Phoenix is excited to take part in Both Sides Now 2, supporting an artist-in-residence from China for a five week period. Artist Shi Zheng will work at Phoenix between 21 October and 10 November 2015.
2 November, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, at Phoenix Brighton. More information and tickets are available here.
Both Sides Now 2
Both Sides Now presents contemporary and historical film and video work from the UK, Hong Kong and China, curated by Isaac Leung of Videotage and Jamie Wyld of videoclub. The films explore developments within the culture and society of Hong Kong and China over the past three decades, including work which reflects on the ongoing dynamics of cultures in Hong Kong, China, and the UK. The programme contains work by some of Hong Kong and China’s most exciting artists working in film and video, and varies between animation, documentary and artist’ moving image.
Both Sides Now 2 attempts, through moving image works, to explore national identity and culture, and to raise questions about both China & Hong Kong and the UK. Comparisons between both countries arise – revolution and referendum, richness and austerity, lions and tigers. And unicorns.
Both Sides Now 2 – It was the Best of Times, it was the Worst of Times is the second phase of a long-term project that proposes (historical) re-readings of artists’ moving image from Hong Kong, China and the UK. By selecting video works of art, animations and documentary films, produced by Hong Kong and UK artists from 1989 to 2014, the project will reinterpret the experience of here and now by looking into the potentially excluded and forgotten moving images of Hong Kong.
In the new edition, videoclub (UK) and Videotage (HK) bring together internationally-recognised artists from the fields of video and film during a several month-long programme from June – August 2015. To build on the ideas posited from the success of Both Sides Now – Somewhere between Hong Kong and the UK, 16 art organisations in the UK, China and Hong Kong will take part in various extensive screenings, exhibitions and artists-in-residence programmes.
For details about the Both Sides Now programme go to: www.both-sides-now.org
Both Sides Now supports four artists in residence in 2015, enabling the programme to benefit practitioners, and to further support cultural exchange between China and the UK.
Two artists from each country will exchange, working at cultural institutions, where they will have access to local resources and contacts. The aim of the residency programme is to provide artists with the opportunity to explore new practices, develop new work and experience new cultures and share experiences.
At Phoenix Brighton, artist Shi Zheng will be in residence between 02 October and 08 November 2015. The residency will be delivered in collaboration with Cinecity. Further details about the residency programme can be found at: www.both-sides-now.org
Shi’s work takes on multiple forms such as audio-visual installation work, recordings, and concert pieces. He composes time-based sculpture, using field recordings and digital generated structures, and reconstructs, architecturally, audiovisual phenomenon.
In 2013, Shi Zheng co-founded new media group RMBit with nenghuo, Zhipeng Wang, and Wei Weng. The group has participated in several significant exhibitions and performance, including exhibitions and performances in art institutions and cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei.
In recent years, his work has been shown at international festivals including Sound Art China 2014 (HongKong), Sound Art China 2013 (Shanghai), FILE Electronic Language International Festival (Brazil), Today Art Museum (Beijing) and Ars Electronica 2012 and 2015 (Linz).
For further details about Shi Zheng and his work: http://shi-zheng.net
About videoclub and Videotage
videoclub is a platform for artists’ film and video. videoclub’s intention is to support artists, by showcasing artists’ film, video and moving image work to the public to increase public engagement with artists’ moving image, and to create opportunities for critical engagement with contemporary art work. videoclub’s work combines national and international touring programmes, exhibitions and commissioning.
Videotage is a leading non-profit organization in Hong Kong focusing on the presentation, promotion, production and preservation of video and media art, serving artists in the expanding technological art and culture network. Since 1986, Videotage has developed itself from an umbrella for media artists, to a network of media art and culture for cross-disciplinary cultural productions, and platform to facilitate international exchange.