Exhibition:

Amsterdam Biennale 2009

Because it wasn't here before...

16 okt 2009
3 jan 2010

De Amsterdam Biennale 2009 presenteerde de kunst scene van over de hele wereld. Meer dan dertig internationale curatoren uit het netwerk van Mediamatic gaven hun kijk op de hedendaagse kunst van hun stad.

De Biennale was een tentoonstelling die iedere week groeide. Op 16 oktober 2009 openden de eerste paviljoens en op 12 december vierden we dat de biennale af was. Er waren tot 3 januari 37 paviljoens te bezichtigen: Kaboel, Napels, Amsterdam 1, Melbourne, Belgrado, Damascus, München, Boston, Cairo, Tallinn, Amsterdam 2, Lima 1, Lima 2, Stuttgart, Beirut, Kobe, Portland, Istanbul, Casablanca, Seoul, Bogota, Tokio, Leeds, Toronto, St. Petersburg, Tehran, Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam 3, Bamako, Taipei, Brooklyn 1, Brooklyn 2, Rome, Copenhagen, Milaan, Porto Alegre en Nicosia.

Bekijk hier een lijst van alle deelnemende curatoren en kunstenaars en bekijk hier alle foto's van de biennale.
Bekijk alle openingsavonden in de kalender.

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'Drunk Muse' van Olga Jitlina - Taken at St. Petersburg Pavilion at Amsterdam Biennale 2009 St. Petersburg pavilion. Inspired by Russian's long cultural tradition and the appearance of new generations of female artists, Olga Jitlina and Katja Sokalova from St. Petersburg created a temple for the male muse. With a sculpture and a video. St. Petersburg pavilion. Inspired by Russian's long cultural tradition and the appearance of new generations of female artists, Olga Jitlina and Katja Sokalova from St. Petersburg… Raphael Rehbach

Mediamatic Travel

De Amsterdam Biennale is onderdeel van Mediamatic Travel. Het project bestaat uit de Amsterdam Biennale 2009, een open netwerk van lokale experts in meer dan 50 landen, de website www.travel.mediamatic.net en de reiscatalogus Bestemmingen 2010.

Het Mediamatic Travel project richt zich in eerste instantie vooral op plaatsen bekend vanwege oorlog, piramiden, honger of kaas. We laten zien dat ook in Damascus, Detroit of Dakar vitale hedendaagse kunst is en bieden ingangen om kennis te maken.

Travel website en catalogus

Overal bestaat hedendaagse kunst en zijn er makers die dit met je willen delen. Mediamatic Travel is een groeiend netwerk van creatieven in meer dan 50 steden rond de wereld. Van Lima tot Nairobi en van Kiev tot Kabul brengen lokale experts reizigers in contact met de plaatselijke galerieën, studio's en festivals, mode shows, de muziek scene of de meest interessante hedendaagse kunstenaars en kunstprojecten. Geen kant en klare reizen naar afgezaagde bestemmingen maar doe-het-zelf reizen om onbekende plekken te verkennen.

In de reiscatalogus Bestemmingen 2010 (56 p. full colour) stellen ruim 20 lokale experts het project voor. In oktober worden 40.000 exemplaren van de catalogus door heel Nederland verspreid. Op de Travel website kunnen reizigers direct contact maken met deze lokale gidsen, en vinden zij informatie over nog veel meer bestemmingen en tips. De website is bedoeld als een open netwerk waar steeds meer lokale experts en reizigers aan kunnen meedoen. De website werd op 16 oktober gelanceerd.

Tentoonstellingsteam

Anne Baan Hofman, Alice Bodanzky, Martin Butler, Marjolijn Leijtens, Thomas van Lier, Lucy Luxton, Mhairi Macfarlane, Eline Muris, Katja Novitskova, Jans Possel, Liene Rubane, Willem Velthoven, Machiel Veltkamp, Femke Vos, Marco Wessel

Met dank aan

Mondriaan Stichting, Hivos/NCDO, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds

Mediamatic Travel is een project van Mediamatic met Partizan Publik

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Maultauschen Scenery - The Stuttgart Pavilion, curators: Susanne Kudielka & Kaspar Wimberley. Dec 5 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Stuttgart pavilion. Stuttgart's pavilion is created by German artists Susanne Kudielka and Kaspar Wimberley. The local speciality of ‘Maultasche’ figures as a symbol for the stereotypes that outsiders have of the city (the 'hidden mentality'). You can see pictures and make your own Maultaschen in the gallery. Stuttgart pavilion. Stuttgart's… Raphael Rehbach

