Changing Fields of Performing Spaces: Diversification or Homogenization?
Nov 17, 2018 Saturday 16:30 - 18:30
NEXT MIXING (Shanghai)
As spatial functions reshape, circulate, divide, monopolize and accumulate capital, the urban space development dictated by capitalism responded with a state of rigidity, monotony, homogeneity, imbalance. In the 1960s, in order to dissent from the manipulated space in cities, international situationalists advocated “constructed situation” as a strategy to unleash individual artistic potentials and improve social dynamics by establishing art spaces, such as theaters. At the beginning of the 21st century, alternative spaces prevailed in Shanghai in an attempt to protest against commerciality and the mainstream culture. “HardHan Cafe” (2000) and “Downstream Garage” (2004-2013) encapsulate such that were likened to utopias by many, but eventually terminated due to high operational costs and remained unparalleled to this day. Since then, a wave of contemporary art museums emerged and sustained experimental performances in these venues. The nature of art museums (spaces) diversifies art concepts and forms, whilst also altering the frameworks and focuses embedded in the planning process. How does the relationship between space and art manifest? How should the correlation between spatial modification and urban development be comprehended? Will the seemingly flourishing art institutions and activities bring forth diversity? In times of change, how does one “envisage” a space? Should a space be physical? We are honored to invite to this round table discussion researchers, playwrights and curators, who will explore these topics from their respective perspectives.... Read More
Hsieh Feng-Rong is senior curator and founding staff member of Rockbund Art Museum; he joined Rockbund Art Museum in 2009 during its preparatory stage. He was the coordinator of the renovation process and implemented the institutional structure of the museum. He has been working with many internationally renowned artists, including Cai Guoqiang, Zeng Fanzhi, Zhang Huan, Michael Lin, Duan Jianyu, Hu Xiaoyuan, Xu Bing, Bharti Kher, Ugo Rondinone, Mark Bradford, Chen Zhen and Philippe Parreno. In 2013, he got involved in founding the first HUGO BOSS ASIA ART award and was also the project manager for the award. Recent exhibitions curated by Hsieh include: "Walking on the Fade out Lines"(co-curated with Larys Frogier, 2018, Shanghai), “Tell Me a Story: Locality and Narrative” (co-curated with Amy Cheng, 2018, Turin), "RAM HIGHLIGHT 2018: Is It My Body?" (2018, Shanghai).
Zhang Xian is a play writer, theater director and situational artist. He founded and participated in folk performing groups, independent art spaces and educational outreach mechanisms including ZuHe Niao Physical Theatre Company, Mecooon and Fringe Festival. He has been dedicated to writing, teaching and performing to materialize his ideals of "social theater" and "Daily Life Festival".
As art activities proliferate, performance and performing arts are evermore presented to the public, notably seen in art museums across recent years. The series of lectures of “Spectrum of Performance(ing) Arts” is not designed to invent some new vocabulary or definition, or to inquire “What is Performance (Performing)?”, but to examine how art in an unbound state flows and mutates into a spectrum with colorful connotations and more possibilities. It looks forward to the confluence and interaction of different realms of art, discussions from the artist, curator, researcher and scholar perspectives on issues such as the role of the platform, methods of artistic creation, ways of watching performances, the concept of curating, and the development of performance art and performing art under the globalization framework, as well as more dialogues in unexpected aspects between the speakers and audience.
This series of lectures is jointly initiated by RAM and Zhang Bing, an independent curator, and supported by Shanghai Artemis Art Center.
This lecture is co-organized by iPANDA and NMG.
Shanghai Artemis Art Center (SAAC), funded by Anxin Trust Co., Ltd. and approved for registration by Shanghai Bureau of Civil Administration, was established officially on June 6, 2016 as a non-profit art institution.
SAAC aims at promoting the production and development of modern arts, through hosting, supporting and assisting non-profit artistic activities of various forms, including but not limited to art exhibitions, publications, public projects, artistic research, academic discussion, art curating, criticism and writing.
iPANDA is best described as a platform for development action by independent performance artivistis. It is focused on independent performance in China to build up an internal network with the vision of expanding internationally. It is an artists’ collective comprised of independent performance artists, art institutes and platforms from different artistic fields. iPANDA works to consolidate resources to create more possibilities for collaboration and development.
NMG aims to create customized space full of contrasts and surprises in close cooperation with users with different needs. It runs activities on topics of art, music, literature, opera, and food for amateurs, and academic discussions among scholars and practitioners in the art world.
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