Zhihao – Cameras, Screens (…)
CAMERAS, SCREENS AND REAL SCENES
IN THE FLESH PERFORMANCE
CURATED BY ANNELIESE CHAREK
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Zhihao, performer and theater creator, lives and works in Shanghai. Early creation focused on the relationship between native body perception and the natural environment. It often travels around the country to study traditional dances, ceremonies and contemporary performance culture phenomena, focusing on the aesthetics of cyborg, the deconstruction of contemporary dance and the collage of video symbols. Most of the works derive their concepts from their own experience, integrate the transcendentalism in daily life, and explore the current hypothetical problems.
The recording of images has made us more clearly observe the world, and as the images become clearer, our eyes begin to blur, and our world is quietly changing.
The appearance of the gods is accompanied by light, and human beings have never lacked the light. From the natural gods, Christ, and Buddha to Allah, religious culture permeates the daily activities of human beings, and we are all chasing the light. After entering the Internet world, the world seems to be moving toward Datong again. On the Internet, the spread of various types of images and information streams is a large-scale fanatic activity of human beings. The screen is our entrance and exit. We face the screen, face the light, and enter the world of Datong that we yearn for.
The front of the image is presenting our truth, and the opposite is deconstructing our truth. The real image captured our daily life and events, but rather we are living in a false picture of. Recording, filming, we seek to retain everything that happens in reality. But the writing of the data shows that everything can be changed. The camera is a recording medium. The screen is another world.
FROM THE ARTIST
Hemingway once described the art scene in Paris as “a moveable feast”, if we were to rephrase it, we would say that sometimes Shanghai gives us an illusion of “a moveable market”. It’s like all the unprocessed raw materials, semi- manufactured goods that needs optimization, or well designed but terribly tasting packaged foods, it’s exciting, refreshing and diverse. The ones that are great both in quality and appearance, are always expensive but high in demand, which is exactly what the market wants. Anything you can think of or haven’t thought about, you can find it here. However, you don’t always get what you want, one man’s meat is another man’s poison.
Everyone’s identity constantly shifts and exchanges within this landscape, you can be an artist, but next minute you can present yourself as a curator, bringing all kinds of events to museums, galleries, art festivals, clubs, live house, non-profit spaces, etc.
It also seems that clubbing in museums and doing art in clubs is becoming a new trend these days, which describes the versatile quality of performance space. Such transformation is an indication of contemporary art crossing over with different mediums. In recent years, theater art, performance acts or exhibitions in Shanghai have been leaning towards a live art presentation, whether it’s categorized in the academic or amateur realm. These art forms are no longer satisfied in being caged inside a rigid structure, performance artists have been probing their creative tentacles outside the boundaries of a fixed performance space, especially after “Immersive Theater” went viral, it brought more vitality to the once static dynamic between audience and performers.
There’s no such thing as pioneering art, only late audience.