Thursday, February 11, 2016

Defying classification: self as artist? cinema, second life, and dramas of identity


Hubbard/Birchler here.


Wangechi Mutu / TITLE
Wangechi Mutu, Misguided Little Unforgivable hierarchies,  2005. Ink, acrylic, collage, and contact paper on Mylar; 81 x 52 inches here.
Mary Reid Kelly... here.  more to read here
Cao Fei. "RMB CITY 4," 2007. Digital c-print, 47 1/5 x 63 inches. © Cao Fei, courtesy the artist and Lombard-Freid Projects, New York.
Cao Fei. More here....  
Artists in China sometimes find themselves having to “walk the red line” of what is politically permissible. How do you gauge which topics are off limits?
A.
I think every Chinese adult is very sensitive to where the limits are. Everyone knows where the red line is, they don’t need to discuss it.
But it’s not really relevant to a lot of younger Chinese artists. They’re not really interested in even going near the line. Many of the older artists will want to walk near the line. They want to walk right along it, but not cross it. They are testing the system. They’re constantly provoking it.
The younger artists are very far from the line. It’s not deliberate. It’s just that they don’t care. The younger artists feel like the older artists experienced politics, and so that’s why they want to engage with politics and provoke it. The younger artists would rather avoid politics. For them, politics is just textbook history.
They think: “What we’re interested in doesn’t have anything to do with ideology. We just want to talk about our individual experience of the world. We don’t want to talk about Iraq, we don’t want to talk about Japan, and we don’t want to talk about democracy. We just want to talk about aesthetics, we just want to talk about art.”
When I read the things they write, it’s a little difficult to understand because they have very particular interests. It’s not like the older generation, which had much grander ideas. For the older generation, the artist criticizes on behalf of society. The younger artists just want to pursue their own narrow interests.
For example, a lot of younger people like to take photos of succulent plants and post them on Instagram. That’s a sub-culture. Other people like to take photos of cats. Now it’s all about these small groups organized around very specific interests. They’re not interested in broader society.
New York Times interview by Amy Qin. 
 Art 21 Cao Fei . either, watch
SEGMENT: Cao Fei in "Fantasy" | Art21 | PBS
“Dear ladies and gentleman, I’m China Tracy—the avatar of Cao Fei—and I’m her interpreter.” Cao Fei’s digital Second Life alter ego acts as the English translator for the Chinese-speaking artist throughout the segment, guiding the viewer through seven multimedia projects.
Hubbard/Birchler: watch this clip:http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/hubbard-birchler
Hubbard/Birchler | Art21 | PBS
Teresa Hubbard was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1965; Alexander Birchler was born in Baden, Switzerland, in 1962. Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler live and work in Austin, Texas, as life partners and artist-collaborators. Both received MFAs from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Canada.

Mary Reid Kelley | Art21 | PBS
Mary Reid Kelley was born in Greenville, South Carolina in 1979. In videos and drawings filled with punning wordplay, Reid Kelley presents her take on the clash between utopian ideologies and the realities of women’s lives in the struggle for liberation and through political strife, wars, and other historical events.


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