Urban Focus III “Editorship: the Collection, Process, and Reproduction of Information”
City: Guangzhou
Curator: Sheng Wei
Duration: 2018-12-19 ~ 2019-04-09
Venue: 33 Contemporary Art Cente
Address: 33/ F, Tower A, Victory Plaza 103 Tiyu West Road, Guangzhou
Participating Artist(s): Huang Keyi、Kang Jianfei、Manifold Team(Du Bin、He Jiaxu、Liu Peng、Tian Wei、Wang Mi、Yu Lei、Yu Runtian)、Shi Zhiyuan、Wu Hao、Xiao Banruo、Art Education Team(Ye Hongtu,Zhang Bin)、Yuan Song、Zong Ning

Academic Advisor:Pi Daojian

Producer:Liu Yi

Director:Li Tingchen

Speakers:Li Bangyao、Duan Jun、Hu Bin、Shen Ruijun、Ning Jia、Yang Biao、Shen Sen、Lu Ning


“Editing” is a key part of the knowledge production process and is often seen as a specialized profession and skill. However, there are exceptions. In 1935, Mao Dun collected about 476 articles considering the day May, 21st with more than 800,000 words with pictures from the whole country, "roughly" bound them together without any further polishing, and published the book "A Day in China", showing a variety of facets of the country, constructing a China as an imaginary community. Opposite to this non-doing “editing”, the other end of the spectrum is the ubiquitous "editing”. Post-modern art since the 1980s uses computers and the Internet to break up and reorganize the existing resources in history and reality, and to re-edit them, giving them a new narrative structure to create art.

The logic in media technology and the avant-garde art concept are unified in "editing", and the advent of the information age makes everyone an editorial artist. Under the conditions provided by mobile terminals and mobile internet, more and more individuals are able to directly collect, process, publish and track information, turning from passive information receivers to information producers. The participation of each person and the change of information identity make the social structure become a flatter and more unlimited network, allowing people to present and comment on the same issue from different angles, and at the same time, production of “art” thus becomes a personalized temporary idea while the meaning of "art" becomes an interactive and endless process.

Especially in the cities where we live, information networks are more and more complex and denser than transportation networks, becoming a crucial foundation for modern life. The application of communication and media technology has its own rules and practices, no matter it is in the printing era or the digital age, and we have been accustomed to them. However, through "editing", these technical application rules and practices aresubverted。 Breaking the narrative structure, deconstructing the narrative subject, switching the narrative perspective, disturbing the audio-visual synchronization, or consciously interrupting the signal...all these rule-breaking, reconstructed languages and structures will bring new ideas to art.

Sheng Wei


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