Clemens Wilhelm

15 April– 7 June 2015

In Clemens Wilhelm's video “SIMULACRA” one observes seemingly absurd moments of Chinese tourists posing in a world which seems to have shrunk.

“SIMULACRA” was shot in the “Window of the World” Entertainment Park in Shenzhen (China) which presents 140 copies of the world's most famous tourist attractions.  A tour through the park simulates a journey around the world: the Gizeh Pyramids, Stonehenge, the Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls, the Taj Mahal, etc. Each model's size appears to relate to its touristic importance. European and American sights dominate the Asian, African, and Oceanian ones. What do these iconic sites mean when they are taken out of their original contexts?

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Deathless Love

Deathless Love 死了都要爱

Performance: Thursday 14 May 2015, 7pm

Part of Manchester After Hours 2015: One Night. City Wide. Free Events.

As part Social Behaviours, Li Binyuan will enact his ground-breaking performance, Deathless Love to a live CFCCA audience as part of Manchester After Hours 2015, a city-wide evening celebration of Manchester’s culture, on 14th May. This will be a unique opportunity to witness an exciting work of live behavioural art; one that will interrogate ideas of artistic production while pushing the physical body to extremes of endurance, as Binyuan manually smashes over 100 hammers on a concrete plinth.

Binyuan will also be involving the winner of the competition from the Social Behaviours exhibition launch in a prolonged hug as part of a new piece of artwork.

"Li Binyuan’s Deathless Love transcended the (performance art) form. Performance art became spectator sport as the crowd cheered each successive smash, lifting Li’s flagging spirits whenever he collapsed onto the concrete plinth." - Brigid Delaney, The Guardian, Tuesday 20 January 2015

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Li Binyuan - Deathless Love (2015) Photographer_Mia-Forrest

Li Binyuan

Social Behaviours  众重行事

10 April– 31 May 2015

Li Binyuan is a young artist living, working and disturbing Beijing's everyday life with impromptu artistic interventions. He is challenging political and social restrictions, using his body as the medium of this sensuous production. Following his experimental paradigms of behavior art CFCCA will attempt to re-create a model of Social Behaviours, inviting our audience to actively participate to an interactive exploratory engagement with his artworks. Social Behaviours will be celebrating his performances exhibiting some of the video recordings that comprise part of his practice.

The preview event will include a live discussion on some of the issues and themes surrounding Li Binyuan's work. Particularly the role of film and documentation in live art, what it means to disrupt social behaviours through performance and the role of the audience.

There will also be an opportunity to become part of Li Binyuan's art by entering a raffle to be documented receiving a prolonged hug from the artist at his live performance event on Thursday 14 May 2015.

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Li Binyuan - 2米45·跳远练习  2.45m Long jump exercises, 行动记录 单频录像 Action and video, 6′19″,2014

Mandarin Corner

Every first Saturday of the month - next session Saturday 2nd May 1.30 - 3.30pm - hosted by Joy Wang

Mandarin Corner is an informal monthly workshop, held at CFCCA, for those with an interest in learning more about Mandarin language and broader Chinese culture. The sessions are hosted by CFCCA volunteers and cover spoken and written Mandarin, across a wide variety of topics - often themed to CFCCA's current exhibition or other current affairs.

Sessions are free, informal and open to all, from complete beginners and upwards! It's a great way to test and develop your spoken and written Mandarin as well as gain a greater understanding of traditional and contemporary Chinese Culture.

Booking is not currently required however please do ensure that you arrive on time for the start of sessions.

For more information and enquiries please email: 

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