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1. MOCA Shanghai
Remote Control

Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai
231, West Nanjing Road, Gate 7, People's Park, Shanghai
Date: March 4, 2007- April 18, 2007

REMOTE/CONTROL, the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai's 10th exhibition, is an investigation of the presence of technology in contemporary art today, and the fraught encounter between these art objects and today's 'multi-medial' spectator. The use of multi-media technologies is now an international art phenomenon, at once dazzling, seductive, subversive and above all accessible. These art works have not only profoundly changed the nature of aesthetic practice and display, but have also engendered a new means of perceiving and experiencing art. Interactive and video installations put into crises the distance between the work of art and ourselves, both interactive as well as interpersonal, creating an ambivalence of intimacy and alienation that is in itself a paradox of technological development in the global community.

Featuring the work of both international and local artists, REMOTE/CONTROL is an examination of various perceptual systems, processes, narrative structures, and aesthetic strategies that focus on the question of agency. As the spectator is kinesthetically and sensorially engaged with multimedia objects, the space of the museum is altered, as is the role of the artist. The artist, artwork and spectator are caught in a complex ambit of fantasy and control, inviting us to re-examine the place of art in a technological world, and our place in relation to it.

Curators: Wenny Teo, Ella Liao

Artists:

Allard van Hoorn (Holland)
Alterazione Video (Italy)
Sheldon Brown (US)
David Cotterrell (UK)
Danakil (France)
Du Zhenjun (China)
Alexander Brandt (Germany)
Dieter Jung (Germany)
Hu Jieming (China)
Gong Yan (China)
Jin Jiangbo (China)
Peng Huang-chih (Taiwan China)
Ku Shih-Yung (Taiwan China)
Andy Cameron & Oriol Ferrer Mesa (FABRICA Italia)
Stephane Sednaoui (France)
Song Tao & B6 (China)
Thomas Chaverait (France)
Rose Tang (China)
Frank Plant(US)
Heidi Voet(Belgium)

more information http://www.mocashanghai.org <http://www.mocashanghai.org>
more information http://www.aujourdhuilachine.com/article.asp?IdArticle$61

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2. Duolun Museum of Modern Art
"Diversity in Form & Thought"
the Status and Prospect of Korean Contemporary Art

Opening: March 7th, 2007,19:00
Date: From March 7th to16th, 2007
Venue: 1-3 F, No.27 Duolun Road, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art
Produced by:
Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art
Beijing Art Gallery of Imperial City

Curator: Zhao Shulin
Art Director: Zoe ZHANG Bing
Administrative Director: Zhao Song
Media: Vivi QIN Xiaoyan
Design: Wang Taocheng
Public Relations: Eva FENG Ruoyu
Project Director: Bao Zhengyuan

The "Diversity in Forms & ThoughtsaE“the Status and Prospect of Korean Contemporary Art" exhibition offers a glimpse of the stream of contemporary Korean art since the 1980's. The tendency of Korean art in this era shows respect for creative individuality and multifarious visual perceptions, breaking away from any ideologies in cultural diverse, multiple world. This kind of art, due to its diversity, seems different from the mainstream of 60's and 70's Korean art, which traditional (conventional) pattern or the experimental (avant-garde) spirit respectively. Its angle also differs from an art from the 1980's which sought to establish individual identity through the reinforcement of reality perception and critical awareness from the glass roots' point of view.
Among 100 participating artists, most of them are in their late twenties or in their early thirties, and through the exhibition, one could sense the creative flow which links the group of the artists in their forties to the new generation artists. Moreover, as show by realistic life, surrealistic colors and space, optical illusion and visionary imagery, and inexplicably diverse themes, although most of the works on display are two-dimensional paintings, we see these paintings work in harmony with this pluralistic society through non-identical and diverse perspectives.
This exhibition to be held in Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art offers a good opportunity for Chinese artists and art lovers as well to appreciate the works of Korean artists full of creativity and freedom. As these artists clearly show the attitude we have to take in a rapidly growing industrial society through their works, this exchange art show between Korea and China, which spurs its industrial society in a tremendous speed, would be an invaluable cultural event.

more information http://www.duolunart.com/

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3. Zhu Qizhan Art Museum
Blind Date
Sino German Exhibition of Contemporary Art

