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Screening: Routine Pleasures


 

2018.3.23 - 5.6
 
Artists: Lav Diaz, Hao Jingban, Jiang Zhi, Nguyen Trinh Thi, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Xiao Xiao
Organized by New Century Art Foundation and Magician Space
 
New Century Art Foundation and the Magician Space collectively presented an inaugural non-profit screening program Routine Pleasures. Taking place in a single project room Routine Pleasures is a survey exhibition of film and video featuring a group of film directors and moving-image artists working across Asia. Varying in different durations and rhythms the screening project will span across a six-week time period in the screening gallery of the Magician Space.
 
Structured into a format of weekly screenings the project will bring together a diverse body of unseen or unfamiliar works for the first time to Beijing rotating a different single work through each week of the exhibition. A routine can be a meditation of events based on a sequence of actions related to our struggles with memory uniformity and where pleasure arise from a play with expectations. Inspired by the shifting nature of their practices the project functions as both screening and a group exhibition highlighting how images can flow from one to the other taking the viewer through landscapes historical connections and different communities in the region.
 
Melancholia by Lav Diaz consists of three non-linear narratives, leading audience into an eight-hour virtual world. Hao Jingban’s new work was premiered during the program. Hao resorts to field survey, documentary and fiction to probe into the center as well the margin of the social system, the collective community as well as our contemporary social production mode. Jiang Zhi’s Our Love is based on the lives of three real queens living in Shenzhen’s underworld, the film is half-documentary, half-fiction. In Letters from Panduranga by Hanoi-based Nguyen Trinh Thi, letter exchange unveils the changing uses of space in various provinces and the different ways its inhabitants remember history. Mobile Men by Apichatpong Weerasethakul was produced to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to voice his attitude towards to discrimination and violence. Black-and-white documentary Turtle Rock is Xiao Xiao’s first independently produced feature. Just as the giant Turtle Rock situated at the gate of the village, the ancestral mythos witnesses and echoes with the villagers’ present existence, and triggers an open experience of nostalgia.