Taipei Biennial 2014


Curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, Taipei Biennial 2014 tends to take a wider, more overall view of the curatorial concept for the biennial around the topic The Great Acceleration.


52 artists and collectives appear on the scene: Harold Ancart (Belgium); Charles Avery (UK); Gilles Barbier (France); Alisa Baremboym (USA); Neïl Beloufa (Algeria/France); Peter Buggenhout (Belgium); Roberto Cabot (Brazil); Patrick Van Caeckenbergh (Belgium); En-Man Chang (Taiwan); Ian Cheng (USA); Ching-Hui Chou (Taiwan); Chun Teng Chu (Taiwan); Shezad Dawood (UK); David Douard (France); Camille Henrot (France); Roger Hiorns (UK); Xiao-Yuan Hu (China); Po-Chih Huang (Taiwan)Hudinilson Jr. (Brazil)Joan Jonas (USA); Tetsumi Kudo (Japan); Surasi Kusolwong (Thailand); An-My Lê (Vietnam/USA); Kuo-Wei Lin (Taiwan); Maria Loboda (Germany); Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe (USA); Jr-Shih Luo (Taiwan); Tala Madani (Iran/USA); Abu-Bakarr Mansaray (Sierra Leone/Netherlands); Josephine Meckseper (Germany); Nathaniel Mellors (UK); Marlie Mul (Netherlands); Henrik Olesen (Denmark) ; OPAVIVARÁ!  (Brazil); Ola Pehrson (Sweden); Hung-Chih Peng (Taiwan)Laure Prouvost (France/UK)Matheus Rocha Pitta (Brazil); Rachel Rose (USA); Pamela Rosenkranz (Switzerland); Mika Rottenberg (Argentina); Sterling Ruby (USA); Timur Si-Qin (Germany); Shimabuku  (Japan); Peter Stämpfli (Switzerland) ; Nicolás Uriburu (Argentina); Yu-Chen Wang (Taiwan/UK); Chien-Ying Wu (Taiwan); Chuan-Lun Wu (Taiwan);Inga Svala Thórsdóttir & Wu Shanzhuan (Iceland/China); Haegue Yang (Korea); Anicka Yi (USA).


Since the 1990s, art has highlighted the social sphere and held inter-human relations, whether individual or social, friendly or antagonistic, to be the main domain of reference. Art also plays host to an entanglement between the human and non-human, a presentation of coactivity as such: Multiple energies are at work, and logical organic growth machines are everywhere. All relations between different regimes of the living and the inert are alive with tension. The Great Acceleration is presented as a tribute to this coactivity, the assumed parallelism between the different kingdoms and their negotiations.


  • Nicolas Bourriaud

    The French art scholar, curator, Nicolas Bourriaud, born in 1965, is currently the director of École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris (ENSBA). His arts theory book, Relational Aesthetics, published in 1998 has been translated in twelve different languages around the wor...