Xi'an Film Programmes

“The Artists’ Film”

Exhibition time: 15: 00-17: 00
Why should it be emphasized that this is a film made by an artist?
OCAT Xi’an Film Programs will bring audience three films from “The Artist’s Film” program this weekend. Through the exhibition, we will explore the relationship between image, art, and film production. At the same time, in the atmosphere of the contemporary art, how did these films demonstrate the possibility of image creation?
About the Artist’ Film
“The Artists’ Film” is a non-profit project that invites contemporary artists to make short films. It aims to introduce different contemporary artists' image concepts and words to wide audience outside the art circle in an amicable way. There is a possibility of a meaningful combination between the "image" of the artistic category and the "movie" of the cultural industry. At the same time, it is also a way for artists to try new approaches to film and display their works indifferent to the current exhibition system, with the intention of allowing the contemporary art image practice absorb different conceptual fashion and interesting habits to keep the art circle volatile.
Introduction to the film
Yanxi Lake | Director: Xin Yunpeng, Ye Qiusen
The film shows the process of a young artist slowly accepting his ordinary life. The 35-year-old artist, Duan shu, drives his car with his friends. They share common life experiences, and have mutual understanding and disagreement to each other. As they grow older, their fantasies are shattered by their institutionalized lives-although they find it difficult to accept to return to teach in the system, they are also unable to endure the turbulence brought about by passive changes in the environment. They had to go back to the system to get a day-to-day job. At the end of the film, Duan’s friend shares Duan shu’s past, and their lives are merged into one.
Private City | 25min, colour, 2016   Screenwriter/ Director: Tao Hui
A couple broke up with each other, met under one's deliberate arrangement. Because of the mutative city and the mutative life, they are unable to return to the past.
Canton Novelty | 25 min, colour, 2016   Director: Fang Lu
Canton Novelty is a work about “creating” miracles in everyday life. Ruohan, Lily and Zoe, three girls who are closed friends, are spending summer vacation together in the southern city of China Guangzhou. They are curiously documenting their vacation time with their cell phones, but meanwhile they are discovering each of them have some super-power. They are exploring the city of Guangzhou with theirs wondrous abilities.
About the Directors
Xin Yunpeng was born in Beijing in 1982 and graduated from the Sculpture Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2007. He received a MA in 2016 and now lives and works in Beijing. He has held solo exhibitions at the Desa Gallery (Beijing, 2017), the Shiwan Space (Beijing, 2016) and the Zhixian Gallery (Beijing, 2015).
Ye Shusen was born in Anhui in 1989, graduated from the Department of Experimental Arts of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2012. He received a MA in 2015 and now lives and works in Beijing. Recent exhibitions include: the 3rd China International installation Art Exhibition, the Today Art Museum in Beijing (2016) the “Light” New Media Arts Festival, and suddenly the Museum of Art (2016 Baoji).
Tao Hui was born in Yunyang, Chongqing in 1987, graduated from the Oil painting Department of Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 2010. He has a BA and now works and lives in Beijing. He won the “Special Award for Contemporary Art Archives” of the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 2008, the jury Award for “Huayu Youth Award of Sanya Art season” in 2015, and the 19th “Sesc Brazilian Video Arts Festival” award. In 2017, he was selected for the HUGO BOSS Asia New Artists Awards and the KINO DER KUNST Film Festival’s “International Competition” section.
Fang Lu, born in Guangzhou in 1981, works and lives in New York, Beijing and Guangzhou. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York (2005) and the San Francisco School of Arts (2007). She has held solo exhibitions in Boerli Gallery,Yimen Gallery, Jianchang Space, Boerhesi Contemporary Art Institute and Space Station. Her works have been exhibited in many art organizations at home and abroad. Fang Lu is also one of the co-founders of the Video Bureau, an independent video archival agency based in Beijing and Guangzhou.


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