8th Shanghai Biennale - 2010
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WHAT IS REHEARSAL?——A Curatorial Thinking of the 8th Shanghai Biennale

source: Shanghai biennale website

Curatorial Team of the 8th Shanghai Biennale

Theme: ‘Rehearsal’
Curatorial Team: FAN Di’An, LI Lei, GAO Shiming
Executive Curator: GAO Shiming
Curatorial Assistant: HUA Yi
Opening Time: Oct. 23, 2010 (Sat.)
Opening Duration: Oct. 24, 2010 through Jan. 23, 2011

Why Rehearsal?

The last two years have witnessed the latest global crisis. As if on cue, almost concurrently, an unprecedented crisis also befell contemporary art on a global scale. This one is no spiritual crisis experienced by modernists in the depths of their individual creativity, but a malarial torpor endemic to today’s world, or alternatively, a malaise of the system – the fact that the creativity of individual artists fails to match that of the system of artistic production, and by a wide margin. Artists cannot rid themselves of the sinking feeling that they are in the system’s employment, made to order by society at large. Everywhere we look, artists are cosplaying their roles.

The 8th Shanghai Biennale raises the following question: What is suppressing and constraining the power of the heart in the economic and political context of contemporary art? Is it because of the ‘invisible hand’ of the art world? Or is it because of ‘trends’ in the international art market? Should we blame all the identikit mega-exhibitions worldwide? Or the omni-present mass culture? Artists are becoming more and more constrained and boring and we are dragged into a ‘post-history’ malaise. So how should we describe this state clearly? How can we get out of the dilemma of creation in the context of an art system constituted by seamless and endless international dialogue, mega exhibitions, art fairs and transnational capital? How do we identify the internal frontiers of the ‘art world’ hijacked by global capitalism while we are ourselves part of it? Is contemporary artistic practice capable of generating a new Produktionsverhältnisse – system of production – beyond the throttles of institutional critique and social participation?

The 8th Shanghai Biennale defines itself as a ‘rehearsal’ and as a reflective space of performance. ‘Rehearsal’ is not only a strategy or a special form of exhibition. It’s travelling art and opening to all the audience. ‘Rehearsal’ focuses on the full process of exhibition and on creativity itself. The exhibition hall is not only the medium for the artworks, but also a changing space that can trigger creativity. As Brecht has noted, ‘Actors in rehearsal do not wish to ‘realize’ an idea. Their task is to awaken and organize the creativity of the other. Rehearsals are experiments, aiming to explore the many possibilities of here and now. The rehearser’s task is to expose all stereotyped, clichéd and habitual solutions.’ The ‘rehearsal’ of the 8th Shanghai Biennale is a self-performative act by the art world, a wake up call to itself and an attempt at self-liberation. Rehearsal is wielded against ‘performance’, ‘production’ and ‘discursive practice’. The responsibility of the curators is to differentiate, organize and then mobilize. Today many exhibitions are restricted in the theatre, but for this biennale, the theatre and rehearsal are not only spaces for exhibition, but methods of creation, exhibition and communication. We hope that the biennale will be able to promote interaction between artists. The elements of venue, narration and social participation have become key concepts in contemporary visual art, so we also hope that we can explore these areas in the mode of ‘rehearsal’.

As the space of communication between art and the public, the exhibition is like an enclave transcending everyday reality. It’s located within the quotidian, yet goes beyond it. Its mode of existence is not unlike that of the theatre. The exhibition is the theatre of contemporary art. The exhibition not only reformulates/represents everyday life, but also provides a vehicle for its own representative polity. It is the autonomous region of art, within which artists are also legislators. This is surely the most precious legacy of modernism. But why do artists still harbor doubts about exhibitions, even while they crave the opportunity to exhibit? Why are we still somewhat perplexed by artists’ reliance on them? For artists, the exhibition is fast becoming the primary venue of creativity, hijacking their work and transforming it into something systematized and automated. In the last decade, even institutional critique has become a standard trope in this industrialized art production. Even more worryingly, the exhibition – once art's autonomous enclave in the public domain – has turned into a hub for production, exposition and consumption of global capital…

On the other hand, if art is indeed ‘an everyday practice’, then where is the need for the exhibition? Art as a social activity is a nexus that connects and shares inter-subjective encounters. It therefore aims to pit the group against the public, neighborhood against propaganda, and the mutating quotidian against ‘pop culture’ - that nebulous construction tailor-made and co-opted by media and the establishment, consisting of almost pure ideology. So, can the exhibition be considered the battleground for this antagonism? Or on the contrary, is exhibition, as art’s autonomous dominion, merely a theme park of little import trapped in the much larger and more real everyday space of social communication?

