June 3, 2015 - OCAT Institute - Memory Burns
June 3, 2015

Memory Burns

Harun Farocki, Inextinguishable Fire, 1969. 16mm b/w film, 25 minutes. © Harun Farocki.

Memory Burns
June 28–October 11, 2015

Opening: June 27, 2–8pm

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

T+86 10 6737 5618
info [​at​] ocatinstitute.org.cn


Curator: Georges Didi-Huberman
Artists: Aby Warburg, Harun Farocki, Pascal Convert, Arno Gisinger

The OCAT Institute is a nonprofit research center dedicated to the history of art and its related discourses. It is also a member of the OCAT Museums. The Institute has three main areas of activity: publication, archives, and exhibition. The scope of its research incudes historic, modern, and contemporary Chinese art; more specifically, it includes the investigation of artists, artworks, schools of art production, exhibitions, art discourses, as well as art institutions, publications, and other aspects of art’s overall ecology. It will establish a research archives and facilitate dialogue and exchange between China and abroad. In addition, it serves as an exhibition platform in Beijing.

The opening exhibition of the Institute is Memory Burns curated by the French philosopher and art historian Georges Didi-Huberman. Responding to poignant questions that have occupied his thinking over the years, the exhibition is part of Didi-Huberman’s ongoing investigation into the dynamics between image and time, and constitutes the organic continuation of Atlas: How to Carry the World on One’s Back? (Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2010). The exhibition is a collaboration between the Festival Croisements 2015 and the Institute, and features 11 works from artists Harun Farocki, Pascal Convert, Arno Gisinger and the art historian Aby Warburg. In addition, Didi-Huberman is the inaugural lecturer of OCAT Institute Annual Lecture Series. 

Georges Didi-Huberman (b. 1953) is a professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. Born in Saint-Étienne in 1953, he completed his doctoral research at the EHESS under the supervision of Louis Marin. His main publications include: Devant l’image: Questions posées aux fins d’une histoire de l’art, L’image survivante: Histoire de l’art et temps des fantômes selon Aby Warburg, and Invention de l’hystérie: Charcot et l’iconographie photographique de la Salpêtrière. Didi-Huberman has also organized many exhibitions, including L’Empreinte (Centre  Pompidou, 1997), Fables du lieu (Studio National des Arts Contemporains Le Fresnoy, 2001), and Atlas: How to Carry the World on One’s Back? 

Related activities:
2015 OCAT Institute Annual Lecture
“Image, History, Poem”
 3 lectures on the Visual Art of S.M.Eisenstein by Georges Didi-Huberman 
“History and Poem”  
23 June, 7–10pm
“Image-Cut and the Vertigo of Proximity”   
24 June, 7–10pm
Image-Milieu and the Vertigo of Distance”  
25 June, 7–10pm
Booking: Attendance is free, please sign up via info [​at​] ocatinstitute.org.cn (Please provide your name and contacts.)

Georges Didi-Huberman Seminar Series 3
“Image, History, Poem”
June 25, 2–5pm
Booking: Attendance is free with limited seats, please sign up via info [​at​] ocatinstitute.org.cn (Please provide your name and contacts.)

Dialogue with Georges Didi-Huberman
June 26, 2–4pm
Venue: Institute Français, No.18, Gongtixilu, Chaoyang District
Attendance is free

Round table discussion for the opening exhibition
June 27, 3–5pm
Attendance is free

Media contact: info [​at​] ocatinstitute.org.cn / T +86 10 6737 5618

Support from: 
Beijing Century Overseas Chinese Town Industrial Co., Ltd
The French Embassy (Beijing) and Service de Coopération et d’Action Culturelle (SCAC)
Goethe-Institut China
The Pin Projects

New Media Technology Partner Organization: CP Denmark and WTi Group 
New Media Art Partner Organization: Chronus Art Center

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