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9. Biennale de Lyon 2007 - Ausstellung in Lyon

There are now 103 biennials around the world, mapping news that is growing exponentially, apparently renewable at will, and interchangeable. Flux is prevailing over singularity. One hundred and three biennials, 103 lists of artists, 103 titles... a biennial opens roughly every three days, and they cover one another. Their mechanics inhabit and generate a perpetual present, stretching to infinity. How, then, can a biennial still have critical authority? In 2003 and 2005, we opened a debate on this new form of temporality – firstly on the programmed future, and then on duration.
And now the debate continues: starting with the conviction that there must surely be a history to news and an archaeology to the news of news (the undifferentiated present), I invited Stéphanie Moisdon and Hans Ulrich Obrist to reflect upon this challenge and conceive the 2007 Lyon Biennial. Their ambition is clear: to open the century and name the decade, but with humour. The 2007 Biennial will thus be a game, played as it should be with the utmost seriousness; it will explore issues to do with players, of course, but also with polyphony and, especially, the essential place occupied by the artist.
Thierry Raspail Artistic director, Lyon Biennial


Artists:   Jumana Emil Abboud , Juan Perez Agirregoikoa , Allora & Calzadilla , Charles Avery , Dave Hullfish Bailey , Thomas Bayrle , Erick Beltran , Gerard Byrne , James Coleman , Minerva Cuevas , Keren Cytter , Dot Dot Dot Magazine, Cao Fei , Urs Fischer , Ryan Gander , Sheela Gowda , Shilpa Gupta , Wade Guyton , David Hamilton, Christian Holstad , Norma Jeane , Adria Julia , Brian Jungen , Ömer Ali Kazma , Annette Kelm , Marcellvs L. , Hilary Lloyd , Cinthia Marcelle , Nathaniel Mellors , Ohad Meromi , Museum of American Art , Darius Miksys , Mai-Thu Perret , Seth Price , Tomas Saraceno , Tino Sehgal , Ranjani Shettar , Simon Starling , Una Szeemann , Armando Andrade Tudela , Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas , Annie Vigier, Franck Apertet, Kostis Velonis , Kelley Walker , James Webb , Liu Wei , Jia Zhang-ke , Saadane Afif , Jerome Bel , Paul Chan & Jay Sanders , Elie During, Trisha Donnelly , CLAIRE FONTAINE , Michel Houellebecq >Rem Koolhaas , Rosemarie Trockel , Thea Djordjadze , Pierre Joseph , Benoit Broisat , Etienne Chambaud , Cyprien Gaillard , Mark Geffriaud , Fabien Giraud , Benoit Maire , Bruno Persat , Raphael Siboni , Raphael Zarka , Markus Miessen , Josh Smith , Rirkrit Tiravanija