The TC participants presented their collaborative explorations at Ming Contemporary Art Museum in Shanghai in a two-week exhibition.
Many curious visitors joined the Opening Event. It was an exciting and brisk afternoon that initiated thought-provoking impulses.
Congratulations to all the artists and thank you to everyone involved at McaM Shanghai as well as to everyone who came by to make a great opening. It is a great honour to have the chance to cooperate with McaM for the second time.
Understanding the world we live in is complex. It’s an intricate network of relations: We are bound and tied to our body, family, friends, societal structures, culture, animals, plants or objects. BONDS AND TIES visualizes the fluidity of the transition between voluntary bonds and restrictive ties and asks where the tipping points are. At the same time, the performances and installations pin down certain attachments, norms and covenants of our daily life, society and the arts.
In the two-week exhibition, 26 artists from different cultural settings as well as from a wide range of artistic backgrounds present their collaborative explorations of the bonds and ties, the visible and invisible and how they understand their role of creative practitioners in a restrictive and bounding context.
LIU Shiyan 刘诗言
MA Kam Leung 马锦樑
What attracts our eyes? Are we attracted by the appearance of an object by the first sight? Can we escape the judgement that we make in our mind? Are we cheating ourselves? What if we have lower expectations? Would everything be more exciting?
MORE, ABSENCE, SLEEP
Rafael GIL CORDEIRO
Rose Zi-Rui LI 李子蕊
QIAN Yuxuan 钱宇轩
Did I sleep well last night?
Am I afraid of going to sleep?
Am I disappointed when I cannot see the
tiger in the zoo, because he is sleeping?
Can absence be present?
Can I be bored while sleeping?
Can I imagine time being absent?
Where do I go when I sleep?
Can I recall what happened today last year?
Can something that was never there be
Do you need a bag for more?
How much less is more?
What am I missing while reading this?
Do I need more questions?
Am I expecting more?
OVER Office of Voluntary Essential Riddance
FU Lingbo 傅令博
Nick NG 黄俊鹏
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See You Again
Live Stream, Internet Performance, Video Work
Should I stay or should I go. To be. Or not to be. There. Everything that might have happened.
In this given time of uncertainties Bou1 is working with the absence of people. A live stream is a working tool to bridge physical distance. It is a contemplation over the empty space of the absent body. It opens the imagination of what might have happened if…
Two weeks live stream work: some of the people cannot join the programme. We stream the absence of them: in the train, in the hotel bed, in the restaurant. We interact and imagine experiences that we would have shared with the people not being here.
Room Installation, Performance
A space: fracture. inconsistency. gap. some things we can feel but cannot see. parallel universes. missing puzzle piece. (why capital letter?) incomplete – Dai2 is exploring the ( *), the missing. To fill the gap with new meaning through imagination – What do you see?
Welcome to My Live – 播间
Live Performance, Installation
CHEN Zhenglang 陈正朗
LEI Xuan 雷萱
Welcome to My Live – 播间 is a real time performance that will be live streamed using the performers’ private social media channels such as tiktok or instagram. The performance is a reaction of how nowadays identity circulates through social media and how easily identities can be adopted.
How are traditional aspects translated into these new forms of identification? What will the younger generation leave behind? What will be appropriated from outside and proclaimed as their new identity? Based on the performers different cultural and artistic background they reflect on their personal search for identity. Through their transcultural approach the artists use make-up and dance movements to reveal the similarities of traditional Chinese dance and other subcultures, such as the queer community. By merging these different spheres and their visual codes, the performance sparks critical debate on the ideas of beauty standards and social phenomenas.
What’s Next (AT/WT)
Installation, Bar and Performance Structure
Raúl CASTRO ESTÉVEZ
Cindy CHENG I-Hsin 郑宜欣
JiaYu WU 伍嘉裕
In this work, we aim to explore on the idea of what remains of us as human beings, how methods of communication evolve through different times as well as how information intertwines and reshapes itself in time. In a once abandoned space, we attempt to play with the poetics and aesthetics of modern day city lights and advertisements within an organic structure situated in between the indoor and the outdoor. The audience are invited to have a drink and wait for the structure to initiate an interactive act or simply to fall apart under the unpredictable weather conditions. What would be the remains of the remaining?