【RAM Talk】Over-reliance on Interpretation
Feb 27, 2016 Saturday 16:00 - 18:00
1F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road)
Works created in conceptual ways tend to rely too much on interpretation. Such works are the reflection of theoretical thinking and usually need self-commentary and discourses of art criticism to help convey their meanings. Conceptual approaches even create ideal room for theoretical explanation. In today’s world where art is deemed as a practice to open boundaries, transcends disciplines and integrate cultural resources, people repeatedly deviate from and transgress the previous rules of forming visual shapes. However, the visual and tangible forms of art works still, to a great extent, determine the realization of the works’ core concepts. Therefore, they are still worth discussing. The talk will start from Ifs, Ands, or Buts, a solo exhibition of Singaporean artist Heman Chong at Shanghai Rockbund Art Museum.
Zhu Zhu, born in 1969, is a poet, art curator and art critic. He won the 2nd Anne-Kao Poetry Prize and Critics Award at the 3rd Chinese Contemporary Art Awards. He published several collections of poems, essays and art critiques. He has also presented a number of exhibitions including “the Beginning: Retrospective Exhibition of Star Art Association” (2007), “Artists through the Eyes of a Critic” (2008), “Reshaping History--Chinart from 2000 to 2009” (2010, jointly curated), “Fly through the Troposphere--Memo of the New Generation Painting” (2011), “Editing the Spectacle: the Individual and Working Methods Post-Mediatization” (2015).
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.