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locone-admin on Fri, 17 May 2002 09:28:15 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-ro] Xu Tan at Location One

Please join us for an exhibition by Location One artist-in-residence Xu
Spectators may participate both at the Location One gallery and online
at http://www.location1.org/qinghua

An Exhibition by XU TAN
May 23rd - June 29th 2002
Opening Reception May 23rd 6-8 PM

Location One is located at 26 Greene Street NYC 10013, between Grand and
Canal streets.
Subway: Canal Street (N, R, 6, A, C, E, J, M, Z)
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12 - 6 PM
(212) 334-3347

Location One is pleased to announce artist-in-residence Xu Tan's
forthcoming debut solo exhibition in New York City.

QING HUA PORCELAIN (BLUE & WHITE) is a new video/sound installation in
which Xu Tan explores the differences in American and Chinese cultural
interpretations of what is "real" and what is "fake". Although each
culture distinguishes and classifies "real" from "fake", neither clearly
defines these terms.

Xu Tan draws his inspiration from the teachings of philosopher
Chuang-Tzu (circa 250 BC). Successor to Lao Tzu and a foremost proponent
of Taoism, Chuang-Tzu presumed that no matter how alike two things are,
a difference between them can always be found and, conversely, no matter
how different two things are, one can find a similarity between them.
Objective similarities and differences do not justify any particular way
of distinguishing between things.

QING HUA PORCELAIN (BLUE & WHITE) consists of 3 videos in which Xu Tan
posits that situations play out differently depending upon location (in
this case China and America); location relates to culture, therefore
culture plays a role in how one understands the world, interprets "true"
and "false," "authentic" and "fake". Through a dialogue with an American
female friend, Xu Tan sheds light on diverse interpretations of love,
asking the question: "What is true love?" Xu Tan further addresses
differences between "real" and "fake" by recording specialists of Qing
Hua Porcelain - the well known Ming Dynasty china- who discuss the
notion of "authenticity" and the controversy around authenticating these
imported ceramics. Can anyone be certain that a piece is genuine or

On the night of the opening several Blue and White porcelain experts in
locales throughout the world will be connected to the Location One
chatroom (http://www.location1.org/qinghua) to interact with and field
questions from gallery patrons and online spectators. This dialogue will
also be projected live in the gallery space.

QING HUA PORCELAIN (BLUE & WHITE) was partly inspired by a line from the
Chinese short novel, Dream of the Red Chamber that says, "If you turn
something fake into something real, then the real things start to lose
value becoming fake".

Xu Tan was born in Wuhan, Hubei Province in 1957.  In the early 1990's
he joined the "Big Tail Elephant Group" in Guangzhou with Lin Yinlin,
Chen Shaoxiong and Liang Juhui. The aim of this group is to develop
critical strategies for negotiating the rapidly changing economic and
cultural life in China.

We are particularly grateful to the Asian Cultural Council for making Xu
Tan's residency at Location One possible.

Location One (www.location1.org) is a new not-for profit art center,
which fosters the convergence of all types of creative expression. We
maintain a gallery space suitable for every form of performance and
exhibition, and within this space, multimedia net-broadcasting
facilities that allow us to webcast a 24-hour stream of both live and
archived events. Our International Residency Program invites artists
from other countries to experiment with emerging technologies. Location
One is an exploration space for continual creative discovery.

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