The Web Biennial aims at serving as a portal for experimental and non-representational electronic art. It focuses on network-based alternative art practices. It was founded by artist and theoretician Genco Gulan in 2003. The project is organised by the online Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum.
Since the exhibition Reload as its unofficial kick-off in 2002, the Web Biennial has continued to contribute visibility to pioneering media arts as a promising model for participatory creative content.
It was established earlier than many other popular applications based on user content, such as Facebook (2004), YouTube (2005) and Instagram (2010), for which it also constituted a model. So far, the Web Biennial has organized six online editions, namely in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2014. Each edition featured the works of hundreds of artists from all over the world.
Having emerged as a festival without a sponsor, curator, main theme or even a city, the event with its ‘open exhibition’ format has constituted an alternative model for other large-scale exhibitions and biennials. The Web Biennial also made collaborations with curators and art managers such as Marcus Graf, Bengu Gun, Andrej Tisma, and Dimitris Fotiou who exhibited a selection from the biennial in Athens.
This year our curator is Ipek Yeginsu from Istanbul. We have four online galleries, namely: Experience, Experiment, Survey and Action.
Artists of the Web Biennial 2020: Kim Albrecht, Luciano Rodriguez Arredondo, Selçuk Artut, Pierre Ajavon, Lal Avgen, Matthew Biederman, Can Büyükberber, Eelco Brand, Lénie Blue, Diego Bonilla - Rodolfo Mata, Stephen Cartwright, Uğur Engin Deniz, Chris Doyle, Ahmet Rüstem Ekici, Hakan Gündüz, Şinasi Güneş, BjørnErik Haugen, Claudia Hart, Kurt Hentschlager, Erdal İnci, Timo Kahlen, Kenji Kojima, Andrea Leoni, Marcantonio Lunardi, Soliman Lopez, Garrett Lynch, Lev Manovich, Tolmie MacRae, Gerhard Mantz, Leonel Moura, Viniyata Pany & Marina Zurkow, Alva Noto,Evrim Kavcar & Elif Öner, Lorenzo Papanti, Jean-Michel Rolland, Teri Rueb, Özcan Saraç, Vera Sebert, Elena Stelzer, Leonardo Selvaggio, Ayşe Gül Süter, Hakan Sorar, Sputniko, Stanza, Meltem Şahin, Candaş Şişman, Ozan Türkkan, Silvia Nonnenmacher and Juergen Trautwein, Yusuf Ulufer, Thomas Vallianatos, Małgorzata Żurada, Quayola.
Till the end of the year we are planning to add new names to our list.