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[Nettime-nl] The Valencia Biennial

Some of the artists involved will use the Internet to display their work


As from now, all the information on the Valencia Biennial can be found on the Internet through its newly established website, The website includes (among other things) the program of exhibitions, the artists, letters of presentation, tourist information, news, useful addresses, and press releases.

The first Valencia Biennial will take place in Valencia (Spain) from 13th of June until 20th of October, 2001, 
as a cultural event that reflects on the new languages of contemporary art. One of those languages being 
the digital one of Internet, especial attention is directed on this new medium. Not hindered by the limitations of 
traditional media, the Net turns into the space by exception of cultural and artistical innovation.

The first edition of the Biennial will be dedicated to The Passions; the human vices and virtues will be the 
centre of the creative process of more than a hundred and fifty artists from all around the world.

The event, directed by Luigi Settembrini, will turn a number of exemplary buildings and spots in the city of 
Valencia into cultural sites: the Atarazanas, the Hangars of the Port, the Carmen Convent, the Arts and 
Sciences’ City, the Gallera, the Botanic Gardens, the Almudín and the streets and squares of nocturnal 

The curators and editors of the exhibitions are Achille Bonito Oliva, Emir Kusturica, Robert Wilson, Cristiana 
Perrella, La Fura dels Baus, Lida Castelli, David Pérez, Peter Greenaway, Scanner and Shiro Takatani 
(Dumb Type), collaborating with more than a hundred artists.

The Valencia Biennial is a project of the Generalitat Valenciana (the autonomous administration of the 
Valencian Community), organized through its General Direction of Cultural Promotion and Artistical Heritage.

During the festival the web will turn into a meeting point between artists and public. Users will be able to 
follow the events and, in some cases, interact with them, buy entrance tickets and merchandising and 
receive news. Some of the artists involved will go as far as to exclusively use the Net for displaying their 

Furthermore, the Biennial has reached an agreement with the arts’ specialized portal kwArt (, 
thus strengthening the new media and interdisciplinary character of the event.
The website can be consulted in Spanish, English and Valencian, and offers a digital press office that 
includes image material, press releases and a possibility to subscribe to a newsletter on the event, sent 
through e-mail.

When the first edition of the Valencia Biennial will have come to an end, the website will stay active. It will 
serve as an archive of the 2001 event, and, at the same time, be the publically accessible space where the 
second edition of the Biennial will be prepared, thus showing the work in progress.

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