Today the Biennale of Sydney announced it would close its public exhibitions of the current iteration, NIRIN, from Tuesday 24 March and move to an online digital experience.
In the statement organisers say: “The COVID-19 pandemic and potential impact on the safety of our visitors, artists, staff and wider community remains our top priority.” For nearly 50 years the Biennale of Sydney has presented dynamic contemporary art from across the globe in iconic Sydney venues, but organisers say the online viewing experience will allow everyone, everywhere across the globe to view this year’s iteration. In line with the latest (although probably now already updated) advice from Government authorities, NIRIN organisers say they will, “continue to adapt and innovate in the face of this global crisis.
“We remain steadfastly committed to the artists and communities we serve by moving to a digital program.” Long-time Biennale partner Google have created a virtual experience to bring exhibition and programs to life through live content, virtual walk-throughs, podcasts, interactive Q&As, curated tours and artist takeovers.
While organisers hope to reopen their physical exhibition spaces as soon as it is safe to do so, NIRIN, meaning edge in Wiradjuri, showcases its more than 700 artworks by 101 artists and collectives in the new social isolation HQ that is online.