Polyphonic Strategies - The Moving Image and its Expanded Fields (group)
Date 2021.04.23-2021.07.03...opens in 1 day(s)
Opening 2021.04.23, Friday
Venue New Century Art Foundation (NCAF) (Beijing)
Curator Yang Beichen
Artist Chen Dandizi, Li Ran, Wang Xu, Yang Fudong, Yu Honglei


"Polyphonic Strategies" is grounds on the "hypothesis" that the art of moving image is a point of departure for the artists in this exhibition. In Rosalind Krauss's iteration of the "expanded field," sculpture in the postmodern context has achieved a "reversal" on the "periphery" of the field. Thus, it emerged from the shadow of modernism to become a medium that can "integrate" all other elements, which transcends media boundaries. This conclusion, enforced by the "post-medium" theory Krauss later proposed, further established the legitimacy of the artist's cross-media practice. While in that process, the moving-image, a "new media" of the time, was receptive to such impact. Hence, is there a possibility of exploring the expanded field based on video art in the present? In this exhibition, we will examine this hypothesis through the works of five artists. In their practices, the relationship between the moving-image and other media has always been a subtle and intimate one, involving various external forms, materials, and processing methods, pointing to complex ontological entanglements within the medium. Of course, "Polyphonic Strategies" does not attempt to verify this argument but rather provide a new perspective on the artist's specific work and the efforts behind inter-media logic.
Yang Beichen
Dr. YANG Beichen is a curator/scholar of film and contemporary art. He is currently a member of the Thought Council at the Fondazione Prada(Milan, Venice), also a guest researcher at the New Century Art Foundation (Beijing, Shanghai) and contributing editor of Artforum China. He lectures on film and media studies at The Central Academy of Drama (Beijing), with research interests on the theory of Moving Image, Media Archaeology, Technology&Ecology, and New Materialism. His curatorial practices corresponds with his multidisciplinary academic approaches, including “New Metallurgists” (Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf), “Earthbound Cosmology” (Qiao Space, Shanghai), “Anti-Projection”(NCAF, Beijing), “Micro-Era” (Nationalgalerie, Berlin), “Embodied Mirror”(NCAF, Beijing). His recent projects include co-curating the Guangzhou Image Triennial 2021 (Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou) and as a researcher at large participating in the exhibition project "Socialist Realism" of V-A-C Foundation (Moscow). He has contributed critical essays for the catalogues of the artists such as CAO Fei, Laure Prouvost, Omer Fast and HO Tzu Nyen, etc.. His academic monograph Film as Archive will be published soon.
Chen Dandizi
(b.1990). She graduated from the oil painting department of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2015. Dandizi's works are characterized by a symbiosis of media: Her use of video, installation, photography, and literature form integral parts required to illuminate intimate, short-lived moments in time, and human emotion. Her works explore the perception and experience of encounters with reoccurring phenomena of the natural and artificial world. Dandizi's art explores central themes such as self-knowledge and observation of her lived environment. Revealing the fleeting nature of hidden connections between a unique moment and emotion is at the heart of her creative process.
Li Ran
Born in Hubei in 1986, graduated from the oil painting department of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 2009. He moved from Beijing to Shanghai in 2018. His work involves multiple media such as video, performance, painting, installation and writing, etc. In recent years, he embarked on a journey surveying the antagonist roles in theatre, stage art, make-up design, the production of imported films and espionage films since 1950s in China. The artist often writes images through collections of photo documents, character scenes, and dubbed monologues. Meanwhile, he also expands the more complex and personalized time and space of this writing in painting, sound, and installation.
Wang Xu
Wang Xu (b. 1986, Dalian, China) works predominantly in sculpture and video installation. For Wang, sculpture occupies an ambiguous space between objects, experience, and social practice, mediated by time and personal memories.
Yang Fudong
Yang Fudong was born in Beijing in 1971, and now lives and works in Shanghai. He graduated from the Department of Oil Painting, China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. He is among the most influential Chinese artists today. Yang has started to create video works since late 1990s. His works form a unique cultural visual interpretation through multiple cultural perspectives interlaced with experiences of space and time with photograph, film and installation. They are all characterized by multi-perspectives, exploring the structures and forms of identities in myths, personal memories and life experiences.
Yu Honglei
Yu Honglei (b. 1984) lives and works in Beijing. Yu Honglei draws upon wide visual vernacular from visual cultures of Chinese urban landscapes and poetic moments in his personal narratives. Yu Honglei keenly observes the translation, transposition and circulation of images, by weaving through the physical and the digital realm of image production. In his interest in plasticity of cultural knowledge and aesthetics, what arises is a constellation of hermeneutic and polysemic output, executed through highly personal artistic discourse.