When 22 Feb 2012
7:30PM - 10:30PM
Where Exit Art
475 Tenth Ave
New York, NY
United States
Cost Tickets are $10 general admission and are available for purchase at the box office 30 minutes prior to each screening or anytime on Exit Art's website

Tape, directed by Li Ning, 168 min, 2010, China, In Mandarin w/ English subtitles

February 22 2012, 7:30pm

Press Release:

Performance artist Li Ning turns his life into art in this epic work of experimental documentary. For five grueling years, Li documents his struggle to achieve success as an avant-garde artist while contending with the pressures of modern life in China. He is caught between two families: his wife, son and mother, whom he can barely support; and his enthusiastic but disorganized guerilla dance troupe. Li’s chaotic life becomes inseparable from the act of taping it, as if his experiences can only make sense on screen. Tape shatters documentary conventions, utilizing a variety of approaches, including guerilla documentary, experimental street video, even CGI. The film captures a decade’s worth of artistic aspirations and failures, while breaking new ground in individual expression in China.

Synopsis courtesy of dGenerate Films.

Official Selection, International Film Festival Rotterdam

Official Selection, Beijing Independent Documentary Film Festival

Official Selection, MoMA Documentary Fortnight

“A riveting portrait of an artist’s attempts at expression and conflicts with societal norms.”
– Museum of Modern Art

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