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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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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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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
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Installation view 1 by Song Dong contemporary artwork
Song DongInstallation view 1, 2015 Edible biscuits
Duddell's

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Song Dong, Same Bed Different Dreams at Pace Gallery, London
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1 October–5 November 2019 Song Dong Same Bed Different Dreams Pace Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Chewing Gum III at Pace Gallery, Hong Kong
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25 May–4 July 2019 Group Exhibition Chewing Gum III Pace Gallery, Hong Kong

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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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In Related Press

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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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