CHEN Tong

 
Seeing without Using Eyes  (2015), video still, courtesy of the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery

Seeing without Using Eyes (2015), video still, courtesy of the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery

 

seeing without using eyes

2015, single-channel video, 10’52”

Seeing Without Using Eyes (thief version) is his secondwork about the Liberia Borges Institute for Contemporary Art (now called CANTONBON).

The artist plays the role of a thief who, during the night, steals documents, taking advantage of his contact inside the institute. Through beaming flashlights, hand-scrolls in safes and empty filing cabinets, the scattered perspective of traditional Chinese paintings reveal to us Cantonbon and CHEN Tong’s distinct forms and institutional practices. Seeing Without UsingEyes (thief version) was created for a research projectand exhibition curated by a candidate for a Master’s Degree at the Centre for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and was exhibited in March 2015 at the college.

 

CHEN tong

Born 1962 in Ningxiang, lives in Guangzhou

A founding member of the Big Tail Elephants Group – a collective of conceptual artists working in Guangzhouin the 1990s – and later a member of CHEN Tong graduated from the Chinese Painting department of Guangzhou Fine Arts Academy and he has been a teacher there since 1986. He is a painter,writer, editor, publisher and gallery owner. In 1994, hefounded the Libreria Borges Bookstore, named afterthe Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges and oversaw the translation and publication of works by influential French-language New Novel writers, philosophers,artists and filmmakers, including Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Alain Robbe-Grillet, and Jean-Philippe Toussaint. He founded the Libreria Borges Institute for Contemporary Art (now called CANTONBON, meaning “Canton Gang, Canton Good”) in 2007 in order to host exhibitions, film screenings, book readings, and panel discussions. He co-founded Video Bureau in 2012, and most recently, founded the Bonacon Gallery in Guangzhou in late 2016. As a pivotal disseminator and “inciter” of contemporary culture in Canton and China, he received the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture in 2010 and was the recipient of the 2016 Yishu Award for Senior Critic or Curator.