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Een Ogenblik Geduld - The Bogotá Pavilion, curators: Hugo Herrera Tobon & Natalia Domínguez Rangel. Dec 5 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Taken at Bogota Pavilion at Amsterdam Biennale 2009 Taken at Bogota Pavilion at Amsterdam Biennale 2009 Raphael Rehbach

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Robot detail Joe Franscheschi - Taken at Rome Pavilion at Amsterdam Biennale 2009 Rome pavilion. Roman artists Joe Francheschi and Stefano Monfeli  present  the  specially commissioned sculpture "Robot Romanus". A monstrous thought provoking  work that combines 50's robot style with classically Roman iconography. A cultural and historical  clash as much as  Rome is itself. Rome pavilion. Roman artists Joe Francheschi and Stefano Monfeli  present  the  specially commissioned sculpture "Robot Romanus". A… Raphael Rehbach

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Posters Lima paviljoen - The Lima Pavilion, curator: Eliana Otta. Nov 7 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Lima pavilion. Peruvian curator Eliana Otto shows the work of  Juan Javier Salazar, Rodrigo Quijano and Japanese artist Ann Kaneko in her Lima pavilion. Set up as a newspaper kiosk, the  colorful drawings, newspaper prints and portraits of presidents hang outside. Inside a selection of Andean hand made finger puppets lay on the ground in stark contrast to the movie about the 15 years under… Raphael Rehbach

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Having fun in Kabul - The Kabul Pavilion, curator: Robert Kluijver. Oct 17 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Kabul pavilion. Middle Eastern expert Robert Kluijver's pavilion  is a personalised experience of his time living and working in Afghanistan.  The Kabul pavilion explores  the areas in the center of Kabul that have progressively been cordoned off from normal access by Afghans to form a kind of Green Zone, where foreign nationals and high-level Afghan returnees can feel secure. The… Raphael Rehbach

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Beirut peephole - The Beirut Pavilion, curator: Rani al Rajji. Oct 17 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Beirut pavilion. The Beirut Pavilion by Rani al Rajji is an inpenetrable cube with peepholes on all sides. Look in and you will see glimpses of every day life in Beirut. The pavilion plays with Western expectations of Lebanon and demonstrates that you won't get to know the real Beirut until you look inside. Beirut pavilion. The Beirut Pavilion by Rani al Rajji is an inpenetrable… Raphael Rehbach

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Temporary Services Newspaper - The Brooklyn Pavilion 2, curator: Caroline Woolard. Nov 14 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Brooklyn pavilion. Curator Caroline Woolard has organized a one-off newspaper, focusing on art labor and economics in the United States for  the Brooklyn Pavilion.  A collection of these  newspapers  lay on the ground for  you to take home, to share or just to read here. Brooklyn pavilion. Curator Caroline Woolard has organized a one-off newspaper, focusing on art labor and… Raphael Rehbach

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Betelnut Beauty detail - Taken at Amsterdam Biennale 2009 Taipei pavilion. Kai Ting Ling, Tsai Cheng and XAN  have recreated  the unique Taiwanese experience of the "betelnut bar" phenomenon for the Amsterdam Biennale. Taipei pavilion. Kai Ting Ling, Tsai Cheng and XAN  have recreated  the unique Taiwanese experience of the "betelnut bar" phenomenon for the Amsterdam Biennale. Raphael Rehbach

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Tallinn's printed works - The Tallinn Pavilion, curator: Margit Sade. Oct 17 2009 - Jan 3 2010, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Tallinn. The Tallinn pavilion  curated by Magrit Sade is a wooden stand with 20 different packs of A4 sheets attached to it with office ring binders. Visitors can open the binders, make a magazine from the sheets they like, bind it and take it home. Each pack contains a unique work by one of 20  young Estonian artists and designers. Tallinn. The Tallinn pavilion  curated by Magrit Sade… Raphael Rehbach

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The Sis publication Dina Danish - Photo taken at the Opening of Cairo Pavilion at the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic Bank (06/11/09) Cairo pavilion. The Cairo pavilion by Nat Muller shows the work of Dina Danish's  'Manuals for Failure'. "Manuals for Failure" offers four instances which engage humorously and repetitively with the refusal of definition and fixity. These performative actions, recorded in video, speech or print, frame the artist in self-designed settings governed by impossible rules, or… Raphael Rehbach

