Mar 29


We scoured the planet for people who have initiated new festivals, spaces and projects that are resonating strongly with their community and exemplify new ideas and new approaches. We invited them to join us in the next wave. The Residents will be present as provocateurs throughout the Festival, speaking at Breakfast Club and partying til dawn. It’s a blind date for us, them, our Festival and our city.

In 2012 The Residents include Andy Field (Forest Fringe, UK), Laura McDermott and Harun Morrison (Fierce Festival, UK), Ben Pryor (American Realness, New York), Alia Swastika (Jogyakarta Biennale, Indonesia), Susan Gibb (Curator, Australia), Ianto Ware (Format Festival/Renew Adelaide, Australia), Ma YongFeng (Initiator of Forget Art, China), Edward Sanderson (Writer and Art Blogger, China) and Inza Lim (Seoul Marginal Theatre Festival, South Korea).

Jan 19
by An Xiao on January 18, 2012

The "Forget Art Fair," installed by Linda Gallery in Beijing's 798 Art Zone. The fair competed — tongue in cheek — with the 2011 edition of Art Basel and even passed out VIP cards for visitors.

LOS ANGELES — After spending a year living in different parts of Asia, I’ve been asked by many people for my thoughts on the art scene there: Does China really live up to the hype? How does Korea fit into the picture? And what about Southeast Asia? Unfortunately, I can’t answer all of these questions, especially because after a year there I felt I was just beginning to scratch the surface.

But I was fortunate to meet some incredible artists in my travels. In China, Korea and the Philippines, I came across very challenging and interesting work, which sprung up out of very different traditions and sociocultural contexts. But which artists stood out?  Whose work am I most looking forward to in the coming year? Rather than write a 2011 summary, I thought I’d write a 2012 “head’s up”, a list of artists whose work continues to stick in my head and who I hope to see more from in the coming year. This list is neither scientific nor exhaustive, but I’ve at least arranged it by the four cities in which I spent the most of my time in 2011.

Beijing, China — Forget Art

12:50 pm, Ma Yongfeng's microintervention on a bathroom door at MK2 Art Space for "Memory/Identity," curated by Alessandro Rolandi.

With news of Zhang Daqian toppling Picasso as top auction earner, it can be easy to lose sight of Chinese artists working largely outside the commercial sphere. Founded by Ma Yongfeng, whose goldfish video at MoMA PS1 provoked outcries from animal rights activists, Forget Art is one of Beijing’s most active art collectives, with a focus on microinterventions around the city, from an old Taoist temple to a bath house frequented by rural migrants. Forget Art’s one booth art fair at Linda Gallery made a splash on June 4 for its wry humor and subterfuge (some attendees received a VIP pass), and their cover photo essay in LEAP magazine featured guerilla art interventions like a leaf spiked through a twig in a park near 798.

Forget Art has grown increasingly active in the Beijing art scene, with a recent installation at Za Jia, an art space, bar and formal Taoist temple in Beijing’s Drum and Bell Temple area. Dubbed Not Only a Taoist Troublemaker, works included “Suspending Rock,” a performance and installation by Wu Yuren, who stood under a 100 kg hanging rock for two hours, and a propaganda-style poster by Alessandro Rolandi declaring “May Your Matters Be Safe.” I never saw their installation at Caochangdi’s Dragon Fountain Bathhouse, but residents in the village were talking about it for months afterward, and the documentation video certainly reveals its charm.

Manila, Philippines — Kiri Lluch Dalena

Kiri Lluch Dalena's "Erased Slogans," focused on famous protests in recent Philippine history.

I wrote about Kiri Lluch Dalena’s haunting installation at the University of the Philippines recently, in which she responded to and documented the aftermath of the horrific Maguindanao Massacre, the worst massacre of journalists since the Committee to Protect Journalists began keeping record. Since then, I’ve come to learn more about Dalena’s work, which shifts comfortably from challenging video documentaries examining social and political issues in the Philippines, to more lighthearted works.

Recently at Now Gallery in Makati, Manila, she exhibited a half dozen condom sculptures, each shaped and colored differently. The colors were inspired by actual flavored condom colors available in the country.

