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The D-Tale:Video Art from the Pearl River Delta

Curated by HOU Hanru, Co-curated by XI Bei
DECEMBER 01, 2018 — APRIL 13, 2019
PUBLIC OPENING: NOVEMBER 30, 2019, 18:00-21:00
Video art in the region of the Pearl River Delta (PRD) emerged as early as the mid-1980s. Videotage in Hong Kong and Southern Artists Salon in Guangzhou were pioneers and galvanizing creative forces in the field. This movement was carried forward, in the 90s, by the rise of certain collectives and individuals, including the "Big Tail Elephants Working Group”, the "Borges Bookstore", "U-theque”, Jiang Zhi and Cao Fei.
A highly specific part of China with its distinct cultural characteristics and traditions, the PRD has been closely related to international influences and interwoven with popular culture from the beginning. Frequent exchanges between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao, the impacts of Hong Kong’s popular culture, film, television and pop music concerning visual culture, coupled with a sensitivity for and references to international new media art, led to rapid experimentation in video art across the entire PRD. The art communities in the region have continuously developed their own aesthetics, merging individual independence, freedom, cultural hybridity, humour and irony with avant-garde experiments in open, diverse, fluid and natural manners.
At the same time, video art of the PRD has also been integrated into the process of high-speed urbanization. It utilizes strategies of “witnessing” and “intervention” to open up spaces for criticism and “alternatives” while paying close attention to the “supra-political”, bottom-up social expressions generated in the realms of everyday life. From the perspective of visual culture, video art of the PRD reflects the culture of this region and individuals’ singular involvements in the globalisation.
By adopting the medium of moving images, artists from the Pearl River Delta are looking for freedom and forms of resistance against dominant ideology and powers, turning ordinary gestures into artistic strategies to construct diverse "personal utopias”. Their video practices represent the most ground-breaking and powerful visions of experimental art and culture in the PRD. As a result, the PRD has become a creative hub for international exchange and art activities, as well as a deviating model which inspires artists from other regions.
The development of the Guangdong Times Museum was informed by these singular cultural explorations and artistic expressions. As a parallel institution and the first international branch of an Asian art institution, namely, the Guangdong Times Museum, Times Art Center Berlin is pleased to present its inaugural exhibition The D-Tale, Video Art from the Pearl River Delta which introduces the shifting cultural landscape and visions of the region in an era of globalisation. The exhibition belongs to the Operation PRD curatorial framework following the exhibition Big Tail Elephants.
Participating Artists
EPISODE I: URBAN EXPLOSION
01.12.2018 - 12.01.2019
ART JONES
CAO Fei
CHAN Chui Hing Nose
CHEN Shaoxiong
CHEN Tong
CHOW Chun Fai
HO Tzu Nyen
HUANG Weikai
JIANG Zhi
LIANG Juhui
LIN Yilin
LIU Chuang
OU Ning
João Vasco PAIVA
Ellen PAU
SONG Ta
TANG Kwok Hin
TSANG Kin-Wah
Morgan WONG
WONG Ping
WONG Wing Sang
EPISODE II: TOWARDS AUTONOMY
18.01.2019 - 23.02.2019
CHEN Shaoxiong
CHEN Tong
CHENG Chi Lai Howard
Isaac CHONG Wai
Simon DENNY
HUANG Xiaopeng
KWAN Sheung-Chi
Linda LAI
Warren LEUNG Chi-Wo
LI Liao
LIN Yilin
LIU Chuang
Phoebe Ching Ying MAN
PAK Sheung-Chuen
Eric SIU
SONG Ta
Rirkrit TIRAVANIJA & Philippe PARRENO
TSANG Kin-Wah
YANG Yong
Samson YOUNG
Ming WONG
WONG Ping
ZHOU Tao
EPISODE III: THE POLITICS OF THE SELF
01.03.2019 - 13.04.2019
ALLORA & CALZADILLA
CAO Fei
CHEN Shaoxiong
CHOI Sai-Ho
FANG Lu
May FUNG
HO Sin Tung
KWAN Sheung-Chi
Jo LAW
LI Xiaofei
Natalie LO Lai Lai
Anson MAK Hoi Shan
MAP OFFICE
QIN Jin
SHI Qing
Koki TANAKA
Jalal TOUFIC & Graziella Rizkallah TOUFIC
WONG Wai Yin
XU Tan
ZHU Jianlin
Times Art Center Berlin, Potsdamer Straße 87 10785 Berlin, Germany

www.timesartcenter.org
(2018-11-08)

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