Film: Art Basel announces details of its 2017 Film program in Hong Kong
PRESS RELEASE HONG KONG | FEBRUARY 23 | 2017 Film: Art Basel announces details of its 2017 Film program in Hong Kong From March 20 to March 25, 2017, Art Basel will present a premier program of over 30 film and video works at its Hong Kong show. Following the successful addition of feature-length films […]
PRESS RELEASE HONG KONG | FEBRUARY 23 | 2017 Film: Art Basel announces details of its 2017 Film program in Hong Kong From March 20 to March 25, 2017, Art Basel will present a premier program of over 30 film and video works at its Hong Kong show. Following the successful addition of feature-length films to the program last year, a new selection will be screened this March. Highlights include the world premiere of ‘My Dear Art’ (2017), a film about Taiwanese art collector Yao Chien; ‘Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang’ (2016), a documentary about Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang and his pyrotechnic art; and Ho Tzu Nyen’s film ‘The Nameless’ (2015), which tells the story of Lai Teck, a Secretary General of the Malayan Communist Party during the 1930s and 1940s who simultaneously worked as an agent for several governments. The program also includes 34 short films by Yuri Ancarani, Boo Junfeng, Chen Shaoxiong, Gabriel Lester, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Shen Shaomin and Zheng Chongbin among many others. Selected from the show's participating galleries, the Short Film Program has been curated for the fourth year by Beijing- and Zurich-based multi-media artist and producer Li Zhenhua. This year both programs, the feature-length films as well as the Short Film Program, will be screened at Theatre 2 within the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The show, whose Lead Partner is UBS, takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from March 23 to March 25, 2017. The 2017 Film program will open on Monday, March 20 with the world premiere of ‘My Dear Art’ (2017). Directed by Taiwanese filmmaker Hsu Hao-hsuan (b. 1984), the documentary follows Taiwanese art collector Yao Chien for over a year, as he visits art fairs, auctions, gallery exhibitions and museum shows across Asia and the United Kingdom. The film features interviews with artists, gallerists, art collectors, and other leading art world figures, who share their thoughts on art, art collecting and the art market. Singaporean artist Ho Tzu Nyen's (b. 1976) film ‘The Nameless’ (2015) will be screened on Wednesday, March 22. It tells the story of Lai Teck, who was the Secretary General of the Malayan Communist Party from 1939 to 1947 while simultaneously working as a triple agent for the French, British and Japanese governments. Composed of clips from movies featuring Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai, ‘The Nameless’ explores ideas of identity, loyalty and political and personal duplicity. ‘Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang’ (2016) will be screened on Friday, March 24 and follows the creation of Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s (b. 1957) most ambitious work yet, a ladder made of fireworks that stretched 1,650 feet into the air. Famous for using pyrotechnics and gunpowder in his art, Cai Guo-Qiang discusses his career, inspirations and ambitions in this documentary by Scottish film director Kevin Macdonald (b. 1967). On Wednesday, March 22, the Short Film Program will start with 'In memory of Chen Shaoxiong' (b. 1962-2016) a series of ink animations about the Chinese artist who passed away late last year. This will be followed by a line-up of five short films under the theme 'The Sun Also Rises', all of which explore how artists disrupt the mundanity of everyday life. The final set of short films on that day will be screened under the title ‘Data, algorithm and beyond’ and will showcase video works by artists who are using technology to expand our understanding of what art is or what art could be in the future. Films showcased in ‘Data, algorithm and beyond’ include aaajiao’s (b. 1984) ‘Ornaments’ (2014) and Baden Pailthorpe’s (b. 1984) ‘MQ9 Reaper I’ (2014). On Thursday, March 23, Shen Shaomin’s (b. 1956) film ‘I am Chinese’ (2007) will be screened. Set in Hongjiang village, which sits on the border between Russia and Mainland China, ‘I Am Chinese’ investigates the plight of