Xiangning, to act as academic directors, and Mr. Aaron Betsky, Mr. Alfredo Brillembourg and Mr. Hubert Klumpner , and Ms. Doreen Liu Heng ,Mr. HOU Hanru, Mr. LIU Xiaodu and Mr. MENG Yan as Curators for these Seventh Biennales respectively, with “City: Open Door”, “City Expiration and Regeneration”, “City Mobilization”, “Architecture creates cities. Cities create architecture.”, “Urban Border” , “Re-living the City”, “Cities Grow in Difference” as the theme of the exhibition. Discuss the problems in Shenzhen, Hong Kong and other cities in the world. The success of these seven Shenzhen Biennale reflects the openness, innovation and courage to continue exploring the astonishing rapid development of Shenzhen as a Special Economic Zone. It has initially built an international city and culture and arts communication platform, explores the possibility of founding an art exhibition operational system in accordance with international practices. It also makes a beneficial attempt in developing a cultural brand of Shenzhen and enhancing the city’s cultural competiveness. 



Eligibility:


The applicant must be the curator(s) of the proposal. The group applicant can be the executive team consisting of domestic / international curators. The group should designate a team leader. All submitted materials should be signed and confirmed by its curators.


The applicant institute or individual with the following experiences and resources will be preferred:


1. Possess certain knowledge of China especially Shenzhen in the aspect of city development, have unique insights to Shenzhen and Hong Kong developments, and timely response to current hot issues.


2. Have rich experiences of design or architecture exhibition curatorial, preparation and practices at home and abroad.


3. Have professional background of architecture as well as concerns and unique insights of urbanization. Refine the general architectural model exhibitions and use the art, popular approaches to make the curatorial and demonstrate academic themes.


4. Have certain experiences for exhibitions organized by the government, and be familiar with these exhibition features.


5. Have abundant integrated resources and experiences in project management such as capability to invite the top professionals, domestic and foreign media.



Application:


The applicants, who intend to participate in the project, please download the application package here.


Please submit the application materials by e-mail or mail to Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Organizing Committee Office before 24:00, May 15th, 2018 (Beijing time). 


 

Contact:


Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture Organizing Committee Office


Tel: +86-755-83953209


Fax: +86-755-83953210


Official Website: www.szhkbiennale.org


Email: application@szhkbiennale.org


Address: Block A 302, Sculpture Academy, No.8 ZhongKang Road, Shangmeilin, Futian District, Shenzhen



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