2019 West Bund Art & Design
Artists: Chen Xi, Bo Wang
Nov. 7 – 10, 2019 9:00 – 21:00
West Bund Art Center Hall A
Shiguang Li Mall
A+ Contemporary will participate in West Bund Art & Design dream video section and present four video works by two artist – biu biu biu, Urban paintings from COM, I am your voices by Chen Xi and The Orbit by Bo Wang.
Chen Xi，biu biu biu，2015， Single channel video, color, sound，08’27”
Chen Xi’s biu biu biu is a documentary without voice-over. These exquisite spaceships and their crews resembled self-luminous creatures in the deep sea without external lighting, cruising and breathing in our bubble of darkness.
Chen Xi，Urban Paintings from COM， Single channel video, color, sound，2’00”
Urban paintings from COM is on how to use 3D animation to curate a virtual exhibition of your paintings.
Chen Xi，I am your voices， Single channel video, color，7’00”
In I am your voices, Chen Xi filmed a series of urban scenes which was less urban, and then used the sound (mad dogs, birds, insects, windy leaves, flies globs) in that scene to drive the growth of a digital object, then blended that object into the scene that generates it. At last, the sound of the video is muted, because the sound is already in it.
Bo Wang，The Orbit，2019， Video，8’47”
Based on the stories of two tennis players 30 years apart, Bo Wang’s two-channel video installation The Orbit forms a complex field that combines mechanical sports training with elements of personal psychology and perception. The artist attempts to respond to the production, consumption, and regeneration of individuals locked into paths set by massive systems, and the struggle between individuals and systems upon the attempt to leave them. The video presented at West Bund Art & Design is one of the short films in the video installation.
Chen Xi was born in 1985 in Wuhan. He graduated from Jiangnan University with BA in Fine Art in 2008 and from East China Normal University with MFA in 2012. Chen Xi currently lives and works in Beijing. His solo exhibitions include: Ideal Person (A+ Contemporary, Shanghai, 2018), ∞ (A+ Contemporary, Shanghai, 2016), Preserved Wilderness (A307, Beijing, 2015). Selected group exhibitions include: Art Basel Hong Kong Film (Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, 2019), 30-min forecast (N3 Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2019), Art Basel Hong Kong Film (Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, 2018), Closer to the Beautiful World (Klein Sun Gallery, New York, 2017), Moments and more (OCT Contemporary Art Terminal Shanghai, Shanghai, 2017), Shanghai Project Chapter 2 – Seeds of Time (Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, 2017), Art Basel Hong Kong Film – Data, Algorithm and Beyond (Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, 2018), RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES PARIS/BERLIN (Gaîté Lyrique, Paris and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2017), Take Me Out (chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, 2016), The sublime object (Star Gallery, Beijing, 2015), Evolution of Model (A+ Contemporary, Shanghai, 2015), Ode to Joy (Star Gallery, Beijing, 2015), The 2nd CAFAM Future Exhibition (Art Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, 2015), Ministry of Truth II: The Factitious and its Realm (Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, 2014), Design Shanghai (Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2013), Nonexistent Reality (Chambers Fine Art, Beijing, 2013), Time Of The Dragon (Rauma Art Museum, Finland, 2012). Filmography：Sleepwalking Through the Walk Simulators was nominated as “Best Narrative Feature” and “Best Artistic Originality” in the 12th FIRST International Film Festival，2018.
Bo Wang was born in Chongqing, China. He graduated with BS in Physics and Mathematics from Tsinghua University in 2004, with MS in Physics from Tsinghua University in 2007, and with MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from School of Visual Arts in 2011. He currently works and lives between New York and China, and teaches at School of Visual Art. His solo exhibitions include: Song for the Dreamless (Yell Space, Shanghai, 2019), Heteroscapes (Lianzhou International Photo Festival, Guangdong, 2011), Heteroscapes (Gallery 456, New York, 2010). His selected group exhibitions include: 5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (Yekaterinburg, Russia, 2019), 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism: Collective City (Seoul, 2019), The Racing will Continue, the Dancing will Stay (Times Museum, Guangzhou, 2019), Infrastructural Territory (OCAT Shanghai, Shanghai, 2018), Life & Dreams: Photography & Media Art in China since the 1990s (The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany, 2018), Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (Shenzhen, China, 2017), The Making of an Institution (Nanyang Technological University Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore, 2017), We Chat (Asia Society Texas Center, United States, 2016), We Chat (Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, United States, 2016), Urban Livingroom (10th Shanghai Biennale City Pavilions, Shanghai, 2015). He has participated in screenings at The Guggenheim Museum (New York), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow), Visions du Réel (Nyon, Switzerland), CPH:DOX (Copenhagen), Essay Film Festival (Institute of Contemporary Arts, London), Image Forum Festival (Tokyo), Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions (Tokyo), Asia Culture Center (Gwangju), DMZ International Documentary Film Festival (Seoul), BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels), Times Museum (Guangzhou) among other institutions and film festivals. He has participated in artist residencies and symposiums including ACC-Rijksakademie Dialogue and Exchange (Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, 2018), ACC-Rijksakademie Dialogue and Exchange (Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, 2017), NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (Singapore, 2016), Oberhausen Seminar (Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany, 2016), Berlinale Talents (Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin, 2014), The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar (New York, 2013). His curatorial projects include: Nine Days to See (Pop up, Beijing, 2018), Ode to Infrastructure (META Project Space, Shanghai, 2016), We Landed/I Was Born/Passing by (Anthology Film Archives, New York, 2014).