【New Artrends · RAM】Zhang Ding: Let us Start with Smoking and Drinking
Apr 26, 2015 Sunday 19:30 - 21:00
2F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road)
Zhang Ding gave full play to the physical attributes of glass in his solo project “Dark Matters”. His works always center on the control of elements that have strong impact upon our senses and willpower. He produces confrontational and electrifying results through integrated use of materials. Zhang Ding’s solo project “One Show” is a rendition of Monsters of Rock concert in Moscow in 1991. In this project, he chose the historic event as the subject of his case study and deployed contemporary noises to rejuvenate it. For a long time, his works have attempted to explore the relation between contemporary art exhibitions and collective body temperature created by participants. And the most important tool or element in his works is noise. “One Show” is planned by Yan Jun, a researcher and practitioner of noise art theories, a poet and a musician. Yan Jun and Zhang Ding are connected by their origin—Lanzhou city of Gansu Province or their genes which are cultivated by the same soil, therefore there is a similarity in their lifestyle, way of thinking and behavior.
Situationists believe that the construction of daily life embodies a kind of revolutionary force and that the construction of a context means the thorough penetration of life. The daily exchanges of opinions always take the form of ordinary routines, such as smoking, drinking or other habits. In this talk, Zhang Ding will invite Yan Jun to discuss the questions sprung from our daily life: where is the connecting point between contemporary art exhibitions and the body of the participants? why artists dress more “normal” than bizarre? what practice shall be used to test art producers next?
Zhang Ding was born in Gansu, China, in 1980. His practice is mainly presented through his solo projects, which includes video, installations, paintings and live performance,etc. His works play on ideas of sensory perception and will, constructing absurd scenes full of contrast, often creating metaphors layered with societal references. They may be seen as a series of deconstructed mise en scenes, or as an environmental sculpture of twisting and merging emotional atmosphere. The scenic displacement creates a psychic displacement whereby we are confronted with our imperfect vision, our ‘fallible omniscience’.She’s employed as Curator/Managing Director at V Art Center since 2011.
Yan Jun, born in Lanzhou in 1973, is a musician based in Beijing. His creation involves improvised music, field recording and site-specific sound works/events. His feedback improvisation set always follows the unstable relationship between microphones, speakers, the space and his own body movement. He is member of FEN, Tea Rockers Quintet and Impro Committee. He has performed in more than 20 countries.
Chao Jiaxing, born in 1984, Shanghai, has a BA in Fine Arts (2007) and a MA in literature (2010) Shanghai University. Her curatorial practice dates back to 2009 in Shanghai Duolun Modern Art Center. She has been curating exhibitions for different non-profit spaces in Shanghai. Her writings can be found in artforum, Numero, Randian-Online, LEAP, Art China etc. She's employed as Curator/Managing Director at V Art Center since 2011.
In partnership with New Century Art Foundation (NCAF), RAM launched a new series of talks, entitled “New Artrends · RAM”, aiming at discovering and supporting young artists’ practice. This series is continuation of RAM and NCAF’s enduring concerns and researches over young artists, which, through artists’ lectures and conversations, periodically presents the public with young artists engaging in the frontier of artistic exploration and places them in the contexts of art history and contemporary society. As one of “Night @ RAM” programmes, “New Artrends · RAM” will become a critical platform which connects young artists, museums and the public. It will also provide long-term and consistent support for the development of art.
The NCAF was established in 2014 by the collector, Mr. Wang Bin. It is a non-profit foundation aiming at researching, promoting and also spreading China’s contemporary art. The NCAF will provide supplemental support for the development of China’s contemporary art as the complement to the current art-ecosystem. Through quality research and observation on art cooperation with artistic institutes, it will bring a better platform for young artists to promote their practice.
Free admission, reservation is required.