Sponsor

Cooperation:
Times Museum, Guangzhou

Beijing Bonwin Contemporary Art Investment Co.,Ltd

China International Exhibition Co.,Ltd

Academic Supporters: 
School of Humanities, China Central Academy of Fine Arts
School of Fine Art, China Central Academy of Fine Arts
School of Arts, Peking University

Sponsor: 
Times Property,Guang Zhou


Publishing Support:
 
Central Compilation & Translation Press


Support: 
Artron Enterprises (Group) Limited
Modern Media Group
Minsheng Art Museum

JADEJAR Media Information Tech.Ltd

Star Gallery

Associated with: 
Goethe-Institut China
Belgium Embassy in China
Het Platform
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Artists

Everyone’ s East Lake Project
Originator:
“Everyone’ s East Lake” Art Project that initiated by an architect Li Juchuan and a photographer Li Yu, both of whom are Wuhan inhabitants.

Origin:
At the end of March 2010, many Wuhan inhabitants read a news in a news weekly from Guangzhou that Shenzhen Overseas Chinese Town Real Estate Corporation snatched with 4.3 billion yuan a piece of land of 3167 mu (211 hectares ) inside Wuhan East Lake Scenery Dist. and its outskirt area. The corporation planned to build two large-sized amusement parks (Happy Valley and Water Wonderland) and two luxury condominiums. The news caused uproars among the local inhabitants who worry about the future of the lake for the real estate project licked up a long piece of lake shore even some part of the water area.
That’ s background the art project was proposed by two artists. Facing the upcoming transitions of this biggest city lake, censorship of the reports and control of the public opinion, the two artists decided to try to use art as a channel to speak out the concerns. In the public initiative notice the artists wrote: ” … Right now, the only thing we know is that, at least for the moment, there’ s plenty of lakeshore open for us. For the moment, the lake is not the playground for the few. For this moment, there is still no need to buy tickets. So we want to offer a suggestion: let’ s all head down to the lake, as quickly as possible. It might be the last chance we have to freely enjoy East Lake as we know it. ”

Details of the plan:
The art project is open for everyone. Two initiators publicized their proposal on internet. There are two parts to the project: First, every participant visiting the lake must create a work with East Lake and its subjetc. Second, participants must then upload instantly their creations to a website created specially for the projetc.(www.donghu2010.org). The participants can carry through their own projects in any time in the time period set by the art project amd any place of the lake shore or water area. The initiators hoped this project could form a convergence and share platform for a common concern. 

Historical events:
The project kicked off on June 25th. Its creators had originally envisioned it as one month long event but later extended another month. In two months, it had recorded submissions from 52 different participants with 58 pieces of works. Another two participants created two works after the expiry, finally, the works added to 60 pieces. The participants have different vocations and identities, the artists, designers, architects, punk players, theater workers, musicians, poets, scholars, freelance, teachers, students and the unemployed. The ages ranged from 1950’ s- to 1990’ s-born. Most participants are from Wuhan, but some come from Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hangzhou. It also involved the participants who born in Wuhan but lives outside also come back to take part in the projetc. The location of the works carried out almost covered all the region of the lakeshore that we could be freely to reach. 

Web Site:www.donghu2010.org

Feng Feng

Born in Hei Longjiang in 1966. Graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art. Currently lives and works in Guangzhou.

He once held such a solo exhibition as KILL YOUR DREAMS: By Feng Feng,Liu Qingyuan,Zhu Fangqiong Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, 2008 etc.

 His works participated in group exhibitions such as The 54th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia  Cataclastic Culture = Identity Today? New Art Exhibition From ChinaVenice, Italy, 2011, The Trio: Cross Over Special exhibition in the Atlantic Art FairLos Anglos, US, 2011and MY BONE, FLESH, AND SKIN, Asian Contemporary Art Fair New York New York, US, 2008 etc.


Huang Yongping
Born in Fujian in 1954. In 1982 graduated from Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts . Currently lives and works in Paris.
He once held such a solo exhibition as Nottingham Contemporary Art Exhibition (Nottingham, UK, 2011) etc. His works participated in group exhibitions such as Xiamen Dada (Cultural Palace of Xiamen, Xiamen, 1986), The Spectacle of the Everyday The 10th Biennial of Lyon (Lyon, France, 2005), the 48th/50th Biennale di VeneziaVenice, Italyetc.

Liu Chuang

Born in Hubei in 1978. Graduated from Hubei Institute of Fine Arts.Currently lives and works in Beijing.

He once held such a solo exhibition as 51’ 13# Liu Chuang Taikang Space, Beijing, 2010 etc. His works participated in group exhibitions such as China Power StationPinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, Italy, 2010, Armory Show 2010New York, US, 2010and The Generational: Younger Than Jesus New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, US,  2009 etc.

