1. a[n]d portrait - Uli Sigg, collector (Switzerland)

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    Amassing a collection of over 2,000 pieces of art is normally an undertaking of a museum or a major gallery – but our next collector has single handedly accumulated a collection of Chinese Contempory Art which ranks as the world’s most significant one – whether private or public. Uli Sigg is an icon of the art world. To say Ulli was ahead of the curve as far as Chinese art is concerned, is really a gross understatement. In 2012, Uli Sigg made headlines when donating more than 60 of his collection to the M+ Museum of visual culture in Hong Kong, to whose director Lars Nittve we also speak.

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    • LIU CHUANG, 14#,2012 Mixed Media (Square Space,Projector, Flash File) Chinese contemporary art

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      14#,2012 Mixed Media (Square Space,Projector, Flash File) Installation view at Tang gallary,Beijing

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      • LIU CHUANG, Untitled(The History of Sweat) Ⅱ, 2013, view at (43 sna) the national salon of artists. chinese contemporary art

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        Untitled(The History of Sweat) Ⅱ, 2013 Air-conditioning, Dimension Variable Istallation View at Edificio Antioquia ,Medellin,Colombia To know not to know, (43 sna) the national salon of artists. (Residential/commercial institutions/art museums etc.) Under a constant temperature into the exhibition space with a pipe. The water has the shape which the sweat is from heart requests , but it is hidden unseen in daily life, running in the interior of the machines and finally lost in the blurring zone of reality. The water crosses the boundary of personal life. It embodies a rare historical substance into its repeating movement, and contrary to the experience of an individual in life, it is a movement parallel to the individual life at an opposite direction (this water tries to prevent its own shape to be formed on human body). Usually, the water will be discharged outside that had condensed by the air-con-ditioning through the process of making cold air. This artwork will show the machine of airconditioning inside of exhibition and then discharged the water in the room. Thus, it can create the circulate process that the water from air into the liquid and then from the latter into the former.

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        • 10th SHANGHAI BIENNALE 2014 , LIU CHUANG , Segmented Landscape,2014 Mixed media Dimensions variable, Chinese Contemporary Art

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          LIU CHUANG Segmented Landscape 2014 Mixed media Dimensions variable Installation view at 10th Shanghai Biennale The main function of these windows welded by iron bars is for anti-theft use, however, the above patterns apparently are beyond this function. When we look from inside to outside, the landscape is segmented by these patterns. When we look to the inside from the outside of the building, these windows and doors are telling the stories of happiness while rejecting and stopping us to enter in.

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          • "3716 Pearls" / 《3716颗珍珠》by Zhou Bin / 周斌

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            The performance "3716 Pearls" took place at MAXXI Museum in Rome on Sunday 15 November 2014, as part of the final event of Transnational Dialogues 2014. The performance lasted for about 7 hours, from 3pm until 10 pm. Each pearl represents one day the artist has been married with his wife. Zhou Bin (周斌) graduated from Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in 1990. He did oil painting in the Old Summer Palace and then Songzhuang in Beijing from 1994 to 1997. In 1997 he moved to Chengdu and since then he has abandoned oil painting as a medium, but resorted to performance, installation, photography and video recording. He has made hundreds of performance works and video works. Started in 2011 by European Alternatives, Transnational Dialogues is an open and on-going cross-media platform managing and imagining artistic and cultural projects with a focus on the new geographies of globalisation and the emergence of a multi-polar artistic and intellectual world. transnationaldialogues.eu

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            • Interview with Hou Hanru, Artistic Director, MAXXI Museum

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              What is utopia? What does it mean to change utopia now? Is the role of the artist to destroy the current failing utopias or is the it to create new utopias. Which is the difference in the creation and perception of utopia between China and Europe? How one could read the current situation in Hong Kong from a cultural and artistic perspective? What about the future? Those are the questions that are addressed by Chinese curator Hou Hanru in a dialogue with Luigi Galimberti, coordinator of Transnational Dialogues. The interview was held on 15 November 2014. Started in 2011 by European Alternatives, Transnational Dialogues is an open and on-going cross-media platform managing and imagining artistic and cultural projects with a focus on the new geographies of globalisation and the emergence of a multi-polar artistic and intellectual world. www.transnationaldialogues.eu

