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[Exhibition] The Swiftness of Feeling and Thinking

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Opening:2020.09.04  17:30-20:30

Performance Duden2020 starts from 17:30
Dance performance Body is Present starts from 18:00

Curator:Gloria Guan

Artist:
Ryan Tian
Unique Body Space
Li Yini
Emerson Young
Charlotte Yan
Yuan Hanhan

 
What is art? What makes a piece of art good or bad are the questions that have been posed incessantly to artists and art lovers alike. Some artworks are notable for the questioning of traditional values, artistic conventions, systems of representation, and so on. However, in most cases, art is judged difficult to understand. The British philosopher of art, Richard Wollheim believes that we should resist the tendency to see art as an abstract idea that needs to be analysed and explained. If we are to fully understand art, according to his view, we must always define it in relation to its social context. Since art is a form of life, and it is always a reflection of an individuals’ beliefs, emotions, experiences, skills, social background and happiness. According to the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, “The only happiness lies in reason; all the rest of the world is dismal. The highest reason, however, I see in the work of the artist….Happiness lies in the swiftness of feeling and thinking….”


 
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Unique Body Space | Li Xuanyu
Lo Que Siento
2019
Photography



 
By feeling is meant the response of the ‘body-and-mind’ as a whole to the events of reality. However, the aim of the exhibition “The Swiftness of Feeling and Thinking” is not trying to give an answer to the question of what is art but is trying to express the feeling of how material reality is. By showcasing 6 young artists’ different art practices, including film, performance, dance, video, installation, drawing, photography, fashion design and board games. “The Swiftness of Feeling and Thinking” is letting these 6 artists who are in a unique position to share their happiness in art, to tell a story about the world in which they live, to perform a social function, to illustrate what being creative can be, to examine boundaries between the individual body and the social environment and between the inside and outside of the body itself, to explore the interaction and communication between the viewer and art design. As well as to establish the ideology that continues to shape their vision of today and tomorrow.


 
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Ryan Tian
When Sky Was Sea
2018
Shot Film


 
By feeling is meant the response of the ‘body-and-mind’ as a whole to the events of reality. However, the aim of the exhibition “The Swiftness of Feeling and Thinking” is not trying to give an answer to the question of what is art but is trying to express the feeling of how material reality is. By showcasing 6 young artists’ different art practices, including film, performance, dance, video, installation, drawing, photography, fashion design and board games. “The Swiftness of Feeling and Thinking” is letting these 6 artists who are in a unique position to share their happiness in art, to tell a story about the world in which they live, to perform a social function, to illustrate what being creative can be, to examine boundaries between the individual body and the social environment and between the inside and outside of the body itself, to explore the interaction and communication between the viewer and art design. As well as to establish the ideology that continues to shape their vision of today and tomorrow.
 


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Emerson Young
The Body Adorned
2018-2020
Video, Ritual and installation


 
In Factory Maze, for instance, Li Yini is reaching people and objectively exploring humanistic care in a board game. It is a direct challenge to assumptions about the meaning of art and its function in a society. While in the video The Wedding, Unique Body Space offers not too many clues indicative of a narrative of the story itself, rather uses montage to represent a very complex and conflicting relationship between a woman and a man.  In Body is Present, Unique Body Space’s new dance practice with Charlotte Yan’s fashion design’s programme Scepticism, not only is using body simply as the ‘content’ of the work, but also as an attempt to dramatizing the gap between surface perceptions and inner realities. Confronted with something that is usually kept hidden, we are being encouraged to review many of the fundamental issues of existence: identity, religion, faith, racial tension, patriotism, joy, distress, hope, death and so on.

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Li Yini
Factory Maze
2019
Board Games


Through an assemblage of video, ritual and installations, Emerson Young’s The Body Adorned presents the contemporary stereotype of an artist in a non-linear fashion. Meanwhile proposing a discussion on the authenticity and probability of “artist” as an identity. In the short film When Sky Was Sea, director Ryan Tian provides a clear narrative to tell a story about how an ambitious graphic designer who will be eventually blind in his life, met a talented blind photographer. This unexpected experience brings this young man a new vision to ‘see’ the world and to have faith in life again. In many cases, art opens up exciting new possibilities for artists to see the world differently, not by sight, but by heart and imagination. Where is art going? How will it be different in the future? What will be the viewer’s interpretations of their artworks?


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Charlotte Yan
Scepticism
2017
Fashion Design


 
Witnessing a live performance leaves the viewer with a very different impression about the artwork. The artists use their own body language as the material of their work reveals a cross-fertilization of ideas and ideologies from different disciplines and cultures. In Yuan Hanhan’s performance Duden 2020, the artist use a “touch” to show the viewer what is her emotion and where is her sight. Nevertheless the body in art involves emotions, memory, ideas of beauty, concepts of power and identity not only in the mind of the artist but in that of the viewer as well. The viewer is thus invited to enter into the artist’s performance, left to attempt to fill in the story, or to imagine what happened before he/she joined in and what might happen next.

 
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Yuan Hanhan
Duden 2020
2020
Performance


Whatever the exhibition is able to accomplish here, “The Swiftness of Feeling and Thinking” is showing a point that transforming our reality is no longer a question of just making more art. It is a matter of having an attitude to strive to fix the problems set by life and realising what social tools we have. Of one thing is certain in this exhibition: anything we might think of as art will have to be solidly constructed in all its social dimensions.