SWARM
Why SWARM?
The profusion of swarm, as well as its peril, traverse the divides of performance, art, sound, architecture, design, ecology, biology, and information.

The 2020 Cornell Biennial will feature artistic environments that provoke University-wide conversation about multitude, motion, sound, migration, and threat, while reflecting on precarity in an age of technological abundance.

Meet the Artists

In image, movement, and assemblage, Swarm lies at the core of the artistic and design process, whether through the assemblage and casting of materials, the combinatory of data, the imaging of ecology, the profusion of sound, the flight of drones or the performance of multitude. The profusion of swarm, as well as its peril, traverse the divides of performance, art, sound, architecture, design, ecology, biology, and information.

While swarming invokes the movement of bees, birds, and drones, swarms migrate in insecurity, abound in protest, infest in virus, and multiply in celebration. Biennial projects might ponder physical force and magnificence, ecological hazard, robotic motion, bursts of data, abundance of sound, density of artistic form, promise of the crowd or threat of the multitude. Artistic approaches to networks, swarms, and multitudes will summon the natural and social, touch the technological and the political, while conjuring traumatic pasts and utopic futures.

Swarm: precarity as potentiality.

Unfortunately, the precarity of COVID-19 got the best of the 2020 Cornell Biennial, mostly cancelled just prior to installation.  We here “embalm” the 2020 Biennial as an energetic web swarm awaiting its potential as physical realization.

Invited Artists
Precarious Natural Swarms
Precarious Natural Swarms
The Animal, Vegetable, Mineralness of Everything
The Animal, Vegetable, Mineralness of Everything
One Person Exhibition
One Person Exhibition
At What Point Does the World Unfold?
At what point does the world unfold?
The Ways of Folding Space and Flying
The Ways of Folding Space and Flying
Tree of 40 Fruit
The Tree of 40 Fruit
Wendy S. Walters
Good People of Fresh Creek Basin: Notes on Climate Change
Cornell Artists
Fashion in Transit
Fashion in Transit
Stigmergium
Stigmergium
Sonic Stigmergy and Swarm Granulation
Sonic Stigmergy and Swarm Granulation
A Gregarious Species
A Gregarious Species
Microbiome Rift
Microbiome Rift
Mud Painting: Bacterial Microperformativity
Mud Painting: Bacterial Microperformativity
Tactile Encoder
Tactile Encoder
Every other year, we celebrate challenging works of contemporary art.


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Duration: Passage, Persistence, Survival



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Abject/Object Empathies



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Intimate Cosmologies: The Aesthetics of Scale in an Age of Nanotechnology

Narratives of Memory
Capitoline Wolves
A Needle Woman

2020 Cornell Biennial

Curator/CCA Director Timothy Murray | Program Coordinator Erin Emerson

Curatorial Committee Sasa Zivkovic (Architecture) | Renate Ferro (Art) | Denise Green (Fiber Science & Apparel Design) |
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
 (English) | Karen Pinkus (Romance Studies/Comparative Literature) |
Annie Lewandowski
 (Music) | Ellen Avril (Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art) |
Amy Villarejo (Performing and Media Arts) | Lauren van Haaften-Schick (Graduate Student Respresentative) |
Jolene Rickard
 (American Indian and Indigenous Studies/Art/History of Art)

Alumni Ambassadors Wendy Rosenthal Gellman, Chair (New York City) |
Dan Desmond (New York City) | William Lim (Hong Kong) | Shin-yi Yang (Beijing)

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