About the Lecture
In Feedback: the Media Ecology of Video Art (a book by David Joselit, an American art historian), the author described the public sphere of television privatization and traced the ways in which artists and media activists broke the closed circuit of television in the 1960s and 1970s. Joselit studied many artists including American Korean artist Nam June Paik and thought the strategies employed by these artists were still valuable today— in today’s world, the overlapping information circuit of television and the Internet provides different opportunities for democratic participation. The Chinese version of this book, as one of the “Collection of Translated Texts on Video Art” initiated by the art institution Video Bureau and sponsored by New Century Art Foundation, has been published recently. For this lecture, we will cooperate with the Video Bureau and invite guests to discuss on “Nam June Paik and arguments proposed in the book Feedback”.
About the Host
CHEN Tong, born in Hunan in 1962 and graduated from Department of Traditional Chinese Painting of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1983, was once an editor in Hunan Children Publishing House and has been teaching in the Department of Traditional Chinese Painting of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts since 1983.
He is the founder of Libreria Borges and its art institution CANTONBON, the co-founder of Video Bureau, the founder of Guangzhou Bonacon Gallery, the honorary chairman of Wuxing Association of Guangzhou Non-profit Art Initiatives and the organizer and editor of various series of books including “Collection of Translated Texts on Experimental Art”, “Collection Minuit”, “Collection Art Maze”, “Collection Epicurean” and “Collection of Translated Texts on Alain Robbe-Grillet: Research Data”, etc.
He was awarded “Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by French Ministry of Culture in 2010, “Artistic Contribution Award” by The Art Newspaper in 2013 and “Contemporary Chinese Art Critic/Curator Award” by YISHU, the English version of the magazine DIANCANG.
About the Guest
YANG Jiecang, born in Foshan City, Guangdong Province in 1956, now lives and works in Paris and Heidelberg, Germany. He graduated from Department of Traditional Chinese Painting of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 1982 and has been teaching here since 1988. In 1989, the exhibition entitled “Les Magiciens de la Terre” was held at the Centre Pompidou. YANG Jiecang, as one of the three Chinese artists,specially invited by the curator Jean-Hubert Martin, started his art career from then on and continued to participate in many important art exhibitions all around the world.
YANG Jiecang’s works involve all kinds of medium, including painting, calligraphy and performance art for particular scenario, etc. His works have integrated Chinese traditional and contemporary art. One of his major concerns is how to integrate traditional Chinese painting, aesthetics and ideas into the contemporary context.
GUO Juan, an artistic writer and translator born in 1984, is now an editor of Artforum (Chinese Edition) and lives and works in Taibei. She is the translator of the book Feedback: the Media Ecology of Video Art.
About the Cooperator
Video Bureau is a non-profit organization dedicated to video art and has two spaces in Beijing and Guangzhou. Its work primarily consists of collecting and archiving video artworks and its related documents in order to build a comprehensive and searchable database. As an organization open to the public, Video Bureau successively displays new artworks and archival materials of artists every two months and holds related activities.
Co-founded by art collectors Mr. WANG Bin and Mr. XUE Bing, the New Century Art Foundation (NCAF) is a non-profit foundation committed to the study and promotion of Chinese contemporary art. Registered and accredited by the civil affairs bureau, NCAF aims to carve out more and better platforms for the promotion of Chinese contemporary art and to imbue more supportive vitality to the development of Chinese contemporary art within the existing art system through insightful observation and research into art.