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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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Song Dong

b. 1966, China

Song Dong was born in 1966, Beijing, China. He attended the Capitol Normal University in Beijing in 1985 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1989. He had his first solo exhibition at the Culture Palace in Beijing in 1992 called 'Show of Oil Paintings'. He has continued to exhibit in several solo exhibitions in London, Los Angeles, Newcastle, Vancouver, and Sydney, most notably at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has emerged from a strong Chinese avant-garde performing arts community and developed into a significant contemporary art figure in the progression of Chinese conceptual art. His work, which is often in collaboration with his wife and fellow Chinese artist, Yin Xiuzhen, ranges from performance and video to photography and sculpture. Song explores notions of impermanence and the transience of human endeavor. He currently lives and works in Beijing.

Featured Artworks

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Usefulness of Uselessness - Varied Window No.10 by Song Dong contemporary artwork Song DongUsefulness of Uselessness - Varied Window No.10, 2017 Old wooden windows, mirror, mirror panel, glass
130 x 150 x 19.1 cm
Pace Gallery
Usefulness of Uselessness – Varied Window No.5 by Song Dong contemporary artwork Song DongUsefulness of Uselessness – Varied Window No.5, 2017 Old wooden window, mirror, mirror panel, glass
96 x 101 x 7.5 cm
Pace Gallery
Usefulness of Uselessness - Rectangular Window No. 6 by Song Dong contemporary artwork Song DongUsefulness of Uselessness - Rectangular Window No. 6, 2017 Old wooden window, mirror, mirror panel, glass, hinge, handle, door and window bolts
286 x 190 cm
Pace Gallery
Installation view 4 by Song Dong contemporary artwork Song DongInstallation view 4, 2015 Edible biscuits, tape, photo
Duddell's
Installation view 3 by Song Dong contemporary artwork Song DongInstallation view 3, 2015 Edible biscuits
Duddell's
Installation view 2 by Song Dong contemporary artwork Song DongInstallation view 2, 2015 Ceramic
Duddell's
Installation view 1 by Song Dong contemporary artwork Song DongInstallation view 1, 2015 Edible biscuits
Duddell's

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Song Dong, Surplus Value at Pace Gallery, Beijing
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19 December 2015–27 February 2016 Song Dong Surplus Value Pace Gallery, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, We Love Video This Summer at Pace Gallery, Beijing
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26 July–5 September 2014 Group Show We Love Video This Summer Pace Gallery, Beijing

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One belt, one road, one  biennale: Yinchuan's stand against cultural desertification Ocula Report One belt, one road, one biennale: Yinchuan's stand against cultural desertification 1 Nov 2016 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

Over 70 artists from 33 countries are represented in the inaugural Yinchuan Biennale, which opened amidst scandal on 9 September 2016. Not included is a work by Ai Weiwei, who was invited to take part alongside other art stars Yoko Ono and Anish Kapoor before being disinvited just weeks before the opening.In a tweet, Ai connects the...

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Dr Uli Sigg Ocula Conversation Dr Uli Sigg Collector

When Sydney art dealer Ray Hughes visited Swiss collector Uli Sigg at his Mauensee residence near Lucerne some years ago, a mutual friend asked the dealer how the visit went. ‘Did you feel comfortable and find a place to kick your feet up and read?’ ‘No, to both,’ answered Hughes, ‘it seems there was only art...

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Song Dong Ocula Conversation Song Dong Artist, China

At the height of its heady sprint towards modernity in the 1990s, Beijing’s urban landscape transformed rapidly, rendering it almost unrecognisable to the generation before. The horizon was crammed with cranes and skeletons of buildings, either in the process of being built, or being destroyed.  To make way for a new modern landscape,...

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Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection Ocula Report Go East: The Gene & Brian Sherman Contemporary Asian Art Collection 5 Jun 2015 : Jane O’Sullivan for Ocula

Yang Zhichao’s Chinese Bible is both unyieldingly monumental and humble. In the latest presentation of the work in Sydney, all 3,000 of the diaries he has collected from Beijing’s fleamarkets are placed in neat rows on a large, rectangular plinth. Dated from 1949 to 1999 they record 50 turbulent years in China’s...

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A BITE OF EVERYWHERE: SONG DONG’S EATING THE CITY Related Press A BITE OF EVERYWHERE: SONG DONG’S EATING THE CITY ArtAsiaPacific : 8 November 2017

The struggle for self-restraint was evident in both curious adults and impatient children alike, their eyes and appetites appraising towers of neatly stacked chocolate and vanilla wafers, pristine rivers of bright blue frosting lined with piped, green trees—all of which awaited the inevitable fate forewarned by the title of Song Dong's...

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10 Highlights from the inaugural Kathmandu Triennale 2017 Related Press 10 Highlights from the inaugural Kathmandu Triennale 2017 Art Radar Journal : 10 April 2017

The Kathmandu Triennale is an event developed on the back of past success of the Kathmandu International Art Festival, held in 2009 and 2012. The inaugural edition of Kathmandu Triennale (KT 2017) takes ‘The City’ as a thematic starting point – a catalyst to explore the many socio-cultural and political issues embedded in urban settings. Francis...

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'Where can the dust alight' at Pace, Hong Kong Related Press 'Where can the dust alight' at Pace, Hong Kong 13 November 2016

A group exhibition at Pace Hong Kong borrows its name from a 7th century stanza by the Buddhist monk Hui-neng, which embodies the Buddhist core philosophy of constant reflection, but also the notion of life without meaning, within a few profound words: “There is no Bodhi tree/Nor stand of a mirror bright/Since all is void/Where can the dust...

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Song Dong: video art, a beam of visible and intangible 'light' Related Press Song Dong: video art, a beam of visible and intangible 'light' CAFA art info : 4 September 2016

On July 2, 2016, Time Test International Video Art Research Exhibition was unveiled at CAFA Art Museum. The exhibition is divided into two parts including Moving Time: Video Art at 50, 1965-2015 and Screen Test: Chinese Video Art since the 1980s, aimed at taking the development of video art as the axis, the use of the two parts mutually echo each...

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