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Hyper Design


Today, we live in an era that design dominates in our society, life and art. Design is often related with functional practice. Under the theme of design, it aims to liberate the simple opposing relationship between art and function. Through the re-pondering of art and design, design and industry, life and production, it tries to resume the liaison between art and ordinary life practice to initiate its vitality and energy. Design, as the closest approach of creation in our ordinary daily life, leads us towards the pondering of aesthetics of life, technology and society. Design is continuously surpassing itself. "Hyper Design" is not only a result originated from this era, but also actively drives our era. It reflects a common aesthetic target in our era. The artists hope to explore that "design as materials" to create the conceptual art pieces. Here, design is not only treated as a technology mode, but also as a functional object. Most important of all, it links the intention of aesthetics that includes artistic value and social idealism. Design not only creates a product, but also points towards a series of life-styles, social idealism and history as well. Thus, design moves towards "Hyper Design."


Hyper Design is divided into three sections: design and imagination, ordinary life practice, future and history.

1. Design and Imagination: Design is usually considered to be functional and practical. But sometimes function is often considered to confine imagination. But, the imagination in design is developed through its function. The confining in imagination and conditional freedom are quite important to the reconstruction of the commonness and meanings in contemporary art.This section will display to the public how the contemporary artists use their fresh angles to reconstruct design objects for re-design.

2. Ordinary life practice: People are accustomed to separate art from ordinary life practice and treat art as something particular outside their life. But in fact, ordinary life not only provides a solid base for artistic imagination, but also the stage and battlefield for contemporary art. The design of life is artistic ordinary life practice. It echoes with the intention of design itself and inherits the origin of art. This section initiates the linking between art and ordinary life objects. It builds up an aesthetic idealism of social life through the daily practice by the artists.

3. Future and History: Future is filled with all kinds of possibilities. But the possibility of future is, in fact, the mirror of history and society. It not only reflects today's reality, but also a construction of the history of tomorrow. This section combines the experimental concepts in contemporary art with the historic Utopian imagination through the review and re-ponder of the future history in a future vision.


A theme that filled with the traits of our era, popularity and culture. It promotes the urban civilization and fixed the theme of "Hyper Design".

The most young and pioneering international curatorial team. The 6th Shanghai Biennale invites six famous curators both home and abroad to form the curatorial team, including Zhang Qing, Huang Du, Shu-Min Lin, Wonil Rhee, Gianfranco Maraniello, Jonathan Watkins, Xiao Xiaolan (assistant curator).

Further extending to the city as the exhibition mode. From 5th September to 5th, November 2006, the Biennale will be held at the Shanghai Art Museum.

During the same period, the Biennale will coordinate with other institutions to develop a series of  satellite venues.  Under the Biennale theme, a series of events in regard with the Biennale will be conducted to strengthen the Biennale's social influence. It will become a visual and creative feast in building up the city's image.

Other Promoting Activities of 06’ Shanghai Biennale

The Students` Exhibition of the Shanghai Biennale

570,Huaihai Xi Road, Shanghai

The Students` Exhibition of the Shanghai Biennale is a satellite show for the Shanghai Biennale 2006. Hyper Design is the theme for the both exhibitions. Hyper Design means anti-design or rethinking design, in which aims at the conventional design practice. Beyond reality and beyond design there must be some new possibilities, for what we believed and for what do not believed. As a part of exhibition of the Shanghai Biennale, the Students` Exhibition of the Shanghai Biennale gives young designers a platform to touch the essence of the truth of the thinking, and facing the future of design from a fresh perspective. Under a social meaning to view design creation, a hypothesis is formed by asking the following questions: What will happen if we think about different design objects as a whole? What will we achieve if we pay more attention on those things that beyond those material things? Are the fruits of design only related with beautiful, unique and endless artificial objects making? How should we conduct the relationship between artificial objects and objects, objects and human? How should we orientate cultural identity in the practice of reality? …etc. A critical thinking to our reality is always an initiation to approaching the significant creation.