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Munich traditions - The Munich Pavilion, curator: Sascha Glasl. Oct 17 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Munich pavilion. The Munich pavilion is a project initiated  by German artist Sascha Glasl. Personalised souvenirs chosen for  their evocation of memories of Germany  are being collected.  These  are exhibited in separate transparent cubes. As the collection grows so do the unique stories  and memories that they tell. Munchen paviljoen. Het Munchen paviljoen is georganiseerd door de… Raphael Rehbach

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Toronto interior - The Toronto Pavilion, curator: Kyle Tryhorn. Dec 5 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Toronto pavilion. Candian artist Kyle Tryhorn has commissioned a series of "Take Home" posters from a selection of young and emerging artists from the Toronto art scene displayed in a campfire setting.. Toronto paviljoen. De Canadese kunstenaar Kyle Tryhorn heeft een aantal jonge opkomende kunstenaars uit de kunstscene van Toronto opdracht gegeven om de serie "Take… Raphael Rehbach

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Sabine Delafon Corporation - The Milan Pavilion, curator: Sabine Delafon. Nov 21 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Milan pavilion. Milan based artist Sabine Delafon showcases her SDC project; gold medals, data cards, T-shirts, ribbons, fanzines, stamps. Everything you need to become part of the Sabine Delafon Corporation. Milan paviljoen. In het paviljoen van Sabine Delafon wordt haar SDC project getoond; met gouden medaillons, kaarten, t-shirts, linten, fanbzines, postzegels. Alles wat je nodig… Raphael Rehbach

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Towards Casablanca - The Casablanca pavilion, curated by Aicha el Beloui, Nov 14 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Casablanca pavilion. The Casablanca pavilion is curated by Aicha el Beloui and shows a conflicting, chaotic, yet image-rich photographic collage of daily life in the city. Casablanca paviljoen. Het paviljoen van Casablanca, door curator Aicha el Beloui, brengt chaotische, met elkaar botsende, beelden samen in een rijke fotocollage van het dagelijks leven in de stad. 14 november:… Raphael Rehbach

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Proposal by Claudia Zanatta - The Porto Alegre Pavilion, curator: Daniele Marx. Nov 14 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Porto Alegre pavilion. In the pavilion of Daniele Marx and Marcos Sari 'Through a Hidden City', utopian ideas about the Brazilian city become deconstructed. With a series of postcards, 'prototypes' that are supposed to start a dialogue, and the prospect of placing the pavilion under the Azenha bridge after the Biennale is over, so the homeless people in Porto Alegre… Raphael Rehbach

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Dangling street culture - The Seoul Pavilion, curators: Jihyun Ryou, David Artuffo, Seoungeun Jung. Dec 5 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Seoul pavilion. The Seoul pavilion created by Jihyun Ryou, David Artuffo, and Seoungeun Jung is an installation about the street food culture of Seoul. Characteristic signs, posters, electrical wires, food, and culinary equipment all hung out on street level. Seoul paviljoen. Het paviljoen van Jihyun Ryou, David Artuffo, en Seoungeun Jung is een… Raphael Rehbach

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Aynouk Tan's Amsterdam Pavilion - Taken inside Amsterdam Pavilion at Amsterdam Biennale 2009 Amsterdam pavilion Fashion. Amsterdam fashion icon and fashion editor Aynouk Tan presents her personalised signature perfume range. Aynouk Tan's "Nº 1", "Nº2" and "Nº3" are exclusively available at the Amsterdam Biennale. Amsterdam paviljoen Fashion. Mode icoon en -editor Aynouk Tan presenteert haar persoonlijke parfumlijn in haar eigen paviljoen. Aynouk Tan's "Nº 1", "Nº2" en… Raphael Rehbach

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Portland Publications - Portland Pavilion, curator: Matthew Stadler. Oct 24 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Portland pavilion. Forty artists and writers created a book that was published by the Publication Studio run by Matthew Stadler. The books are all on view in the Portland pavilion and can be printed on demand. Portland paviljoen. Veertig kunstenaars en schrijvers maakten een boek dat door de Publication Studio van Matthew Stadler werd uitgegeven. De boeken zijn opgesteld in het Portland… Raphael Rehbach

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Reconnecting Naples - Archis publication - The Naples Pavilion, curator: Diana Marrone. Oct 17 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Naples pavilion. Neapolitan curator and journalist Diana Marrone, selected a series of works by artists Danilo Capasso, Alessandro Cimmino, Roberto Paci Dalo, Marco Zezza and N.E.S.T. The pavilion focuses on what Naples is now and on its most interesting underground voices. Artists who love to investigate the limits of the Neapolitan life, in search of those little quantities of peace… Raphael Rehbach