But the exhibition is not solely intended for communication between disparate subjects. It is not just a space for networking, release or realization. It is primarily a creative space. The paradox of the exhibition lies in the impossible mission of presenting that which cannot be represented. In every era there is always that which defies representation. This is not to say that which resists representation is already in existence and cannot be represented due to restrictions imposed by human beings. In reality, these things did not exist prior to the act of ‘representation’. They are generated in that act. The ‘representation’ that reveals what was previously invisible is not an act of resistance, but rather one of active construction. Exhibitions are not all about the releasing of works of art, but rather the creation of a scenario. It is exactly here that the exhibition becomes simultaneously theatre and ‘anti-theatre’ . After Brecht and Artaud, the theatre as a stage for representation has all but collapsed. The theatre has broken with its own tradition of autonomy. ‘Drama’ and ‘venue', the two elements which make up the Chinese word for theatre, have been separated and then reunited.

The rupture between ‘drama’ and ‘scene’ is where ‘rehearsal’ can be a venue for self-purging and redemption. ‘Rehearsals’ are not formal performances. They are not repeatable and forgettable experiments; rehearsals can turn any social space into a theatre and vice versa. During rehearsals, the theatre is no longer the designated stage for the performance of seeing and being seen, or a representational space that excludes reality. It is rather a space subjected to constant self-appreciation, interruption and deconstruction. Rehearsing finds itself in the no man’s land between the onstage and offstage, and hence falls into the limbo between theatre and everyday life.

In Bergman’s film Efter Repetitionen (After the Rehearsal), everything that matters happens outside the theatre. Theatre rehearsals and real life, which by definition cannot be rehearsed (What are they? Politics, history and…life) are intertwined. At the end of 8½, Fellini places all actors and roles onto the stage for a carnival. They are both the roles and the actors’ own selves (Isn’t an actor a kind of role in some way?) This is a ‘rehearsal’, a drill, an ‘intermediate state of expression’; more convincing and relaxed than acting, since pauses and fresh starts are always available options.

So, is it possible to rehearse an exhibition? Does the artist have to rehearse as the actor does, for the purpose of exhibited creation? Is the opening moment of an exhibition the consummation of artistic production? Or are exhibitions rehearsals? Can they be otherwise?

All exhibitions aspire towards an announcement, a last show, a perfect theatre. In fact, they are but rehearsals. Because upon entering the theatre, all members of the audience wear the ‘mask’ of spectator (in theatres in ancient Greece, personality was but a mask of difference). Popular theatre experience has coaxed builders, teachers, business people and students, members of the multitude of infinite difference, into playing the part of ‘the audience’. At the time of rehearsal, the theatre is an open space, since the audience has yet to descend, and everybody present is participating in the rehearsal. Precisely because we are merely the cast of ‘art, the epic drama', artistic judgments are for us also historical judgments. There is no finishing line to history; therefore the history of art still hangs in balance.

Exhibitions are rehearsals. Compared to theatre performances, ‘the rehearsal studio’ of the exhibition seems more grounded in real life. However, it is not exactly so, since the everyday has already turned into a theatre. Only in rehearsal can we extricate ourselves from the theatre of everyday life, virtually a dictatorship over the individual, and then enter into the moment of liberation in the politics of real life.