Qiu Zhijie
Born in Fujian of China in 1969. Graduated from China Academy of Fine Art. Currently lives and works in Beijing and Hangzhou.
He once held such a solo exhibition as Twilight of the Idols(The House of World Culture, Berlin, Germany, 2009) etc. His works participated in group exhibitions such as  The 53rd Biennale di Venezia(Venice, Italy, 2009), The Real Things: Contemporary Chinese Art(Tate Liverpool, UK, 2007) and  The 25th San Polo Biennial(San Polo, Brazil, 2002)etc.

Sui Jianguo

Born in Shandong in 1956. In 1989, graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts. Currcntly lives and works in Beijing.

He once held such a solo exhibition as Sui Jianguo-The Sleep of ReasonAsian Art Museum,

San Francisco, US, 2005etc.

His works participated in group exhibitions such as Contemporary Sculpture China Korea JapanOsaka Museum, Osaka, Japan, 2003, Between Heaven and Hell:Classical Elements

in Contemporary ArtOstende Museum of Art, Ostende, Belgium,  2001and Avant-garde-

Chinese Contemporary Sculpture Art Exhibition Holland, 2005etc.

Wang Yuyang

Born in Hei longjiang in1979. In 2008 graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts. Currently lives and works in Beijing.

He once held such a solo exhibition as One Painting 2009, Art Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, 2009etc. His works participated in group exhibitions such as  Warm Up Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, 2009, Cine Cine Cine!!! Chinese Contemporary Art Beyond the Global MarketStrozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy, 2008 and  Incheon International Digital Art Festival Incheon, Korea, 2010 etc.


Yang Jian
Born in Fujian in 1982. Graduated from Art College of Xiamen University. Currently lives and works in Beijing.

He once held such a solo exhibition as Are we more stupid than before? Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, Netherland, 2010etc. His works participated in group

exhibitions such as End to EndHarvestworks Digtial Media Art Center, New York, US, 2011, Infinitely Close to the FrontGuangdong Museum of Art,  Guangzhou, 2011 and Image Art after 2009online eventTate Britain, UK, 2009etc.

Yuan Yunsheng
Born in Jiangsu in 1937. Graduated from China Central Academy of Fine Arts. Currently Lives and works in Beijing.
He once held such several solo exhibitions in the gallerys in Losangeles, New York, London, Amsterdam, Taipei, Beijing International Art Center, Cambridge. His works participated in group exhibitions such as Seoul International Olympic Art Exhibition (Seoul, Korea, 1988), Works by Teachers at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts(Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, 2010etc.

Zhang Liaoyuan
Born in Shandong in 1980. Graduated from China Academy of Fine Art. Currently lives and works in Hangzhou.

He once held such a solo exhibition as An exhibition Bizart Art Center, Shanghai, 2008 etc.His works participated in group exhibitions such as Jungle A Close-Up Focus on Chinese Contemporary Art Trends Platform  China Space, Beijing, 2010, Incheon International Digital Art FestivalIncheon, Korea, 2010 and Titanic KOGANECHO BAZAAR, Yokohama, Japan, 2008 etc.

Zhang Nan
Born in Henan in 1987. In 2009  graduated from Hubei Academy of Fine Arts. Currently lives and works in Beijing.

Her works participated in group exhibitions such as Harmonious DifferencesSecond Experimental Art Exhibition in China Central Academy of  Fine Art Central Academy of  Fine Art, Beijing, 2010, Wuhan International Music Festival  Jiangtan Park, Wuhan, 2008 etc.











Curatorial Team

Curators Introduction

 

Wang Huangsheng

Ph.D of Nanjing Art Institute, Director of CAFA Art Museum. He was the director of Guangdong Museum of Art from 2000 to 2009, founded and organized ‘Guangzhou Triennial’ and ‘Guangzhou Photo Biennial’. Exhibitions curated include: ‘The Humanism in China: A Contemporary Record of Photograph’, ‘Documentary Exhibition of Art in Mao Zedong’s Era, ‘20 Years of Experimentation on Chinese Ink-and-water Paintings ’, ‘CAFAM  Art Season of Life Magazine’‘Self-image: Woman Art in China’, etc. His published books include: artistic theory monograph Art History of Chinese Painting: Landscape Volume and other personal publications of art. His is the chief-editor of many periodicals and exhibition catalogues, such as Art Museum and University & Art Museum. He also acts as Vice-director of the Experts Committee of China National Art Museum, specially-appointed professor in Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Nanjing Art Institute and South China Normal University, and obtained the knight medal awarded of Italy and France.

