Presented by Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM), the 12th edition of Taipei Biennial You and I Don’t Live on the Same Planet aims to question our current ongoing geopolitical tensions and worsening ecological crisis by examining our differences and influences on a planetary perspective.
The Taipei Biennial 2020 proposes a fictional “planetarium” within the museum, wherein the invited artists, activists and scientists will explore the tensions between the gravitational pull of different “planets.” Each planet embodies a divergent version of the world, not only in terms of representation, but also in terms of materiality. The planetarium includes: a planet for those who relentlessly modernize despite planetary boundaries (planet Globalization); a planet for those who feel betrayed by globalization and want to consequently build walls for seclusion (planet Security); a planet for the few privileged who want to settle on Mars to avoid the doomsday (planet Escape); a planet for those who cannot afford such a costly trip but instead seek refuge in an environment imbued with metaphysical beliefs (planet with Alternative Gravity); and finally one for those who are concerned about the climate situation and trying to reconcile the balance between maintaining prosperity while keeping within the planetary boundaries (planet Terrestrial).
On Planet Terrestrial, you'll find Arts of Coming Down to Earth presented by Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro with Margaret Shiu (Bamboo Curtain Studio (ACC 2015, 2020)) and Ming-Jiun Tsai (ACC 2015). This piece maps the ecological causality of Taipei Biennial 2020, and seek to understand the exhibition’s material existence in terms of CO2 emissions. Other ACC alumni featured include Rahic Talif (ACC 2000, 2012, 2020), DJ Hatfield (ACC 2017, 2020), and Yao Jui-Chung (ACC 1997).