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Reflecting a deliberate absence of internal hierarchy that allows the devising of startling sound and visual worlds, Ha Za Vu Zu sees itself as an effervescent mix of collaborations and exchanges of ideas. The collective’s output is a blend of performance, agit-prop, humour and organisation of mad evening events; and to mark the opening of the Biennale they provided a performance which, with the assistance of fifty volunteers, totally blocked Lyon’s Rue Victor Hugo. In addition, they are presenting at La Sucrière the video and various leftovers from a performance titled "What a Loop", a reconstruction of a play about the cinema they have already performed several times (including for the Biennale opening) in different places and with very different results. The work is based on references to such classic movie clichés as vampire attacks, kisses and "typical Hitchcock" shots, complete with people throwing themselves to the ground in terror at the approach of an aeroplane. Clichés pared down to the point of absurdity, then – the dominant notion in everything the Ha Za Vu Zu collective undertakes.

With the support of the Turkish Season in France (July 2009-March 2010).

HA ZA VU ZU
What a loop, 2009
Photos: Blaise Adilon
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An authorial biennale rooted in a museum project

The Lyon Biennale stemmed from a project by Lyon's Museum of Contemporary Art, directed by Thierry Raspail since its inception in 1984. From 1984-1988, the Biennale was preceded by an annual event entitled "October of the Arts", which ended with the exhibition "Colour Alone": The Experience of Monochrome". This retraced the adventure of monochrome, from the beginnings of Impressionism and the historical avant-gardes to topical work by artists ranging from Malevitch to Anish Kapoor. Staged in various venues around the city, "Colour Alone" was highly successful, making its mark and illustrating Lyon's potential for hosting an international event, following the Paris Biennale's closure in 1985. The event gave rise to the inaugural Lyon Biennale in September 1991.
The desire to create an event capable of artistic self-renewal while building a stable, long-term project that bonded with its host territory led to an organisational model specific to the Lyon Biennale: an Artistic Director builds the event's identity over time, and for each edition chooses a curator/ curators with whom he collaborates closely to devise an artistic project.
The Lyon Biennale is therefore truly an authorial biennale and, as Jean-Hubert Martin noted, "a clever way of having themes addressed through the personalities of others". Each biennale provides the opportunity to explore a specific issue. Its nine editions thus far have formed three successive trilogies: the first devoted to History, the second to Globalisation, and the third to Temporality. They have been curated by an international array of art historians, critics and professional curators including: Harald Szeemann, Jean-Hubert Martin, Le Consortium (with Robert Nickas and Anne Pontégnie), Stéphanie Moisdon and Hans Ulrich Obrist, and now, in 2009, Hou Hanru.

 


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