|Opening||2019.10.07, 15:00, Monday|
(The former site of Duan Qirui Government, No. 3 Zhang Zizhong Road, Dong Cheng District, Beijing, Beijing)
The Bunker is pleased to present No Quarter, the first institutional solo exhibition of Beijing based emerging artist Zhou Yan. No Quarter will open on October 7, and will show until December 8.
The Bunker’s physical space was built in 1941 by the Japanese occupation army, to function as General Okamura’s North China office headquarters. After many decades of obscurity, it was eventually converted into an art space in 2016 due of its unique history and architecture. For No Quarter, the artist has designed a first-person shooter game with the objective of assassinating General Okamura, to be played by exhibition visitors who are connected using a local area network. The claustrophobic interior of the art space is compounded by the closed nature of the computer network, creating a virtual echo chamber. This is a place where history, ideology, and personal attitudes can be discarded, examined, or dissected in the process of playing a game.
About the artist
Zhou Yan (b. 1984, Beijing) received his BFA in Visual Communication from the School of Design, Central Academy of Fine Arts, and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. From 2016 to 2017, he worked as a project assistant for artists Claudia Hart and Kurt Hentschläger in the United States. Zhou currently lives and works in Beijing.
Zhou’s practice is often inspired by the circumstances under which individuals and populations coexist. Drawing upon episodes from the history of contemporary art and subcultures as references, his previous works frequently confront the entanglement between a specific site and an individual’s existential state. He is interested in using juxtaposition, displacement, and simulation as forms of exploration. The artistic mediums that he mainly engages with include video installation, interactive game, and artist books. His works have been exhibited at various international venues and programs, such as “Old Images” 65thInternational Film Festival Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany, 2019;The 14th Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athens, Greece, 2018; “The Ecstasy of Time: Reframing the Medium of Knowing”; He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China; 2017; The Stuttgart Filmwinter Expanded Media, Stuttgart, Germany, 2017; E.M.B.C.L, Flux Factory, New York, United State, 2017; He also has four artist books collected by the Joan Flash Artist Book Collection, Chicago, United State.