Join us for a screening of two films by Zhou Tao, followed by discussion with Cosmin Costinas

When 29 Jan 2014
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Where Asia Art Archive in America
43 Remsen St
Brooklyn, NY 11201-4112
United States
Enquiry 1 (718) 522 2299

Asia Art Archive in America
Two Films by Zhou Tao

This program is free. Due to limited seating, RSVP is required.
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2012, 20’03” Color & Sound HD Video
After Reality
2013, 14’21” Color & Sound HD Video

Join us for a screening of two short films by Zhou Tao, followed by discussion with Cosmin Costinas, Executive Director and Curator of Para Site, Hong Kong.

Zhou Tao’s early works are mostly performance-based videos. Through examining and modifying mundane actions in everyday life, he creates humorous new relationships between people, places, and situations, a key element that continues to frame his later practice. Since 2011, he has been developing a different visual language that relies heavily on editing. Zhou typically employs no dialogue or script, but instead takes sketches and photographs spontaneously, creating a constellation of chance moments from the often year-long periods he spends making each film. Always enigmatic, these films often begin with a very simple piece of imagination, for example, a faraway village — never actually seen, but believed to have existed, perhaps in a different time. He is drawn to the types of places that don’t receive an address — an abandoned tunnel, a stretch of roadside, the wasteland at the edge of a city. Slowly the imaginary village fades away, and through precise and dense editing, Zhou builds structures within structures, an open-ended labyrinth revealing the wobbly link between reality and imagination. As Jean-Michel Frodon puts it, “little by little a network is woven, increasingly serried and complex, within which he evolves with a peaceful and careful elegance.” 1

1 Jean-Michel Frodon, “Zhou Tao: Time on Earth,” The Man Who Eats Pigeons (Paris: Kadist Art Foundation, 2013).

Zhou Tao (b. 1976, Changsha, China) lives and works in Guangzhou, China. Selected solo projects include Zhou Tao: The Training, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2013); Open Studio: Seek for Geothermal Heat, Times Museum, Guangzhou (2012); The Man Who Plants Scenarios, Queens Nails Projects, San Francisco (2011); 1234-, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (2009). His work has been shown widely at exhibitions such as The 5th Auckland Triennial: If you were to live here…, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland (2013); ON | OFF: China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2013); Beyond the Crisis: 6th Curitiba Biennial, Curitiba (2011); Support > System, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Los Angeles (2011); BodyTalks – Video Art & Cinedans in Public Space, Maastricht (2011); Dress Codes: Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, International Center of Photography, New York (2009); Trans local motion: 7th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai (2008); China Power Station part II, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2007).

Cosmin Costinas (b. 1982, Satu Mare, Romania) is the Executive Director/Curator of Para Site, Hong Kong. He was the Curator of BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, Netherlands (2008-2011), co-curator (with Ekaterina Degot and David Riff) of the 1st Ural Industrial Biennial: Shockworkers of the Mobile Image, Ekaterinburg, 2010, and Editor of documenta 12 Magazines, Kassel/Vienna (2005–2007). At Para Site, Costinas curated the exhibitions: Great Crescent: Art and Agitation in the 1960s—Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan (with Doryun Chong and Lesley Ma, 2013-2014); A Journal of the Plague Year. Fear, ghosts, rebels. SARS, Leslie and the Hong Kong story (with Inti Guerrero, 2013); It May Be That Beauty Has Strengthened Our Resolve (2013); About Films. Deimantas Narkevicius (2012); Taiping Tianguo: A History of Possible Encounters: Ai Weiwei, Frog King Kwok, Tehching Hsieh, and Martin Wong in New York (with Doryun Chong, 2012, toured throughout 2013 and 2014 at SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul; NUS Museum, Singapore; e-flux space, New York); rites, thoughts, notes, sparks, swings, strikes. a hong kong spring (with Venus Lau, 2012); Two Thousand Eleven (2011). At BAK, he curated Spacecraft Icarus 13. Narratives of Progress from Elsewhere (2011); In the middle of things by Olga Chernysheva (2011); I, the Undersigned by Rabih Mroue (2010, toured throughout 2011 at Iniva – Institute of International Visual Arts, London, Lunds konsthall, Lund; tranzit+display, Prague; and Wurttembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart); Expo Zero by Boris Charmatz (2010); 1st Former West Congress (with Maria Hlavajova, 2009) and Surplus Value by Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor (2009). He co-authored the novel Philip (2007) and has contributed his writing to numerous magazines, books, and exhibition catalogs across the world. Costinas has taught and lectured at different universities and art academies in Europe and Asia. Other curatorial projects include: After the Final Simplification of Ruins. Forms of historiography in given places, Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea, Vitoria-Gasteiz (2009) and Like an Attali Report, but different. On fiction and political imagination, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2008). Costinas lives and works in Hong Kong.

Image credit: Zhou Tao, After Reality, 2013. Commissioned by Kadist Art Foundation, Paris. Courtesy of the artist and Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou.