SCREEN + I: project space + Artnet + Loris


Screening: Samstag, 13.08.2016, 18:30–21 Uhr


Join us for the one-night screening The Art of Living around the globe on August 13, 2016, hosted by SCREEN, I: project space, Artnet, and Loris. The screening will take place across three venues located in Beijing, Berlin, and New York.


On October 13 and 24 in 1966, Marta Minujin, Allan Kaprow and Wolf Vostell staged the international project “Three Countries Happening” which took place in New York, Berlin, and Buenos Aires. Each artist acted as part of other artists’ performances through simultaneity: some of their happenings happened concurrently and were aired on channel 13 in Buenos Aires. Photographs of each scene were sent to the three cities and displayed at a gallery in Berlin. Particularly Minujin’s piece Simultaneidad en Simultaneidad reacted to the technological revolution, which utilized media including television, radio, telephone and telegraph. Fifty years later, as predicted by Minujin, technology has intoxicated and infiltrated our lives. To celebrate this post-digital condition that has changed the way art is practiced, we will stage simultaneous screenings in New York, Beijing, and Berlin, bringing together artists living in the these art metropolises.

Technology and the internet have changed the “studio” practice, expanding it to the realm of social media. While the corporate model of the superstar artist with a monumental studio is not uncommon, many younger artists have started to develop a virtual studio practice. Despite this, the economic, social, and cultural conditions of art metropolises such as Beijing, Berlin, and New York are still decisive factors effecting resources for artists.

Various assumptions about culture play a significant role in how the concept of the artist is constructed in public imagination. Michael Smith and Joshua White created the fictitious “Mike Smith” in Open House Reel, who had bitterly intended to sell his Soho Studio, which symbolized selling his art trajectory and life for over 20 years; black artist Kenya (Robinson) brought a statue of a white man with her wherever she went and posted the photo diary on Instagram; Musquiqui Chihying dressed himself in athletic gear and jogged on a German supermarket conveyor belt, watched by a middle-aged, German, female cashier; Jaakko Pallasvuo’s nonchalantly narrates about his studio and digital painting he produced there. Tan Tian’s staged interview performance mirrors and exaggerates the expectations artists are facing. Lin Ke invites us in his studio to witness his laptop ballad. The music is is supported by the clicking of hard drives and USB sticks and the chiming of keyboards linking the work of a programmer with the skill set of a pianist. Katy Roseland made a video to visualize a major struggle in contemporary digital art practice: the sharing of files and data through online platforms and how this can be a challenge on the Chinese Internet. These semi-autobiographical videos react to the local economy, in a satirical, but often straightforward way.

The screening features artists Michael Smith (New York), Joshua White (New York), Kenya (Robinson) (New York), Tuo Wang (New York), Tzuhuan Lin (New York), Misquiqui Chihying (Berlin), Jaakko Pallasvuo, Manuela Johanna Covini (Berlin), Brita Thie (Berlin), Lin Ke (Beijing), Tan Tian (Beijing), Katy Roseland (Beijing), and more.

Selected by Yu-Chieh Li, David Hsu Borgonjon, Shi-yu Hsu, Nina Wiesnagrotzki, Anna-Viktoria Eschbach, and Antonie Angerer.
Curatorial assistant Zhixuan Li

The admission is free.

Michael Smith and Joshua White (New York) / Open House Reel, 62
Kenya (Robinson), White Man in My Pocket 0:40 and WHITEMANTALKING: a stream-of-consciousness manifesto, 6:57
Tuo Wang (New York)/ La Boheme, 9
Tzuhuan Lin (New York)/ Rubber Duck, 7:15
Lin Ke (Beijing)/ Lens from the E-World, 3:22
Tan Tian (Beijing)/ How to Do Interview, 22:46
Katy Roseland (Beijing)/ OLO is a code, 5

***Image Credit***
Tzuhuan Lin, Rubber Duck.