Biennial of Architecture 
and Contemporary Art

Biennial of Architecture 
and Contemporary Art

West Bund

September 20, 2013

West Bund 2013: Biennial of Architecture 
and Contemporary Art
20 October–19 December 2013 

Opening: 20 October, 17h
Professional & media preview: 19 October 
SONART Shanghai 2013: 21–22 October

Shanghai Cement Plant & Oil Tank, and Bankside
Bing Jiang Area, Longteng Avenue, Xuhui District

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Curatorial team
Curator-in-Chief: Yung Ho Chang
Architectural Curator: Li Xiangning
Artistic Curator: Gao Shiming
Assistant curators: Liu Xiao, Liu Tian, Yao Weiwei, Wang Yan

This unit is focused on the dual concepts of pre-fab and in-situ. It is our hope that through on-site construction, the architect’s work will find resonance in this area and with citizens, so such interaction may enrich each other in a constant, dynamic process of mutual inspiration. The architects are Yong Ho Chang, Wang Shu, Michael Bell, URBANUS, Atelier Bow-Bow, Open Architecture, Atelier Deshaus, Johnston Marklee, Ensamble, Zeng Qun and Wang Fangji.

The core unit of the first Biennale is themed ‘Reflecta,’ taking its cue from the four cultural phenomena constituting the West Bund and cataloguing the four avant-garde cultures considered most avant-garde in contemporary China.

Mapping China: An Architecture Retrospective Since 2000
Curated by LI Xiangning

From the collectivism of the past to the “Chinese Speed” that caught the world’s attention after post-Mao reforms, what lessons are to be learned from the explosive growth of China’s cities and construction industry? Thought and practice in modern construction over the more than ten years since the new millennium dawned will be conveyed through evaluations of the past, documents and small-scale design, with an emphasis on academic presentation. The evaluations of Chinese contemporary construction and architects for the years from 2000 to 2013 will be led by construction pundits, including Li Xiangning, Shi Jian, Zhu Tao and Tang Keyang.

RPM: Sound Art China
Curated by YAO Dajuin

RPM: Sound Art China is the first survey exhibition of Chinese sound art in the world. It is a large-scale historic event showcasing the present condition and history of sound art in China. Over ten years, sound art in China has been producing amazing results that deserve worldwide attention. RPM is divided into three parts: sound art installations, archive of Chinese sound art, and live performance. Besides a large-scale exhibition of sound installations displayed in four large, abandoned oil tanks and a complete archive of sound art in this country, there will also be a top-quality sound performance featuring both Chinese and international artists, including Alva Noto (Carsten Nicolai), Jaap Blonk, Merzbow (Asami Akita), etc.

Resolution Power: A Performative Video
Curated by GUO Xiaoyan, LIU Xiao

When we discuss video in contemporary art, we open up the pan-imagery that has formed spectacles, and pick out the action and memories, and the inquiry on the social reality. We go beyond the “THE END” that appears at the conclusion of a video, and restore meaning to the interrelation and process of art, and return the battlefield of images to the site where art happened: a specific point in history and space. The production of video art is grounded in everyday life, constantly generating recipes for mixing the world and reality. The artists includes most important video artists: Chen Chieh-jen, Zhang Peili, Yang Fudong, Wang Jianwei, etc

Cloud Theater: Shanghai Odyssey
Chief Director: GAO Shiming
Concept Director: MOU Sen
Director: MA Nan, LIU Tian

The grand dome is our first medium, through which the story of Shanghai’s origins will be told with a circular narrative. It represents the beginning of the city spatially, temporally and, even more so, spiritually, Xujiahui was a historic moment and site for the meeting between modern China and Western civilization.The live performance under the dome will be composed of images, videos, urban sounds, and a dance theater. The non-professional locals dancers’ movements and expressions will tell the stories of Shanghai, from a farmland to the establishment of the foreign concessions, through the manufacturing revolution to the West Bund of the future. The West Bund belongs to Shanghai, itself the West Bund of the Pacific Ocean.


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