【Minsheng Talk】Chit-Chatting I


Minsheng Lecture




Zhang Wenxin, Mao Chenyu

New Topophilia

Guests: Zhang Wenxin, Mao Chenyu
Host: Sun Qidong
Time: 14:30-16:00, June 19, 2021
Location: Multimedia Hall (1F), Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum


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“Love once begun, will never end.”
The love for art once begun, will never end, either.

The new Minsheng Talk project “Chit-Chatting” invites curators, artists and scholars to talk about art in a relaxed way with no restrictions in forms and subjects. Through sharing where they started their love for art, the participants reveal multidimensions and multilayers of life. The project aims to bring out diverse conclusions rather than a monotonous one through free talk. In this way, the participants’ figures are vividly restored, showing a kaleidoscopic perspectives for the audience.

The first Chit-Chatting “New Topopholia” is based on the representative work of Tuan Yi-fu, Topopholia. In his book, he illuminates how human and nature can complement each other. Artists Zhang Wenxin and Mao Chenyu create works that provok mediations on nature, land, and life. They are the guests for the first Chit-Chatting host by Sun Qidong. For this event, they will discuss the possibility of emotional connection between human and nature.

The political perspective of modernity is based on the conception of enhancing nature, conquering nature, and endlessly acquring from nature. Therefore, a political society with freedom, equality and prosperity desired by the individuals in the modern time are considered a liberating sphere that may save all humans from the heaveiness of the world, especially in a time of industrial development.

However, this contract between the idea that all people share the fruits of progress and the aspiration for sustainable development of human society is now being questioned due to climate change and the destruction of ecological balance. Therefore, we shoulder the responsibility of broadening the horizon for the dream of liberation, for the unlimited expansion of industrial capitalism has been proved to be illusion.

About the guests

Zhang Wenxin

Wenxin Zhang was born in 1989 and currently lives in Hangzhou and other places. She received her MFA degree at California College of the Arts in 2013. Zhang utilizes video, CG, photography and installation, as well as combining writing and music to create process-oriented perceptual experience that usually starts from everyday experience as well as technical images and then grows into the continuous mapping on time and transcendence.

Mao Chenyu

Host of Secondtext Laboratory. Writer for Paddy Film. Mao Chenyu mostly works near Dongting Lake. In 2012, Mao Chenyu founded Paddyfilm (WeChat Official Account “paddyfilm-fp”) in Hunan Province, a medium that explores Chinese countryside society. On a 30-acre paddy filed, Mao constructs a self-contained farming linguistic system. Since 2015, Mao Chenyu has been constructing “Elaphurus-Davidianus College,” a physical institution for social researches and education within Paddyfilm Farm. In this way, he is attempting to establish a new form of rural social subject and knowledge production mechanism.

About the Host

Sun Qidong

Sun Qidong now works as a curator, art crtic, and writer. Since 2014, he has been working as a curator anmd head of the Exhibition Department for Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum. Sun is involved in multiple activities in which he questions the relation between art, politics, economy, and aesthetics. At present, his research focuses on how to conceive and develop an ecological politics through continuous communication with natural social sciences.