Li Ming, Rendering the Mind, 2017, video still
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Exhibition Making

“Wetland” exists in the ambiguity between wet and dry states. Within the designated five-hour duration of the exhibition, its temporary state mirrors a constantly changing wetland; it can disappear at any time but contains the possibility to exist in other forms.

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“Illuminated,” curated by artist Guo Hongwei, is the fifth exhibition held at his nonprofit Gland Space. The exhibition, born of the artist’s personal creative experience, embodies the eclectic accumulation of his work as it has evolved over time. This rich, inclusive presentation has a strength of vision that surpasses the effects of his solo work,…

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THE PRIVATE ART museums appearing on the outskirts of Chinese cities in recent years are like vast fairy tale castles flung down from the sky—they bear no relation to their surroundings. Forging the ambitious myth of art in the wilderness, after all, is a great way to catch our attention. It is actually quite fitting…

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WHAT IS COMMONLY accepted within the industry as independent Chinese animation has only been in existence for about seven or eight years. If we include the earlier days of Flash animation, it would maybe grow to a dozen or so years. I had a conversation with a young independent animation director once. He said that…

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In Michael Lin’s work there is a consistent allusion to the relationship between people and their environment. The departure point is in his observation and intuition towards a particular setting. Gradually the works initiate a dialogue at the conjunction between the institutionalization of art spaces and the environments of the “everyday.” So what does this…

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SIX YEARS AFTER the completion of its building, Guangdong’s Times Museum welcomed its first self-planned exhibition “SHIFT: Exhibition on young American artists creating on-site artwork in China.” (Cumbersome English title theirs.) The gallery space is situated on the top floor of a residential building that Rem Koolhaas designed for Times Real Estate. To get to…

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ACCORDING TO THE official documentation that initiated the “Binder HQ” project— dated December 29, 2006 and directed at the artists of Kunming— the tenets of “Project Binder” were as follows: participating artists would pay a small fee of RMB 100 and contribute content in the form of 101 sets of four to ten pages, bearing…

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With four daily non-stops from Beijing to Taipei, twenty-four hour border crossings between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, and steady jetfoil service between Macau and cities along the Pearl River Delta, we find constant movement throughout “Greater China” today. Yet while the idea of “Greater China” carries with it a set series of associations— commercial, cultural,…

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