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              • "Talbot Lago Coco" (可可)

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                Mum says my dad is an important figure and I “ought not to disturb him when he is doing business”. So I never do. Like a good boy I always sneak in to pa’s office, steal his miniature black car from the cabinet, and go down to the garage where all the real cars stand in their glory. My favourite ones are black. They remind me of pa’s serious demeanor. Though it was now 11pm my mind drifted back to the afternoon. Today, for the first time, I didn’t return the car to its perch. While playing I heard my dad and his friends dicussing some business. I was not allowed in the garage either, so just before he discovered me I hid the toy in one of the big freezers. But i’d have to retrieve it sooner or later... so back I went. Sounds, smells and colors started to swirl around me. My memory spat out “pop, pop, pop”, groaning, the smell of smoke, and the colour red. I opened the garage door and looked at the big freezers. On the way there I slid on red liquid, but regained my balance quickly. I opened the freezer. Sifting through a few frozen hands, fingers and feet, I found the car right next to a man’s head. Proud of myself, I dug out the toy and safely returned it to its rightful place. [Margaret Johnson] TITLE "Talbot Lago Coco" (可可) ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛 MEDIA TFT display, acrylic painting, teakwood frame EDITION Unique DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2014 SIZE 67(W)×48(H)×7(D) cm | 26.4(W)×19(H)×2.8(D) inches CREDITS Katrina Louy 卡萨琳娜 & MM (performance) • Xu Yihan 徐义涵 (painting) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Anto Lau (art direction & video) • Jean Le Guyader (documentation) • Guan Yan 官彦 (production supervisor) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (production supervisor) • Mark Mehanni (casting) For more information: http://island6.org/TalbotLagoCoco.html

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                • "Lipstick and Old Heroes" (红颜与大英雄)

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                  Old heroes should die young. It’s imperative. They must drive as fast as possible, never miss a chance to accompany a beautiful woman looking lonely at a bar or party, and always look great (although they are not allowed to be visibly concerned with such things). They must look a strange, unrefined type of great… with a square jawline of course. All women should want them. All men should want to be them, however; this desire should be so strong that it supersedes jealousy and blooms into warmly broad admiration. When they die (in whatever heroic and awful way they do) there ought to be an unfathomable amount of gorgeous unknown women in attendance at the funeral. “Who is that” you’ll hear the other guests mutter again and again. The stories about these Heroes should sound made up… but should not be. They should, at the time of their death, have left one special gal (usually the most beautiful of the whole gorgeous lot) pregnant. She’ll raise the child alone and balk at the similarities, secretly hating the parts of her child that resemble the legend she could’ve had forever. If he just would’ve not driven so god damned fast all the time she’ll think occasionally. As if it would’ve made a difference. [Ryan Nimmo] TITLE "Lipstick and Old Heroes" (红颜与大英雄) ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛 MEDIA LCD screen, Chinese papercut (Jian Zhi 剪紙), paper collage, teakwood frame EDITION Unique DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2014 SIZE 103.5(W)×103.5(H)×7.5(D) cm | 41(W)×41(H)×3(D) inches CREDITS Katrina Louy 卡萨琳娜 & Mark Mehanni (performance) • Tang Dashi 汤大师 & He Dashi 贺大师 (Chinese paper cutting 剪紙) • Anto Lau (art direction & video) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Adrian Tyus (video documentation) • Jiang Linping 江琳萍 (video assistant) • Jean Le Guyader (documentation) • Yeung Sin Ching 杨倩菁 (production supervisor) • Mark Mehanni (casting) For more information: http://www.island6.org/LipstickAndOldHeroes.html

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                  • "Plucked From Seven" (摘朵七霞)