Exhibitions are rehearsals. Theatrical performances do not guarantee liberation. For performance pronounces the end of acting, which then becomes an incident quickly absorbed by real life. In the theatre, the audience merely enters from one play into another, from one dream into the next. We have not escaped from the ineptitude of ‘a part in the play’, as we remain subject to a collective dreamland, passive in our tailor-made otherness. Only in rehearsal does the audience actually get to participate as subjects. But this runs counter to the so-called social engagement and public participation, the latter often suggestive of artistic intervention and participation in society at large, as if the artists were not there in the first place. Even when the artist enters the theatre of everyday life, they are still "sovereign", looking down on "the public" or on society; whereas ‘rehearsals’ invite the public into the studio to participate in artistic production, just as, actors and lighting technicians, teachers and students, politicians and engineers all climb onstage during the rehearsals. In a ‘participatory’ context, the ‘public’ and ‘society’ are singular, undifferentiated, whilst in rehearsing studios, all participants retain their individuality, laden with infinite difference, as part of an undefined ‘multitude’.

Exhibitions are rehearsals. ‘Rehearsing’ is liberating, since everything is undecided. In the framework of the 8th Shanghai Biennale, curating is not about reaching conclusions, or investigating or representing, but about organizing rehearsals. As long as a rehearsal is going on, the theatre of exhibition will remain open to the future. Today, the productivity of the art system far outstrips individual creativity. As a result the artists cannot rid themselves of the nagging feeling that they are on the payroll of the art system and ‘made to order’ by society. Everywhere we look, artists are cosplaying their roles. ‘Rehearsing’ requires artists to strip off their costumes and walk out of the institutionalized theatre of art production, to sever their ties with the theatre of everyday life, to become the ‘undefined’, to return to our rehearsing studio and plunge into spontaneous, unfettered rehearsal.

For the 8th Shanghai Biennale, ‘rehearsal’ is not a metaphor for a form of exhibition, but a way of thinking and operating strategy. What the Biennale aims to achieve is to invite a wide range of participants – artists, curators, critics, collectors, museum directors, and members of the audience – a to rehearse in the Biennale, a fertile theatre to reflect on the relations between art experimentation and the art system, between individual creativity and the public domain.

The Biennale will invite curatorial institutions such as Performa and the Long March Project to be partners, to promote institutional innovation. An ‘Acting Committee’ will be formed at the executive level to assist the curators in their academic research and the organization of events. This team will include academics, artists and curators to assist with the rehearsals.

How to be Rehearsal?

In 1924, Tret’iakov, a futurist writer in the former Soviet Union, wrote a revolutionary poem Roar China!;
In 1926, the play Roar China! was performed by left-wing activists in Moscow;
On October 27th, 1930, the avant-garde play Roar China! premiered in Martin Beck Theatre, New York;
In 1934, a series of illustrations of the play, also named Roar China!, were drawn by Liuxian, a member of the Unnamed Association;
In 1935, a black-and-white woodcut print Roar China! was created by Li Hua, a Chinese artist;
In 1937, International Brigades volunteer Langston Hughes published the anti-fascist song Roar, China! in Volunteer for Liberty.

This story spanned various locations, Shanghai, the Soviet Union, New York and Spain, through the 1920s and 1930s. It was a real-life ‘rehearsal’ from art and political history. It offers us a way to reconsider the complex relationship between the avant-garde and revolution, revolution and internationalism, internationalism and nation state, state and politics, politics and art, art and avant-garde/revolution. 80 years on, the 8th Shanghai Biennale, another international ‘rehearsal’, involve a number of different locations as a tribute to those golden years.

The ‘rehearsal’ of the 8th Shanghai Biennale will start in June 2010, and will include four acts.

Act I. Ho Chi Minh Trail

In cooperation with the Long March Project, the Ho Chi Minh Trail project will be run in Beijing from June to September, 2010. Its theme is ‘from creation to rehearsal’. The Long March Project is one of the most influential curatorial projects in China promoting the development of Chinese contemporary art and discourse. The ongoing Ho Chi Minh Trail project is a part the Long March Project, and Act I of the ‘rehearsal’ will make a case study of the Ho Chi Minh Trail to verify the idea of ‘cultural creation’, and to explore the significance of the paradigm shift from ‘creation’ to ‘rehearsal’. This rehearsal will be an opportunity to exchange artworks and ideas in China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The rehearsal will also be a chance to discuss the role of art and ideas in redefining the nexus of ‘self-history-society’. Ho Chi Minh Trail involves research (2008-2009), an educational forum (July 2009), field trips (June to July 2010), ‘rehearsal’ (September to November 2010), ‘theatre’ (October 2010 to February 2011) and ‘database’. The ‘rehearsal’ and ‘theatre’ components will be a part of the 8th Shanghai Biennale.

