Huang Xiang, born in 1974 in southern China, lives and works in Songzhuang, Beijing. Due to his performance art piece Jasmine Flower, he was placed under criminal detention for thirty days and was prohibited from pursuing artistic production and exhibition. Now Huang Xiang is primarily engaged in independent filmmaking. He produced and directed his first feature, Roast Chicken (2012), prior to co-directing Yumen (2013).
Performing China: Contemporary Chinese Film and Media
Program One: Ruin TourismFriday, September 20, 2013 @ 7 pm
The first night of Performing China: Contemporary Chinese Film and Video features Yumen, a documentary that experiments with a variety of forms to explore a once-thriving boom town in China’s northwest. Two short films are also on the program. Building Archaelogy examines the personal and political histories connected to three spaces: an artist’s studio, an abandoned hospital complex that once housed SARS patients, and a prison cell. In On the Way to the Sea, Gu Tao returns to his home in Sichuan in the aftermath of the catastrophic 2008 earthquake.
On the Way to the Sea
Directed by Gu Tao. 20 minutes. 2009. In Chinese with English subtitles.
Building Archaeology (aka A Study of Architecture)
Directed by Xu Ruotao. 15 minutes. 2011. In Chinese with English subtitles.
Zhou Xin, the curator of Performing China will lead a post-screening discussion of the films.
Admission is free ($10 suggested donation). The house will open approximately 10 minutes before the screening begins.more info »