generations of Russian refugees who fled to Hongjiang to escape World War I, the October Revolution and World War II. This documentary-style film explores ideas such as the extinction of languages, the dilution of religions and the mixing of ethnic groups. The Short Film Program on Friday, March 24, will showcase ‘Anthropocene’ including 11 video works by artists evaluating humanity’s ever-changing – and sometimes damaging – impact on the planet. ‘Anthropocene’ features videos by Hans Op de Beeck (b. 1969), Charwei Tsai (b. 1980) and Heba Y. Amin (b. 1980) among others. The final day of the Film Program, Saturday, March 25, will begin with a screening of a video work by Yao Qingmei (b. 1982), followed by a short film by Joel Kyack (b. 1972). Both films explore people’s perception of self and the role of the individual in society. These will be followed by the short film line-up ‘Narrative relation’, featuring five video works inspired by human relationships, including videos by Yuri Ancarani (b. 1972) and Oliver Beer (b. 1985) among others. This year both programs, the feature-length films as well as the Short Film Program, will be screened at Theatre 2 within the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Film is free and open to the public. Due to limited capacity, tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis. On Thursday, March 23 at 1pm, Art Basel’s Salon Program presents ‘1997/2007/2017 | Made in Hong Kong’, a discussion between artists Ho Tzu Nyen (b. 1976), Leung Chi Wo (b. 1968) and Ellen Pau (b. 1961). The talk will be moderated by Film curator Li Zhenhua. Art Basel entry tickets include admission to Salon. On Friday, March 24 at 11am, Ho Tzu Nyen will also be in conversation with AAA Researcher Chương-Đài Võ at the Asia Art Archive. The talk is about his multimedia project ‘The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia, Vol. 1: G for Ghost (writers)’ which he developed during his AAA residency and will be on display at the AAA Library from March 21 to August 19, 2017. For further information, please visit aaa.org.hk/HoTzuNyen. DETAILED FILM PROGRAM FEATURE-LENGTH FILM PROGRAM Monday, March 20, 2017 4:30pm | World Premiere | Hsu Hao-hsuan: ‘My Dear Art’ (2017) Theatre 2, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Running time 142’ Followed by a conversation with film director Hsu Hao-hsuan and executive producer Yao Chien Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6:30pm | Special Screening | Ho Tzu Nyen: ‘The Nameless’ (2015) Theatre 2, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Running time 21’ Followed by a conversation with Film sector curator Li Zhenhua and artist Ho Tzu Nyen Friday, March 24, 2017 6pm | Special Screening | ‘Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang’ (2016) Theatre 2, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Running time 78’ Followed by a conversation with Lesley Ma, Curator, Ink Art, M+, and artist Cai Guo-Qiang SHORT FILM PROGRAM Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:30pm | Short Film Program | ‘In memory of Chen Shaoxiong’ Theatre 2, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Running time 21ʹ53ʺ This Short Film Program showcases ink animations by the late Chen Shaoxiong, all of which convey his anxiety about the ways in which the modern world is changing. Chen Shaoxiong, lnk History, 2008-2010, 3', Boers-Li Gallery Chen Shaoxiong, Ink Media, 2011-2013, 3'45”, Boers-Li Gallery Chen Shaoxiong, Ink Diary, 2006, 3’, Boers-Li Gallery Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Painter F Song (from The Return of Painter F), 2015, 12'08", Misa Shin Gallery 1pm | Short Film Program | ‘The Sun Also Rises’ Theatre 2, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Running time 25ʹ57ʺ The films in ‘The Sun Also Rises’ explore how artists interrupt the mundanity of everyday life by turning their ideas into reality. Li Binyuan, Infernal Affairs, 2010, 2'28", Gallery Yang Gabriel Lester, Murmur, 2015, 9'29'', Leo Xu Projects Tan Tian, Four Colours, 2016, 3’, White Space Beijing Yukihiro Taguchi, 09. Nov. 2009 Berlin, 2009, 2'54'', Mujin-to Production Yu Cheng-Ta, Ode to Taipei Biennial, 2016, 8'06", Chi-Wen Gallery 1.30pm | Short Film Program | ‘Data, algorithm and beyond’ Theatre 2, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Running time 33’44’’ ‘Data, algorithm and beyond’ features video works that