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Embodied Mirror: Performances in Chinese Video Art

2020.5.22-8.30

OPENING: 5.22 15:00

 

CURATOR: Yang Beichen

ARTISTS: Cao Fei,Chen Xiaoyun,Dai Chenlian,Hu Xiangqian,Jiang Zhi,Kan Xuan,Li Binyuan,Li Liao,Li Ming,Li Ran,Lin Yilin,Ma Qiusha,Payne Zhu,Shi Qing,Tang Dixin,Tao Hui, Tong Wenmin,Wang Jianwei,Xu Zhen,Yan Xing,Yao Qingmei,Zhang Qing,Zhou Tao, Zhao Zhao

EXHIBITION DESIGN: Liang Chen

OPENING HOURS: Tue.-Sat. 12:00-17:00

ADD: No. A05, 797 East Road, 798 Art Zone, Chaoyang District, Beijing 

Text/Yang Beichen

Performance's only life is in the present. Performance cannot be saved, recorded, documented, or otherwise participate in the circulation of representations of representations: once it does so, it becomes something other than performance. To the degree that performance attempts to enter the economy of reproduction, it betrays and lessens the promise of its own ontology.

—— Peggy Phelan

 

In the eyes of a performance fundamentalist like Phelan, once this medium degrades to the object of reproduction of images would be fully degenerate. Behind this, one would likely find its supporting position of "dematerialization," advocated by the second avant-garde art movement.  Where the medium is isomorphic to capitalism – only that such ideology seems somewhat flimsy before the realities of a new medium. Since the 1960s, performance became integral to media art, in the swings of live experience and reproduction, presentation and representation, we come to realize that what was once referred to as the classic "performance art"  often preserved in a mediated form. Video art is undoubtedly one of the critical loops. Recorded performance or performance videos derived into many complicated forms, the interactions between the body and technological media bring together two different types of discourse, where the organic and the artificial, the immediate and the documentary, the flesh and the screen generate unavoidable friction and integration. These are the points of departure for this exhibition.  

What “Embodied Mirror" attempts to explore is the intimate exchange between video art and performance in the history of Chinese contemporary art. At its inception, video art in China was integral to performance art. With time passing through the camera lens, Zhang Peili’s30 x 30 (1988) allowed the viewer to observe the body objectively, from which to arrive at the impact of its metaphorical effects. Thereon, in the development of video art in China, many artists have adopted strategic approaches to extend the mediums of video art and performance for one another. This exhibition presents five themes, "Autobiography," "Event," "Dancer," "Speaker," and "Theater." Each topic will address an independent clue in combing through the diverse and complex phenomenon of this overlapping domain.

 

“Embodied Mirror" points to the fact that video art does not necessarily provide the "stage" for performance, but a "mirror" or "exit" to access the world. It does not necessarily emancipate the body or to isolate it from the confines of social and historical discourses, but provides new strategic device or decoder. Where the body becomes the embodiment of "eternity" and "transmission" in the context of moving image, and the medium becomes a new scenario of life. At the same time, the subject's response to reality translates into a shared media sensibility.  
 

 

Autobiography 

Cao Fei

Chain Reaction

2000

Video, Color, Sound

5' 25''

Images courtesy of the artist and Vitamin Creative Space

Ma Qiusha

An Incident of Love

2004

Video, Color, Silent

1' 12''

Images courtesy of the artist and Beijing Commune

Li Ming

Prove that I am Elapsing with the Light

2007

Video, Color, Sound

7' 21''

Images courtesy of the artist

Yan Xing

Arty, Super-Arty

2013

Video, Black&White, Silent

9' 16''

Images courtesy of the artist

Tao Hui

Talk About Body

2013                    

Video, Color, Sound

3' 45''

Images courtesy of the artist

Li Binyuan

Freedom Farming

2014

Video, Color, Sound

5' 02''

Images courtesy of the artist

 

Event

 

Xu Zhen

Shouting

Video, Color, Sound

4' 00''

Images courtesy of the artist and MadeIn Company

Kan Xuan

Kanxuan Ai!

1999

Video, Color, Sound

1' 22''

Images courtesy of the artist

Tang Dixin

Reed

2009

Video, Color, Sound

10' 17''

Images courtesy of the artist

Li LIao

A Slap in Wuhan

2010

Video, Color, Sound

5 '09''

Images courtesy of the artist

Zhao Zhao

Rain

2012

Video, Color, Sound

15 '35''

Images courtesy of the artist

Payne Zhu

Each Is a Corporate and Each Is a Product

2015

Video, Color, Sound  

12' 17''

Images courtesy of the artist

 

Dancer

 

Jiang Zhi

Fly, Fly

1997

Video, Black&White, Sound

5' 15''

Images courtesy of the artist

Zhang Qing
Taxi Samba

2003 Nanjing

2005 Germany

Video, Color, Sound

6' 00''

Images courtesy of the artist

Chen Xiaoyun

Drag

2006

Video, Color, Sound

4' 11''

Images courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery

Zhou Tao

Mutual Exercise

2009

Video, Color, Sound

10' 54''

Images courtesy of the artist and Vitamin Creative Space

Lin Yilin

Golden Journey

2011

Video, Color, Sound

16' 40''

Commissioned by San Francisco Art Institute and KADIST Art Foundation

Images courtesy of the artist

Tong Wenmin

Hover

2017

Video, Color, Sound

6' 00''

Images courtesy of the artist

 

Speaker

 

Hu Xiangqian

Xiang Qian Museum

2010

Video, Color, Sound

14' 31''

Images courtesy of the artist

Li Ran

Mont Sainte-Victoire 

2012

Live performance & Video Installation

34' 36''

Images courtesy of the artist

Dai Chenlian

How to Become A Zombie in the Art World

2012    

Video, Color, Sound

10' 07''

Images courtesy of the artist

丨Yao Qingmei

Sanzu Ding and its Patterns : Hypotheses on the origin of the hammer-sickle sign

2013年至今  2013 – present

Video, Color, Sound

15’ 00’’

Images courtesy of the artist and Magician Mpace Beijing

 

Theater

 

Shi Qing

Anorexic

2006

Video, Color, Sound

18' 00''

Images courtesy of the artist

 

Wang Jianwei

Dilemma - Three Way Fork in the Road

Video, Color, Sound

2007

10' 00''

Images courtesy of the artist