GIBCA 2011

Pandemonium: Art in a Time of Creativity Fever


The theme of this year’s biennial is Pandemonium – Art in a Time of Creativity Fever. In John Milton’s epic Paradise Lost (1671), Pandemonium is the castle built by Lucifer and his band after they had been booted out of heaven. It is the base camp from which they plot against the »old order«. But it is also a platform from which they seek to launch the project of another creation, a new kind of world albeit a »devilish« one. Wary of »paradises lost«, of utopias that have turned sour or gone of the rails, the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art sounds today’s turbulent world for new possibilities and perspectives, alternative forms of life and living that are brewing up. What form of creativity, art and thoughts are emerging in the aftermath of the radical social changes taking place today?

For the biennial, Pandemonium is a Lab, an experiment zone, bubbling with ideas. The curator for the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Professor Sarat Maharaj, is working together with a team of co-curators: artist Dorothee Albrecht, curator Stina Edblom and Professor Gertrud Sandqvist. Together, they have turned this year’s biennial into a process, with space for in-depth reflection and knowledge production.

The performance program City Excavations initiated the biennial process in June and served as a platform for artistic explorations of the city of Göteborg and its history. A number of Summer Academies on the Biennial theme have been established in collaboration with the School of Photography and the School of Design and Crafts, to further engage in the ideas and research connected to the biennial theme.

This is the sixth biennial since the start in 2001, and it will be held between 10 September and 13 November, 2011. Around 40 artists from all over the world are participating.To experience the art, the tours and the events, we welcome you to the biennial venues: Röda Sten Art Center, Göteborgs Konsthall, The Gothenburg Museum of Art and Konsthallen – Bohusläns museum.



Sarat Maharaj (Curator), Dorothee Albrecht (co. Curator), Stina Edblom (co. Curator), Gertrud Sandqvist (co. Curator)  



Francis Alys, Örn Alexander Ámundasson, Zarina Bhimji, Wim Botha, Matthew Bukingham, Chen Chieh-Jen, Chimurenga, Jimmie Durham, Klas Eriksson, Karolina Erlingsson, Liam Gillick, Goldin+Senneby, Mahlet Ogbe Habte, Zille Homma Hamid, Lisa Jeannin & Rolf Schuurman, Isaac Julien, Reena Saini Kallat, John Kelly, Matts Leiderstam, Antonio Vega Macotela, Ernesto Neto, William Pope.L, Viktor Rosdahl, Hans Hamid Rasmussen, Tino Sehgal, Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir & Mark Wilson, Åsa Sonjasdotter,The New Beauty Council, Inga Svala Thórsdóttir, Yoel Díaz Vázquez, Jana Winderen, Henrik Frisk & Stefan Östersjö


Exhibition venues

gibca_2011RSK_233x330pxRöda Sten Konsthall 

Francis Alÿs, Alexander Ámundasson, Chimurenga, Jimmie Durham, Klas Eriksson, Karolina Erlingsson, Lisa Jeannin & Rolf Schuurmans, Mahlet Ogbe Habte, John Kelly, Matts Leiderstams, Ernesto Neto, The New Beauty Council, William Pope.L, Viktor Rosdahl, Bryndís Snæbjornsdóttir & Mark Wilson, Åsa Sonjasdotter, Yoel Díaz Vázquez, Jana Winderens.

Photo: Ernesto Neto - The Weight, the Time, the Body, the Moon and! (2011) Foto: Attila Urban

gibca_2011GK_233x330px.jpgGöteborgs Konsthall

Zarina Bhimji, Wim Botha, Florian Hecker, Isaac Julien, Reena Saini Kallat, Antonio Vega Macotela, Tino Sehgal, Henrik Frisk & Stefan Östersjö

Photo: Maiden of Silence( Ten Thousand Waves) (2010) ©Isaac Julien & Victoria Miro Gallery, London


gibca_2011KM_233x330px.jpgGöteborgs Konstmuseum

Chen Chieh-jen

Picture: Chen Chieh-jen - Empire’s Borders II – Western Enterprises, Inc (2010 )



gibca_2011BK233x330pxKonsthallen – Bohusläns museum

Matthew Buckingham, Liam Gllick, Goldin+Senneby, Zille Homma Hamid, Reena S Kallat, Hans Hamid Rasmussen, Inga Svala Thórsdóttir

Picture: Matthew Buckingham - The Spirit and The Letter (2007)




Röda Sten Konsthall,  the main organizer of GIBCA 2011 would like to thank:

Main funders

Göteborgs Stad Kultur, Västra Götalndsregionen Kulturnämnden and Kulturrådet

Biennal venues

Göteborgs Konsthall, Göteborgs Konstmusem och Konsthallen - Bohusläns museum


Göteborg&Co, Torsten Söderbergs stiftelse, Scandic, Iaspis, Macforum, Göteborgs internationella filmfestival, Office for Contemporary Art Noray, Culture Ireland, Alain Waris & Fils, MTAB, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V., Da Matteo, SRE, Vin Contoret, Vitamin Well, Renova, Interbus, Granquvist Vinagentur, Paddan Sightseeing, Embassy of Sweden London, Wilhelm och Martina Lundgrens Understödsfond, Stiftelsen Längmanska Kulturfonden, Willinska Stiftelsen, Sammels Gårdscafé & Butik, Galerie Neu (Berlin), David Zwirner Inc (NYC), Fundación Helga de Alvear (Madrid – Cáceres, Spain), Primo Marella Gallery (Milano), Konrad Fischer Galerie (Berlin)

and the biennial hotel Scandic!