The OCAT Youth Project, begun in 2010, is a program at OCAT Shenzhen that focuses on young practitioners and provides a voice and platform for leading ideas and work. From June 8 to August 18, 2019, the OCAT Youth Project will simultaneously present three solo exhibitions: Wang Changcun: The Sensation of Logic, Zhu Changquan: History of An Action, and Cheng Xinhao: The Fool's Gold. The exhibitions are curated by Lu Leiping, Tao Hanchen and Chen Baiqi, respectively.
The two young media artists Wang Changcun and Zhu Changquan break out of the fixed modes of thinking from the traditional realm of art to use simulated scenarios, microscopic simulations, computer programs and electronic music to present their different angles for observing the world, and entirely new ways of intervening in life. With Wang Changcun's use of a joystick to bring the viewer to intervene in the actions of a virtual scene, and Zhu Changquan's construction of a simulated scene to involved the viewer in a detailed adventure game, the creative methods of these two young artists have clearly cast off the myth of 'I think therefore you are' in order to create artistic encounters of presence amidst diverse ways of thinking. The Sensation of Logic is a concentrated presentation of roughly ten of Wang Changcun's works in experimental music, sound installation, interactive video installation and digital images dating back to 2009. As one of the earliest explorers of experimental electronic music and digital compositions, Wang Changcun has created a plethora of works based on electronic music and multimedia under the moniker AYRTBH. His installations and video works seem like games the artist makes for self-amusement. He rarely shows them to people, preferring to keep them hidden in his computer. Under this disinterested creative model, the artworks may take on widely varying forms, but the logical connections are all marked by geek humor and poetry. History of An Action presents Zhu Changquan's artistic creative thread since 2014. There are both clear and latent threads linking each independent artwork. Unlike Wang Changcun's liberal use of complex programs, Zhu Changquan's main creative language is video. His dispelling of logic, deconstruction of actions and multifold expansion of semantic meaning engage in thinking on perception, language, space-time, memory and existence to form a core creative concept of 'holistic video narrative'. Zhu Changquan explains the theme of History of An Action as 'At once like the motion of a blink of the eye, the progression of an event, or the gestation of semantic meaning As he sees it, the past is static; treating everything as the past will make it clear. In this way, memory can be used to posit the truth, and the truth can be laid bare. As we step into the labyrinth of consciousness Zhu Changquan has constructed through simulated scenarios, on one side are multiple forking histories, and on the other are multiple forking futures.
Press release courtesy OCT Contemporary Art Terminal.