RAM Lecture: The Grand Voyage: A Study on Name
Jul 15, 2016 Friday 19:30 - 21:00
Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road, Huangpu District)
Names of people, plants, objects and locations adhere and transfer to each other while traveling along unexpected route. “Hydrangea Otaksa” was transported across the ocean from Nagasaki to Europe then carpeted Faial Island; nowadays, the name of a Japanese girl is blooming in all the gardens around the world. In the spring and summer, arriving in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, we searched for her name and a mist raised by it: the names of locals’, travellers’ and the traces they left behind. Before they sail into oblivion transforming into ink on forms and inscriptions on stones, the lecture performance will draw all the attentions to the sparkling images of their lives as if reading silently the names of saints: one hundred and forty six St. John, ninety-one St. Peter, forty-three St. Paul, twenty-four St. Dominic and one Saint Ronald.
Guo Xi , Zhang Jianling
Guo Xi was born in Yancheng, Jiangsu Province, in 1988. After graduation from the Department of New Media Art at the China Academy of Art in 2010, he joined a two-year program at the Rijksakademie in Netherlands as an artist-in-residence. In 2015, he graduated from New York University with a MA degree in Studio Art. Guo Xi is mainly concerned with the ideologies with which people perceive and interpret their world. What is the toughest to crack is the shell produced by the convergence of these ideologies. By means of a dramatic sense of humor, Xi attempts to soften or even break open this shell, such that a trace of absurdity and unease can be introduced into his audience’s daily life.
Zhang Jianling was born in 1986. Zhang graduated from Wuhan University in 2008 and then studied in the Institute of Contemporary Art and Social Thoughts of the School of Inter-Media Art at the China Academy of Art. After graduating with a MA degree in 2013, she now lives in Shanghai. Previous art programs she participated in include: “Tales from the Taiping Era”, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing (2014); “One Meter Theater”, Imagokinetics, Hangzhou (2013); “Limited Knowledge”, City University of Hong Kong, HK (2013); “Greenbox: Remapping—the Space of Media Reality”, Media City Research Center, Hangzhou (2013).
Free admission, reservation is required.