"Waterworks" at ShanghART

Duration: Sep. 7 – Oct. 31, 2011. 1PM-6PM.
Opening: Sep. 6, 2011. 5PM-7.30PM.
Venue: ShanghART H-Space, 50 Moganshan Rd., Bldg 18 Shanghai
Artists: GENG Jianyi, WU Shanzhuan, YANG Fudong
Curators: Philip Tinari

From Sep. 7 to Oct. 31, ShanghART gallery is so pleased to present Waterworks, an exhibition which brings together new works by Geng Jianyi, Wu Shanzhuan, and Yang Fudong, three of the key figures in the Yangtze River Delta art scene over the past twenty years. Drawing titular inspiration from “Tap Water Factory,” an unrealized 1987 installation by Geng Jianyi which questions premises of seeing and being seen through a maze-like configuration of walls.

Geng Jianyi’s water-related installation uses cameras to set up a curious connection between what happens inside and outside the space; A new film Ye Jiang / The night man cometh by Yang Fudong will be presented: “Night falls, confronting the cutthroat battlefield, night warrior will either exist or disappear.” Meanwhile, some conceptual sketches will be showed as well; Wu Shanzhuan presents a suite of five hundred meticulously rendered drawings, playing on his mythical character of the Butterfrog. On the most basic level, each of the three suites of work maintains some connection to that most basic substance, water, and to its manipulation by human structures.

Follow! Follow! Follow!
Duration: Sep. 6 – Oct. 8, 2011
Time: 10AM-6PM
Venue: ShanghART Gallery , 50 Moganshan Rd., Bldg 16 Shanghai, China
Artists: Ji Wenyu & Zhu Weibing

The exhibition Follow! Follow! Follow! with Ji Wenyu & Zhu Weibing’s recent works will be showed to public in ShanghART gallery from Sep. 6 to Oct. 8, 2011. It is problem consciousness that makes Ji and Zhu’s installation to be teeming with experimental spirit. It is also what makes cloth the best option for them to make a breakthrough. Soft and gentle as it is, cloth can be used to cushion sharpness and hardness, it possesses more possibilities, also in this exhibition:

It is almost a mode of development. Individuals need to seek the feeling of security and belonging in groups, thus individuals follow the groups and listen to their opinions. Among the grand narrative, the individual self has become insignificant, and groups become more powerful and invincible. They climb up and down the mountain, move like a great flood.

The universality and everydayness of the scenes are important features of Ji Wenyu and Zhu Weibing’s work. In their work, everyday scenes such as photo taking, meeting, sightseeing, and watching television are considered as cases with special meaning, an ironic metaphor to daily reality. Ji Wenyu and Zhu Weibing’s installation work epitomizes the development of modern philosophies and cultures. It showcases the confusion and excitement, obsession and inspiration, progress and recession of people and their history.

Yang Zhenzhong: If you disagree with “Future Festival” please raise your hand – “TOP Events” documentaries series.

Duration: Sep. 5 – Oct. 5, 2011
Time: 10AM-6PM (Tuesday closed)
Venue: ShanghART Taopu , 18 Wuwei Rd, Building 8,near Qilianshan Rd.
Artists: Yang ZhenZhong

Yang Zhenzhong’s “If you disagree with “Future Festival” please raise your hand – “TOP Events” documentaries series” is a series of documentaries about all the contemporary art activities related to “Future Festival” and “TOP Events” in Shanghai, in 2011. This project was created and displayed, simultaneously and progressively, as part of these art events.

“Future Festival” is an art activity initiated in February 2011 by a group of artists in Shanghai, that will last for one year.

The topic of “Future Festival” was inspired from French poet Mallarmé who said that the role of the artist is to prepare for future projects. This quotation allude to a certain reversion in contemporary art action, suggesting that participating artists turned from the act of criticizing and making experiences to a new attitude of bidding, gathering and mingling.

During this period, discussions between local artists and a philosophy professor (Lu Xinghua), as well as interviews in artists’ studio and exhibitions will be held. This continuous symposium is more than a simple combination between philosophy and art, the organizers insist on the fact that: it is neither a talk, nor an exhibition, neither an art project, nor one of those academic topics we were used to, an inertia processing in an experienced thinking. It responds to art introspection, surprises, conflicts of opinions, differences, and unknown. Everyday becomes a festival. It is actually more a final festival, a kind of decisive conviction.

As a project in parallel with “Future Festival”, “TOP Events” showed this conviction, located in a building of The Outstanding Park in Shanghai, a venue for art events. From July to October, “TOP Events” will continuously present three sessions of art and cultural interdisciplinary activities including: art exhibitions, music, theater and dance performances, poetry readings, film screenings and philosophy symposiums, all initiated by artists, architects, poets, musicians, philosophers, etc.

During this year of “Future Festival” and four months of “TOP Events”, this documentary will be regularly updated, completed with real-time reports on people and activities coming and going in the building.