Video Bureau at ISCP

When 25 Apr 2014 - 23 May 2014
Where iscp
1040 Metropolitan Ave
New York, NY 11211
United States
Enquiry (718) 387-2900

Opening reception: Friday, April 25, 7-9pm
Panel Discussion with Howie Chen and Sue Hui, moderated by Xiaofei Mo
: Saturday, April 26, 4pm

the Poplar Tree and Mirror with artists Li Ming, Zhang Peili, Ma Qiusha, Zhou Tao and Huang Xiaopeng, curated by Howie Chen

Since 2011, ISCP has also hosted an institution-in-residence as part of Open Studios. This annual residency was initiated to support cultural exchange by bringing an international perspective into a local context. This year, ISCP has invited Video Bureau, a privately run, not-for-profit organization established in 2012 in Beijing and Guangzhou that focuses on video art. Sue Hui, Video Bureau’s archivist will introduce Video Bureau and Libreria Borges Institute for Contemporary Art to the public.

As part of Video Bureau’s residency at ISCP, New York-based independent curator Howie Chen travelled to China to research Video Bureau’s archives, resulting in the exhibition The Poplar Tree and Mirror. Representing a cross section of three generations of Chinese video artists, the exhibition presents work from Video Bureau’s archives by Li Ming, Zhang Peili, Ma Qiusha, Zhou Tao and Huang Xiaopeng. These works concern social causality in contemporary Chinese and global culture at large. Chains of events are set in motion everyday: a decision is made, an action performed, and the contingent effects are registered on others. How does one negotiate these effects, especially when transformative political and economic forces drive them? Planted in mass as an urban planning folly, the poplar tree and its ubiquitous snowy catkins covering Beijing every spring parallel’s Zhang Peili’s 30×30 (1988).  Once the tree is planted and the mirror is broken, the effects are both uncontrollable and full of monstrous beauty.

Video Bureau was initiated by Zhu Jia, Libreria Borges Institute for Contemporary Art and Fang Lu and aims to provide a platform to exhibit, organize and archive video art. The mission of Video Bureau is to collect and organize artworks of video artists in order to build a comprehensive and searchable database for researchers, students and collectors. As an institute open to the public, every two months Video Bureau features two artists’ video works, and hosts related events, such as artist talks, discussions and symposiums.

Image: Still from Zhou Tao, one day (changsha), 2010.

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