2008 / 2013

Davide Quadrio, Lothar Spree,Zhu Xiaowen, ArtHub

This project is a series of videotaped interviews, by Davide Quadrio, Lothar Spree and Zhu Xiaowen, in cooperation with Xu Jie, with some forty Shanghai-based artists, dealing not with artwork per se, but rather with how artists themselves perceive their activity, their role and position in a changing, post-conventional society. It seeks to “map out” some of the contours of the city’s artistic imagination, providing a cartography of the force fields of its subjectivities. And above and beyond an unsparingly critical, and at times partisan analysis of artistic imaginaries, it provides a heuristic focus on the urban subjectivities of one of the contemporary world’s most intense urban experiments—Shanghai.

Interviewed Artists
Ding Yi, Gong Yan, Gu Wenda, Hu Jieming, Huang Kui, Huang Yuanqing, Jin Feng, Li Shan, Li Xiangyang, Li Lei, Liang Yue, Liu Dahong, Liu Jianhua, Lu Chunsheng, Luo Yongjin, Pu Jie, Qiu Anxiong, Qiu Deshu, Shen Fan, Shi Yong, Song Haidong, Song Tao, Tang Maohong, Wang Nanming, Wang Tiande, Wang Xingwei, Xiang Liqing, Xu Longbao, Xu Zhen, Xue Song, Yang Fudong, Yang Hui,Yang Zhenzhong, Yu Xiaofu, Yu Youhan, Zhang Ding, Zhang Enli, Zhang Haitian, Zhang Peicheng, Zhou Tiehai, Zhu Julan

Davide Quadrio (IT) is a China based producer and curator. He founded and directed for a decade the first not for profit independent creative lab in Shanghai, Bizart Art Center, as a platform to foster the local contemporary art scene. In 2007 Quadrio created ArtHub Asia, a production and curatorial proxy active in Asia and worldwide. He is currently hosted by Shanghai Visual Art Institute, Fudan University, and he is part of the Scientific Committee of PAC, Pavilion of Contemporary Art of Milan as well as Artistic Director of Scene 44 in Marseille.

Lothar Spree (DE, 1942–2013) studied film at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm with Alexander Kluge, Edgar Reitz and Detten Schleiermacher. He was professor for Media Art / Film at the ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe. In 2003, he set up the Film Department at the newly established College of Communication & Art at Tongji University, Shanghai. In 2009 he became professor for Digital Media Design at the newly founded College of Design & Innovation at the College of Architecture & Urban Planning at Tongji University.

Zhu Xiaowen (CN) is a media artist, scholar and curator. Described as a visual poet,social critic, and aesthetic researcher, she uses video, photography, performance, installation and mixed media as platforms to communicate the complicated experience of being an international and to wrestle with the notion of a disembodied identity. Her questions are often raised from her observation and reflection as a critical thinker and an active communicator. Zhu is currently based in Los Angeles, USA.