Participating in this year’s Bienal de Arte de Sao Paulo are Transart Collective and current MFA students Beau B. Baco, Philippines, Abdullah Khan, Pakistan, Fatimah White, New York, Honi Ryan, Australia, and Mariana Rocha, Brazil. In the 31st Bienal de São Paulo entitled “How to talk about things that don’t exist.” established by the curatorial team – Charles Esche, Galit Eilat, Nuria Enguita Mayo, Pablo Lafuente and Oren Sagiv as well by the associate curators Benjamin Seroussi and Luiza Proença – the title is a poetic call to put the capability of art at the centre of the event. The verb in the title will constantly change, anticipating various actions that these things that don’t exist might require in order to be made present.
Honi Ryan and Abi Tariq
Notes on not-knowing.
participative performance – a telepathic encounter
Perpendicular Bienal performance #3
Two artists sit opposite each other, lock in eye contact and form an unspoken connection. Periodically, when a thought solidifies in their minds, they write it down and turn it upside down, stacking the notes to create an unknown sequence of thoughts. Every 15 minutes they lay the note cards out to reveal the sequence, a sometimes fragmented and often uncannily synchronised conversation.
Pens and small note cards are placed in the space offering others to engage in the same kind of encounter. Many pairs partook in the action, and revealed the connection we can have with strangers when we consciously choose to engage, even in silence. One participant noted that we look beyond the eyes to see the person, and in that we see ourselves.