Virtual Spaces: BiennaleOnline

Turning the format of a traditional art biennial on its head, BiennaleOnline is due to open at the end of this month and will take place exclusively on the Internet.

Shedding Skin, Nina Canell (2008)

This new internet-only platform will showcase the works of 180 emerging artists from around the world, and has been described by its founders and curators as “the first curated, exclusively online biennial.”

“We’re trying to have a real global reach, to include countries that normally are not participating in Venice Biennale,” explained co-founder David Dehaeck in a recent interview with New York art magazine Art F City.

“Here, the Internet can make that even more accessible; remote countries (such as Syria, Afghanistan, and Iran) can find connection to mainstream platforms.”

In addition to a roster of emerging, global art talent, the biennial entrance fee is entirely up to the visitor, in which they “contribute what (they) feel is an appropriate sum for the experience.”

The first edition theme is entitled Reflection & Imagination, and is explained further in a video featuring main curator Jan Hoet.

Read our recent Futurist report, Museums Without Walls, in which we explore the many galleries and art institutions moving into virtual realms. – Samantha Fox

BiennaleOnline will open April 26 and run through to October 15.

Untitled, Lucas Blalock (2009)

Stability, Timofei Radya (2012)


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