contemplate the beauty and wonder of technology and technological processes. Chen Xi, impure stars, 2015, 13'12", A⁺ Contemporary Baden Pailthorpe, MQ9 Reaper I, 2014, 4'38", Sullivan+Strumpf Lin Ke, Lightning No. 2, 2014, 2'17", Gallery Yang Zheng Chongbin, Chimeric Landscape, 2015, 2’28” (excerpt from 17’ original), Ink Studio Katarina Löfström, Downhill, 2015, 6'35", Andréhn-Schiptjenko aaajiao, Ornaments, 2014, 4’34”, Leo Xu Projects Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:30pm | Short Film Program | ‘I am Chinese’ Theatre 2, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Running time 74’ ‘I am Chinese’ is a documentary-style film that investigates the issues faced by several generations of Russian refugees who fled into China in the 20th century. Shen Shaomin, I am Chinese, 2007, 74’, Osage Gallery Friday, March 24, 2017 12.30pm | Short Film Program | ‘Anthropocene’ Theatre 2, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Running time 77’57” The films featured in ‘Anthropocene’ explore the myriad ways in which humans have affected – and continue to affect – the environment. Yuri Firmeza and Frederico Benevides, Entretempos, 2015, 7’50”, Athena Contemporânea Ding Shiwei, Double Act, 2013, 4'37", Beijing Art Now Gallery Hans Op de Beeck, Parade, 2012, 11'25", Galleria Continua Boo Junfeng, Mirror, 2013, 5'16", Pearl Lam Galleries Charwei Tsai, Lanyu – 3 stories, 2012, 4’, mor charpentier Tsubasa Kato, Listen to the Same Wall, 2015, 10’08”, Mujin-to Production Masaharu Sato, Calling (Japanese version), 2014, 7’, imura art gallery Daniel Crooks, The Subtle Knife, 2016, 8'23”, Starkwhite Heba Y. Amin, As Birds Flying, 2016, 6'43”, Zilberman Gallery Chen Yin-Ju, Extrastellar Evaluations, 2016, 8'27”, Chi-Wen Gallery GCC, CO-OP, 2014, 4'08'', Project Native Informant Saturday, March 25, 2017 12.30pm | Short Film Program | ‘Hello, it’s me’ Theatre 2, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Running time 19’26’’ This double bill brings together two artists who are interested in the concept of self and the place of the individual in society. Yao Qingmei, Solar spectrum – Royal Ballet of the Night, 2016, Part A 7'53" / Part B 6'14", Magician Space Joel Kyack, Old Sailors Never Die, 2013, 5'19", Ghebaly Gallery 1pm | Short Film Program | ‘Narrative relation’ Theatre 2, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Running time 74’22’’ Human relationships – in their many forms – are the inspiration behind the five films featured in ‘Narrative relation’. Wang Tuo, Captive Tuning, 2016, 16'55", White Space Beijing Mian Mian, Short Capitalism, 2015, 11’32”, ShanghArt Gallery Oliver Beer, Composition for two Pianos and an Empty Concert Hall, 2011, 12’, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Yuri Ancarani, Il Capo, 2010, 15’, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi Vandy Rattana, Monologue, 2015, 18’55”, Mind Set Art Center NOTES TO EDITORS About Li Zhenhua Since 1996, Li Zhenhua has been active as a multi-media artist, curator and producer for international and Chinese contemporary culture. He is the founder and director of Laboratory Art Beijing, a virtual and physical platform for art, research, and exchange. Since 2010 he has been the nominator for the Summer Academy at the Zentrum Paul Klee Bern (Switzerland), as well as for The Prix Pictet (Switzerland). Li Zhenhua was a member of the international advisory board for the exhibition 'Digital Revolution' held at the Barbican Centre in London from July to September 2014. As artistic director, he recently curated 'The 3rd Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale' and is currently overseeing the opening exhibition of A4 Art Museum in Chengdu (China) taking place in April 2017. About Art Basel Founded in 1970 by gallerists from Basel, Art Basel today stages the world's premier art shows for Modern and contemporary art, sited in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its participating galleries, artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition. Art Basel’s engagement has expanded beyond art fairs through a number of new initiatives. In 2014, Art Basel launched its Crowdfunding Initiative, in collaboration with Kickstarter. This initiative presents jury-selected art projects to potential benefactors, which include Art Basel’s vibrant audience and the Kickstarter community. The initiative has catalyzed much-needed