The project introduces experimental film, video and digital work for the Center of the Experimental Film (CEF). The CEF presents avant-garde film and video work on their WeChat mini-program. The opportunity of doing an exhibition on this medium and social and exhibition space sounds like a quixotic attempt, doomed to occupy the interstice between uncertainty and obscurity.
When the first-generation Chinese avant-garde artists discovered avant-garde film in the early 1990s, the medium had already started to decline. Cinema and intimate private spaces for film watching were replaced by institutional gallery spaces; technology, equipment, scholarly interest and critics’ attention shifted alongside with changes in public’s sensibilities. The evolution from film to video, to digital images, all in all, signifies the transformation of agents, structures, contents, forms, rhetoric, and people’s adapted senses of time and space. Introducing experimental films and video work on WeChat, which is a real-world of the Leviathan, Orwellian, and dystopian registers is like turning a double-faced mirror that oscillates between illusions and realities. The attempt is to connect visual experiments of disjointed ages that cannot be simply threaded with a linear narrative. Thus, the challenges for this project, first, is to embrace the necessary disorientation resulted from dislocation and transformation of the term “experimental film and video work”. Like gods, nymphs, and spirits in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, we invite you to “read” stories, legends, parables, metaphors, and emptiness in these metamorphosed forms of art. Another challenge is to probe how artists, the public, and other participating patrons would experience this new form of exhibition.
The exhibition features artists from Toronto, Montreal, New York and Taipei: Adad Hannah, Clive Holden, Hung Tzu Ni, Yam Lau, William Song, and Xuan Ye. The title — “The Blind Examining an Elephant” — is from a household Buddhism parable, which also refers to the medieval European parable “The Blind Leading the Blind”. The parable is the metaphor of the project and our contemporary world. People often quote this parable to deride those who couldn't see the forest for the trees; I feel perhaps each of us, ultimately cannot avoid the existence of being ‘a blind groping in the world.’ Hence, while the works are visual, I would like to modulate the sense of certainty normally assumed by sight. Instead, I foreground the need to palpate with touch and other bodily sense at the edge of a chaotic, and unknowable world. Even though this perilous experience might be limited and fragmented, it manifests a sort of Mono no aware (物哀) and compassion, that mirrors our genuine sense of experience and knowledge in the world.
Yan Zhou is a curator, a critic, a poet and a translator of art and literature who currently lives in Toronto. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Toronto and holds a Master of Museum Studies from the same school. Her research interests cover inter-disciplinary fields of cultural heritage, museum studies, contemporary art and cross-cultural studies. She is the curator of several high-profile international exhibitions in China and Canada. Her shows participated in festivals including 2017 Lianzhou Foto Festival, Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival (2018 and 2014), and the 6th Beijing International Art Biennale (2015). She is the recipient of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral, numerous Canada Council for the Arts grants and the International Council of Museums Fellowship. Her books, articles, and reviews have been published internationally.
Hung Tzu Ni is an installation artist based in Taiwan whose work explores the reciprocal relationship formed between light and sound. Her practice in installation art primarily concerns the surface, structure of light, how an image can be physically (de)constructed and how visual or spatial components of a work can be made responsive to and interactive with aural elements.
As each element is respectively constructed and embodied in a given space, Tzu Ni explores the boundaries of what audio and visual work can be, as well as how such work can interact with its environment. Her sound installation performance was being actively in the experimental sound scene between Taiwan and Tokyo, also featured on several Festival on the same stage as Japanese pioneer noise artist Merzbow or Taiwanese pioneer noise artist Wang Fu-Jui. She is a co-organizer of Lacking Sound Festival(TW) during 2017.9 - 2018.9.
Tzu Ni has a degree in Architectural Design and MFA in New Media Art at Taipei National University of the Arts, during MFA she finished the international exchange to TAMA Art University(Tokyo). Recently holding her solo exhibition by San Francisco C.C.C. Visual Art Center.
