Shanghai Biennale accepting applications for the Academy of Reciprocal Enlightenment

In keeping with their thesis that “Energy is born out of a collective,” the curators of the 9th Shanghai Biennale – that’s Boris GroysJens HoffmannJohnson Chang and Qiu Zhijie – have announced a program of workshops as part of The Academy of Reciprocal Enlightenment, “a Platonic-style community of wisdom and criticism.”

The first will run from September 23 – October 9, 2012, and will be dedicated to Art Writing/Journalism.  Participants will directly engage artists and practitioners from Shanghai, with the goal of producing a published text.

The second plays alphabet soup, mixing faculty from Hoffman’s California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco and China Academy of Arts (CAA)  to form an intensive Curatorial Workshop, running from October 2-14. The workshop is split into two section: “Typologies” and “The Next Biennial.” (For a detailed rundown, check here.)

The third workshop is the intriguing IMMERSION – Art | Technology Workshops.  If that title doesn’t count as “intriguing” for you, try this description:

IMMERSION is an experiment, a free state of mind between real and unreal where human consciousness is drawn away from the physical world to reach non-linear time and space. In the artistic field, IMMERSION specifically refers to Virtual Art, very often in a three dimensional environment, using interactivity and Virtual Reality (VR) to immerse the viewer into a computer art world based on aesthetic-technological logic and expression. 

This program runs (TBD if they mean in the physical world or elsewhere) from October 3-14, 2012.

All workshops are in English. The Shanghai Biennale covers tuition and accommodation, but participants are responsible for airfare, visa and living expenses.

The deadline for applications is August 20, 2012.  For more information, or to apply, click here.

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