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1.Fringe Shanghai Festival
"Fringe Shanghai" is a vibrant annual arts event celebrating and
supporting the innovative and visionary works of up-and-coming artists.
This year's event marks the first such Fringe experience for Shanghai,
opening a window to the premiere of international avant-garde arts. More
than just a range of performances, "Fringe Shanghai" helps to lay the
foundation for the development of a vibrant arts scene which will grow
hand-in-hand with Shanghai's bustling economic environment.
With more than 20 international and local groups offering close to 100
performances, "Fringe Shanghai 2006" is set to bring cutting-edge arts
to life in Shanghai.
Fringe Shanghai is a platform providing an opportunity to emerging and
established, Chinese and international artists to present cutting-edge,
experimental and visionary artistic works which are not necessarily
2.HARVEST II: The Second Annual Chinese Photography EXPO - Art Scene
In what is being dubbed as Shanghai's biggest and best Chinese
contemporary photography show, Art Scene Warehouse announces: Harvest
II, the Second Annual Chinese Photography EXPO. Art Scene Warehouse's
big space is bringing together the works of 16 of China's best
photography artists. Some of the photographers, who come from throughout
China, are among China's most famous and internationally exhibited,
while others are young, emerging photography artists. The show is being
co-curated by Gu Zheng, one of China's most respected photography
curators. Gu curated the Guangzhou Photography Triennial in 2005, one of
China's most important photography shows, as well as an exhibition that
toured 4 USA museums in 2005 and 2006.
The title "HARVEST" refers to the culmination of the 16 Chinese
photographers' hard work, being reaped and sewn at Art Scene Warehouse
for viewers to enjoy. HARVEST also refers to the current autumn season,
when the fruits of labour are reaped in the fields, as the fruits of the
artists' work will be gathered together for a big exposition at Art
Scene Warehouse's exposition.
3. FOREPLAY -- Yang Zhenzhong Solo-Exhibition
Solo Exhibition: YANG Zhenzhong
Shanghart H-Space, Shanghai
Date: nov. 05, 2006 - nov. 30, 2006
The desire to challenge normative notions and fixed formats of social
behavior informs the practices of Yang Zhenzhong's work. He is
pre-occupied with a tendency to invert the order of things and often
touches upon cultural conventions and out-dated social norms. He uses
his diverse aesthetic language to describe what it is that makes up a
community, with its functions, its exchanges, its rules and its
behaviors. Yang Zhenzhong's playful videos, installations and
photographs are more than visual reflections; they are intelligent
comments on the design of contemporary society.
With a sincere attitude, but in a playful manner, the artist explores
the contemporary preoccupation with questions of identity and
perception, and the ability of images to turn apathy into anticipation,
and ordinariness into desirability. He uses part fiction and part
reality that tangles both the euphoric enthusiasm and deep anxiety of
day-to-day experience. His work has lately been described as "an
extraordinary distillation of an artistic practice that couldn't be more
preoccupied with the nature of what is real".
Born in Xiaoshan in 1968, Yang Zhenzhong now lives and works in
Shanghai. Yang Zhenzhong's work has showed at major international
exhibitions, biennales and triennials. Recent exhibitions include China
Contemporary – Art, Architecture and Visual Culture, Museum Boiman van
Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2006), Yang Zhenzhong
Solo-Exhibition, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, UK (2006), and China Power
Station – Part I, Battersea Power Station – The Serpentine Gallery,
London, UK (2006).
4.SHiNE Art Space - Cai Zhisong - Motherland
Date: nov. 15, 2006 - Dec. 15, 2006
The 'Motherland' series consists of three parts: the 'Ode' and 'Custom'
works, which are figurative, and the 'Refinement' object pieces. In his
figurative works Cai creates warriors which take influence from the Qin
dynasty (221-206 BC), the era in which the infamous Xian terracotta
warriors were created. In his interpretations of these ancient soldiers
he implies no symbolic significance concerning this time period however.
What we see is not a literal representation of a historical figure or
one moment in time, but a figure who is representative of the trials and
tribulations that have existed throughout history. We live in a time of
great social flux, where decades of social upheaval have contributed to
a frequently contradictory cultural identity. Cai Zhisong, in the midst
of this turmoil creates sculpture that looks back to the stability of
the past; his work is not a reiteration of Chinese history however, but
a reaffirmation of the past and its relevance to contemporary times. A
variety of materials are used in the artist's works: the clothed figures
and objects are created using lead or bronze, and the nude warriors are
constructed from a fiberglass shell that is covered in small copper
squares, a method which results in a tactile surface which is richly
textured and apparently aged. Cai Zhisong was born in Shenyang, Liaoning
province in 1972 and graduated from the Beijing Academy of Fine Arts in
1997 with his BFA, and in 2001, with his MFA. In this year Cai was also
invited to exhibit at the Paris Autumn Salon, the first time in the
salon's over 100 year history that a Chinese artist had been asked to do
so. Here he won the prestigious Taylor prize and has since gone on to
increasing international success. Today Cai lives and works in Beijing.".
#14? What kind of the sickness? How did it come? Who the hell is the
sick? Them or us? This group of people are taken as the unidentified
sick. They live in the Sickroom #14. They are being observed, and
observing the observers as well. Who on the earth belongs to this
sickroom? Daily 11am-7pm. Free entry.
Besides the live show, some video installations will perform the
interaction with the audience and the theater players. All the viewers
and the viewees are inside and outside it at the same time. During the
week after the theater show, all the props, installations, remnants, and
image and video archives will be shown as a "happening art" exhibition.
"Company Niao" is defined by the international media as a "post-modern
dancing company". The previous work by this company "Tongue's Memory to
the Home" just took the ZKB Award, the 1st prize of Zurich Theather
Spektakel 2006 in Switzerland. As one of the very few groups in mainland
China, which are exploring the possibilities of "Physical Theater",
Company Niao's latest production "Sickroom #14", which will be staged at
DDM Warehouse, is one other physical theater experimentation.
The year of 2006 sees the 10th anniversary of Shanghai Art Fair, a
highly influential platform for the exchange and trade of fine arts. To
improve the organization and standards of this art fair, Shanghai Art
Fair Organization Committee welcomes creative ideas and suggestions from
people at home and abroad. You can offer your advice on how to hold a
world-class and commercially successful art fair.