Biennial Project hangin’ w/ our buds the Starns…on the roof of the Met

Well…it goes without saying that the Center of the Art World is NYC—that is New York City and specifically the glamorous rooftop of the Met—that is the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  And…it goes without saying that where the Center of the Art World lies, The Biennial Project is sure to be seen…especially if it means mingling with Fellow Art World  Gliteratti Doug and Mike Starn in and around their awesome installation Big Bambu.

Shown here slurping yummy martinis at our Very Special V.I.P. Meeting with da boyz is Biennial Project member Laura Rollins who shares the same birth year as Doug and Mike as well as fellowship as an alum of the prestigious School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  Ahhhhh the elbow rubbing we must indure…..


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Won’t You Please Come to Venice!!!

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The Biennial Project is proud to extend to you an invitation to accompany us to the 54th Venice Biennale which opens June 4th 2011. We will be renting An Entire Villa in the Centre of Venice and would love for you to stay with us. It will be a great week to see the glorious sights of Venice, experience the vast amounts of Kick-Ass International Art that will be displayed in the Biennale, and lest we forget to mention, attend Extremely Cool Biennale Parties.  As you can imagine, with such an audience on hand, it would be too much to expect for The Biennial Project to sit by quietly (we’re not too good at that in the best of circumstances), and of course we would love for you to participate in any and all of our High-Level, Post-Post-Modern Performance Art, but this is absolutely optional. Mostly we just want to share the excitement of this incredible event with you. Housing cost per person will be in the vicinity of $500. Included in the cost will be a limited edition Venice Biennale 2011 Biennial Project Tour T-Shirt. Reservations are first-come first-serve, and we will need a $200 per person deposit by January 15th.  Any questions, email Eric at or Anna at

Your source for Creative Travel Adventures,

The Biennial Project

And just to get your Biennial Juices flowing, here’s a selection of cool videos from current and past Venice Biennales (thanks to our ridiculously cool web-master P.K.Weiner for adapting this for US) – click on any box below to see more -


Global Biennialism Digest

Hi Fans! Welcome to the second installment of Global Biennialism Digest – the feature  in which we search far and wide for the most up-to-the minute info about the coolest Biennial Exhibits out there,  and provide links related to submission opportunities, exhibition dates, and interesting biennial reviews, as well as fun sites that delve into the biennialism phenomenon.

There is still time to catch The 7th Busan Biennale – taking place in Korea’s largest fishing town with theme of Living in Evolution (which needs no further explanation). We could not find any reviews of the best and worst stuff to see but Sherwine Jones, who writes, says he enjoys this event more then Christmas because there are always lots of wacky art installations and, unlike the pretentious contemporary art galleries up in Seoul, (we at The Biennial Project know this only too well), the work at The Busan Biennale is both playful and provocative. This Biennale runs until November 20th and from the looks of it I would have to agree with Shewine. The main exhibits are also conveniently located near the motels of Haeudae Beach.

For more information

Heng-gil Han & Dennis Oppenheim @ Busan Biennale



Prospect New Orleans 1.5 which, according to their website,, is the premiere biennial of international contemporary art in the set to kick off on November 6th and will run until Feb 19, 2011. Along with artists born and still working in New Orleans, approximately one-third of Prospect.1.5’s participants are native New Orleanians who have since moved away, several of whom will be exhibiting in their hometown for the first time through Prospect.1.5. In addition, the exhibition program will showcase the latest generation of young artists who have adopted New Orleans as their home, many moving to the city since Hurricane Katrina five years ago. With the world’s focus once again on the Gulf region following this summer’s devastating oil spill, Prospect.1.5 calls attention to the significance – and vibrancy – of New Orleans’ arts community.This venue seems to need some flow so you are encouraged to go and encouraged to give them your money. Some of the exhibits sound totally cool. For instance "The Angola Project" will feature works by prisoners from Angola State Penitentiary.WE are planning on going so you should as well.

