Displaying Fragments: Ten Years of OCAT (2005–2015)

Displaying Fragments: Ten Years of OCAT (2005–2015)

OCAT Institute

Wang Guangyi, Project: East Wind-Golden, Dragon, Rough Draft, 2006.

October 4, 2015

Displaying Fragments: Ten Years of OCAT (2005–2015)
October 31, 2015–January 31, 2016
Opening: October 31, 5:30pm

OCAT Institute
Chaoyang District
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10am–5pm 

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Established in 2005, OCAT became a registered, independent non-profit organization in April 2012, and has since built a group of contemporary museums of art across China. With its headquarters in Shenzhen, the museum group comprises OCAT Shenzhen, OCT Art & Design Gallery (Shenzhen), OCAT Shanghai, OCAT Xi’an, and OCAT Institute (Beijing). OCAT takes the research and display of contemporary visual art as its primary focus, but its activities also extend into other fields, such as experimental theater, music, film, design, and architecture. It emphasizes research related to modern and contemporary art, and academic exchange on art history, theory, and criticism between China and abroad. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, OCAT Institute will organize a retrospective exhibition entitled Displaying Fragments: Ten Years of OCAT (2005–2015) that begins on October 31, 2015. 

Using the institutional development of OCAT as a prism to observe the currents of Chinese contemporary art, the exhibition mobilizes the polysemy of the notion “fragment” as both part of a whole and a monad. As exhibitions can be both objects of historiographical research and the means to study history, the first of three sections comprising Displaying Fragments, “Economy of Presence,” revisits OCAT’s past research-based exhibition State Legacy: Research in the Visualization of Political History (2009). This reinterpretation seeks to highlight the visualization of China’s political history and its relationship to modernization through distribution of perception, discursive formation, and memory production. 

Parallel to the explorations of OCAT’s past research-based exhibitions, the second section, “Disciplinary Drift,” deals with the transformation of art practices that evolved from the production of aesthetic objects to a unique form of thinking and acting in a globalized world, with artists referencing methodologies and investigating models from other disciplines in order to use their forms of knowledge without attempting to overtake them. 

Finally, the third section of the exhibition, “Embodying Space,” interrogates the role museums play in a shifting urbanity by focusing on the discursive and experiential confluence and clash that transpires within the exhibition space. No longer just the neutral vessel that houses works of art, it becomes the site of an implosive dynamism that evokes a renewed understanding of co-inhabitation and hospitality as reflected in the institution’s struggle for autonomy and openness.  

Displaying Fragments, in addition to revisiting State Legacy, also reconsiders Looking Through Film: Traces of Cinema and Self-Constructs in Contemporary Art (2010). Participating artists include: Xin Kedu Group, Wang Guangyi, Wang Jianwei, Wu Wenguang, Xu Tan, and others. A series of related academic activities and events will be held during the exhibition, including a forum discussion, public lectures, seminars, and workshops.


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