89plus is a long-term, international, multi-platform research project co-founded by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist. It is conceived as a mapping of the generation born in or after 1989. Without forecasting artistic trends or predicting future creation, 89plus manifests itself through panels, books, periodicals and exhibitions, bringing together individuals from a generation whose voices are only starting to be heard, yet which makes up almost half of the world’s population.
Marked by several paradigm-shifting events, the year 1989 saw the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the start of the post-Cold War period; the introduction of the World Wide Web and the beginning of the universal availability of the Internet, as well as the orbit of the first Global Positioning System satellite. Positing a relationship between these world-changing events and creative production at large, 89plus introduces the work of some of this generation’s most inspiring protagonists.
Since an introductory panel held in January 2013 at the DLD – Digital, Life, Design conference in Munich, 89plus has conducted research in Australia with Kaldor Public Art Projects and Hong Kong with Art Basel’s Salon series. In partnership with the Park Avenue Armory in New York, 89plus selected visual artist and curator Alex Dolan to be artist-in-residence during the Armory’s Under Construction series, taking place in September 2013.
89plus announces an open call for artists, writers, architects, filmmakers, musicians, designers, scientists and technologists. There is only one rule: you must be 89plus—born in or after 1989. The open call is hosted at www.89plus.com.
Submissions are kept on a private research database for consideration by the project’s co-curators. As the project continues in the years to come, those selected will be notified of their inclusion in new endeavours.
Submissions are welcome at any time, however the mid-year deadline for 2013 activities is July 30, 2013.
www.89plus.com is kindly supported by DLD – Digital, Life, Design.
89plus is partnering with DIS Magazine for a special DIScrit 89plus, which will be announced shortly.
The 89plus Marathon: Friday 18 & Saturday 19 October 2013
Taking place in London during Frieze Art Fair and inspired by Sou Fujimoto’s cloud-like Pavilion 2013 for the Serpentine Gallery, the 89plus Marathon will bring emerging practitioners from all disciplines together with world-renowned artists and thinkers.
The 89plus Marathon will be the eighth in the Serpentine Gallery’s annual Marathon series, an ambitious event that brings together the fields of art, culture, science and technology. Previous Marathons were the Interview Marathon, 2006 (with Rem Koolhaas); the Experiment Marathon, 2007 (with Olafur Eliasson); the Manifesto Marathon, 2008; the Poetry Marathon, 2009; the Map Marathon, 2010; the Garden Marathon, 2011 and last year’s Memory Marathon.
The Serpentine Gallery Marathon series was conceived by Co-Director Hans Ulrich Obrist in 2006 and is deeply intertwined with the annual Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Commission, launched by Director Julia Peyton-Jones in 2000.
The 89plus Marathon is curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Simon Castets and Jochen Volz.
Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA
Nearest Tube: South Kensington or Lancaster Gate
Hours: Daily 10–6pm. Admission free.
Thanks to Kevin McGarry (SVP); Katherine Dionysius and Andrew Elmendorf of 89plus; and Claire Feeley, Serpentine Gallery, for their invaluable help.