 

Pi Li

Ph.D of the Central Academy of Fine Arts where he works now. He has curated many exhibitions such as ‘Under Construction’ (Tokyo Opera City Art Museum), ‘Multimedia Art Asia Pacific’ (Beijing World Art Museum), ‘Image is Power’ (HeXiangNing Art Museum) etc. He is the assistant curator of ‘Sao Paulo Art Biennial (2002)’, ‘Shanghai Biennale (2002)’ and ‘What about China? (Centre Pompidou)’. He is also one of the founders of Tomarts website and special chief-editor of Modern Art.

 

Guo Xiaoyan

Chief Operating Officer of Minsheng Art Institute, Vice-Director of Minsheng Art Museum. She found the first non-profit gallery ‘Upriver’ (Chengdu) in 1999, held the position of Guangdong Museum of Art Curator between 2002 and 2007, which has established her as one of the pioneers in the development of art institutions in China. Exhibitions curated include: ‘The 2nd GuangZhou Triennial’, ‘From Polar Region to Tie Xi Qu: Contemporary Art Exhibition in Northeast China’, ‘Aftershock-Contemporary British Art 1990-2006’,  ‘Asian City Network’ (China part) at Seoul Museum of Art, ’Liu Xiaodong: Painting from Life’, ‘Breaking Forecast: 8 key figures of China’s new generation artists’, ‘Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art (1979-2009)’, program ‘Hometown boy: Liu Xiaodong’ and documentary film by Hou Hsiao-Hsien.

 

Wang Chunchen

Ph.D of Art History and associate professor, vice-director of CAFA Art Museum Curatorial Research Department, specialized in contemporary art theory and new media art. He has published the translations of After the End of Art, The Abuse of Beauty, Art Since 1940, Contemporary Art Theory Since 1985, The Language of Art History and so on, and the monologue of Art Intervenes in Society. His courses include ‘Contemporary Art Theory’, ‘Western Classic Readings on Art’, ‘Contemporary Photography’, ‘The Politics of Images’, etc. The exhibitions curated are ‘Mixed Maze-Five Chinese Photographers (London) ’, ‘This Ability–International New Media Art Exhibition’ (CAFAM), ‘China’s Contemporary Art Today’ (Seoul), ‘Supernatural–China’s Photography in the New Century’ (New York), ‘Nomadic Reality: New Photography in China’ (New York), ‘Walking Together – German & Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition’ (Wuhan), etc.

 

 

Forum Director Introduction

 

Wang Min’an

Born in 1969, cultural theorist and professor of Foreign Literature Institute, Beijing Foreign Studies University. His research is focus on critical theory, cultural studies and literature. Main works include: Who is Roland Barthes, Modernity, Body, Space and Postmodernity, etc. He is also the chief-editor of theoretic periodical Producing.

 

 

Theme

The 1st CAFAM Biennale: Super-Organism
Research and Experiment from a Specific View

 
1.ABOUT THE CAFAM BIENNALE
 
‘CAFAM’ is an acronym for the Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, abbreviated as the ‘CAFAM Biennale,’ the full title is ‘The Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum Biennale,’ and it will be held every two years.
 
The CAFAM Biennale is founded on a broad vision of contemporary culture, and it references the framework, structure and unique characteristics of international biennales, from a Chinese cultural standpoint, and utilizing the academic research background of the Central Academy of Art, it attempts to explore historical and literary issues, emphasizing the creativity and conscious nature of art as it explores the vanguard in cultural thinking, research and exhibition modes, constructing an international platform for academic research and artistic dialogue.
 
The CAFAM Biennale will address the most pressing issues in contemporary art, inviting curators, artists and experts from across the world to conceive and participate in the exhibition, to produce and exhibit art works, join in seminars and produce publications. Furthermore, with the goal of making the exhibition a social and cultural event, CAFAM will work to facilitate and encourage the student community and the public in attending generous programming featuring interactive and educational events.
 
2.ABOUT THE SUPER-ORGANISM CAFAM BIENNALE 2011
The theme of the inaugural CAFAM Biennale in 2011 is ‘Super-Organism.’
 
Interrogating thought processes and human habits related to material desire (or the elimination of those desires), ‘Super-Organism’ attempts to outline notions of the surreal in contemporary society. ‘Organic’ and ‘inorganic’ become homologous categories that classifying the material world. Among our human activities, material objects permeate all our activities, our participation, they reform our dreams and desires. Humans endeavor to achieve a sense of self-worth and to fulfill their desires in this material world, and thus the universe and history become sociologically significant, constructed social entities.
 
