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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Birdhead

China

Birdhead is an artist collective whose oeuvre consists of photographic captures of everyday life in their native city Shanghai. The snap-shot aesthetic of their extensive and accumulative photo-series (b/w as well as colour) delivers a subjective and un-retouched take on todays' urban reality.

"I often feel that November is a boy with his trouser pockets filled with roasted chestnut, wearing a thin shirt in the chilly wind, and walking aggressively and bravely. A long time ago, before Starbucks, McDonald's and Dolby-surrounding cinemas, in numerous sunny November days, the idle boys had to wander in groups across the streets, fiercely and energetically. And seemingly, our Shanghai grows in their wandering and repeated stare. The dark-green scaffolds are removed and mounted; the cement columns of the viaducts silently form the shade over our heads; large landscape expands across the old houses that have once witnessed our birth; during typhoon season, the ferry dock trembles in Huangpu River; at midnight, earthwork trucks run across the void roads. Tank cars. Roses. Ruins. Fountains. Fireworks. It takes too long and the night is looming. They almost cross the entire Shanghai, when the columns of the viaducts are occupied by green Boston ivy.

Our hearts are filled with a huge amount of love and sadness.

Afterwards, there are metro and light rail, crossing through Shanghai under the ground or in the sky. Time passes too quickly for us to make a revolutionary posture. No time for questions and hesitation. There's a voice pushing us, following the boy with chestnuts, wandering aggressively and aimlessly, to witness what shadow our Shanghai will create and when the ivy will cover all the roads."

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Featured Artworks

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Birdhead World 2019-2  鸟头世界 2019-2 by Birdhead contemporary artwork
BirdheadBirdhead World 2019-2 鸟头世界 2019-2, 2019 Gelatin silver print
155 x 110 cm
ShanghART
2019-SS-167-F002 by Birdhead contemporary artwork
Birdhead2019-SS-167-F002, 2019 Gelatin silver print, whitewood, ink, cardboard, acrylic
53.7 x 70.6 x 4.6 cm
ShanghART
2019-SS-168-F003 by Birdhead contemporary artwork
Birdhead2019-SS-168-F003, 2019 Gelatin silver print, whitewood, ink, cardboard, acrylic
50.6 x 68.5 x 4.6 cm
ShanghART
Passions Bloom Ambitions 2017-35 情放志荡2017-35 by Birdhead contemporary artwork
BirdheadPassions Bloom Ambitions 2017-35 情放志荡2017-35, 2017 Gelatine silver print photo pinned with copper nails on basswood, teakwood frame
90 x 117 cm
ShanghART
2018-CrazyBird-1 | 2018 - 鵟 -1 by Birdhead contemporary artwork
Birdhead2018-CrazyBird-1 | 2018 - 鵟 -1, 2018 Photograph installation
ShanghART
Dreamed-Breeze-2 我梦有风-2 by Birdhead contemporary artwork
BirdheadDreamed-Breeze-2 我梦有风-2, 2018 Pinwheel, lamp, sound, fan, wood, metal rod, transparent plastic, Iron frame, LED, silk, aluminous model board, wood, b&w photograph
ShanghART
Dreamed-Breeze-1 我梦有风-1 by Birdhead contemporary artwork
BirdheadDreamed-Breeze-1 我梦有风-1, 2018 Pinwheel, lamp, sound, fan, wood, metal rod, transparent plastic, Iron frame, LED, silk, aluminous model board, wood, color photograph
ShanghART
Dreamed-Breeze-6 我梦有风-6 by Birdhead contemporary artwork
BirdheadDreamed-Breeze-6 我梦有风-6, 2018 Pinwheel, lamp, sound, fan, wood, metal rod, transparent plastic, Iron frame, LED, silk, aluminous model board, wood, photograph
ShanghART

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, The Avant-Garde is Not Afraid of a Long March 前卫不怕远征难 at ShanghART, Singapore
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16 February–28 April 2019 Group exhibition The Avant-Garde is Not Afraid of a Long March 前卫不怕远征难 ShanghART, Singapore
Contemporary art exhibition, Birdhead, Welcome to Birdhead World Again, Beijing 2018 at ShanghART, Beijing
Closed
9 September–16 October 2018 Birdhead Welcome to Birdhead World Again, Beijing 2018 ShanghART, Beijing

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At Art Taipei, Galleries Adapt to Regional Politics Ocula Report At Art Taipei, Galleries Adapt to Regional Politics 25 Oct 2019 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

In Taipei, the artwork that said most about the contemporary art market's fraught situation in East Asia was not at the 26th Art Taipei (18–21 October 2019), but across town at the Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab, a publicly funded art park established in Taiwan's former Air Force Command Headquarters in 2018.Chin Cheng-Te's Tender Soul – Cold-War...

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In Related Press

Photo Gallery: 'Welcome to Birdhead World Again' at ShanghART, Singapore Related Press Photo Gallery: 'Welcome to Birdhead World Again' at ShanghART, Singapore Art Radar Journal : 1 January 2017

ShanghART in Singapore is holding Welcome to Birdhead World Again, a solo exhibition by Chinese photography duo Bird Head, including new works commissioned and mounted especially for the show.This exhibition is the result of the first in a series of Southeast Asia residencies made possible by ShanghART with the support of the National Arts Council...

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Unlimited section at Art Basel in Basel to include El Anatsui, Stan Douglas et al. Related Press Unlimited section at Art Basel in Basel to include El Anatsui, Stan Douglas et al. ARTNews : 29 April 2016

Unlimited, the Art Basel platform allotted for large-scale and unconventional artworks, will be showing a record 88 projects from participating galleries this year. Gianni Jetzer, curator-at-large at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, is heading the section for the fifth year in a row.

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