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"Give Up" by Nickie Wynnychuck - Melbourne pavilion, curated by Helen Grogan. From Oct 16 till Jan 3 2009/10, Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic Melbourne pavilion. Young Australian curator and  art researcher  Helen Grogan presents the work of  Sean Bailey, Courtney Lucas and Nicki Wynnychuck. All three of the upcoming artists are currently working  in Melbourne's Northside. Melbourne paviljoen. De jonge curator en onderzoeker Helen Grogan presenteert het werk van Sean Bailey, Courtney Lucas en Nicki Wynnchuck. Alle drie… Raphael Rehbach

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Boston Pavilion - Taken inside Boston Pavilion (friendSlicer) at Amsterdam Biennale 2009 Boston pavilion. The Boston based new media artists, Eric Gunther, Andras Sly Szalai and Jeff Lieberman showcase their latest work, "FriendSlicer', developed during Hacker Camp 2009. "FriendSlicer" lets you become a central part of a music video that stars you and your friends, simply by making some noises. Your sounds are recorded, and your network of friends is searched to find others who have also… Raphael Rehbach

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Map of Peru - The Lima Pavilion, curator: Eliana Otta. Nov 7 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Lima pavilion. Peruvian curator Eliana Otto shows the work of Juan Javier Salazar, Rodrigo Quijano and Japanese artist Ann Kaneko in her Lima pavilion. Set up as a newspaper kiosk, the colorful drawings, newspaper prints and portraits of presidents hang outside. Inside a selection of Andean hand made finger puppets lay on the ground in stark contrast to the movie about the 15 years under… Raphael Rehbach

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City Map of CPH TLK - Taken at Copenhagen Pavilion at Amsterdam Biennale 2009 Copenhagen pavilion. Erik Pold, performer and director from Copenhagen has put together a unique Talkshow for the Amsterdam Biennale, exploring the highlights and lowlifes of this great Danish Capital. Copenhagen pavilion. Erik Pold, performer and director from Copenhagen has put together a unique Talkshow for the Amsterdam Biennale, exploring the highlights and lowlifes of this great Danish Capital. Raphael Rehbach

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Drinken van het Amsterdamse architectuur paviljoen - The Amsterdam Architecture Pavilion, curators: DUS Architects. Oct 17 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Amsterdam architecture pavilion. Amsterdam's DUS architecture bureau have created a  pavilion only from red wine tetra packs. Come and enjoy a drink in our  contemporary Dutch bacchanalian temple. Amsterdam architecture pavilion. Amsterdam's DUS architecture bureau have created a  pavilion only from red wine tetra packs. Come and enjoy a drink in our … Raphael Rehbach

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KING KONG KOBRA rocks out at Equinox Pavilion - Opening 'No 2 Skin' by Aynouk Tan on Saturday November 28 2009 Amsterdam Biennale 2009 at Mediamatic Equinox pavilion. Femke Dekker curated the music pavilion of Amsterdam Biennale. Every week different bands or dj's performed in a broad range from the rocking King Kong Kobra to electronic odes of Stellar OM. Equinox pavilion. Femke Dekker curated the music pavilion of Amsterdam Biennale. Every week different bands or dj's performed in a broad range from the rocking King Kong… Raphael Rehbach

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Een postkaart zenden naar een kunstenaar in Belgrado - The Belgrade pavilion, curated by Isidora Krstic, Oct 16 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Belgrade pavilion. Especially for the Amsterdam Biennale,  Isidora Krstic has created an interactive art  post office. She  invited  12 Belgrade artists to create  a unique postcard for the exhibition offering their view on the city. You can come along and take a postcard but in return you have to send  one back to them.   Belgrade pavilion. Especially for the Amsterdam Biennale, … Raphael Rehbach

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A look into the Kobe pavilion - Taken at Amsterdam Biennale 2009 Kobe pavilion. Curator Paul Lefevre-Venet made a snow white pavilion with a video inside which shows interviews and studio visits, expressing the "city stories" from Kobe. Kobe pavilion. Curator Paul Lefevre-Venet made a snow white pavilion with a video inside which shows interviews and studio visits, expressing the "city stories" from Kobe. Raphael Rehbach

