BIO
Xiaowen Zhu is a media artist with a primary focus on video. She uses the medium to explore her interest in the change of personal perception in a global nomadic context. Most of her works deal with the motivation and reflection of going/existing elsewhere and the in-between space of a culturally complex environment. She is described as a visual poet, social critic, and aesthetic researcher. The questions presented are often raised not only from her own experience as an international traveler, but also from her observation and reflection as a critical thinker and an active communicator.

Currently, Xiaowen Zhu teaches for the Division of Arts & Media in Marymount College. She received her MFA in Art Video from Syracuse University, USA and BA in Film, TV & Media Arts from Tongji University, China. During her undergraduate study, she attended an exchange program at the Academy of Art and Design Offenbach in Germany.

Zhu’s works have been shown at Dumbo Arts Center (New York, USA), ZKM | Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe, Germany), V2_Institute for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam, the Netherlands), ISEA2011 (Istanbul, Turkey), Videonale (Berlin, Germany), Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, USA), Strozzina Art Space (Florence,Italy), Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts (Norwich, UK), Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, USA), Shanghai eArts Festival(Shanghai, China) and more.
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EVENT

STREAM - Short Film & Video Art


Dates:
Thu Dec 06, 2012 18:30 - Thu Dec 06, 2012

Location:
San Pedro, California
United States of America

Stream
A Screening of Short Films and Video Art


Curated by Xiaowen Zhu
Presented by Gallery Neuartig

Thursday, Dec. 6, 6:30 - 9:15 p.m.
First Thursday Artwalk in San Pedro


List of Films & Videos:
1. At the End Before the Beginning
Experimental film, duration: 07:20
Director: Matthias Winckelmann (Germany)
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2. Droplets
Experimental animation, duration: 02:45
Director: Simon Fiedler (Germany)
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3. The Bat
Short fiction film, duration: 12:35
Director: Junekyu Park (South Korea)
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4. Two Blinds
Video art, duration: 02:53
Artist: Elisabeth Roth (Germany)
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5. A Party Record Packed with Sex and Sadness
Video art, duration: 10:13
Artist: Bobby Abate (USA)
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6. Beauty Evaporates
Experimental film, duration: 04:00
Director: Junekyu Park (South Korea)
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7. Tree Man
Short fiction film, duration: 16:30
Director: Claire Yingchin Wang (Taiwan)
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8. Forest Walk Snow
Video Art, duration: 02:23
Artist: Yumi Kinoshita (Japan)
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9. Harmony Is Coming
Video Art, duration: 01:08
Artist: Xiaowen Zhu (China), Matthias Winckelmann (Germany)
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10. Gekochter Schnee / Cooked Snow
Video Art, duration: 06:30
Artist: Xiaowen Zhu (China)
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11. Hamlet, Act 2 Scene 2
Short film, duration: 07:57
Director: Taso Papadakis (USA)
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12. Plot Point
Short fiction film, duration: 15:00
Director: Yehonatan Richter-levin (Germany)
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EVENT

Renewed Memories - Media Art Created With Personal Retrospective


Dates:
Thu Nov 01, 2012 18:00 - Fri Dec 07, 2012

Location:
San Pedro, California
United States of America

On View: November 1st – December 7th 
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 1st, 6-9 p.m.


Curated by Xiaowen Zhu
Presented by The Arcade Gallery

Artists: Andy Fedak, Derek Larson, Jiankun Xie, Su Hyun Nam, Yoon Chung Han, Yumi Kinoshita


Marymount College Arts & Media Division’s Arcade Gallery is proud to present Renewed Memories – Media Art Created With Personal Retrospective, a group exhibition featuring media artworks that probe the boundary between individual perception and public memory. The selected artworks, created by six artists from four countries, demonstrate an explorative journey from physical and mental experience to metaphysical and philosophical representations with creative visual, acoustic, and interactive languages.

