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January 25, 2022

Cornell Biennial 2022
Futurities, Uncertain

Cornell Council for the Arts

Mendi and Keith Obadike, Book of Light (still). Photo: Sean Carroll.

Sponsored by the Cornell Council for the Arts and curated by Timothy Murray, the 2022 Cornell Biennial, Futurities, Uncertain, will take place April through November 2022, in Ithaca, New York.

The 2022 Cornell Biennial will showcase artworks, performances, and design interfaces featuring artistic expressions and provocations of justice in society and community, ecology, and the biosphere, as well as technology and digitality across the imaginary, the natural, the built, the cultural, and the political.

Through celebratory imaginations and enactments of Futurities, Uncertain, the 2022 Cornell Biennial stages an artistic call and response to counter singular utopic models, colonial visions, and socio-cultural sameness. Inspired by global artistic responses to technological and biopolitical hegemony, artistic futurities imagine cultural transformation in its plenitude. How might artistic imaginaries stage the potential of multiple futurities, thus rendering uncertain the confidence of the colonial past and the multinational present? An exchange of artistic projects across the disciplines will animate the future differently: future cinema, future cities, Afrofuturism, ecological activism, artistic animisms, biological (r)evolution, poetic realism, abstract expression, sound fields, surviving species, feminist utopias, intermedialities, imagined gardens, and sacred spaces.

Projects will ponder future blends of human, animal, and material just as they will reflect on fluid temporal movements between past, present, and future. How, today, might artists respond to the future demands of death, erosion, war, memory, migration, extinction, social oppression, digital obsolescence, and cultural terrorism? How might multiple artistic practices embrace the uncertainty of futurities to activate creativity, thought, and social justice anew?

Invitational artists
Camel Collective (United States/Mexico), Patricia Domínguez (Bolivia), Ken Feingold (United States), Sara Jimenez (Canada/United States), Karrabing Film Collective (Australia), Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho (Korea), Mendi & Keith Obadike (United States), Sui Jianguo (China), Larissa Sansour & Søren Lind (Palestine/Denmark), Wendy S. Walters (United States), Jenifer Wightman (United States), Xu Bing (China), Zhang Huang (China), Paul Vanouse (United States).

2022 Biennial Curatorial Committee
Timothy Murray
, Curator and CCA Director; Ellen Avril, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art; Chris Csíkszentmihályi, Information Science; Renate Ferro, Art; Denise Green, Human Centered Design; Leslie Lok, Architecture; Jeff Palmer, Performing and Media Arts / American Indian and Indigenous Studies; Constanza Salazar, History of Art and Visual Studies; Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Literatures in English.

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