Project pour une révolution à Hong Kong
2013, video, B&W, silent, 3’46”/3’57”/3’45”
Project pour une révolution à Hong Kong is a series of Chen Tong’s narrative works combining sketches and videos. This project is inspired by French New Novel writer Alain Robbe-Grillet’s novel–Projet pour une révolution à New York. Chen tried to imitate the title and form of this novel to create his works. It tells the story of a man on a secret mission in Hong Kong. This man had never been in contact with anyone related to the mission, but he received continuous instructions in various ways, such as a note through the crack of a door. These instructions finally converge into Chen’s sketches. From simple maps to complex sketches, they lead through the story of the man on his mission.
Born 1962 in Ningxiang, lives in Guangzhou
Chen Tong graduated from the Chinese Painting department of the Guangzhou Fine Arts Academy, where he has now been teaching since 1986. He is a painter, writer, editor, publisher and gallery owner. In 1994, he founded the Libreria Borges Bookstore, named after the Argentinian writer Jorge Lius 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, to host seminal exhibitions, film screenings, book readings and panel discussions. He also 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.