Kong Fu Or Disco?


Kong Fu Or Disco?

Artists: HU Xiangqian, JIA Chun, LIU Lihong, LIU Qinmin, Megumi Shimizu, Rémi Voch, WANG Ziquan, ZHANG Yongji, ZHANG Zhaoying
Curator: LI Boyan


With the evolution of modernism, close combat has been replaced by technological competition, financial warfare, and even cyber warfare.

“Wushu” is called “Kung Fu” in the West. Since the 1960s, with the popularity of Kung Fu movies in Europe and America, it has become a popular entertainment and fitness activity in the West. It loses its original purpose of attack and selfdefense, and becomes a popular entertainment for health preservation and fitness.

If martial arts represents a past production relationship, just like traditional art, it emphasizes genre, technique, training, and closed teaching. Disco is a product of “modernity”, which is characterized by low-tech, improvisation, openness, sociality, and non-genre. Almost at the same time that “Kung Fu fever” was on the rise, disco was born and became popular all over the world. Since the 1980s, it has swept the mainland with the popularity of Hong Kong and Taiwan culture.

The purpose of disco can be said to be to fight boredom, seek excitement and happiness, expand social interaction, etc. This proves that the greatest enemy of mankind at the moment is no longer others, but the emptiness of one’s heart. The popularity of martial arts is declining, but the influence of disco has spread to street corners, making it a localized mass entertainment project; in the end, they exist in parallel in the same era and in the same country, and they all reflect the helplessness of the changing times.




Arched Wave: Beyond the Boundaries of Geography

Artists: Mutian Chen, Longing Hu, Xiaoliang Huang, Ying Li, Mingjun Luo, Bing Ma, Jianping Zou
Curator: Xinyu Wong

Arched wave: Throwing the hidden string in the discontinuity

Artists: Qiushi Chen, Yujian Guo, Mingjun Luo, Lijun Wang, Li Zhou, Wei Zhou
Producer: Wenjing

Flower For Algernon

Artists: Jing Wang/ Yiwen Zhao
Curator: Xinyu Wong

Perceptual Track

Artists: Haiqiang Guo、Hang Su、Sibo Wu、Wei Zhou
Curator: Yu Xie

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ARCH REVIEW | Guo Yujian :Dangerous Complicitiy

When looking at Guo Yujian’s works, what have been depicted is always in a state of flow, and the secret words that are related to each other become images that avoid us and approach us. The work that takes shape on the canvas in our sight is yet to come, in transition, about to embrace change, and it will not push us away until the feeling is fulfil.

ARCH REVIEW | Making Complicity

When the painting is really close to us, the first thing that appears to our eyes is this Le cimetière marin[1] written by Valéry in 1922. The curators Hu Yihang and Zhang Tingzhi, together with artist Guo Yujian, divided the exhibition “Dangerous Complicity” in the gallery into three chapters with words and symbols: imagination, a plateau, and a theatre.


Since then, I have tried to let daydream-like imagination seep into the picture, and those earlier, more symbolic images have also been naturally diluted. Perhaps, it is precisely because of the temperament that seems to be infiltrated by the picture and some image contents that are contrary to reality that cause the association like a dream.





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