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Friday, October 23, 2009

Biennial Manifesto

A twenty-first-century biennial will utilize calculated uncertainty and conscious incompleteness to produce a catalyst for invigorating change whilst always producing the harvest of the quiet eye.” –Cedric Price

„New biennials should invent new exhibition formats. The current multiplication of biennials means that rather than copying the formats of other biennials, the challenge is to provide new spaces and new temporalities. It is urgent to generate a situation that is receptive to interesting, more complex spaces combining the large and the small, the old and the new, accelerating and deceleration, noise and silence.” –Hans Ulrich Obrist


„..a new start is likely to take place beyond the European continent.“ –Daniel Birnbaum


(All from Flash Art October 2009)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Call for proposals

MONGOLIA 360° 1st Land Art Biennial       Open Call 2010

Questions like sustainability, the perspective of ecology in the 21st century and a new vision of diversity require a creative understanding. In order to develop a new chapter in Land Art and following the nomadic idea of the Walking Museum the Land Art Biennial in Mongolia was founded to be located in variously areas of Mongolia. In August 2010 with MONGOLIA 360° the 1st international Mongolian Land Art Biennial will be take place in the very special location of BAGA GAZRIIN CHULUU Gobi.

The Biennial will discuss a contemporary definition of what Land Art can reveal about the “today’s questions”.

Twenty international artists together with Mongolian artists will be invited for a work residency. During the residency artists have the opportunity to realize site specific works. Artists are suggested to use natural materials of the area but as well any materials and artistic expressions are welcome (installation/performance/earth art/organic art/sculpture etc.) 

A final exhibition including a catalogue and a Symposium will present a documentation of the realized works in the National Mongolian Modern Art Gallery in Ulaanbaatar.

Interested artists are asked to submit applications by the following way:


-            Personal information, contact address, email

-            Current CV

-            Documentation of work, up to 10 jpgs  (not more than 1mb each)

-            General statement by the artist on their work practice.

-            Typed 1 page proposal on approach to residency


Artists who  apply should send a clear proposal including their work plan. Incompletely applications will not be considered.


 Invited artists will be hosted in Ger Camps. They will be supported with full accommodation during their stay in the Gobi desert. However, artists will be responsible for their own return transportation costs to Mongolia. If necessary, artists must apply for travel grants through their national art councils.

 The open call is published on the 1st October. Deadline for submissions is the 15th November 2009. Final selections will be published during December 2009.  


Send email submissions to:        proposal(at)


The Land Art Biennial Organizing Committee, C.A.S. and DUBTSUN Mongolia.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Open call for artistic proposals

Open call for artistic proposals will be published October 05th 2009. Deadline for submissions is the 15th of November 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Perspectives in Land Art. The new challenges we face mean we're going to have to rethink our connections to the planet and to each other. When it comes to creating a new space for building new relationships, the arts are uniquely powerful. Land Art is arising as a new kind of art space: a virtual, discontinuous, shape-shifting terrain, more conceptual than architectural, with a reach that has already become global in scope.
Questions like Sustainability, the perspective of ecology and a new vision of diversity require a creative understanding beside the common white cube art spaces where the arts become more and more condensed by economical force. In order to develop a new chapter in the Land Art tradition since the beginning in the American West in the late 60th and following the nomadic idea of the Walking Museum - the Land Art Biennial in Mongolia was founded to be located in various locations of Mongolia. The Biennial is a forum in search of contemporary definitions of what Land Art can reveal about   “today’s questions”. In order to open a free space of artistic interaction they decided not to restrict the definition of land art by any presets.

 With LAM 360°  the concept for the 1st international Land Art Biennial  was hosted in the Gobi desert in August 2010 .
 As is common for organic processes, the Land Art Mongolia project took years to coalesce. Inspired by a Land Art Symposium in the Gobi Village Bor Undur in 2006 the concept of a collaborative land-art exhibition series was first envisioned by the Mongolian Artists Dagvadorj Sereeterj and the Berlin based Artist Marc Schmitz. In early meetings, members of the Society discussed a  simpler effort to facilitate a partnership between the team in Berlin (KUNSTFORUM BERLIN) and one of Ulaanbaatar  major art institutions: the UMA (Union of Mongolian Artists).
 In June 2009, when Puntsag Tsegmid , executive director of DUBTSUN, stepped in to take over the practical coordination in Mongolia, and an international team joined the Land Art committee with the tasks of  curating, fundraising,  marketing, and much of the program development directed by Marc Schmitz. Since 2012 the organization MNG360° is an official registered NGO in Mongolia with the aim to promote Land Art and the dialog of Art & Politics. Within the rhythm of a Biennial the festival is carried out every 2 years (2014/2016..) at different locations and held under various thematic issues. 

Sunday, September 20, 2009

R.A. Suri has been nominated as the curator for Land Art Mongolia 2010

The Shanghai based curator R.A. Suri has been nominated to curate the Land Art Biennial Mongolia 2010. Working for this project we soon came to experience and understood that it was absolutely necessary to find  Asian experienced specialists. Mr. R.A. Suri,  has kindly accepted to be one of these specialists and the main curator. 

Working together in this way  we came, of course, to appreciate his knowledge of Asian artists and his personal involvement in organizing important artistic events. As well, he brings a capacity to link this experience to a larger point of view, helping us to find the way to present the Art works without betraying their cultural context, yet in reference to Occidental modes of artistic expression, as Mr. R. Suri has developed contacts with many international artists and poets from across Europe. 

So, for us it is evident that Mr. Rajath Suri is the “right man” to be called on for all artistic projects which aim to construct this manner of international relation and intercultural exchange. 

Land Art Symposium 2009