2012 黄灯:中国新媒体 (Yellow Signal)






Yellow Signal, Vancouver

 

 

“Yellow Signal Vancouver” is a city wide project that introduces the best new media works made by Chinese artists in recent years. It will include several exhibitions taken place at Centre A, Vancouver Art Gallery, The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Emily Carr University, Surrey Art Gallery and other venues.

 

“Yellow signal” was a metaphor which brought up by artist Dinh Q Le during a discussion in Ho Chi Minh City on June 19, 2010. He said: “Many of the artists in Vietnam look at government policy towards contemporary art as a yellow signal, unsure as to whether it will let art proceed or make it stop completely.” In response, Chinese artist Wang Jianwei proposed defining the “yellow signal commonwealth” as a communal state of ambiguity, heeding neither to red signals nor green signals from systems of authority, especially in Asian countries.

 

Yellow signal is not only a political circumstances faced by many Asian artists but also a challenge artists elsewhere may run into in their creative practise. “A yellow signal brings uncertainty and also a feeling of caution and awareness”, as Wang Jianwei noted.  Yellow signal is about limitation and possibility, choice and chances, confusion and self-confidence.

 

New media art is young in China but has grown up rapidly. Many artists won international recognition at the Documenta, Venice Biennale and other important art events in past 15 years. Among them, Centre A will introduce three outstanding artists who represent different generations in both domestic and global contexts.

 

Wang Jianwei (b.1958) lives and works in Beijing. He is a prominent video and installation artist known for his conceptually complex, multi-faceted explorations of the contemporary Chinese reality.

 

Kan Xuan (b. 1972) lives and works in Beijing and Amsterdam. As a video artist and photographer, she believes that art is a kind of “intervention” to get involved with practical and concrete living and psychology.

 

Huang Ran (b.1982) lives and works in London and Beijing. He is the author of visionary videos in which sense of wonder and drama, frailty and a desire for absoluteness, ambiguity and inevitability coexist.

 

 

Curator: Shengtian Zheng

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