Act II. A Guiding Light

In cooperation with PERFORMA, Shanghai Biennale will perform Act II in New York in the middle of November 2010. PERFORMA is committed to studying the role that ‘venue’ and performance art played in the art history in the 20th century and its future in the 21st century. It creates social critique with its performances, and has built itself into one of the most exciting events in the global biennale community. In its New York part, the artists Liam Gillick and Anton Vidokle will invite a group of artists, critics, and curators to consider and discuss proposals for the Shanghai Biennial. We hope that participants can be released from their original roles by this group ‘rehearsal’, which will focus on the complex relationship between works and reality, theatre and rehearsal, society and art world. It aims to cover the issues of performance as art and ‘public participation’ in contemporary art, in the context of ‘Utopia’ and left wing artistic trends after the emergence of modernism. There will be discussions on the troubles and deadlocks artists encounter while creating art. A Guiding Light takes its title from the longest running television soap opera, which was cancelled last year after running on radio and then television for 72 years. This reference proposes a provocative parallel between soap operas and art practice. A Guiding Light frustrates the traditional concept of rehearsal. Its goal is not the perfection of a repertoire, but a heightened state of potentiality. Rehashing the impetus of the work becomes the work itself, deferring a sense of completion, thus fulfilling Shanghai Biennale’s proposal for the creation of a reflective space of performance.

Act III. Rehearsal in Shanghai Art Museum

From October 23, 2010, to February 2011 the theme exhibition Rehearsal will be presented in Shanghai Art Museum. Focusing on the narrative capacity and site-specificity of contemporary art, the exhibition will conjure ainter-media theatre, reflecting on time, virtuality and experience. Performance and intensive interaction among media and formats will run in parallel, activating multiple images of time and to spatialising the time experience of the audience. The audience may walk from scene to scene, following an integral narrative context constituted of work from different artists. These ‘biennale scenes’, engaging in memory, manoeuvre and construction, present an emotional field with a quirky twist. In this sense, the ‘rehearsal’ of the 8th Shanghai Biennale could be transcendental adventures along the wandering roads between the performance and its stage.

Act IV Artist to Rent

WHW (Ivet Ćurlin, Ana Dević, Nataša Ilić, Sabina Sabolović).
Gernot Faber (Lutz Krueger, Sebastian Reuss, Oliver Cole)

In cooperation with the radical curatorial group WHW, Shanghai Biennale will perform Act IV between Shanghai and Europe. WHW will provide a ‘script’ that Gernot Faber will give a form. This ‘script’ will be in the form of a reading list that carries meaning for both WHW and Gernot Faber, involving overcoming the obstacles of translation, mutual prejudice, gaps in knowledge and the relationship between politics and art. Questions will be raised and discussed (Why self-management? What does art have to do with agitation? What are limits of the artist-curator relationship? How do collectives negotiate? What is ‘presented’ and what is hidden? Who is agitation for? Is the ‘audience’ necessary?) In the European rehearsal, the first part of the Act will be a seminar, held on December 3-4th. The seminar will be realized as a collaboration with the Viennese collective Tranzit, and WHW and Tranzit’s long-term collaborative project ‘Sweet Sixties’. The title of the seminar is ‘Sweet Sixties: Movements and Spaces’. One module will discuss self-management in Yugoslavia, its ideas, context, structures, failures and heritage, as a kind of geo-political and political background to the 1960s. The seminar will move to the space of culture, one module focusing on art from the 60s (using ideas like the New Tendencies movement and events like a Music Biennial or Genre Film Festival). In this module, the focus will be on the idea of self organization and the collaborations and tensions between cultural systems and cultural production. The last module will research physical space, going more in the direction of urbanism and architecture.
The second part, the exhibition of Act IV, will open in mid January, and will last for a month and a half. It will be collaboration with Gernot Faber, who willproduce another version of the work exhibited at the Shanghai Biennale.