Date: March 2, 2007 to April 1, 2007
Venue: F2,3, Zhu Qizhan Art Museum 580 Ouyang Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai
Presented by:
Zhu Qizhan Art Museum
Kunststiftung NRW
Supported by: Kloster Bentlage gGmbH GWK
Galerie MA¼nsterland Kunsthaus Kloster Gravenhorst

Special thanks to: prime minister of Northrhein-Westfalia(Ministerpresident NRW)
Museum hours: 10:00-17:00i¼ˆLast entry 16:30i¼‰Closed on Monday
Ticket: 10 Yuan/Person
Tel: 56710741, 56710742, 56710743
Email: mary27art@yahoo.com.cn

In China, "Blind date" means "date strangers". In another word, it means the date between people who have never seen each other. Undoubtedly, the organizer will not arrange a kind of circumstance which looks like a TV program in China called "the romantic date", but a kind of dialogue between six Chinese artists and the other six from Germany who come from different cultures and languages. As far as the form of exhibition, all the artists are supposed to build a kind of in-pair communication in each specific space. As a result, zero-distance- interaction laboratory environment should be reflected from their works.
The Chinese and German artists are not familiar with each other's art style and professional level. In this case, the organizer definitely is arbitrary to put this display together. Therefore, the organizer uses a way of draw lots which is full of game fun. The works in this exhibition will be presented through media with contemporary art characteristics, such as installment, videos, pictures, and multimedia interactions. The visual effect, which is built on the form of "blind date", will probably be an unusual culture dialogue between Chinese and Germany artists. Certainly, it is not culture competition. Because it will be the first time to put the arts from two totally different cultures, there must be some cultural resistance and conflict. In this case, the artists are supposed to keep their personal opinions temporarily and communicate positively through learning from each other, understanding each other. As a result, an ultimate art difference which happens from different art attributes and society will be completely presented during this exhibition.
The "Fortress and Eggs Plan" is the works of The Chinese artist Wong Peijun. From the name, it seems that there isn't any relation among fragile eggs, tough weapon and firm building. But the artist combines these totally different elements well. This combination of combative and fragile natures is not teases, but the serious concern about whether the world we are living in are as strong as it presents.
But the work of German artist Carsten Gliese, which names "boxes", presents a dialogue among pictures, buildings, sculpture and space. The connection between real 3D space world and 2D space of pictures presents us an unreal like carpet phantom, projecting on white ground, the road side cornerstone an encircled lawn. The secret light shot makes the whole space full of mystery.
Huang Xuebin produces "thousands of feet rays" with the night vision technique photography. There is only a lonely girl in his former works. This time, he adds a spaceman to present us a dreamland in which there is lonely girl, spaceman, weird picture and empty avenue.
Guo shujun produces "Shopping Mall" with wide- angle photography. A space which seems to be busy and crowded discloses one kind of inexplicable loneliness and emptiness.
"Fashion Man" from Xie Xianwen. What are the most up-to-date topics: Super girl? Social insurance? Kids education? All these questions can be answered by a cartoon toy. Money, brand, and idol present the uncertainty of our society and Chinese culture is going nowhere under all these kinds of entertainments. What should we do to protect our culture? What should we pursue?
In the work "What happened to the planes?" of Wang Xiaofei, 2000 small planes line up and start the formation change in the picture. In a short while, a slogan comes up. But a huge plane follows up closely. Airplane hides the combative nature, but appears with a irrelevant slogan which says "what happened to the planes?" . The small planes lining up look like the airplane game in the earliest Red and White Game. But they present a kind of stressful feeling through the massive stacks. Is that weapon or game?
"The aviation high speed Yacht on the Pacific Ocean" of Anja Jensen is about a container which is checked with X light. The X light shows us every detail inside of the box. How about the privacy of our society? No privacy! Anything under the X light is no longer mysterious.
The participants constitute a dual structure during the whole display, which is exactly the representation of two cultures difference. The dual structure of "Blind Date" not only shows the real situation of the global communication environment, but the dedicate relation among the influence of the different cultures in the international art system. Once the exhibition occurs, an interesting, meaningful and equal dialogue will be performed vividly with the "blind date" of two countries' artists. However, can each artist find his own audience? Will his audience just being sitting and showing his own works in the same exhibition hall? Or ordinary audience? Will the communication be processed from watching, to appreciating, even to exchange opinions and thoughts? This is precisely what the exhibition for.