Artists List

  • Alessandra Tesi (Italy)
  • Annika Larsson (Sweden)
  • Armando Andrade (Peru)
  • Atelier Van Lieshout (the Netherlands)
  • Beatriz Milhazes (Brazil)
  • Caro Niederer (Switzerland)
  • Catherine Yass (UK)
  • Ceal Floyer (UK)
  • Chan Yau Kin, Alan (Hong Kong, China)
  • Charles Sandison (UK/Finland)
  • Chen Wenbo (China)
  • Chen Wenling (China)
  • Chi-Tsung Wu (Taiwan, China)
  • Choe-U-Ram (Korea)
  • Cibic & Partners (Italy)
  • Cody Choi (Korea/USA)
  • Ding Yi (China)
  • Daniel Lee (USA)
  • Francesco Vezzoli (Italy)
  • Gao Shiqiang (China)
  • Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinge (Switzerland)
  • Gong Yan (China)
  • Guan Huaibin (China)
  • Hans Op de Beeck (Belgium)
  • Haruki Nishijima (Japan)
  • Huang Kui (China)
  • Ilkka Halso (Finland)
  • Jimmy (Taiwan, China)
  • Ji Wenyu & Zhu Weibing (China)
  • Joachim Sauter (Germany)
  • Joe Scanlan (US)
  • John Armleder (Switzerland)
  • Jorge Pardo (Cuba)
  • Julian Opie (UK)
  • Kristian Ryokan (UK)
  • Lee Gyung-Ho (Korea)
  • Lev Manovich (USA)
  • Lee Yong-Deok (Korea)
  • Li Hui (China)
  • Li Lihong (China)
  • Liang Shaoji (China)
  • Lim Joo Hon (Singapore)
  • Liu Jianhua (China)
  • Loris Cecchini (Italy)
  • Lu Lei (China)
  • Luc Deleu (Belgium)
  • Ma Yansong (China)
  • Mak Yee Fun (UK)
  • Marnix de Nijs (the Netherlands)
  • Masanori Sukerai (Japan)
  • Massimo Bartolini (Italy)
  • Mathilde ter Heijne (Germany)
  • Matthew Barney (USA)
  • Maurizio Mochetti (Italy)
  • Michael Craig-Martin (UK)
  • Mika Taanila & Marko Home (Finland)
  • Mindicraft Group:

    MaiQifen (Hong Kong)
    Ruan Jiewang (China)
    Zhang Beiru (Hong Kong, China)

  • Naoto Fukasawa (Japan)
  • Nara Yashitomo (Japan)
  • OH Young-Seok (Korea)
  • Osman Khan (Pakistan/USA)
  • Pae White (USA)
  • Patrick Tuttofuoco (Italy)
  • Paul DeMarinis (USA) & Rebecca Cummins(USA/Australia)
  • Paul Ramirez Jonas (USA/Honduras)
  • Peter Callesen (Denmark)
  • Plamen Dejanoff (Bulgaria)
  • Qiu Anxiong (China)
  • Rolf Kluenter (Germany)
  • Ron Terada (Canada)
  • Shen Fan (China)
  • Shen Ye (China)
  • Shi Jinsong (China)
  • Shilpa Gupta (India)
  • Sylvie Fleury (Switzerland)
  • Tallur L.N. ( India)
  • Tetsuya Nakamura (Japan)
  • Thomas Demand (Germany)
  • Tomma Abts (Germany)
  • Wang Guofeng (China)
  • Wang Luyan (China)
  • Wang Xingwei (China)
  • Wang Yahui (Taiwan)
  • Wang Yin (China
  • Wei-Cheng Tu (Taiwan)
  • Xia Xiaowan(China)
  • Xu Yongfu & Xu Hesheng (China)
  • Yan Jun (China)
  • Yang Qian (China)
  • Yang Xu (China)
  • Zhan Wang (China)  
  • Zhong Biao (China)
  • Zhou Wu (China)
  • Zhu Jinshi & Qin Yufen (China)