organized by What, How and for Whom/WHW (Zagreb)

Scene 1.
Gernot Faber for WHW: An Artist to Rent (Shangai Biennial)
Scene 2.
Sweet Sixties: spaces and movements, seminar co-organized with Tranzit. at (Gallery Nova, Zagreb)
Scene 3.
Renting in process (Gallery Nova, Zagreb)

Interlude. The Past Decade of Chinese Live Art

In 2010, Chinese live art will be celebrate its 10th anniversary. From experimental theatre to media performance, from ‘post-sensitivity’ to ‘joint scene’, the inter-medium explorations of Chinese contemporary art have produced their own unique form. Now it is time for us to inquire into the consequences of these explorations over the past decade. What results hasthe specific practice of live art in the Chinese contemporary art scene created? Is it a kind of spectacularized exhibition culture? How can we revise defined relationship between the contemporary art scene and real life? How can we define the Chinese mode of live art? Have we reached a point of historical retrospection, celebrating the past decade, or are we rather at an intermission? When the actors come offstage, waiting for the signal for the next act to begin, at that exact moment, they are located in a limbo between reality and stage, life and theatre.
As the Interlude program of the Biennale, we’ll invite the active practitioners in Chinese live art to transform the documentary exhibition The Past Decade of Chinese Live Art into a site of performativity in open dialogue with history. What is the VENUE? What is the PERFORMANCE? What is the THEATRE? What is the AUDIENCE? What is SOCIAL PARTICIPATION? What is HISTORY? What is MEMORY? What is REHEARSAL?

Act V. From West Heavens To Cathay: India-China Summit on Social Thought

Act V will run from late October 2010 to January 2011 in Shanghai. This summit starts with the opening of the Shanghai Biennale, and will involve seven lecture-forums. Seven internationally-renowned Indian scholars have been invited to Shanghai, one every two weeks, to give an original lecture and engage in a dialogue with Chinese scholars. Act V also includes the publication of a series of books entitled Readers in Indian Contemporary Social Thinking (550,000 words, 8 volumes, bilingual in Chinese and English). This Act is presented as a part of the West Heavens project, started by the Institute of Visual Culture (China Academy of Art) to , promote cultural exchanges within Asia, present the latest ideas, re-evaluate the international academic scene and encourage new thinking in China. The participants are: Homi Bhabha, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Partha Chatterjee, Ashis Nandy, Prasenjit Duara, Tejaswini Niranjana, Geeta Kapur, Sarat Maharaj, Chen Kuan-hsing, Wang Hui, Zhao Tingyang,Wang Xiaoming, Chen Yizhong,Lu Xinghua,He Zhaotian, Chen Si, Raqs Media Collective.

Shanghai Art Museum Lecture Hall (325 West Nanjing Road)

Oct 24 – Dec 18, 2010

Lecture:10:00 - 12:30
Panel Discussion:14:45 - 18:00

HYPERLINK http://westheavens.net

※Simultaneous Interpretation provided in English and Chinese.

Commissioner: Chang Tsong-Zung (Johnson Chang)
Lecture Curators:Chen Kuan-hsing, Gao Shiming
Presented by:Shanghai Art Museum,Institute of Visual Culture (China Academy of Art)
Co-presented by:Hanart TZ Gallerr,Moonchu Foundation
Supported by: Mingsheng Art Museum, The Institute, Consulate General of India in Shanghai, Nanfang Daily Press, Verdant Foundation, David Tang Wing-Cheung

West Heavens includes an art exhibition and a parallel series of intellectual forums. It will mark the first major artistic engagement between India (historically referred to as the West Heavens in Chinese Buddhist texts) and China. The central premise of WEST HEAVENS is an investigation of historical and contemporary categories of local belonging and trans-local imagination.

For the academic part we are planning to invite eight Indian scholars to visit China separately, to encourage in-depth exchange with Chinese colleagues. The exchange will hopefully stimulate ideas for joint research efforts in the cultural field. West Heavens: Readers of Current India Thought with selected essays by the lecturers is published and could be bought in the Museum bookstore and 128 West Nanjing Road.


