Corridors of Disobedience: Art and Action in America’s Global Midwest
Dec 27, 2013 Friday 19:00 - 21:00
2F Y.W.C.A Building (Shanghai 133 Yuanmingyuan Road)
For his talk Dan S. Wang will present a picture and theory of America’s Middle West, a region in which the politics of globalization are being played out in socially and environmentally brutal contests. Excellent examples of artists who create situations to remarkable political effect are to be found in this cauldron of reterritorialization. Taking the audience from Detroit to Chicago to Madison, Wisconsin, the socially engaged artist Wang speaks to the American democracy in crisis, and what artists might do to revitalize the common political imagination.
Dan S. Wang (王念华, b. 1968) is a writer, organizer, blogger, and printmedia artist living in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
Dan’s texts have been published internationally in journals, exhibition catalogues, and book collections, including a featured essay in the book 3 Years: Arrow Factory, the recent volume produced out of Beijing’s celebrated non-commercial space, Arrow Factory. He has lectured in many places, including at the Kansas City Art Institute, Salzburger Kunstverein (Salzburg, Austria), Depot for Art and Discourse (Vienna, Austria), Art Institute of Chicago, Documenta 12 (Kassel, Germany), Wuhan University, at the third Creative Time Summit (New York), and the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC). His art projects have been featured in three solo exhibitions and more than thirty group shows, and circulate constantly in functional activist settings and through artist-run networks.
Along with seven others he co-founded Mess Hall, the renowned experimental cultural space in Chicago that operated from 2003-2013, and regularly works with the art/research groups Compass and Red76. For the year 2013 Dan was named a Fellow in Arts and Culture Leadership from the Rockwood Leadership Institute of Oakland, California.
Free admission, reservation is required.