The first edition of the Strasbourg Biennale proposes to explore the fascinating theme of citizenship in the digital age. The city of Strasbourg in the North East of France will serve as the backdrop for a major international contemporary art event, to be held in the venerable Hôtel des Postes and other historical venues across the city. Under the theme of Touch Me – Being a Citizen in the Digital Age, the inaugural edition of the Strasbourg Biennale brings together diverse artistic approaches on questions related to an increasingly digitalized world. Eighteen artists of nine different nationalities will present works exploring the nature of human responsibilities in a rapidly changing world as humane and humanistic values are being put to test.
The Biennale is an interesting interrogation on the theme that is -oddly enough- not very discussed by Contemporary Art. I regret the lack of Women Artists as well as the too small selection of French Artists, it would have been a good occasion to have their view. Unfortunately, I couldn’t report to you in person because of the tragic terror attack which occurred in Strasbourg at the end of December, but I would have loved to see in it person. As we spend our whole lives on the screen, is there any more legitimate question to be asked?
TO BE HUMAN
What does it mean to be human, when technological developments are becoming more and more invasive? What is the relationship between individual identity and its virtual counterpart? How can we foster freedom and citizenship in cyberspace? Today, questions surrounding our digital being are at the forefront of socio-political debates. The Strasbourg Biennale’s first edition takes the current moment to reflect upon the internet’s status as a contested sphere of knowledge and exchange. Its programmatic approach aims to facilitate a contemporary inquiry into this transformative reality, within the historical cradle of Humanism and the European capital – Strasbourg.
Aram Bartholl (DE), Vincent Broquaire (FR), Paolo Cirio (IT), Claude Closky (FR), Constant Dullaart (NL), Mark Farid (UK), Jia (CHN), Philipp Lachenmann (DE), Florian Mehnert (DE), Harding Meyer (DE), Adrien Missika (FR), Alain Della Negra (FR) & Kaori Kinoshita (JP), Trevor Paglen (USA), Evan Roth (USA), Anike Joyce Sadiq (DE), Sarah Ancelle Schönfeld (DE), Louis-Philippe Scoufaras (CAN).
The main venue of the Strasbourg Biennale is the iconic Hôtel des Postes in the heart of the city’s Neustadt. The UNESCO-protected former postal office was built in 1897 by Berlin architects Edwald von Rechenberg and Ernst Haake under Wilhelm II., accordingly to the reigning notions of avant-garde urbanism and architecture at the time. A testament to the development of telecommunications at the end of the 19th century, the Hôtel des Postes now functions as an emblematic link between historical evolution and the questions of today and tomorrow – the thematic core of the exhibition. The building will open exclusively for the occasion of the Strasbourg Biennale before the historical site undergoes a major architectural transformation.
HÔTEL DES POSTES Rue Wencker entrance 67000 Strasbourg
Opening hours: Open Wednesday to Sunday: Wednesday: 11:00 to 18:00 Thursday: 14:00 to 21:00 Friday: 12:00 to 21:00 Saturday: 11:00 to 19:00 Sunday: 11:00 to 18:00
Last entry to the exhibition is 1 hour before close.
Full price: €10
Digital natives discount: €7 People born from 01/01/1990 onwards, aged up to 28.
Over-65s discount: €7
Free: Under-13s Those receiving benefits (RSA) Persons with limited mobility and their carer
Groups of over 20 people: €5 / person
School groups: free (guided visit: €30)
Group visits (school visits and private visits): Groups visits may be organised outside of normal opening hours (except the 24th, 25th, and 31st December and 1st January) with advance booking, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The discounted and free admissions are valid with proof of eligibility.