Sunday, Oct 24, 2010
Sarat Maharaj’s Lecture
Lecturer: HYPERLINK "http://westheavens.net/en/sarat-maharaj/" Sarat Maharaj, Visiting Research Professor of Goldsmiths, University of London

Host: Chang Tsong-zung (Johnson Chang)
Guests: Tsun-shing Chen, Raqs Media Collective,Qiu Zhijie,Leung Man-tao

Saturday, Oct 30, 2010
Tagore, China and The Critique of Nationalism
Lecturer: Partha Chatterjee, Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University,New York

Host: Wang Xiaoming
Guests: Wang Hui,Dai Jinhua,Zhang Rulun,Ni Wei

Saturday, Nov 20, 2010
Sustainability and the Crisis of Transcendence
Lecturer: Prasenjit Duara, Raffles Professor of the Humanities at the National University of Singapore

Host: Gao Shiming
Guests: Wang Mingming, I-Chung Chen,Chen Si

Saturday, Dec 4, 2010
Creativity, Freedom and the Politics of Cosmopolitanism
Lecturer: Ashis Nandy, Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi

Host: Kuan-Hsing Chen
Guests: Han Shaogong,He Zhaotian, Ngoi Guat Peng, Lee Jeong-hoon

Saturday, Dec 11, 2010
The Composition of ‘Indian’ in National and Trans-national Spaces
Lecturer: Tejaswini Niranjana, Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore

Host: Wang Anyi
Guests: Chen Huifen,Wang Zhousheng,Min Dongchao

Sunday, Dec 12, 2010
From Civilization to Globalization: The ‘West’ as a Shifting Signifier in Indian Modernity
Lecturer: Dipesh Chakrabarty, Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago

Host: Lu Xinghua
Guests: Zhu Dake, Jiang Ruoshui

Saturday, Dec 18, 2010
Barbarism and Civility: Thoughts on the Culture of Globalization
Lecturer: Homi Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities in the Department of English at Harvard University

Host: Xu Jiang
Guests: Zhao Tingyang, Chen Chieh-jen, Liu qing

Related Exhibition:

West Heavens Project
Place•Time•Play: India-China Contemporary Art

128 West Nanjing Road (opposite to Shanghai Art Museum,next to Jinmen Hotel)
600 East Yan’an Road (close to North Guangxi Road)

West Heavens Project Place•Time•Play: India-China Contemporary Art will include about 11 Indian artists and 4 Chinese artists. They are asked to treat China as a laboratory for testing new Indian ideas and its modern experience. They should take China as the object of desire or critique, or the subject of cultural reception, and India as the originator of its own unique experience and knowledge.

Though the five Acts, we will bring together around 80 thinkers, artists and curators in an attempt to bring about a convergence of discourse and visual production. For the 8th Shanghai Biennale, ‘rehearsal’ is not a metaphor for a form of exhibition, but a way of thinking and operating strategy. What the Biennale aims to achieve is to invite a wide range of participants – artists, curators, critics, collectors, museum directors, and members of the audience – a to rehearse in the Biennale, a fertile theatre to reflect on the relations between art experimentation and the art system, between individual creativity and the public domain.

The biennale defines itself as a ‘rehearsal’, as a reflective space of performance. The ‘rehearsal’ of the 8th Shanghai Biennale is a self-performative act by the art world, a wake up call to itself and an attempt at self-liberation. Rehearsal is wielded against ‘performance’, ‘production’ and ‘discursive practice’. The responsibility of the curators is to differentiate, organize and then mobilize. For the 8th Shanghai Biennale, what matters is not the exhibition itself, but what it has brought to us in the past year of preparation. What the rehearsal shows is the dialogues, arguments, thoughts and practices of artists, curators, and thinkers in 2010.

