"Double acting" is a traditional performance art, originating near the end of the Qing Dynasty. This two-person performance foregrounds one performer, who must physically act out the story behind told by the second performer hiding behind him.
Double Act thus names this exhibition as one of interplay, between logic and absurdity, reality and imagination, surface and substance, self-contradiction and mutual unity, rationality and existentialism, whole and part, art and its context, traditional culture and the culture of consumption, socialism and capitalism.
Double Act takes the urban environment in which we live as its background, takes the city’s reality and fabrications as its key metaphor, played out in the relationship between the city and its inhabitants. The city’s architecture, residential spaces, political environment, economic conditions, structure of feeling, daily living products and linguistic habits form the partners from which the exhibition’s artists draw their investigations, research and thought. At the same time, public policy, the cultural environment, moral standards, family structures and neighborhood relationships criss-cross the artworks, creating a weblike remapping of what the artists may have previously considered the familiar living environment in which they were born and raised. The artists may choose many other different theoretical creative partners: geography, describing the where they choose to interact with; their own life experiences and memories, elements of their individual epistemologies, creating their own life map. “Maps and charts, memory and dreams, labyrinths and open arcades, closeup and wide-angle views all call out a unique hallucination of the city, and a unique way of life.” “This new method awakens every thing and the reactions to those things, awakens every place and the sediment of emotions buried in those places, awakens every person and their encounters, all their sentiments, behaviors, hopes for the future and hidden failures.”
The artists partcipating in Double Act are also not necessarily those understood to be “contemporary artists,” but come from various professional fields including philosophy, literature, architecture and music, even city managers, security guards, housekeepers, farmers, mechanics, local neighborhood committee members, or even pajama-clad denizens of the lanes. This collision and cooperation of art and sociology, artist and other-identified people (whether a positive or negative interaction) is how Double Act attempts to break disciplinary boundaries and class differences. The passion of its participants and the dissemination of their “partnerships” extends the discussion a further step forward.
Artists: and their themes
1, Chen Hangfeng+Wang Jianqiang: The double identity of public greens as private vegetable gardens
2, Dodo+Masson Ge: The meaning of trademarks
3, Gao Mingyan+GMZWD: Film and the aesthetics of violence
4, Hu Jieming + Face－Works: All things "face"
5, Ji Wenyu + Zhu Weibing: No entry for mosquitoes
6, Leroux-Jacquier + ARCHIPLEIN: Urban debris recycled into an Ephemeral Stage
7, Liu Jianhua + the Crown of Desire: An exploration of relative value
8, Petra Jonson + Shawn Xu Zhifeng: The little convenience store kiosk
9, Shi Zhiying + Mr.Palomar: The metropolitan life of Mr. Palomar
10, Wu Junyong + Art590: Slang dictionary
11, Yang Yongliang + Yao Keng: Peach Blossom Spring
12, Zhang Chuyue: Four models of a standard life
13, Zhu Dake + B6: Shanghainese cussin'
2010.10.24-- 2010. 11.15
Opening Time: 2010.10.24, 16:00 pm
Venue: DDM Warehouse, 570 Huaihai Xi Road, Shanghai (Across from Mao in Red Town)