Artist Talk: Urban Fictions
Jul 5, 2019 Friday 19:00 - 20:30
1F, Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai 20 Huqiu Road)
In conjunction with the exhibition An Opera for Animals, this artist talk features Zhou Yin, professor of architecture department at the Hong Kong University, coming together with artist Cui Jie for an interactive discussion on her previous solo shows and recent artworks. The conversation will focus on how the fast pace of modern life and the large-scale architecture in the cities have transformed people’s perception of space.
Since the Chinese Economic Reform (1978), buildings of different architectural styles have been introduced in China during a period of rapid urbanization and marketization. However, some of the local architects duplicated characteristics with a certain misunderstanding and distortion of the forms that nevertheless eventually make cities look “modern”. Based on her continuous study of the architectural landscape in the three cities in which she has lived (Shanghai, where she was born and grew up; Hangzhou, where she attended the National Art Academy, and Beijing, where she previously lived and worked), her works present architectures and public sculptures that embody a mix of traditions and geometric imaginations of Chinese cityscapes.
In Escape, Cui Jie revisits the structure of the Honglou Hotel in Hangzhou and the traditional crane symbol that recurs in her paintings. The architectural forms that the artist portrays in this work are designed in the Japanese Metabolist style. Mixing amalgamated and superimposed imagery with a modernist imagination of the crane sculpture - a symbol from traditional Chinese imagery- and interjected with abnormal data glitches common in 3D modeling, Cui Jie tries to create an urban Chinese landscape which is at the same time broken and solid.... Read More
CUI Jie (b. 1983, Shanghai) graduated from the Department of Oil Painting, China Academy of Art. She lives and works in Shanghai. Cui’s practice pays close attention to the development of public space. By applying the two-dimensional language of painting to the study of urban architecture and public sculpture, she endeavors to reflect upon the mechanism and evolution of China’s urbanization process as well as its accompanying influence.
Ying ZHOU is an architect and assistant professor at the Department of Architecture at Hong Kong University. She focuses on the evolution of street space in Shanghai and has published Urban Loopholes - Creative Alliances for Spatial Production in Shanghai’s City Center in 2017. Her research interest on the relationship of contemporary urban developments, the growth of cultural industries/new economies and their institutional frameworks in East Asian cities developed from her work with Kees Christiaanse at the Singapore-ETH Gentre’s Future Cities Lab and with Herzog & de Meuron at the ETH Studio Basel. She has published in Critical Planning, Urban China. Frieze, Leap, and exhibited at the Rotterdam Biennale, Haus der Kunst in Munich, the Swiss Architecture Museum, amongst others. Born in Shanghai, Ying holds a B.S.E. from Princeton, a M.Arch. from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard and a Ph.D from the ETHZ. She practiced and taught in New York, Shanghai, Detroit, Boston, Basel and Hong Kong.
Free admission, reservation is required.