support for outstanding non-commercial art projects worldwide and so far has helped pledge over $1.4 million to creative projects around the world. For Art Basel Cities, launched in 2016, Art Basel is working with selected partner cities to develop vibrant and content-driven programs specific to the individual city. Connecting them to the global art world through Art Basel's expertise and network, Art Basel Cities supports its partners to develop their unique cultural landscape. For further information please visit artbasel.com. Selection Committee in Hong Kong The Selection Committee for Art Basel's show in Hong Kong is comprised of renowned international gallerists: Massimo De Carlo, Massimo De Carlo, Milan, London and Hong Kong; Emi Eu, STPI, Singapore; Shireen Gandhy, Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai; David Maupin, Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong; Urs Meile, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing and Lucerne; Atsuko Ninagawa, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo; Bo Young Song, Kukje Gallery, Seoul; and Zhang Wei, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou and Beijing. The experts for the Discoveries sector are Finola Jones, mother's tankstation limited, Dublin and Patrick Lee, One and J. Gallery, Seoul. The expert for Modern art is Mathias Rastorfer, Galerie Gmurzynska, Zug, Zurich and St. Moritz. Partners UBS, global Lead Partner of Art Basel, has supported the organization for more than 20 years. As Art Basel’s global network expanded, UBS increased its lead partnership to include all three shows: Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong. In addition, UBS has a long and substantial record of engagement in contemporary art: as a holder of one of the world’s most distinguished corporate art collections, as an active partner in global contemporary art projects such as the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, and as a source of information and insights through the UBS Art Competence Center, UBS Arts Forum and its new contemporary art news-focused app, 'Planet Art'. Art Basel's Associate Partners are Davidoff Art Initiative which encompasses residencies, art dialogs and grants and Audemars Piguet – the independent high-end watch manufacturer, whose expanding activities in contemporary art include the Audemars Piguet Art Commission. As the Official Automotive Partner, BMW, the renowned car manufacturer, has co-developed with Art Basel the BMW Art Journey, enabling the winning artist to design a journey of creative discovery. Art Basel is supported globally by Ruinart as Official Champagne Partner and Sennheiser as Official Audio Partner. Additionally, Art Basel's show in Hong Kong has partnerships with MGM Resorts Art & Culture, Swire Properties, Swiss International Air Lines and Quintessentially. Art Basel's global Media Partner is The Financial Times. For further information about partnerships, please visit artbasel.com/partners. Private View (by invitation only) Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 3pm to 8pm Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 1pm to 5pm Vernissage Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 5pm to 9pm Public Days Thursday, March 23, 2017, 1pm to 8pm Friday, March 24, 2017, 1pm to 9pm Saturday, March 25, 2017, 11am to 6pm Press accreditation: Online registration for press accreditation is now open. Please visit artbasel.com/accreditation. Upcoming Art Basel shows Hong Kong, March 23-25, 2017 Basel, June 15-18, 2017 Miami Beach, December 7-10, 2017 Media information online Media information and images can be downloaded directly from artbasel.com/press. Journalists can subscribe to our media mailings to receive information on Art Basel. For the latest updates on Art Basel, visit artbasel.com, find us on Facebook at facebook.com/artbasel or follow @artbasel on Instagram, Google+, Twitter, Weibo and Wechat. Press Contacts Art Basel, Dorothee Dines Tel. +41 58 206 27 06, press@artbasel.com PR Representatives for Asia SUTTON, Erica Siu Tel. +852 2528 0792, erica@suttonpr.com PR Representatives for Europe SUTTON, Catharina van Beuningen Tel. +44 20 7183 3577, catie@suttonpr.com PR Representatives for North and South America, the Middle East and Africa FITZ & CO, Simon Warren Tel. +1 646 589 0922, swarren@fitzandco.com

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