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Crashing into the Future

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[1] Xin Liu, Living Distance, 2019–20. [2] Haonan WangBubble, 2020. [3] Zhang Congcong, Element, 2021. [4] Yong Xiang Li, I’m not in love (How to feed on humans), 2020. [5] Fei Yining and Chuck Kuan, Breakfast Ritual: Art Must Be Artificial, 2019. [6] Zheng Yuan, Dream Delivery, 2018.

April 5, 2021
Crashing into the Future
Last day repeat screenings
April 5, 2021
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Join us on e-flux Video & Film on Monday, April 5 for the repeat screenings and wrap of Crashing into the Future, a six-part program of films and interviews put together by artist Cao Fei as the fifth edition of the online series Artist Cinemas.

Crashing into the Future has featured films by Fei Yining and Chuck KuanYong Xiang LiXin LiuZhang CongcongHaonan WangZheng Yuan; and interviews with the filmmakers by Emma EnderbyCao FeiAlvin LiLawrence Xiao, Evonne Jiawei Yuan, and Yang Beichen.

Watch the films here.

Stay tuned to Artist Cinemas for a new program of films and interviews starting April 19, convened by artist Koki Tanaka.

Artist Cinemas presents Crashing into the Future
Convened by Cao Fei

Xin Liu, Living Distance, 2019-20
10:45 minutes
With an interview with Xin Liu conducted by Emma Enderby

Haonan Wang, Bubble, 2020
14:29 minutes
With an interview with Haonan Wang conducted by Lawrence Xiao

Zhang Congcong, Element, 2021
8 minutes 
With an interview with Zhang Congcong conducted by Cao Fei

Yong Xiang Li, I’m Not in Love (How to Feed on Humans), 2020
27:01 minutes
With an interview with Yong Xiang Li conducted by Alvin Li

Fei Yining and Chuck Kuan, Breakfast Ritual: Art Must Be Artificial, 2019
8:51 minutes
With an interview with Fei Yining and Chuck Kuan conducted by Evonne Jiawei Yuan

Zheng Yuan, Dream Delivery, 2018
9:50 minutes
With an interview with Zheng Yuan conducted by Yang Beichen

About the program      
Various signs around us suggest that we have reached a moment where the contradictions accumulated by our history can no longer be sustained. A sense of déjà vu takes hold. Once again, the uneasy organisms of this planet look up and gaze at the cosmos as they hastily crash into the future...

Crashing into the Future brings together a selection of six works by video artists from China born in the late 1980s and 1990s. Most of the featured artists studied or lived abroad for some time, and their artistic practices reflect their diverse influences. The works are presented under three thematic junctions—Monstrosity, Ghost Worker, and Cosmos in Flux—that, together, constitute a kind of rhizome wherein meaning is produced in the space between the nodes. 

Crashing into the Future is a program convened by Cao Fei as part of the series Artist Cinemas. It ran for six weeks from February 22 through April 5, 2021, screening a new film each week accompanied by an interview with the filmmaker(s) conducted by Cao Fei and invited guests.

Crashing into the Future wraps on Monday, April 5 with a repeat screening of all six films presented in the program. Watch the films here.

About Artist Cinemas       
Artist Cinemas is a new e-flux platform focusing on exploring the moving image as understood by people who make film. It is informed by the vulnerability and enchantment of the artistic process—producing non-linear forms of knowledge and expertise that exist outside of academic or institutional frameworks. It will also acknowledge the circles of friendship and mutual inspiration that bind the artistic community. Over time this platform will trace new contours and produce different understandings of the moving image.

For more information, contact program [​at​] e-flux.com.

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