Apr 18
【本报记者谢朝宗纽约报导】隶属现代美术馆(MoMA)的PS1空间,26日起展出13位当代中国大陆艺术家的24件录影艺术(Video Art)作品,这是在纽约最大的一次录影艺术展览,呈现的是当代艺术家,以影像来反思他们对中国大陆快速发展的看法。

这个「13:中国当代录影」(The Thirteen:Chinese Video Now)的展览,由位在长岛市的PS1空间主办。 展览的特殊之处,在于24件作品,全都是以录影机拍摄的录影艺术。 中国大陆的艺术尽管近年来在西方市场上相当火红,但聚焦在录影艺术的展览还相当少。

这是继去年亚洲协会和国际摄影中心举办中国摄影展后,纽约最大的一个中国大陆当代艺术展。

「13」是由伦敦策展人索柏(David Thorp)和北京「站台」艺术空间总监孙宁共同策划。 索柏表示,录影艺术是比较新的艺术型式,他们所呈现的是艺术家对当代中国快速变化的环境思考,所以几乎所有的作品,都表现了现代中国的某一个面向。

孙宁说,他们选择的艺术家都在30及40岁左右,如董文胜、崔岫闻、曹斐、马永峰等。 这代艺术家不汲汲营营到西方发展,很多人虽有机会出外发展,仍宁愿待在国内,与家乡对话。 他们把自己对社会的看法,以调侃的方式表F出来,不像前一辈的艺术家那样严肃,这也反映了中国的现状,很多人都不太确定未来是好是坏。

孙宁说,在展品的摆置上,他们很费心思,要让参观者一走进展厅,就感受到现代的中国:吵杂、人多、热闹、生气勃勃、人心浮燥。

「13」展到4月24日,地点在长岛市Jack-son Avenue和46 Avenue。

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Apr 18
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One piece that really impacted me was MA Yongfeng’s video. In the video, we see a number of different animals, whom all appear to be in cages, seemingly at some kind of zoo. The main focus of the video seemed to be the caged gorillas and animals viewed through a circle. We follow the gorillas through numerous shots, one of which seems to be carrying a baby on her back for protection. To me, this video seemed to be trying to show us the grim life of living in the zoo and how it is to be caged. I think that this is symbolic for China. The artist might have felt caged or trapped somehow, unable to escape from his life in China, or the changes which are occurring, or something else that he cannot escape from. Similarly, when I went upstairs, MA Yongfeng also had a digital piece “Immaterialism Garden”, of what looked to be a monkey cage. I could tell right away that it was done by the same artist, and trying to relate the same message. The message of a cage, and some fate of which you cannot escape. This artist was by far my favorite; simply because he expressed his feelings in a way that did not just take digital photos or still frames, he sent his message out using something else; animals at the zoo.
Apr 18
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I found Ma Yong-Feng’s “Beijing Zoological Garden” to be very interesting. I noticed many different skills and techniques being used in the film. The first thing I noticed about the video is that while I was watching it I felt a sense of anticipation. I felt like I was waiting for one of the animals to go crazy. After watching more of the film I realized that the animals were not going to go crazy. However, I felt the anticipation of something to come. I then tried to figure out why the film was giving me this reaction. The first thing I noticed was the music. The music that was playing gave it a dramatic mood. Another thing I noticed was that the film was in slow motion. The slow motion gave the film a dream like atmosphere. It gave the film an appearance of something from another world or dimension. The next thing I noticed was the colors. The hazy greenish tinted color were colors that you do not normally view things through. The color selection that the artist used also made me feel anxious, but it reminded me of colors from a dreamy state. Since the picture you were viewing was in a circle some of the image was always cut out. This also added to the mysteriousness of the film.
Apr 18
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One piece which can be interpreted in many ways and sympathized with across cultures is Ma Yongfeng’s “Beijing Zoological Garden,” 2004. The video gave the viewer a tour of this zoo and the animals that presided in the manmade habitats. In a small rectangular room, the movie was projected on the wall through a circular lens giving a far smaller viewing radius then one might see in a small movie theater. This forced one’s focus to view only what the small viewfinder allowed. The circular view gave the room an even more confined feeling, which might make one sympathize with the animals in the video. One almost felt like he or she were too inside a zoo exhibit with people constantly crowding in the room itself trying to see the video. Animals ranging from monkeys, flamingos, and parakeets to giraffes and pandas were all shown in cages that seemed too small. Often time the animals were eating or pacing around in the cages. The birds didn’t have much room to fly and the giraffes had very little room to roam. This clearly emphasized the theme of the exhibit, for wild habitats are depleting in China (cited in Ruins pamphlet) as around the world. Perhaps the artist related to these animals, for China’s traditions are much like the panda’s habitat, slowly diminishing.
Apr 18
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“Beijing Zoological Garden” by Ma Yongfeng is a video that is filmed in a way that is ominous. He takes an everyday activity like a trip to zoo, and uses film techniques and music to convey a more serious message. He creates tension by filming through a narrow circular lens which gives every scene a foreboding feeling. The music sounded like long drones that one might find in a horror film. This was accompanied here and there by brief chiming sounds that lighten up the overall heavy feeling. This film gives a claustrophobic feeling that left the audience feeling as caged as the animals they were viewing. Ma's concern is that man eventually will be constricted to an artificial way of life, much like the animals of a zoo. Ma succeeded at bringing his chilling vision to the screen by portraying a cold bleak scene, punctuated by dark ominous music, that no one would want to live.
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