Also for you clay-like people, The New Hampshire Institute of Art is pleased to announce Ceramics Biennial Exhibition 2010, a national juried exhibition for clay artists. So fire up your kilns, because this prestious international event is opening up November 8th in Mancester, NH.


Finally, what all you self promoting fans of ours really want!!! A link to a Call for Applications for The 12th Istanbul Biennial!!! For information on this go to Applications are due on December 31, 2010 - so you had better get moving on this if fame and recognition are what you desire. Who knows, maybe we can show side by side. If you make it, Kebabs are on us after the opening reception. See you there!!!

Less of Us– Chronicles of The Biennial Project’s Journey to Greater Outer Fabulousness!

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   As Biennial Project Artists, it almost goes without saying that our Inner Selves are right On Target, and do not need improvement. 

But, it must be said, our current outer selves are not entirely in alignment with our Inner Fabulousness.

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And Outer Fabulousness is obviously important in the Art World.  When projecting an image of Brooding Genius and Much-Hipper-than-Thou Coolness, the packaging really needs to support the product.


Because art is nothing if not a search   life’s Fundamental Truths, and the truth is that no one wants to look at fat ugly people. This is why, in commercials and movies about artists, the artists are always Thin And Gorgeous.


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We however, unlike many lesser artists before us, are not going to let our lack of complete physical perfection hold us back.



Instead, we have embarked upon a Bold Campaign of Self-Perfectification which we call are proud to introduce to you as Less of Us -The Biennial Project Guide to Better LivingTM.



The Less of UsTM project has recently taken on Added Urgency since we have been selected to host a group of Famous International Artists for a Fabulous Week-Long Art-and-Party-Saturated Bacchanal at the 2011 Venice Biennale.  We just MUST be perfect by then!

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We will Set Sail for Venice in a mere three months from today (gulp!) – dare we say it – we must lose 45 lbs. in 90 days!



Yes, we can, and we must say it here aloud for All the World to Hear – we must shout it from the rooftops -




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There BUTT for the grace of god - a tale of Biennial Project Daring Do

As International Art Rock Stars, Biennial Project Members live large.  We dream large, we think large, we create large, and, of course, we vacation large.  Never content to rest on our considerable laurels, Biennial Project Members are always out there living on the edge - trying new and exciting activities. seeking thrills, testing the limits of our body’s endurance - driven by an unquenchable thirst for new experience. Thus, one recent idyllic summer afternoon, when reason might have told us to remain in the hammock reading The Enquirer, we instead took up the considerable challenge of Rope Swinging.  At first all went well.  There was, after all, no need to be afraid -

The first plunge – an entrancing mix of grace and athleticism -

The second plunge – from even more fearsome heights -

Then, as it often does with those cursed with the need to ignore those voices that tell you when enough is enough, tragedy struck!



The results, documented fearlessly below, would have been enough to send any mere mortal running screaming to the refuge of the nearest ER!



But not someone born to that Band of Fratricidal Siblings known to the world as The Biennial Project! Oh We Few, We Happy Few! We know an opportunity for self promoting heroism when we see it!  As Shakespeare put it (paraphrased and shortened a little of course – we don’t have all day, and that Old English thing gets irritating) -

    If we are marked to die, we are now
    To do our country loss; and if to live,
    The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
    By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
    But if it be a sin to covet honour,
    I am the most offending soul alive.
    He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
    Will stand a tip-toe when this day is named,
    He that shall live this day, and see old age,
    Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
    Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
    Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
    But he'll remember, with advantages,
    What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
    Familiar in his mouth as household words-
   Anna, Eric, Laura-
    Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered.
    This story shall the good man teach his son;
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be remembered-
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
    Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap,

etc, etc, more stuff about problems in England or France or something, you get the idea.

The point is that we are brave, really brave, and so instead of going to the hospital,


We took pictures! Lots of pictures!  Brave, heroic pictures!  Talk about your Triumph over Adversity!


We see a lifetime movie coming out of this!

Yours in Heroism,