Missed our China Up Close Symposium?
Posted on: 05/12/2014
The China Up Close Symposium heralded the beginning of our next major exhibition, Yang Fudong: Filmscapes and the broader China Up Close program. With exclusive access to special guests for the season, the Symposium began the conversation about cultural and artistic relations between China and Australia that will be forefront in Melbourne over the summer. For those of you who couldn't make it, our fleet-of-fingers Miles Openshaw live-tweeted the highlights from the program.
This morning we're tweeting from our China Up Close Symposium! Tickets are still available on the door. #ChinaUpClose— ACMI (@ACMI) December 2, 2014
After a welcome from ACMI Director & CEO Tony Sweeney, our first esteemed guest speaker was Doryun Chong. The Chief Curator of Hong Kong's M+ spoke at length about his vision and philosophy for the new museum.
While building a collection for M+, Chong considers "what it means to go cyber ephemeral and less physical". pic.twitter.com/yiGtf96oWg— ACMI (@ACMI) December 2, 2014
"Hong Kong cinema is a very important part of moving image and will make up a part of our M+ Cultural Precinct collection" - Doryun Chong— ACMI (@ACMI) December 2, 2014
The eponoymous artist behind Yang Fudong: Filmscapes, our China Up Close centrepiece, arrived after a short break for the Symposium, and he talked about his formative experiences with art historian and curator Dr Claire Roberts.
Yang pursued more non-traditional subjects in university which paved the way for his work in video art and moving image. #ChinaUpClose— ACMI (@ACMI) December 3, 2014
Yang went 3 months without speaking to others and realised a sense of truth and realness. "I learned a lot from this practice/performance".— ACMI (@ACMI) December 3, 2014
After the 3 months of silence, Yang went to a Buddhist temple to reenter the speaking world profoundly. #ChinaUpClose (1/2)— ACMI (@ACMI) December 3, 2014
Moving onto his work on display at ACMI, Yang Fudong expressed his hopes and goals behind his latest five-channel installation film The Coloured Sky: New Women II, featured in Yang Fudong: Filmscapes, which you can see in Gallery 1.
Yang's free form film allows the audience to think, reflect, & finish the work in their own mind w/ different interpretations. #ChinaUpClose— ACMI (@ACMI) December 3, 2014
No matter how people view Yang's work, he wanted "to return freedom to the audience offering different interactions for everyone".— ACMI (@ACMI) December 3, 2014
Yang has used many new elements in his latest work 'New Women II': digital, post-production, a departure from black and white. #ChinaUpClose— ACMI (@ACMI) December 3, 2014
Will the theme of youth remain an ongoing theme for Yang? He says "For me, it's more a sense of the uncertainty it represents" #ChinaUpClose— ACMI (@ACMI) December 3, 2014
Why the focus on young women? Yang says "it's not just about women, rather a new way of life & youth representing the future". #ChinaUpClose— ACMI (@ACMI) December 3, 2014
China Up Close runs through until March 2015. Check here for all the films, workshops and events at ACMI.comments powered by Disqus
Image: 'The Fifth Night' (production still), 2010. Courtesy Yang Fudong, ShanghART Gallery and Marian Goodman Gallery