Part of what makes Dalena’s work so impactful is the way she relies on the Filipino community to help her document much of her subject matter. To prepare for Time and Place of Incident, she used social networks like Facebook and blogs to develop contacts. And for certain hard-to-reach areas, she relied on volunteers to film for her. The sense of play and gravity come together in her Erased Slogans, in which she Photoshopped out the political slogans at famous protests in recent history. The images are darkly humorous, and the slogans reappear as actual gravestones in a later installation.

Xiao Ke

I first met Xiao Ke during her stunning “Silent Acappella” at Welcome to Enter, a curatorial initiative by Anita Hawkins in which I also took part.

In her performance, Xiao Ke performed inside the cube set up by Hawkins, while her dance was projected on the outside for the audience. The mixture of kinetic movements and wall banging with her surreal, hypnotic movements on two faces of the cube hooked us all in, and I wanted to see more. Her Shanghai-based dance studio has collaborated internationally, and she’s now stepping into more conceptual dance explorations.

Seoul, Korea — Dirk Fleischmann

Dirk Fleischmann's myfashionindustries label, produced in both North Korea and the Philippines. Purchasers receive a video illustrating the entire production process.

You might think that Dirk Fleischmann doesn’t sound very Korean, and you’d certainly be right. German-born Fleischmann lives and works in Seoul, and his autobiographical myconceptstore, which premiered at the 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale, was a hit attraction. The store featured a number of conceptual products from his art career, including a series of watches all set to 00:10, or 10 seconds.  Without looking at the watches, Fleischmann used trial and error to set a perfect 00:10. The amount of time it took for him to set 10 seconds determined the price.

Other products included an organic egg from Gwangju, which I purchased, Snickers bars he used to sell in his studio as an art student, beer from North Korea and even a line of clothing made in the communist Korea.

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I wish I could write more about the art in Asia, and I have and will be doing so in this blog. These artists’ works have lingered in my mind a little longer than most, and I’m looking forward to seeing what they produce in 2012.
Jan 15
2011年 Forget Art 总结:

1.#游击寄居症# 2012年将从艺术家参与转向民间化发展。

2.#forget art fair# 是一个游击艺博会、类装置和商业批发实体。

3.#保持一种业余性# 为《艺术界》杂志10月号策划的项目。

4.#不是吃素的!# 一个发生在道观里的展览。






Dec 21
VisualcontainerTv presents on ExhibitContainer

Chinese Animation Videoart Project
Curated by Cecilia Freschini
in colaboration with ArtVerona Fair
19 December to 18 January 2012
Only on VisualcontainerTV


Project Statement
The aim of this project is to highlight a specific sector of Chinese video art by focussing attention on its particular origins.
What do the artists selected, all from the Chinese mainland, see when they look around? Chaos!
Overwhelming disorder, which they deal with through their voice: tales and allegories that investigate today's society in an ironic manner, though without being afraid of tackling the Party's heavy ideology.
Like plants growing in a hostile terrain, their roots burrow deep down towards an uncertain source of nutrition, and they proliferate in the depths, beyond naked social distress. They are flowers born from chaos,
drunk with the energy that surrounds them, but also fatigued by the continuous and incessant process of urban modernization.
In their search for an identity they are forced to elude the oppression that has so harshly tested their very creative survival.
By Cecilia Freschini

Video selection:
Chen Shaoxiong, “Ink city”, 2005, Animation, b/w, 3’
Cindy Ng Sio Ieng “Ink Walk, 2009, Video, 6’ 08’’
Jin Shan, “Kill”, 2009, Animation, black-and-white, 2’11’’
Ma Yongfeng, “Wrong”, 2008, Animation, 1’30’’
Qi Yang, “Lotus Dance”, 2004, Animation, 2’50’’
Sun Xun, “People’s Republic of Zoo”, 2009, Animazione, 7’49”
Wang Bo, “Day Dream”, 2006, Video Animation, 8’ 31’’
Wu Junyong, “Flowers of Chaos”, 2009, Animation, 3’35’’
Zhang Xiaotao, “Scar”, 2009, Animation, 11'27''