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Foto's van Istanbul - Taken at Istanbul Pavilion at Amsterdam Biennale 2009 Istanbul pavilion. Turkish artist Suat Ogul, trained as a sculptor, didn't want the cube-form for his pavilion. Instead he made a construction with which he is able to show 3 video's, a sound system and a set of pictures of the city. Istanbul pavilion. Turkish artist Suat Ogul, trained as a sculptor, didn't want the cube-form for his pavilion. Instead he made a construction with which he is able to show 3 video's, a sound… Raphael Rehbach

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Artwork in the Damascus pavilion - Artwork by Muhammad Ali taken at Damascus Pavilion at Amsterdam Biennale 2009 Damascus pavilion. The Damascus pavilion is a conceptual installation about the stereotypes that people from the West have of Arabs. The sisters Abir and Nisrine Boukhari put Syrian newspapers on the ground with shouting headlines about acts of terrorism and hang fashion items on the wall which play with the stereotypes, such as a pink sparkling belt that refers to the terrorist belt with bombs. Damascus pavilion. The… Raphael Rehbach

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In the St. Petersburg pavilion - The St. Petersburg Pavilion, curators: Olga Jitlina & Katja Sokolova. Dec 5 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. St. Petersburg pavilion. Inspired by Russian's rich cultural tradition and the appearance of new generations of female artists, Olga Jitlina and Katja Sokalova from St. Petersburg created a temple for the male muse. With a sculpture and a video. St. Petersburg pavilion. Inspired by Russian's rich cultural tradition and the appearance of new… Raphael Rehbach

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Pink interior of the Rio de Janeiro pavilion - The Rio de Janeiro Pavilion, curator: Pedro Meyer. Dec 12 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Rio de Janeiro. Curator Pedro Meyer made a painting-installation in Mediamatic's toilet with a naked transvestite on the door and pink illustrations on the walls inside. Come to the toilet and have a look! Rio de Janeiro. Curator Pedro Meyer made a painting-installation in Mediamatic's toilet with a naked transvestite on the door and pink illustrations on the walls… Raphael Rehbach

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Some components of the Bamako pavilion - The Bamako Pavilion, curators: Hama Goro & Harald Schole. Dec 5 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Bamako pavilion. The curator of the Bamako pavilion, Hama Goro, created a vertical construction of several boxes with which he shows videos from compatriots, pictures and authentic Malinese objects such as music instruments. Bamako pavilion. The curator of the Bamako pavilion, Hama Goro, created a vertical construction of several boxes with which he shows videos from… Raphael Rehbach

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Tokyo Pavilion inside and out - The Tokyo Pavilion, curator: Reona Ueda. Dec 12 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Tokyo pavilion. In the Tokyo pavilion artist/curator Reona Ueda, and photographers Ikunori Yamamoto and Yusuke Murata have worked together. Inside a video shows portraits of locals and their everyday life in 'delirious Tokyo'. Outside a long list of comments about the city, collected online, are displayed Together they expose the air of Tokyo. Tokyo pavilion. In the Tokyo pavilion… Raphael Rehbach

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Pingpong in het Leeds paviljoen - The Leeds Pavilion, curators: East Street Arts. Dec 12 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Taken at Standing Room Only Party at Amsterdam Biennale 2009 Leeds pavilion. In the Leeds pavilion interaction is the key word. Do you want to play table tennis, drink the 'bloody mary' cocktail or see the film by German artists Gundun Kattke&Silvia Leibig? Then go to the Leeds pavilion and get an impression of what the East Street Arts does. Leeds pavilion. In the Leeds… Raphael Rehbach

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Artwork on the Skin of Tehran Pavilion - The Nicosia Pavilion, curator: Sina Khani. Dec 12 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Tehran pavilion. 'I Know What You Did Last Biennale' by Sina Khani critiques the boring Iranian art that circulates at biennials around the world. Khani wants everyone to know that there is fresh and groundbreaking art coming out of Iran. His pavilion is the one and only inflatable pavilion in the Amsterdam Biennale. Tehran pavilion. 'I Know What You Did Last Biennale' by… Raphael Rehbach

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Sound Tapping Machine by Antonis Antoniou - The Nicosia Pavilion, curator: Alana Kakoyiannis. Dec 12 - Jan 3 2009/10, in the Amsterdam Biennale at Mediamatic. Nicosia pavilion. Curators of the Nicosia pavilion are Alana Kakoyiannis, Achilleas Kentonis, Maria Papacharalambous and Antonis Antoniou. The effects of climate change are of central concern to them. An interactive sound installation by Antonis Antoniou makes it possible to create your own composition from audio samples. Nicosia pavilion. Curators of the Nicosia pavilion are Alana… Raphael Rehbach