YKON participates in 8th Mercosul Biennale, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Within the framework of the 8th Mercosul Biennale dedicated to the topic of “Geopoetics”, YKON presents two pieces, the “YKON game” and a new work “The Flag Piece” commissioned by the Biennale.

For “The Flag Piece” all the 204 Flags of UN-recognized countries where reengineered in a kind of molecular cut and paste into their single color elements and symbols (Stars, Moons, Eagles..). In collaboration with a local seamstress cooperative the elements were re-united into a giant single transnational flag (915 cm x 480 cm). The flag is accompanied by a selection of international flag laws and stories about flag desecration.

YKON game was developed 2009 – inspired by Buckminster Fuller´s World Game. YKON GAME – also nominated for the DMY Berlin Design Festival prize 2011– is a beautifully bizarre journey and collective attempt to alter the World. Instead of solving the common problems that we are facing, The YKON GAME seeks to uncover the ideas that we haven’t payed attention to yet – ideas that are sometimes wonderful and sometimes terrifying – other thoughts that could forever alter the world and the way we live in it. YKON developed for the Mercosul Biennale a new version of the YKON-game. The game will be played daily throughout the biennale in a special constructed geodesic dome.

About the Mercosul Bienal

Entitled Essays on Geopoetics, the 8th edition is concerned with territoriality and its critical redefinition from an art standpoint. It will bring together 105 artists from 31 countries that develop relevant works regarding the notions of country, nation, identity.

The exhibition has 7 parts, the main exhibition is held under the title Geopoetics, presenting works and artists that question the notion of nationality.
Another part of the biennial, entitled Travel Notebooks – features artistic expeditions to nine regions of Rio Grande do Sul between April and August.

The 8ª Mercosul Biennial will be open from September 10th to November 15th 2011.