Realm of Reverberations
July 1 - August 27, 2016
Opening Friday July 1, 6pm
Chen Chieh-jen, Realm of Reverberations, 2014, still.Courtesy of the Chen Chieh-jen Studio.
For the solo presentation by Chen Chieh-jen, Artspace NZ will present his exceptional film “Realm of Reverberations” (2014) within a cinematic environment architecturally designed for this piece. Parallel to this installation there will be a closed workshop session with registered participants followed by a public lecture from Chen Chieh-jen intending to translate the cultural aspects of the context behind the story of the film as well as the social and political aspects of film making and working with(in) the specific history of a location. The content of the workshop and the lecture will bridge the discussions around urban transformation, gentrification and political activism between Taipei and Auckland. Taipei based curator Esther Lu Director, Taipei Contemporary Art Center (TCAC) will also contribute to this public programme with a public lecture responding to the relationships between Auckland and Taiwan as well as Artspace NZ and TCAC.
Chen Chieh-jen (b. 1960, Taiwan) lives and works in Taipei. Chieh-jen’s work considers both ideological and political issues surrounding his native Taiwan’s modern history: from colonialism to its present role as a key base in global-capitalist production. With a focus on large-scale video work, Chieh-jen highlights current social issues by interrogating the power structures that determine how histories are written and collective memories are formed.
Chen has exhibited widely internationally, with solo exhibitions that include ‘Chen Chieh-jen: Factory, The Route, Empire’s Borders I & II’, MUDAM Luxembourg, Luxembourg (2013); ‘On the Empire’s Borders: Chen Chieh-jen 1996–2010’, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei (2010); ‘Chen Chieh-jen: Military Court and Prison’, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2008); Condensation: Five Video Works by Chen Chieh-jen, Asia Society and Museum, New York (2007); Chen Chieh-jen, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris (2001); and Revolt in the Soul & Body II, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei. Chen has also participated in major group exhibitions, including ‘Social Factory’, 10th Shanghai Biennale (2014–15); ‘Whorled Explorations’, Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2014); and the 20th Biennale of Sydney.
Solo presentations from Chen Chieh-jen
, Pip Culbert
and Sabelo Mlangeni
take place within the framework of “Singular Pluralities ∞ Plural Singularities”, a series of solo exhibitions which began in 2015. Focusing on artistic research and exhibition methodology, the series experiments with installation strategies, and event structures. Through the three parallel exhibitions Artspace will explore studio processes and artistic approaches in conversation with the audience.
Friday July 1, 6:30pm:
Introduction speech by Misal Adnan Yıldız and visiting artist Sabelo Mlangeni
Saturday July 2
12pm: SO WHERE DOES PIP CULBERT FIT?
Christina Barton and Peter Robinson discuss the practice of Pip Culbert, moderated by Danae Mossman
2pm: POLITICS OF REPRESENTATION / POLITICS OF IMAGES
John Mutambu and Misal Adnan Yıldız in conversation with Sabelo Mlangeni
Wednesday August 3
A critical voice from Taipei: CURATORIAL RESEARCH & INSTITUTIONAL PROGRAMMING
Esther Lu, Director of Taipei Contemporary Art Center TCAC in conversation with Misal Adnan Yıldız
Workshop with Chen Chieh-jen. Registrations are now closed.
August 5, 6pm
Public Lecture By Chen Chieh-jen
THE STORY OF LOSHENG SANATORIUM AND
MAKING OF REALM OF REVERBERATIONS
Chen Chieh-jen's project has been supported by the Asia New Zealand Foundation