Design of the online platform for the upcoming 13th Gwangju Biennale taking place in 2021. Minds Rising, Spirits Tuning sets out to examine the spectrum of the extended mind through artistic and theoretical means. Directed by Defne Ayas and Natasha Ginwala, the 13th Gwangju Biennale (26 February–9 May, 2021) will feature a dynamic program encompassing an exhibition, a performance program, an online publishing platform and publications, and a series of public forums bringing together artists, theoretical scientists, and systems thinkers. The Biennale argues for the primacy of plurality, positing that points of origin and influence ought to be accessed not only through the dominant technological systems and machinic vocabularies traceable to the West but also relate to heterodox ancestries.
The bilingual online journal Minds Rising is intended to serve as an ensemble of our research process, featuring interdisciplinary content and artistic ideas. Performing as the “extended mind” of the 13th edition of the Gwangju Biennale and published on a bi-monthly basis, it has a tripartite focus: artistic/literary, scholarly, and theoretical; and includes features such as long-read essays, poetry, sonic features and video space for participant contributions, as well time-based and live programming, laying the intellectual and artistic groundwork from which the Biennale unfolds.