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ACT 1 Ho Chi Minh Trail

For more information about Ho Chi Minh Trail, please click here:
Ho Chi Minh Trail
Ho Chi Minh Trail - Exhibition in Long March Space (Beijing)

Chen Chieh-jen (Taiwan, China)
Liu Wei (China)
MadeIn Company (China)
Wang Jianwei (China)
Wu Shanzhuan (China)
Zhang Hui (China)

Please click on the links below for more information about:

Liu Wei - Liu Wei (Chinese)

Wang Jianwei - Welcome you to the true desert
Wang Jianwei - Wang Jianwei

Wu Shanzhuan - Butterfrog in a Godless heaven

MadeIn - Seeing one's own eyes
MadeIn - Spread in Beijing
Useful Life

Zhang Hui (Sh Contemporary 2009)

ACT 2 A Guiding Light

A film by Liam Gillick (UK/USA) and Anton Vidokle (USA)
with: Boško Blagojević (Yugoslavia), Noah Brehmer (USA), Anna Colin (Spain/France), Nadja Frank (Germany), Tim Griffin (USA), Shama Khanna (India), Shuddhabrata Sengupta (India), Danna Vajda (Canada)
Produced by 8th Shanghai Biennale and Performa

ACT 3 Rehearsal

Delphine Balley (France)
Yves Bernard (Belgium) & Yannick Antoine (Belgium)
Botto e Bruno (Italy)
Andrew Byrne (Australia) & Tom Nicholson (Australia)
Nikhil Chopra (India)
Carlos Garaicoa Manso (Cuba)
Guan Wei (Australia)
Chourouk Hriech (France)
Hsia Yan (China)
JR (France)
Isaac Julien (UK)
Jung Yeondoo (Korea)
Michael Lee (Singapore)
Ouka Leele (Spain)
Liane Lefaivre (Austria) & Li Kaisheng (China)
Liu Qingyuan (China)
Liu Xiaodong (China)
Lv Shanchuan (China)
Maleonn (China)
Marlene Mocquet (France)
Mu Boyan (China)
Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba (Vietnam)
Vincent Olinet (France)
Yuki Onodera (Japen)
Qiu Zhijie (China)
Raqs Media Collective (India)
Shen Ligong (China)
Sosolimited (USA)
Superflex (Denmark) & The Propeller Group (Vietnam)
Tang Hui (China)
Inga Svala Thórsdóttir (Iceland)
Josef Trattner (Austria)
Tsai Ming-Liang (Taiwan, China)
Verdensteatret (Norway)
Wang Mai (China)
Wang Xiaoshuai (China)
Yang Fudong (China)
Zhang Huan (China)
Zhou Yi (France)

ACT 4 Theory And Practice of Socialist Self-Management: Yugoslav Case

WHW (Ivet Ćurlin、Ana Dević、Nataša Ilić, Sabina Sabolović) (Croatia).
Gernot Faber (Lutz Krueger, Sebastian Reuss, Oliver Cole)(Germany)

ACT 5 West Heavens: India-China Summit on Social Thought

Homi K. Bhabha
Dipesh Chakrabarty
Partha Chatterjee
Geeta Kapur
Prasenjit Duara
Sarat Maharaj
Ashis Nandy
Tejaswini Niranjana
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Mr. Fan Di’an was born in 1955 Fujian. Previously he held the post of Vice President and Professor of China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). He is now Director of National Art Museum of China (NAMOC), member of the national committee of CPPCC (Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference), Vice Chairman of the China Artists Association and Director of National Art Museums Committee among other titles.
His areas of specialty include 20th century Chinese art studies, criticism and exhibition-curating of contemporary art, and studies on art museums. Mr. Fan has published the Nature of Ink Painting in the Context of Contemporary Culture and has edited Chinese Contemporary Art: 1979—1999, the Education of World Art Institutes, Contemporary Art and Local Culture and so on.
Since 2000, Mr. Fan Di’an has been dedicated to introducing Chinese art to the world. Some major exhibitions curated by him include Urban Creation: 2002 Shanghai Biennale, Chinese Painting of the 20th Century (China-France Culture Year), and Chinese Contemporary Art (Centre Pompidou Paris). Moreover, he was the chief curator of the Chinese Pavilion of the 50th and the 51st Venice Biennale. In December 2005, Mr. Fan was appointed Director of NAMOC when he raised the concept of ‘public-oriented’ museums. Also, he took the chair of Asian Art Museum Directors' Forum in 2006. Additionally, Mr. Fan has curated many large-scale exhibitions of contemporary art that have travelled to various places overseas, such as Enlightened Chinese Art (Russia), The Blossoming of Realism: The Oil Painting of Mainland China since 1980 (Taipei), Floating: New Generation of Art in China (Korea), China: Facing The Reality (Austria), Chinese Ink Painting, Chinese Gardens Exhibition (Germany). Fan Di’an was also involved in the Opening Ceremony planning for 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and the overall planning of the 60th Anniversary of the Foundation of PRC Exhibition in 2009. He was featured by People program of CCTV and Time magazine of the US and other leading international media. Furthermore, he was rated by Art and Investment magazine of the US as one of the 50 celebrities who have influenced world art.


