杨锋艺术与教育基金会第二届“微征集”项目展览“Light, Heat, Power!”于上海留下空间开幕
The Second Frank F. Yang Art and Education Foundation “Micro-Curatorial”Project exhibition “Light, Heat, Power!” opens at Spare Space in Shanghai
”Light, Heat, Power!”
Light, Heat, Power!
Curator: Wang Ziyun
Artists: CHEN Baoyang, CUI Jie, GE Yulu, HU Weiyi, LIU Ren, MAO Haonan, WANG Zhiyi, WANG Tuo
Opening Time: 15:00pm, November 3, 2018
Curator Tour: 15:30pm
Host: Frank F. Yang Art and Education Foundation
Sponsors: Blue Ocean Capital Group, Mrs. Wang Xingyu
The exhibition proposal of The Second Frank F. Yang Art and Education Foundation “Micro-Curatorial” Project “Light, Heat, Power!” will be presented on November 3, 2018 at Spare Space in Shanghai. This exhibition is curated by curator and art critic Wang Ziyun, who is the winner of this year’s “Micro-Curatorial” Project. As the site-specific project of Spare Space, the exhibition is drawn from the novelist Mao Dun’s depiction of Shanghai at his acclaimed opus Midnight and aims to build the relationship between art and multiple dimensions of reality around Light, Heat and Power.
Although one could explore the specific traces chronologically, this exhibition does not intend to list the breadth of China’s journey in social modernization with an archival presentation. The exhibition posits its narrative on a broader temporal and spatial parameter, around which a constellation of exhibition structure could be constructed. Light (material, form, and space) is included in the artists’ mediums and means of intervention to this exhibition; heat (energy, temperature, passion) is what fuels the transformations pertaining to social/aesthetic systems and actual conditions; and power (power, strength, speed) does not only point to the historical impetus and motives, but also serves as a response to the eruption and accelerated dissemination of information.
Most of the participating artists, including Chen Baoyang, Cui Jie, Ge Yulu, Hu Weiyi, Mao Haonan, Liu Ren, Wang Zhiyi and Wang Tuo are young artists of China’s new generation. The interaction between individual artistic practices as well as specific history context and development of urban space cannot be simply construed as “nostalgia for the present (Fredric Jameson)”. Instead, it should elaborate how the artists command their unique experiences and practices in the here and now and dive into the fluid, interwoven and dazzling moment of the contemporary.
Whether in the French Concession of Shanghai or the global cultural system at large, there has never been a shortage of legends and stories. Based on the geological and historical background of SPARE Space, a series of questions will be brought up: how do we establish the connection between memories and the present? How do we trace a clue amidst the dispersive historical time? Started from these questions, the exhibition extends a new intertextual relationship with historical aesthetics through visual archaeology and literature, body and space, interpersonal communications, virtual currency as well as internet and everyday lives. The roster of artists would be more akin to memory awakeners to a disconnected time. For them, “The past is not simply about the politics of memories, nor a land to be returned to (Arjun Appadurai)”.