Exhibition 18 December 2014 - 22 March 2015
‘You can depict a tiger’s skin but not his bones’ is one of the last lines in ‘Chung Kuo, Cina’ the 1972 documentary by Michelangelo Antonioni, both commissioned and banned by Chairman Mao.
By reframing the ideas contained in Antonioni’s film with contemporary images, Chris Paul Daniels has created a work that examines the rapidly changing way China is viewed through western eyes, and in doing so, questions assumed notions of ‘truth’ and ‘understanding’ within documentary film-making.
18th December - 22nd March
UK premiere of "What happened in the year of the dragon"
9 April– 7 June 2015
Preview launch 9 April– 6pm-8pm
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?
Wednesday 25 February 2015 , 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Jasmine Suite, CFCCA
Admission is free but places are limited - Click here to reserve your place
This free event offers a stimulating introduction to the World Factory project - an investigation of global consumer capitalism through the lens of the textile industry, from the heart of nineteenth-century Manchester to the world behind the ‘Made-in-China’ labels on our clothes today.
Illuminos screening of Sun Xun's films onto St. Ann’s Church: 19, 20 and 21 February 2015, 6-10pm
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) presents the UK premiere of Sun Xun’s ‘What happened in the year of the dragon’. Three of Sun Xun’s films will be projected onto the side of St. Ann’s Church in Manchester City Centre as part of the city’s Chinese New Year celebrations with Heart of Manchester BID and CityCo. The films will be projected as part of a public art screening with digital public artists Illuminos.
The selection of films being projected onto St. Anne's Square includes:
- Coal Spell (2008)
- Chinese Words (2005)
- What happened in the year of the dragon (2014) (trailer)