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Nov 30
Spinnerei Leipzig



OPEN HOUSE. Ausstellungen, Performances, Talks, Videos
LIA, Pilotenkueche, Gwangju Pavilion

Eröffnung 2. Dezember 2011, 18 Uhr
3. Dezember 2011, 11 bis 18 Uhr

Zum Abschluss ihres dreimonatigen Stipendiums im Gwangju Pavilion Leipzig präsentieren koreanischen KünstlerInnen Jaebum Kim und Yeon Sook Lee am 2. und 3. Dezember die gemeinsame Ausstellung STORYTELLERS. In Auseinandersetzung mit dem Ausstellungsraum auf dem Gelände der Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig haben die beiden KünstlerInnen Werke geschaffen, die auf unterschiedliche Weise Erzählungen über unsere Gegenwart erzeugen.

Die Eröffnung der Ausstellung findet im Rahmen von OPEN HOUSE statt, einem Gemeinschaftsprojekt der drei internationalen Künstlerresidenzen der Halle 18 - LIA, Pilotenküche und Gwangju Pavilion. Am Abend des 2. Dezember werden zwei Ausstellungen, Performances, Künstlergespräche und Videoscreenings präsentiert. Unter dem Titel GLOBAL HOUSE. ASIA. zeigt der Gwangju Pavilion neben der Ausstellung STORYTELLERS ein Videoprogramm mit Kunstvideos aus China, Taiwan, Südkorea, Malaysia, Saudi Arabien, Pakistan und Bangladesh.

STORYTELLERS -> Gwangju Pavilion
Kurz und Wichtig -> LIA
Meet the pilots! -> Pilotenküche

Global House. Asia. Videokunst aus Asien. Mit Yuchen Chang,  Chen Chenchen, Ise Parkingproject /a.k.a Roslisham Ismail, Hammad Khan, Sylbee Kim,  Li Ming,  Naeem Mohaiemen, Mehreen Murtaza, Ma Qiusha, Abdullah M. I. Syed, Xu Wang, Ma Yongfeng, Zeeshan Younis, Cheng-Ta Yu

Performances // 2.12., 20.00 Uhr
The weight of the physical mind von Lottie Consalvo -> LIA
Rights von Cesar Forero in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Internationalen Choreografischen Zentrum Leipzig (Direktorin:  Montserrat León), es tanzt: Sabine Schaft.



OPEN HOUSE. Exhibtions, Performances, Talks, Videos
LIA, Pilotenkueche, Gwangju Pavilion

Opening 2. December 2011, 6 pm
3. December 2011, 11am to 6 pm

Concluding their three-month residency at Gwangju Pavilion Leipzig, on December 2nd and 3rd Korean artists Jaebum Kim and Yeon Sook Lee present a collabrative exhibition. STORYTELLERS refers to a common artistic practice which includes narratives as options for interweaving disparate, often times overlooked aspects of our present with imaginary and hypothetical propositions.

The exhibtion opening is part of OPEN HOUSE, a cooperation between the artist residency programmes LIA, Pilotenkueche and Gwangju Pavilion at Halle 18, Spinnerei Leipzig. On December 2nd and 3rd OPEN HOUSE presents two exhibitions, performances, artist talks and video screenings. The Gwangju Pavilion contributes with STORYTELLERS and GLOBAL HOUSE. ASIA, a programme of video art from China, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

STORYTELLERS -> Gwangju Pavilion
Kurz und Wichtig -> LIA
Meet the pilots! -> Pilotenküche

Global House. Asia. Videokunst aus Asien. Mit Yuchen Chang,  Chen Chenchen, Ise Parkingproject /a.k.a Roslisham Ismail, Hammad Khan, Sylbee Kim,  Li Ming,  Naeem Mohaiemen, Mehreen Murtaza, Ma Qiusha, Abdullah M. I. Syed, Xu Wang, Ma Yongfeng, Zeeshan Younis, Cheng-Ta Yu

Performances // 2.12., 20.00 Uhr
The weight of the physical mind by Lottie Consalvo -> LIA
Rights by Cesar Forero in collaboration with the International Choreographic Centre Leipzig (Director:  Montserrat León), dance: Sabine Schaft.
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