Mr. Li Lei was born in 1965, Shanghai. He is now the Executive Director of Shanghai Art Museum, Deputy President of Shanghai Youth Literature and Art League, and Executive Councilor of Shanghai Artists Association.
Li Lei embarked on the practice and research of Chinese Abstract Art in1996, in an effort to open up a path for that branch of art in China by finding the best merging point of the essence of Chinese culture and internationally recognized mature abstract language. His works include several series such Zen Flower, Memories of the Southern China, Imagery Wuyi and Intoxicated Lake, etc. He has had his solo exhibitions held in cities like Beijing and Shanghai (China), New York (USA), Frankfurt and Linz (Germany), Amsterdam (Holland) and Brussels (Belgium).
His publications include Shanghai Oil Painting Masters: Li Lei, Contemporary Artists of China---Li Lei: Poetic Abstract, and Contemporary Artists of China Today---Li Lei: the Far Away and the Serene.
Li Lei initiated the Shanghai Youth Art Show in 1999, Shanghai. He then founded and organized the annual art fair ART Shanghai in 2003 and the biennial event Shanghai Abstract Art Show in 2004. Also, he presided over the organization of Shanghai Biennale in 2006 as well as in 2008.


Dr. Gao Shiming is Deputy Director of the Advanced School of Art and Humanities, China Academy of Art (CAA). His subjects include visual culture research, contemporary art studies and curatorial practice.
In the past few years, he has curated many exhibitions of academic standing, including the research project Edges of the Earth: The Migration of Asian Contemporary Art and Geo-politics, 2002-2004, Techniques of the Visible: the 5th Shanghai Biennale, 2004, Micrology: Micro-politics in Chinese Contemporary Art,2005, The Yellow Box: Contemporary Art and Architecture in a Chinese Space, 2006, Special Project of Sao Paulo Architectural Biennial, 2007, Alchemy of Shadow: the 3rd Lianzhou International Photography Festival, 2007 and Farewell to Post-colonialism: the 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, 2008 and so on. He has also edited and published several books including Visual Thinking: Intangible Dialogue between Art and Phenomenology, 2002, Edges of the Earth: Visual Reports on Migration of Contemporary Art and Geo-politics in Asia, 2003 among many others. Mask and Mirror: Visual Studies on the Real and Reality, 2009 is ready to be brought out.


Ms Hua Yi was born in 1977 Shanghai. She is now one of the Project Executives of the Biennale Office in Shanghai Art Museum.
She has participated in the curating and coordinating process of numerous exhibitions: Infantization (2007, Shanghai), A Story of The Image – Old & New Masters from Antwerp (2009, Shanghai), and Infantization (2009, Antwerp). Also she has coordinated the 3rd Shanghai Biennale (2000, Shanghai), the 4th Shanghai Biennale (2002, Shanghai), Cai Guoqing Art Exhibition (2002, Shanghai), Interpreting the Modern: The Collection Exhibition of Amsterdam Art Museum (2003, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Singapore), Metaphysics 2003 (2003, Shanghai), the 5th Shanghai Biennale(2004, Shanghai), Kongo Kingdom Art (2004, Shanghai), the 6th Shanghai Biennale(2006, Shanghai), Hu Xiangcheng Solo Exhibition(2007, Shanghai), Fang Lijun Art Exhibition (2007, Shanghai), the 7th Shanghai Biennale(2008, Shanghai), Xu Jiang Art Exhibition (2009, Shanghai), and Super Generation @ Taiwan(2009,Shanghai).
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