【RAM Talk】Puzzle and Broken Words—the Fragmentation of Contemporary Fiction
Apr 9, 2016 Saturday 16:00 - 18:00
1F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road)
Contemporary fiction is becoming even more fragmented. We have seen polyphonic fiction with multifaceted narratives, maze-like and puzzle-like fiction which requires readers to participate in its construction, novels made up of interrelated short stories, fiction told in ninety-nine styles, and palindrome or Escherian fiction. This talk will review the fragmentation of contemporary fiction in the context of the Internet era and the transition from modernism to postmodernism. It will also explore the possibility of using "broken words" as a means of art and literature with reference to Heman Chong’s exhibition.
btr is a writer, translator, book critic and film critic. His publications include Vagus·Nerve, a collection of short stories and The Invention of Solitude, Chinese translation of Paul Auster’s book. He was the curator of the literature category at Get It Louder 2012. In 2014, He launched "petite mort", a Wechat official account.
Ifs, Ands, or Buts, Heman Chong’s solo exhibition, adopts the approach of conceptual art to point out the interventions of languages and words upon real life and question the various norms that define our ordinary lifestyle, especially the authorities and mechanisms using knowledge and information as their media. The exhibition contains bookstore, TV (witty skit), newspapers, Wikipedia, literature classics and of course, gossip, among other elements. We invite Chen Tong, btr, Shen Qilan and Zhu Zhu, who have also reflected on our age through years of writing, to give talks related to this exhibition. They will discuss it from the standpoint of their respective research fields and share with the audience their take on the exhibition. The four talks will kick off with speaker guided tour.
Unlike the usual talks at RAM, this series will start with exhibition tours where speakers will see and discuss the exhibited works with the audiences. After the tour, speakers will share with the audiences their understanding of the exhibition from the perspective of their respective research areas.
*Visitors with tickets to the Exhibition can participate for free.
16:00 Exhibition Tour (starting from the hall of the first floor)
16:40-18:00 RAM Talk（at the Exhibition hall of the first floor）
Free admission, reservation is required.