We too an eclectic look at contemporary Chinese culture focusing on artist’s film, workshops and music curated in partnership with Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (Manchester, UK)
It was day of screenings, music and workshops taking its departure from Cao Fei’s 'Haze & Fog'
Food by Mama's Wang's Kitchen and drinks from Tin & Glass
13.00- 17.00 Open Air: Zombie Mini - Makeovers with artist Francesca Barnardelle (Free, drop-in and suitable for all ages!)
Francesca is a London based make up artist and model maker. She has both worked, and gained valuable experience at some of the UK’s best-regarded make-up/model-making departments. These include Kristyan Mallett Make Up Effects, Animated Extras, Millennium FX, BBC White City, Sky & Channel 5, and Bloomberg TV. Francesca also involves herself in short-film and music video projects, including the video for Keane’s 2012 release ‘Black Rain’.
13.00 - 17.00 On-board boat screenings: Haze & Fog, Cao Fei (on the hour: 13.00, 14.00, 15.00 & 16.00) Please note Haze & Fog features adult content - No children under the age of 16 unless accompanied by an adult (Free; booking essential)
'Haze & Fog' (jointly commissioned by CFCCA & University of Salford) presents a move away from the traditional good versus evil heroic drama of zombie activity. Instead, the film focuses on the chaotic world of what the artist describes as a 'magical metropolis' with cities 'possessed by both the magic's fanciful illusion and its devilish terror'. A clear vision emerges through the struggles of the everyday and mundane daily routine, showing the tipping point between the visible and the invisible sides of life - the current reality in, and of, China.
One of the most important female Chinese artists working today, Cao Fei, uses her work to examine intimate personal and cultural relationships to a modern day metropolitan China by exploring notions of class and value structures, powerlessness, the masses as a neutral force, and frozen moments of time.
19.30 - 20.30 Open Air performance by The Aleph Project (Free; booking essential)
Part improvistion, part live scoring, The Aleph Project will perform original music in response to Cao Fei's Haze & Fog on the deck of the Floating Cinema to an open air audience.
21.00-21.15 Film introduction
21.15- 23.00 Open Air Screening: Big Blue Lake (98 min, Director: Tsui-shan Jessey Tsang, 2011, PG) (Free; booking essential)
Big Blue Lake, the deceptively simple tale of an actress, Lai-yee, who returns to her home village in an attempt to reconnect with her past. Whilst there, she becomes close to an ex-classmate, Chun, and together they search for the mythical Blue Lake. Set in the village of Ho Chung in Hong Kong’s New Territories, Tsang’s film is a beautifully shot meditation on the past, memory and the encroachment of an almost unstoppable modernisation. Big Blue Lake won its director a very worthy Best Newcomer award at the 2012 Hong Kong Film Award.
The Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (formerly Chinese Arts Centre) is leading the UK in exploring a changing international dynamic. This is the Chinese Century and Chinese contemporary art and visual culture is a vibrant force, fast gaining momentum.
CFCCA have a proud 28-year history of ‘first’ UK solo exhibitions, featuring exceptional artists that go on to achieve international acclaim. They work with a wide array of partners to provide people with a lively and innovative programme of exhibitions, residencies, engagement projects, festivals, symposia and events. They are uniquely placed to explore the Chinese Century through art and the trans-cultural debates that will shape our future.