The series Conflictual Topography, organized by Heidi Ballet, was originally conceived as a public program during the exhibition of Zhou Tao: Winter North Summer South and was later adapted to the exceptional months we are living through. Heidi Ballet talks with Xiang Zairong, a researcher, theorist, and sometimes curator, about Chinese farmer’s markets, the ongoing pandemic, food, and face masks in Europe and in China.
The Conflictual Topography public program that was organized by Heidi Ballet and that was planned to take place during the exhibition of Zhou Tao: Winter North Summer South came to a halt due to the coronavirus crisis. In a revised program, the artists of the original program will be revisited under new circumstances, to discuss how the world is being reshaped. In May 2020, Times Art Center Berlin is screening Urth (2016) by Ben Rivers and The Empirical Effect (2010) by Rosa Barba, accompanied by a conversation with Heidi Ballet.
Curated by Nikita Yingqian Cai
Times Art Center Berlin presents Zhou Tao’s solo project “Winter North Summer South”, developed from the commissioning of Guangdong Times Museum in 2019. Having spent nearly two years in between the oasis and the Gobi village, the artist captured modernist obsessions and utopian desires to turn deserts into habitat.
Times Art Center Berlin celebrates its first anniversary with friends and books. Exactly one year ago, we opened to the public with the inaugural exhibition The D-Tale: Video Art from the Pearl River Delta, curated by Hou Hanru and Xi Bei, at Potsdamer Strasse. This summer, we moved to our permanent location at Brunnenstrasse.
The 8th Para-curatorial Symposium
Curated by Nikita Yingqian Cai and Mia Yu
The two-day symposium casts light on the processes of cross-border exchanges and complicates the understanding of the post-Cold War reality beyond the East-West dichotomy.
Curated by Nikita Yingqian Cai and Xiaoyu Weng
Departing from a fictitious encounter of three artists in 1979, the exhibition tells stories of women who search for their artistic voices, and whose identities haunt them while empower them—regardless of their various cultural, geographical and historical contexts.
The D-Tale: Video Art from the Pearl River Delta
Edited by Hou Hanru & Xi Bei
Times Art Center Berlin presents its first exhibition catalogue published by Sternberg Press at Friends with books: Art Book Fair Berlin at Hamburger Bahnhof. The D-Tale: Video Art from the Pearl River Delta is the catalogue of the namesake inaugural exhibition of Times Art Center Berlin, founded in November 2018.
Curated by Tan Yue
The exhibition Racing Gravels assembles a series of new works by video artist Kan Xuan, informed by her parallel career as a commercial video director. The artist’s singular visual lexicon merges playful subtlety with metaphorical profundity, articulating vivid situations filled with contradictions: a metaphor for living in the society of the spectacle amidst rapid commodification and technological acceleration.
Rehearsal of the Futures: Police Training Exercises
In this performance, Isaac Chong Wai will take the history of protests – through its repetitive expressions and actions – as the point of departure. Rehearsal of the Futures: Police Training Exercises is a continuation of Chong’s investigation how past ideology can be interpreted and improved upon by future generations.
Nikita Yingqian Cai (Chief Curator at the Guangdong Times Museum) and Melanie Roumiguière (Head of Visual Arts at DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program) present the panel discussion Storytelling and Active Withdrawal as Forms of Resistance, by taking a closer look at artistic strategies and different forms of resistance that can be decisive for the visions of an institution and their practice.
Times Art Center Berlin presents Episode III: The Politics of the Self of its inaugural three-part exhibition The D-Tale: Video Art from the Pearl River Delta, co-curated by Hou Hanru and Xi Bei.
As a closing event of Episode II: Towards Autonomy of the inaugural three-part exhibition The D-Tale: Video Art from the Pearl River Delta, Times Art Center Berlin hosts a panel discussion between Li Zhenhua and Olaf Stüber, moderated by Marie-France Rafael that gives insights into the panelists’ curatorial approaches.
Times Art Center Berlin presents Episode II: Towards Autonomy of its inaugural three-part exhibition The D-Tale: Video Art from the Pearl River Delta, co-curated by Hou Hanru and Xi Bei.
As a newly founded experimental space for contemporary art from China in Berlin, and the first parallel institution set up overseas by an Asian art museum, Times Art Center Berlin opens to the public on 30 November, 2018 with the exhibition The D-Tale: Video Art from the Pearl River Delta, co-curated by Hou Hanru and Xi Bei.