The critic and curator Nicolas Bourriaud has been selected as the curator of the Taipei Biennial 2014. The event takes the title The Great Acceleration, with a subtitle Art and Its New Ecosystem: A Global Set of Relations. Bourriaud will expand on his theory of relational aesthetics, examining \nhow 'contemporary art expresses this new contract among human beings, \nanimals, plants, machines, products and objects... [and] highlight the way artists focus on links, chainings, connections and mutations, and how they envision planet Earth as a huge network, where new states of matter and new forms of relations appear, forming a new state of the "ghost dance" between people and objects that Karl Marx has described in the 19th century.' Bourriaud is the director of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris (ENSBA) \nsince 2012. Bourriaud is best known amongst his peers for his book \nRelational Aesthetics (1998).