We took 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)
A day of artist's talks & workshops inspired by The Yangtze River
Food by Mama's Wang's Kitchen and drinks from Tin & Glass
13.00-14.30 On board boat: A River Goes on a Journey led by Mónica Rivas Velásquez - Animation Workshop. Suitable for families and children up to 12 years old. Young children and parents welcome. (Free, pre-book or drop-in on the day)
Join artist Mónica Rivas Velásquez for an animation workshop on board The Floating Cinema exploring rivers, stop-motion animation and film. Create your own animation about a river journey.
15.00-17.00 On board boat screenings: Both Sides Now, Jamie Wyld's Video Club (UK) in collaboration with Isaac Leung's Videotage (HK), including talk with Isaac Leung. (Limited capacity: £5, concs. £3) Please note there is adult content in these films.
25 years on from the Tiananmen Square protests a national tour of contemporary and historical artists’ video from China and Hong Kong explores the impact of three decades of cultural and societal development. Both Sides Now includes animation and documentary works created during the 1980s-2000s featuring imagery and commentary unlikely to have been seen outside of China and Hong Kong.
17.30-18.30 On Board Artist Talk: Yan Preston: Mother River. (Limited capacity, booking essential - FREE)
Mother River is a long term artistic and research project that Yan Wang Preston has been working on since the end of 2010. Initially driven by a personal desire to reconnect with one’s Motherland, the project focuses on China’s most iconic waterway: the Yangtze River.
Yan Wang Preston is an award-winning photographer and visual artist who works on long-term projects in the UK and China. Her current themes include the relationship between nature and culture, social renews, and the economic/environmental developments in the two countries.
19.00-20.00 On board boat screening: Jorge Mañes Rubio Normal Pool Level Recorded Artist Talk (Recorded during his exhibition in Gallery 2 at CFCCA), Free; Drop-in
The Three Gorges Dam is China's most ambitious construction since the Great Wall. In July 2012 the largest hydroelectric project in the world became fully functional however the project generated a huge environmental and human impact in the Yangtze valley; flooding 13 cities, 140 towns and 1,352 villages, submerging thousands of years of Chinese history. In January 2013, Jorge Mañes Rubio decided to travel off season to along the Yangtze River to collect objects that reflected the complex changes that have happened in the area. Jorge Mañes Rubio has exhibited his work worldwide and is the first Spanish artist ever to obtain a prestigious TED fellowship. His work explores invisible or forgotten places, creating artworks that re-imagine and revive these sites as attention-worthy destinations.
21:15- 22.45 Open Air Screening: Up The Yangtze (93 mins, Director Yung Chang, 2007, Indicative classification PG, (Free event - booking essential)
At the edge of the Yangtze River, not far from the Three Gorges Dam, young men and women take up employment on a cruise ship, where they confront rising waters and a radically changing China.
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.