Advance through Retreat Panel discussions(Session One)
May 10, 2014 Saturday 15:00 - 17:00
2F Y.W.C.A Building (Shanghai 133 Yuanmingyuan Road)
In recent years, exhibitions, academic activities and market events centering around Chinese traditional art (e.g. ink painting) have flooded the international and domestic art world, turning it into a trend. Most of these exhibitions and activities, however, have mainly focused on the value or effectiveness of the formalities, techniques, ideas and aesthetics of traditional art in contemporary contexts. Indeed, the responding strategies artists adopt when facing traditions—for example, "Advance through Retreat" as the main focus of this exhibition, and the profound significance of such strategies in history and the cultural environment—have not been thoroughly explored.
From this latter perspective, the contexts of the artists' individual practices, their cultural attitudes, cultivation and experiences, as well as the particular forms of art practice (e.g. writing) become the starting points to understand the dialogues with the traditions created by their work, and bring about wider implications beyond the boundaries of their own times and regions.
This seminar brings together some artists participating in this exhibition and sets out to discuss these issues in the three sessions below：
Session 1: Context and Strategy: The interactions between individual practices and historical contexts
Panelists: Zheng Guogu, Andreas Mayer-Brennenstuhl, Jiang Zhi
Time: 15:00 - 17:00 10th May... Read More
Martina Koeppel-Yang, curator of Advance through Retreat
Liu Yingjiu, deputy director of Rockbund Art Museum
Zheng Guogu belongs to the trend-setters of contemporary Chinese art. Born in 1970 he grew up in Yangjiang, a small town in the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong Province, where he still lives and works today. He graduated from the Printmaking Department of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1992.
Zheng's work utilizes a wide range of media, and he moves between performance, photography, painting, sculpture, embroidery and environment. He made his renown in the 1990s through his experimental series of tiny photographs and of performances inspired by the daily life of Yangjiang youth. The remote provincial town of Yangjiang is like a cradle for marginal, non-mainstream artistic creation with Zheng Guogu as the centre for a circle of artists, photographers, architects, designers, musicians, novelists and poets. Resources and possibilities seem endless and many ingenious and ambitious artistic projects are born out of this climate—like for example Zheng's "Liao Yuan", the "Accomplished Garden", originally named after the online game the "Age of Empires", a kind of artificially created literati garden with several buildings serving as studios and exhibition halls. Everything can be art and art is everything. Zheng Guogu took part in numerous international exhibitions, like for example the documenta X, and the Venice Biennial.
Andreas Mayer Brennenstuhl
Andreas Mayer Brennenstuhl was born in 1957 in Heilbronn, Germany. He studied at the HKT Nürtingen and the Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart. Since 1986, he has taken part in actions and interventions in different social fields. His work focuses on interventionist practice in urban situations and public space, as well as on strategies of participation. Cooperation, subversion and aestheticization in and of specific social and political contexts are at the heart of his creation. He is founder and co-founder of several autonomous art groups, such as Oberwelt e.V. and SOUP. He further teaches at several universities of applied sciences.... Read More
Free admission, reservation is required.