A Walking River
"A Walking River" was the theme of an exhibition and concurrently the title of its accompanying publication. After the exhibition opening, we were very busy with the public education program. We also launched a series of short videos on the theme of "water" to generate new content for the exhibition and to attract audience participation. The exhibition and relevant activities helped us to think about the function of stories and issues concerning the river. The river always has a tale to tell.
The book contains the projects of four artists who participated in the exhibition, each of whom intervened in the study of Fengshui through their own working methods.
World 3: Art History and Museum
Wu Hong & Guo Weiqi
World 3 is an annually published academic journal featuring thematic research in art history and theory, organized and edited by OCAT Institute. The fourth volume of Word 3 is themed as "Art History and Museum". It takes "Art History" and "Museum" as two intertwined and interactive frameworks to discuss in depth the complexity and multiplicity of the relationship between them, as well as other related and current research trends. It also reflects on the agency constituted by the four interrelated aspects which form cause and effect reciprocally: collection (objectification), exhibition (publicization), museum (institutionalization), and art history (academization), which presents itself as a long and complex process in global history.
Mapping the City: A Vision of History and City
Using the geographical change of the city as the axis of the exhibition, "Mapping the City: A Vision of History and City" takes Xi'an and Anren as example, and places them in the context of real and fictional situations. This is rather like the beginning and end of a novel, and works to show the rich imagination that cities bring to people.
This book include several artists projects. The original exhibition tapped into abundant historic resources, as well as more recent opportunities offered by urban development and social change. Together, these generate an intense feeling that the city is both a physical place and an imaginative space.
LANDSEASKY: Revisiting Spatiality in Video Art
An exhibition catalogue of "LANDSEASKY: Revisiting Spatiality in Video Art" exhibited at OCAT Shanghai in 2014
Image, Histoire, Poème
The famous art historian and philosopher Georges Didi-Huberman presents a triple interpretation of the classical film Battleship Potemkin in Image, Histoire, Poème. He not only explores the technique and methods but also refers to Eisenstein's experience and education background, the historical and social context which nourished the film's presentation and its connection with other films. By doing so, he interprets the reason why "a classic is a classic", how silent films can go beyond the limits of space and time, and how intense and profound emotions can be expressed, and furthermore reinterprets the meaning of "sorrow" and "sensibility", which is currently abandoned by academia or consumed commercially in a simplified way.
World 3: Research on Chinese Art History – A Western Perspective
Wu Hong & Guo Weiqi
World 3 is an annually published academic journal featuring thematic research in art history and theory, organized and edited by OCAT Institute. The third volume takes "Research on Chinese Art History–A Western Perspective" as the theme. Along with the increasing frequency of international academic communication since the 1980s, the "Chinese Art History Studies" attracted widespread attention globally, which simultaneously brought a new "overseas" context for Chinese art history studies. This book hopes to introduce and epitomize the international knowledge production, address the "Chinese Art History Studies" in different contexts and reflect on the discipline's picture comparatively in recent 3 or 4 decades.
As an art institution supported by the state-owned enterprise OCT Group and established in 2005, OCAT officially became a registered, independent non-profit organization in April 2012, laying the foundation for a nationwide contemporary art museum group. Headquartered in Shenzhen, the museum group comprises OCAT Shenzhen, OCT Art & Design Gallery (Shenzhen), OCAT Shanghai, OCAT Xi' an, and OCAT Institute (Beijing), as well as satellite exhibition sites for project-based collaborations.