more information http://www.zmuseum.org/

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4.SHiNE Art Space
Mao Tongqiang - A perpetual Mirage

06th March to 08th April 2007
Venue:
SHiNE Art Space
(Block 9, No. 50 Moganshan Lu,
Shanghai)
Opening Hours:
10am-6pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
Website: http://www.shineartspace.com
Email: enquiry@shineartspace.com
Tel: +86 21 62660605
Fax: +86 21 62660607

"What is in vogue today is no more than mere history tomorrow." - Mao Tongqiang

Mao Tongqiang has continually shown concern for the facile nature of modern society, this being intertwined with an acute awareness of passing time and the manner in which it renders everything insignificant. In the Mirage series the artist depicts mountain scenes that would be traditional Chinese landscape paintings were it not for the psychedelic colours that he uses. Then, rising from the atmospheric mist of the foreground, the artist depicts a discordant mix of characters that differ greatly in
their pursuits and date of origin. They appear to belong in the nonsensical imagery of a dream; a concept which relates to the title of the series. Living in the far flung city of Yinchuan, a province of extreme temperatures and a hostile desert landscape, Mao Tongqiang is familiar with the visual trickery of the mirage and has adopted it as a metaphor for the idealised facade that he sees developing in contemporary society. To him, the visible surface of society, the image of order and happiness that is portrayed, does not reflect the reality that lies beneath. It is for this reason that Mao depicts the fashions, the frippery, the daring deeds, the politicians full of empty promises, the Christmas trees and the fire works that are all 'gloss'; the successful, progressive and happy image of China that people wish to project. Mao reflects in these works upon a society that has moved incredibly fast and made gargantuan efforts to attain certain levels and signifiers of progress. As this has been a forced and not a natural development however, there remains a lack of cultural substance behind the adopted amiable surface, fewer ties to the past and no reliable social infrastructure to hold it in place. Mao sees it as a mere mirage; a fleeting inconsequential facade which will in time be washed away and replaced by another prevailing ideal.

Mao Tongqiang was born in 1960 in Yinchuan where he lives today. He graduated in 1980 from the Fine Arts Department of Ning Xia University and continued his advanced training at Zhe Jiang Fine Arts Academy. The artist has exhibited in France, Austria and Indonesia with his most recent solo exhibition being Mirage in Singapore last year.

more information http://www.shineartspace.com

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5. Zendai Museum Stop 30 Seconds" Contemporary Art Exhibiton

Organised by: Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Artbank
Exhibition Venue: Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art
2/F Building 28, 199 Fang Dian Rd, Pudong New Area, Shanghai
Opening Reception: 10th March 2007, 3.30pm
Exhibition Dates: 10th-24th March 2007, 10am-6pm (closed Mondays)
Curator: Dong Hong Tao
Participating Artists: Duan Dong Tao Du Jun Min Du Yi Yao Feng Jing Lu YongLei Jiang Kun Kang ShiWei Qiao ShouHui Song Zhi Qiang
Zhang Da Chuan Zhang Qi Zhang Xiao Tong

The art exhibition STOP 30 seconds will open March 7th at 7:00pm, at Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, located on the Big Thumb Square in Pudong district. The diverse style of work exhibited covers plants, landscape, figures, kissing, walls, water and even short cartoons by interpreting painting, oil, sculpture, installation and videos etc.

All of participating young artists belong to post-1980's generation who just graduated or are still in school. All the problems they meet are more real and sensitive. Therefore, the solution they take are more direct and sharper. They received traditional education but attempts to express themselves by their own art. These young men with hesitation inside who lives in metropolises take art as a part of their lives in spite of its influence. Undoubtedly their art is an expression of their real thinking and present their value and confidence no matter if they hesitate or doubt or are confident.

The common state of city people's life is busy from which increasing pressure comes. Reality is not the ideal. Materiel possessions are all required right now. Fortunately, They own their skill to express. Ok, now let's have a stop without any city life but only focus on the creating with an ideal spirit.

Therefore, everyone is consciously or unconsciously seeking a little while far away from the reality to fulfill their own ideal space. Even if you are not working on art, watching is adequate as it's only related with spirit itself. Stop, 30 seconds are adequate to taste pure happiness.

30 seconds may cover a lot and it's delightful to steep you in art as modern art is not a selfish ego-show.

more information http://www.zendaiart.com/en/artbank/events/070307_30s/index.html

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Jeremie Thircuir
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