Using sculpture, photography, video, CG animation, custom software, and interactive media design, the artists not only capture events from their observation, but also create a representation of the memory and question the conception of representation. Japanese visual artist Yumi Kinoshita collects found footage of notable events in life, and abstracts recognizable visual elements in the footage to re-create a blurred recognition of happening. Her process reflects how we perceive events and convert them to be part of a collective memory. Chinese photographer Jiankun Xie takes the similar approach in his still photographs of architecture to express his philosophical mind of nothingness on subjects he sees in daily life – 'This is the world that I see. I stop, press the shutter, and leave.'

American artists Andy Fedak and Derek Larson work with metaphor and imagination. In Orange Country Surreality, Fedak composites 3D animated objects into a video documentation of urban environment. By doing this, the artist questions the territory between real and surreal. Appropriating video footage from a 90s TV show, Larson superimposes yellow measurement scales next to each character's body parts and thus humorously questions the existence of physical space in relation to the representation and conception of that space.

Though working with different media, Korean artists Su Hyun Nam and Yoon Chung Han are both heavily inspired by nature and its relation to personal space. This exhibition is presenting three pieces from them, coincidently sharing the same element from nature – trees. Metamorphosis is a single-channel video, in which Su Hyun Nam captures multiple videos of a tree from various angles and digitally manipulates them to composite a weaving collage which alters the common perception of a mundane image. For her, the tree serves as a focal point in her meditative process of observation. What she shows is a paradoxical dialogue between the representation of space and the suggestion of a contiguous context. Different from Su Hyun Nam's metaphysical approach, Yoon Chung Han works directly with the material. In her interactive installation Across the Universe, a tree truck is converted to a musical instrument wherein a set of marbles are placed on top of the tree rings that represent different orbits in space. Putting the marbles in different positions, viewers are able to manipulate and modify the frequencies of pre-recorded sound in real time. Together with the installation, Yoon is also showing Tree Rings, a sculpture piece that explores the organic essence of sound.

Renewed Memories is on view from November 1st to December 7th. 

About Arcade Gallery
The Arcade Gallery, located in historic downtown San Pedro Arts and Entertainment District, the Port of Los Angeles, is a fixed exhibition venue of Marymount College. It offers students fully equipped facilities to exhibit their work in a variety of media. Dedicated to the connection between art and education, the gallery also presents work from celebrated and emerging artists, curated by either faculty or students of the Division of Arts & Media at Marymount College.

For further information:
Xiaowen Zhu, Gallery Manager, xzhu@marymountpv.edu
Blue Wade, Arts & Media Division Chair, bwade@marymountpv.edu


OPPORTUNITY

Open Call for Art Submissions


Deadline:
Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:00

Location:
San Pedro, California
United States of America

Marymount College’s Arcade Gallery is organizing a group exhibition for outstanding emerging artists who work in different media formats, including film, video, photography, installation, web, and interdisciplinary. The exhibition will be on view from November 1st to December 7th, 2012.

The theme of the exhibition is Renewed Memories - Media Art Created With Personal Retrospective. We are looking for artworks that probe the boundary between individual perception and public memory, and demonstrate an explorative journey from one’s physical experience to abstract representations, offering imaginable space for others.

To submit your artwork (up to 2 pieces per person), please email the following materials to Xiaowen Zhu, xzhu@marymountpv.edu by October 15th, 2012.

- Film or video: a web link for viewing
- Photography: digital files
- Installation: stills of the work and a description of how it works in the space
- Artist Statement: less than 250 words
- Artist bio/CV

Deadline: October 15th

About the gallery:
The Arcade Gallery, located in historic downtown San Pedro, the Port of Los Angeles, is a fixed exhibition venue of Marymount College. It offers students fully equipped facilities to exhibit their work in a variety of media. Dedicated to the connection between art and education, the gallery also presents work from celebrated and emerging artists, curated by either faculty or students of the Division of Arts & Media at Marymount College.


