Chinese with English subtitles.
Rehearsing the Museum film combines the idea of financial speculation with speculative fiction as an artistic tool, structured as a distributed cabinet of curiosities. Collaboratively scripted with the Taiwanese Beijing-based writer Zian Chen, the work follows on from two-year research project at the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong. Filmed at KODE Museum in Bergen, Shanghai and Beijing, and containing additional archival footage, the narrative unfolds through a dialogue between two women whose diverse backgrounds and aspirations expose sensitivities around property development and the contested ownership of museum artifacts. They reflect on the origins of the market for contemporary Chinese art, the museum boom, and the increasing pressure western museums are experiencing from strong economies, such as China, to face post-colonial consequences, linked to unresolved local histories.
Comissioned by curator Randi Grov Berger, showing at Entrée Bergen 8 Sep - 8 Oct 2018
Film Premiere 7 Sep 2018 at the Chinese Collection, KODE 1 Museum, Bergen
Film Editor: Sue Giovanni
Sound Designer : Robert Jack
Cinematographer, Bergen: Kieran Kolle
Cinematographer, Shanghai: Haoran Sunyue 孙岳浩然
Stylist: Kuan Huang黄宽
Graphic Designer: Luke Gould
Film Advisors: Ian Knox, Eric Wear
Actors: Yiwen Wang 王一问 Future Museum Director; Liyun Zhang 张黎韫 Property Developer; Shao Qi 邵琪 Journalist’s Voice; Boyang Chen陈博阳 Museum Owner’s Voice; Crystal Yu 余立珺 Cantonese Scholar’s Voice.
Co-producers: Randi Grov Berger, Helen Kaplinsky, Marysia Lewandowska, Yining Yang 杨逸宁
English Subtitles : VoiceBox Multimedia