HUANG Fangling & others members of the a.f.art theatreFangling win the selection of "Live@RAM-Artist in Residency”
Nov 29, 2016
HUANG Fangling, together with members of her drama concept studio a.f.art theatreFangling （a.f.art theatreFangling is an open art lab founded by Fangling to work with artists of various circles for free and collaborative artistic creations）, has been selected as the artist-in-residence in the third Live @ RAM program held by the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) this year. Her art project, the Sensory Tour, will be rolled out at RAM from December 5 to 13, 2016. Impromptu and spontaneous performance will be carried out everyday at 15:00 during this period. The result will be presented to the public on the 9th, 10th and 13th of December.
This ten-day residency project will not only interact, through the approach of performance art, with RAM’s ongoing solo exhibition of the influential American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres, but also closely adapt to the unique space of the Museum’s architecture. The Sensory Tour, a brand new work of performance art directed by HUANG Fangling, will present delicately designed on-site theatrical performance and live activities, through which the audience will be “guided” across the space. After fully concentrating on or enveloped by the space of the Museum, the audience can get their very own understanding and perception of the exhibited art works.
HUANG Fangling and specialists of architecture and sound will jointly design, based on their thorough study on the space and history of the Museum as well as the auditory connection between the architecture and the exhibited art pieces, a “visual route” and an “auditory route” for various human organisms (namely the audience and the RAM staff) to travel across the Museum’s space. By taking advantage of the unique functions of actors in theatrical performances, Huang will motivate the audience to ponder over the topics and relationships spurred by these art pieces. For instance, the mirrors will provoke thoughts over the relationship between an individual and a group, as well as over the architectural space; bulbs – the relationship between light and edges; candies – people’s feelings and sharing; the clocks on the wall – the passage of time… When enjoying the Sensory Tour, the audience will be invited to involve visually, auditorily and even tactilely to activate their thoughts over both public and private issues. A full combination of theatrical performance and exhibition, the Sensory Tour welcomes your very own performance to reproduce the integration and conflicts implied in the exhibited art works.
About the Artist and Other Members of a.f.art theatreFangling
HUANG Fangling, founder of a.f.art theatreFangling, artist, drama director and actress. Graduating from the Department of Drama at People’s Liberation Army Academy of Art and the Department of Directing at Shanghai Theatre Academy, she’s now pursuing her master’s degree at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts. In recent years, Huang has been trying to introduce drama concept to contemporary art and using her well trained performance art skills as a medium to explore how theatre is developed and accumulated in different spaces.
ZHANG Sitian, an architect born in Fujian province in 1986. She received her bachelor’s degree in architecture from the China Academy of Art in 2010 and won the Xia Zhilian Outstanding Graduate Design Scholarship upon graduation. In 2016, she was financed by the China National Arts Fund to attend the senior course of creative planning of media communication at the School of Intermedia Art, China Academy of Art.
BAI Xiaomo, an artist, composer and programmer. Born in Lanzhou, Gansu Province in 1978, he successively studied at the University of Electronic Science and Technology, the Center for Electronic Music of China of the Central Conservatory of Music and the Department of Electronic Music Composition of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. In 2016, he was financed by the China National Arts Fund to attend the senior course of creative planning of media communication at the School of Intermedia Art, China Academy of Art. He was invited as artist-in-residence by the Grame New Media Music Center in France from 2014 to 2016.
Virginie Lerouge Knight, a French artist who has been living in China for 20 years. She initially lived in Hong Kong for several years, during which she studied at the Art Department of the University of Melbourne. She then moved in Shanghai and now has been living here for 10 years. She specializes in conceptual installations and most of her projects are exhibited in public spaces. In 2015, she was invited by a.f.art theatreFangling to participate in The Maids in Enclave.
Anneliese Charek, a dancer with 25 years of study and experience in performing. She started learning ballet in Los Angeles at an early age and was invited to join the Joffrey Ballet’s children cast for the Nutcracker. She then learned contemporary dance and received her BFA in dance and choreography from the California Institute of the Arts, where she was trained by a number of master dancers and choreographers. She has participated and performed in various art festivals and workshops around the world.
Rebecca Agbolosoo-Mensah, a drama actress/dancer from Ghana. She recently received her master’s degree in Global Communication from the Shanghai Theatre Academy and now works as a drama and dance teacher. Her works include Going to Baidi, My Children! My Africa!, Train Driver, I Can’t Be Part of Your Revolution, and The Maids in Enclave.
Yolanda vom Hagen, a German photographer based in Shanghai. During her study at the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Art in 2005, she developed interest in China from her collaboration with at students from the Tsinghua University at a Sino-German Photographing Workshop. She learned communication design in Germany (she also studied at the Beijing Film Academy from 2006 to 2007) and after her graduation in 2009, she left Germany to start her new life in China.
Grant Zhong, M.A. in International Communication, a producer with extensive experience in theatre and media industry, and managing international programs. As a passionate theatre promoter, Grant Zhong has been working closely with major theatre academies and companies in developing and producing theatre programs and productions.
Sophia Liu, filmmaker and visual artist, M.A., University of Paris III