EVENT

THERE IS NO WHY – XIAOWEN ZHU’S SOLO EXHIBITION


Dates:
Thu Sep 06, 2012 18:00 - Tue Sep 25, 2012

Location:
San Pedro, California
United States of America

Marymount College Arts & Media Division’s Arcade Gallery is proud to present THERE IS NO WHY, the first solo exhibition by Syracuse University Post-MFA Fellow and emerging artist Xiaowen Zhu. The Syracuse University Ginsburg Fellowship is an annual award presented to exceptional young artists, and Xiaowen Zhu is its first ever recipient.

The exhibition features videos spanning five countries and three continents, created over the past four years. The content ranges from performance,highly manipulated abstraction, interpretive narrative, and experimental documentary. In these works Zhu communicates the complicated experience of being an international artist. She asks if the concept of home is possible outside of the geographical context, and wrestles with the notion of a disembodied identity. Zhu accomplishes this by invoking the destabilizing and reality-shifting laws of the internet: a space without time or physicality.

The exhibition includes:
DISTANCE BETWEEN – a 3-channel video ostensibly on the topic of long-distance relationships, which is used as a subject to open a discourse about self-identification, individual perception of home and travel, personal value of family and marriage, ideology of life and understandings of the issues of love and trust

Wearable Urban Routine – a performance gesture designed to transform the routine of urban life into a meditative process of self-discovery via ancient Japanese monk meditation rituals

40+4 Art Is Not Enough! Not Enough! – a collaborative project with Davide Quadrio and Lothar Spree, reflecting on the philosophical and political voice of contemporary Chinese artists

Carousel Travel – a story of global travel and discovering loneliness

Gekochter Schnee / Cooked Snow – how to cook a German egg.

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Performance image of Wearable Urban Routine, photography by Jan Misker

“I believe that in the matrix of worldly phenomenon and personal experience, there exists some fundamental truth that may explain the puzzle if we choose to look at things in an alternative way. Therefore, it is my goal to represent the different angle without actually telling the truth that I think is true.”

Xiaowen Zhu (b.1986, Shanghai, China) is a media artist with a primary focus on video. She uses the medium to explore her interest in the change of personal perception in a global nomadic context. Most of her works deal with the motivation and reflection of going/existing elsewhere and the in-between space of a culturally complex environment. She is described as a visual poet, social critic, and aesthetic researcher. The questions presented are often raised not only from her own experience as an international traveler, but also from her observation and reflection as a critical thinker and an active communicator.

Currently, Xiaowen Zhu teaches for the Division of Arts & Media in Marymount College. She received her MFA in Art Video from Syracuse University, USA and BA in Film, TV & Media Arts from Tongji University, China. During her undergraduate study, she attended an exchange program at the Academy of Art and Design Offenbach in Germany.

Zhu’s works have been shown at Dumbo Arts Center (New York, USA), ZKM | Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe, Germany), V2_Institute for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam, the Netherlands), ISEA2011 (Istanbul, Turkey), Videonale (Berlin, Germany), Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, USA), Strozzina Art Space (Florence,Italy), Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts (Norwich, UK), Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, USA), Shanghai eArts Festival(Shanghai, China), Toronto Urban Film Festival (Toronto, Canada), DOK Munich (Munich, Germany), Athens Video Art Festival (Athens, Greece) and more.

About Arcade Gallery
The Arcade Gallery, located in historic downtown San Pedro Arts and Entertainment District, the Port of Los Angeles, is a fixed exhibition venue of Marymount College. It offers students fully equipped facilities to exhibit their work in a variety of media. Dedicated to the connection between art and education, the gallery also presents work from celebrated and emerging artists, curated by either faculty or students of the Division of Arts & Media at Marymount College.

For Further Information

Matthew Ennis, Co-Gallery Manager
mennis@marymountpv.edu
Xiaowen Zhu, Co-Gallery Manager
xzhu@marymountpv.edu
Blue Wade, Chair of Arts & Media Division
bwade@marymountpv.edu