宋维刚 | WILLIAM SONG
宋维刚，1990年生于辽宁。本科毕业于浙江大学英语系，研究生毕业于雪城大学视频艺术系，现生活工作于纽约。其创作主要以视频和文字为媒介，关注不同介质的影像作为观看和表达的手段，寻找日常影像、私人记忆和主体视角之间的微妙关系。其视频艺术作品曾入选Torrance Art Museum L.A.， Mr. MOV Video Art Festival和Proyector Video Art Festival Madrid等录像艺术节。第一部叙事短片于2019年拍摄完成，入围New Faces New Voices Film Festival, NoBudge, NewFilmmakers NY等电影节。
Weigang Song was born in 1990 at Liaoning Province. He earned his MFA degree in Video Art at Syracuse University, with a BA degree in English Literature in Zhejiang University, China. His work has been informed by his interests in fiction, theory and vernacular images, exploring the linkage between personal memories and shifted subjectivities. His video work has been exhibited and shown worldwide at venues including Chambers Art Gallery NYC, Torrance Art Museum L.A., Proyector Video Art Festival Madrid, etc. His first narrative film was finished in 2019, which was selected into Film Festivals such as New Faces New Voices Film Festival, NoBudge and NewFilmmakers NY, etc.
Xuan Ye （b.1989， China， they/them） is the prototype of many objects， vacillating between roles asvisual and performance artist， web engineer， improviser， multi一instrumentalist， vocalist， academic
X makes media poetry as mixed media installations and performances synthesizing language， code，sound， body， image， data， light， and time. X's work involves but is not limited to time一based media， appdevelopment， projection mapping and interactive computing， cross reality and cognitive technologies. Xconsiders cosmic becoming as assemblages of phenomena and human experiences as the agent ofhacking. X researches and couples with non一human agencies to experiment with world一building andsystem一modelling in the speculative spaces of chaos.
X's work has been featured， exhibited and performed internationally， including Fonderie Darling （CA）， CONTACT Photography Festival， Varley Art Gallery of Markham （CA）， Canadian Art， the Art Gallery ofOntario （CA）， Vivid Projects （UK）， Supermarket Art Fair （SE）， InterAccess （CA）， Inside一out Art Museum（CN）， Goethe一Institut （Beijing & Montreal）， ArtAsiaPacific， KUNSTFORUM （GE）， Squeaky Wheel Film &Media Art Center （US）， Trinity Square Video （CA）， among others. X is a finalist of EQ Bank Digital
Artists Award， a recipient of SSHRC scholarship and many project grants. As a live performer， X hasbeen lauded as“one of Canada's most exciting voices in textural soma”by EVERYSEEKER. X's liveperformances and music releases have received critical accolades from Bandcamp， Musicworks andExclaim！
CEF works on digital archive construction, centred by works of film directors and artists. The archive is accessible for searching and viewing by public. Also in the realm, CEF organizes themed researches, curates seminars, publishes books and provides services in public education and scholarly exchange.
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“野生 : 艺术与植物之间的影像”
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实验影像中心（Centre for Experimental Film,简称CEF），是一个致力于影像展映与研究的平台，也是一个专注影像实验的资料馆。通过在线电影院，实验影像中心定期上映艺术影片，邀约策展人策划和梳理展映专题，并为影像作品建立数字化的档案。与此同时，实验影像中心积极联动线下电影院，连接不同国家和地区的影像活动及各大电影节，促进影像展映的多重渠道交流，构建影像研究的多元文化生态。
Centre for Experimental Film (CEF) is an platform dedicated to art film screening and study, with an archive focusing on digital image research and documentation. Through Online Cinema, CEF programs art film and video screening periodically, inviting professionals to curate screening series and documenting work in digital archive. CEF as well integrates with offline cinemas and interacts with regional and global film festivals. In all, CEF promotes a multichannel exchange on film and video screening and constructs a multicultural ecosystem in experimental film study.
In addition, CEF is committed to supporting the making, production and creation of artistic film and video, including unremitting support to the Artist Film, the Young Curator and the Young Director projects.