This is a curatorial experiment
Artists are also curators
This is an exhibition, also the eight exhibitions curated by eight artists in a circular way
With the advent of the information age, the contemporary society, production, consumption, morality and life are different from the previous times. The most remarkable characteristics is: Individuality valued by people increasingly. In the age of globalisation and Internet, our perception of the world is no longer a single dimension, but a three and multi-dimensional one.
Individuality stands out from the collective conformity, and society itself is more and more resilient compared to the past. Individuality was at the earliest practiced and realised in art. However, individuality in contemporary art is different from the lofty and idealistic individual practice advocated by modernism. The artists who grew up with the Internet were influenced by different cultural forms from the very beginning, and their learning and communication were no longer conducted in a single and closed environment. To be exact, this kind of learning and communication is globalised and cross-cultural. Therefore, we will also notice that they no longer see their art in a historical and culturally unitary way, and no longer follow a certain paradigm of the past to create, but instead adopt practices with strong personal or cross-cultural characteristics.
I-Define emphasises the value and significance of each individual artist, rather than subsuming different individuals under one theme. How do you meet the artists of new generation? We hope that through the exhibition, the artist will tell and define himself. The freedom of expression and choice makes individual differences manifest. The intergenerational approach to understanding a generation no longer seems to be so effective.
I-Define is an individual artist's view of their understanding of art and the world around them. Certainly, individual differences must show up in relationships with other individuals. Hence, we tried a new way of curating — the curating by artists, where one artist curates for another one. A total of eight artists participate in this exhibition, namely eight small solo exhibitions. The participating artist is also the curator, and the curatorial method is as follows: Artist A curates artist B, artist B curates artist C, and so on, and the last artist curates artist A.
Through such a circulated curating exhibition, we hope to establish and explore a more effective and flexible curatorial mechanism that accords with the artists of new generation, so that artists can not only express themselves, but also have an effective dialogue with their contemporaries.
Press release courtesy A Thousand Plateaus Art Space.