In an overview of human history, it was human material desire (or the desire to eliminate it) that produced new cultural thinking and practice at every historical moment. Moreover, ‘supra-desire’, ‘supra-imaginative’, ‘surreal’ and ‘supra-rational’ activities continue to create ‘phenomenon’ with sociological meanings, such as ‘social phenomenon’, ‘technological phenomenon’, ‘biographical phenomenon’, ‘cultural phenomenon’ or ‘genetic phenomenon.’ We live in such a wonderland, enjoying extraordinary delights, while we simultaneously bear the misery of hollowness and delusion.
 
Art is one way to express the significance in this ‘super-organism’, the boundaries of art have been enlarged and the conventional cognitive methodologies have been overturned as this concept of ‘transcending’ a new language of knowledge comes into being. In a sense, contemporary art is a system that creates new possibilities for interpreting human knowledge, it transcends vision, concepts and language. Thus, the theme of the ‘CAFAM Biennale 2011’ will unfold around the notions of ‘machine’, ‘urbanity’, ‘body’ and ‘bio-politics’. We believe, these four important and pressing topics, within their cultural and political meaning, create a scene that engenders a ‘super-organism’, they breakthrough all previous narrow definitions, widen boundaries and invent new forms - Gilles Deleuze’s process of deterritorialisation displays a ‘super-organic’ way of looking, and this is precisely the global cultural-political condition of which the CAFAM Biennale speaks.
 
3.EXHIBITION STRUCTURE
Super-Machine
Today, the machine has outgrown his originally narrow definition to become became an organic, integrated part of the human body. No longer dialectical opposites, it has become united with the human body to create a new type of composite matter, which we call the cyborg. Our lives have become realms where machines and humans coexist.
 
Super-Urbanity
Rural areas are devoured in the process of urbanization, but now, a contrary process has come into being, where the rural has injected itself into modern urban culture. Cities assume a strong sense of the countryside, citizens have characteristics similar to rural folk, and while our metropolises continue to swell, we may have to reconsider the frontiers between city and countryside, and where the boundaries of the city truly lie.
 
Super-Body
The human body has been inscribed with a brand of power, it is the place where history and society have always left their traces. No longer the realm of self-complacence, it has become a reflection on historical remains. From the inner side, we doubt the conventional dichotomy of flesh and spirit, nowadays the body is the true location of self-genesis.
 
Bio-politics
Macro-politics based upon ideology should be brought to an end! Political beliefs, whether leaning left or right, have come to an end. These quotidian incidents are political, micro-politics will thus cling tightly to daily life. The aims of these specific politics are specific freedom.
 
‘Super-Organism’ Archive Study
This section presents the historical archives and documents related to ‘Super-Organism’ with the aim to enrich the multi-angle understanding of the exhibition and to encourage discussion on different levels.
 
Special Program
The exhibition will also include Independent International Programs from Belgium and Germany, which introduce the cut-edge experiments on the cross-discipline integration among contemporary art, science and other academic fields, in order to promote interaction and dialogues with the topic‘Super-Organism’.
 
4.ARTISTS INVITED 
52 artists/groups from China, Belgium, France, Germany, South Korea, South Africa, the UK and the USA will present their works.
 
5.FORUM
As an important segment of the CAFAM Biennale, four forums will be held from the end of May 2011 to the end of October 2011. Each forum will discuss topics related to the exhibition: machine, urbanity, body and bio-politics. Each session will feature four scholars versed in the literature, and the aim of these forum is to extend cultural discussions through interactive dialogue, putting the exhibition into a visual narrative context.     
 
6.EXHIBITION SCHEDULE
The ‘CAFAM Biennale 2011’ is scheduled to run from 20 September 2011 to 30 October 2011.
 
7.EXHIBITION VENUE
CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
 
8.PUBLICATION SCHEDULE
«Super-Organism CAFAM Biennale 2011» Exhibition Catalogue
A catalog of exhibited art works, including essays that bring forward innovative ways for reading and presentation the art works.
Forum Series «Super-Organism Forum Texts»
A register of the dialogue texts from the forum; noting the vivid ideas and the interesting bits of wisdom.
The «Super-Organism Reader»
Collecting articles and digests from philosophers and ideologists, the aim of the reader is to give a multi-dimensional representation and forward-looking picture of human thought in relation to the exhibition.
 
9.EXHIBITION ORGANIZATION
Exhibition Host: CAFA Art Museum
 
Art Director-General: Pan Gongkai
Art Director: Xu Bing
Curatorial Team: Wang Huangsheng, Pi Li, Guo Xiaoyan, Wang Chunchen
Forum Director: Wang Min’an

Contact

Tel:86-10-64771575      
Fax:86-10-64771699 
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Web:www.cafamuseum.org 
E-mail: museum@cafa.edu.cn 
Address: Chaoyang District, South Street, take the Central Academy of Fine Arts, 8 Museum