Week 84_Bienal de Artes Mediales de Chile by Anti Materia


13a Bienal de Artes Mediales de Chile
Temblor (Earthquake)
5th October – 5th November, 2017
Santiago, Chile.

The Bienal de Artes Mediales de Chile was founded by the Corporación Chilena de Video as a response to the disappearance of the Festival Franco Chileno de Video Arte, having its first edition in 1993. This encounter aims to create an space for dialogue, disemination and exchange of media art, algorithmic research and digital environments. Nowadays the intersection between diverse areas and disciplines that fuse together art, technology and science is stronger than ever.

For the last edition of BAM - which will take place from the 5th October to 5th November 2017 - we are working under the curatorial concept of the "Earthquake".

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The earthquake represents a state of movements that reflects not only Earth's activity but also a common experience for all living creatures as a condition of existence. The 13th Bienal de Artes Mediales de Chile, calls for re-configuring disasters, or 'without stars', an etymology that refers to the loss of stellar coordinates, in strange times of new paradigms. These contexts - just like Earth cannot be understood as a separate organism from human beings - are in constant movement and earthquakes become the main character (with their subtle/violent replicas)  of a possible geographic and psychographic entity.

Seismogram from the earthwuake at Valparaíso, Chile, on the 16th August 1906

Seismogram from the earthwuake at Valparaíso, Chile, on the 16th August 1906

The dialogue instated in continuity with the past edition of this biennale, same that ran under the theme of language transformation in the age of numerical communication, reflects in the centrality of earthquakes as constant frictions that perform at a geological and tectonic level as well as metaphorical transformations in technology, economy, art, politics and the society.

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For the first time, BAM has a curatorial team composed by Mariagrazia Muscatello, Sebastián Riffo, Carolina Gainza, Pedro Donoso, Valentina Montero and , its Director, Enrique Rivera. They have openly reflected about the curatorial and artistic practices, aiming for a calibration labour and collective creation between research and the interaction with the artwork.


“Temblor” (Earthquake) is composed by several sections, spaces such as the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Cerrillos, among other important exhibition spaces, and activities that go from workshops, conferences, audiovisual concerts and encounters of creative experiences.

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Furthermore, the first encounter of the IBA International Biennial Association will take place, organization of which BAM  is part of since 2015, where a selection of artwork selected by the directors of the Prague Biennale, Berlin Biennale, Bienal de La Habana, Ural Industrial Bienniale of Contemporary Art, Sharjah Biennial and Ghetto Biennale will be exhibited.

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Description of the selection
- “Barbed Hula”, Sigalit Landau (il). Curated by Helena Kontova for Praga Biennale.

-“Homeland”, Halil Altindere (tq). Curated by Gabriele Horn for Berlin Biennale.

-“Dibujo Intercontinental”, Susana Pilar (cu). Curated by Margarita González for La Bienal de La Habana.

-“Eternity”, Galina Myznikova and Sergej Provorov (ru). Curated by Alisa Prudnikova for Ural Industrial Bienniale of Contemporary Art, Rusia.

-“Hopeless Land”, Liu Wei (cn). Curated by Hoor Al Qasimi for Sharjah Biennial. .

-“Zafè Fatra” (The Affair of Trash), Rebecca Dirksen (us) and Kendy Vérilus (hai). Curated by Leah Gordon for Ghetto Biennale.

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Programa Internacional
Created in collaboration with the Dirección de Asuntos Culturales del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores and the Departamento de Relaciones Internacionales of the CNCA, includes an exchange with the Japan Arts Festival and the lauching of the "Programa Incidencias" in Latinamerica by the Fundación Suiza Prohelvetia (organisation that supports arts and helps the cultural production through several iniciatives). Moreover, there will be a series of exchanges with the Goethe Institus, the Instituto Francés, and the Embassy of Japan, Italy and Sweden.

With: Monica Bonvicini (it), Pierre Hyugue (fr), Cindy Sherman (us), The Residents (us), Ursula Biemann (ch), Norimichi Hirakawa* (jp), Maya Watanabe (pe), Lori Nix (us), Wolfgang Spahn* (de), Rosell Meseguer (es), Abraham Cruzvillegas (mx), Narda Alvarado* (bo), Juan Sorrentino* (ar), Aldair Indra Coronado y Yohamara Muñoz* (bo), Francesco Bertocco (it), Seismic Soundlab (us), Mats Staub* (ch), Juan Pedro Fabra Guemberena (uy), Elías Santis (ar), Gabriel Tagle (mx).

*All of them will be part of BAM's opening.

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National programme

With: Ronald Kay, Minimal Technology, Ana María Briede, Nicolás Grum, Hugo Marín, Rafael Guendelman, Mariana Najmanovich, Ignacio Bahna, Leo Medel, Cristóbal Cea, Constanza Alarcón, Paz Ortúzar, Claudia del Fierro, Vasko Basco, Simón Sepúlveda, Adolfo Bimer, José Badía, Christian Aspee, Daniel Reyes, Los Electros, Nicole L'Huillier + Sanchez Lengeling / Thomas + Yasushi Sakai, Raúl Miranda, Vicente Huidobro, Raúl Ruiz, Sebastián Gil, Diego Lorenzini y Cristóbal León, Paloma Villalobos, Francisco Belarmino y Estefanía Muñoz, Arturo Duclos + Miguel Conejeros, Claudia Müller, Pilar Quinteros.

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Public programme

Altogether with the activities such as talks, workshops and laboratories, this programme will have specific actions focused on the decentralization of knowledge and arts. There will be an Audiovisual programmes at the Cineteca NAcional and the Instituto Italiano de Cultura, audiovisual concerts at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago and several seminars.

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Exhibition spaces
-Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

-Centro Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo,    Cerrillos

-Cineteca Nacional

-Casa Central Universidad de Chile

-Galería Macchina

-Galería Metropolitana

-Teatro Municipal de Santiago

-Instituto Italiano de Cultura

-Goethe Institut / Esmeralda

-Metro de Santiago


-Biblioteca Nicanor Parra / Universidad Diego Portales

-Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores


-Galería Punta Ángeles

-Universidad Alberto Hurtado

-ICC-NTT, Tokio, Japón



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