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Hou Hanru and Ute Meta Bauer
Ute Meta Bauer is a Professor and currently Dean of the School of Fine Art at the Royal College of Art in London, UK. From 2005 until 2012 she served as director of the Visual Arts Program and as founding director of the Program in Art, Culture, and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, USA). From 1996 until 2006 she was Professor of Theory and Practice of Contemporary Art and Head of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. For more than twenty-five years, Bauer has worked as a curator of exhibitions and presentations on contemporary art, film, video, and sound, with a focus on transdisciplinary formats. She was a co-curator of Documenta 11 (2001 – 2002) on the team of Okwui Enwezor, and the artistic director of the 3rd Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2004). She served as commissioner of the Nordic Pavilion for the 50. Biennale di Venezia (2003) and for the official Norwegian contribution for the 26th São Paulo Biennial (2004). Most recently she curated The Future Archive (2012) at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) in Berlin. Bauer was also the Founding Director of the Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) and has edited numerous publications in the field of contemporary art. Along with Hou Hanru she served as co-director of co-editor of the World Biennale Forum No1 – Shifting Gravity.; Hou Hanru is a writer and curator, a consultant for several cultural institutions internationally, and a correspondent for various journals on contemporary art. He received degrees from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, and moved from China to France in 1990. He lived in Paris for sixteen years before moving to San Francisco, in 2006. He worked at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) as Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs and Chair of Exhibition and Museum Studies from 2006 to 2012. His main program at SFAI has been summarized in his new book Paradigm Shifts, Walter and McBean Galleries Exhibitions and Public Programs, San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI, 2011). Hou has curated numerous exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale (French Pavilion, 1999; Z.O.U.—Zone Of Urgency, 2003; Chinese Pavilion, 2007), Nuit Blanche (Paris, 2004), the 2nd Guangzhou Triennial (2005), the 2nd Tirana Biennial (2005), the 10th Istanbul Biennial (2007), the 10th Biennale de Lyon (2009), By Day, By Night, or some (special) things a museum can do (Rockbund Art Museum, Rockbund, Shanghai, 2010), and Power of Doubt (PhotoEspagna, Madrid, 2010; Times Museum, Guangzhou, 2011). He is currently curating the 5th Auckland Triennial, Auckland, New Zealand, 2013.
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World Biennial Forum No 1: Shifting Gravity
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Volume 12, Number 3, May/June 2013
by Hou Hanru and Ute Meta Bauer
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