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                    How do we feel when our eyes fall on a thing of beauty? A face, a flower, an exquisite piece of finery. At first, captivated by it’s apparent proximity to perfection, we may pause, strangely satisfied by its unique appearance. But when does our contentment to admire from a distance get consumed by a need to possess? To make our own, to keep with us? The desire to have her as your lover, to wear the shiny stones, to enjoy to the exclusion of all others. As with these vivid flowers, their heads gently lolling, petals flirting, Liu Dao’s artists ask you to consider what happened to the seventh bud, perhaps the most beautiful, plucked by a passing admirer, now the centerpiece in a new home or tucked behind the ear of another beauty. [Leela Shanker] TITLE "Plucked From Seven" (摘朵七霞) ARTIST Liu Dao 六岛 MEDIA LED display, sand & resin coating, teakwood frame EDITION Unique DATE Made in island6, Shanghai 2013 SIZE 117.5(W)×117.5(H)×9(D) cm | 46.3(W)×46.3(H)×3.5(D) inches CREDITS Fabrice Amzel (video animation & art direction) • Thomas Charvériat (art direction & technical guidance) • Jean Le Guyader (documentation) • Guan Yan 官彦 (production supervisor) • Loo Ching Ling 吕晶琳 (production supervisor) For more information: http://www.island6.org/PluckedFromSev...

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                    • WORKS ON PAPER II - MNM by Christian Graupner with Mieko Suzuki & Ming Poon

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                      MNM portrays the Hiroshima born sound artist Mieko Suzuki and the Singaporian dancer Ming Poon in their sound- and body performances and generates an ongoing media concert that constantly creates new video and sound clusters. The headstrong canonical composition of vocal and percussion loops depicts the topic of total (body) control in golden times of casino-capitalism and its meltdown. The protagonists’ performances are directly connected to the form and materiality of a triptych frame and a huge hacked Maneki-Neko derived figure which underlines the sculptural character of MNM. Visitors are invited to co-compose and influence the flow of the so called Humatic Re-Performance by feeding and operating the triple channel installation like a gambling-machine or to control MNM like a musical instrument. CHRISTIAN GRAUPNER, the Berlin based Director, Media Artist & Producer studied graphic arts & developed interactive audio visual concepts. As a composer & music producer (artist name VOOV) he published records & CDs, created sountracks for movies, theatre & radio, music clips. He founded ‘Club Automatique’, formed the independent production company HUMATIC. Universities & Institutes such as ZKM have invited him for lectures & residencies. The latest production MNM (2013) received an honorary mention at Prix Ars Electronica. His recent sculptural / media work explores the practices and myths around pop and contemporary music, combining multiscreen videos and multichannel sound with partly machine- partly user-controlled ‘humatic’ interfaces and mechanisms. With the media slotmachine MindBox he and his team received a Guthman’s New Musical Instruments Award in Atlanta Georgia. MIEKO SUZUKI having come from a pianist background and studied fashion, has been organizing events and performing as a DJ and sound artist worldwide since 1998. Mieko has won awards and taken part in artist residency programs whilst also performing as a musician and DJ at clubs and international art and fashion events. Selected event include Calvin Klein Tokyo Collection 2008, Female:pressure Japan Tour 2009, MOMENTUM Sydney 2010, Kunsthalle M3 Berlin 2010, Japan Media Arts Festival 2010, REH Kunst Berlin 2012, GALLERY WEEKEND Berlin 2012, JULIUS Paris Collection 2011-2014, Cynetart Dresden, Craft Gallery Melbourne 2013, Patric Mohr fashion show Berlin 2014, Marrakech Biennale5 2014. She has also collaborated on sculpture, visual, sound and multi-media installations with artists. While MING POON comes from a dance background, he prefers to describe himself as a movement performer. He readily experiments and combines elements from an eclectic mix of techniques and disciplines. He sees the body as a predilection of viewing as an object, by stripping it to its physical and affective functionality and mechanics. His idea of dance is one in which there are no ‘dancers’ on stage, only bodies that are in the process of forming, transforming and disintegrating. He has worked with international dance companies in Italy, Germany, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands and Singapore. His choreographic works include: ‘The man who looks for signs’, ‘A piece of heaven’, ‘Ghosts’, ‘Back’, ‘Topography of Pleasure and Pain’ (dance film). ‘Gravity’, ‘(un)it: HD85828|in.ViSiBLE’ and ‘The Infinitesimal Distance Between Two Bodies’.

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