Shanghai is renowned for its shrewd commercial sense, so it's no surprise the theme of this year's Biennale, HyperDesign, blurs the boundaries between art and design, the latter being a discipline often considered more for its function and practicality than as an intellectual pursuit. The exhibition, held at the Shanghai Art Museum, is divided into three sections - Design and Imagination, Ordinary Life Practice and Future and History - and is aimed at proving art and design have a lot in common. The curatorial team is made up of local luminaries such as Zhang Qing and Huang Du, as well as Jonathan Watkins and Gianfranco Maraniello, from overseas. With more than 100 artists from as far away as Denmark, Peru, Japan and Britain participating, the Biennale, the city's sixth, proves that once the parameters are widened, the possibilities are boundless. As is becoming the norm, independent 'satellite' shows - alternative or underground exhibitions that satisfy the more audacious artists and art lovers - have sprung up around the Biennale to add a little spice to the proceedings. Here we present a tiny slice of what's currently on display in Shanghai. The Shanghai Biennale is at the Shanghai Art Museum, 325 Nanjing Road West, and runs until November 5.