The D-Tale, Video Art from the Pearl River Delta

co-curated by hou hanru & Xi bei

1 December, 2018 — 13 April, 2019

Opening: 30 November, 2019, 18:00-21:00

Video art in the region of the Pearl River Delta (PRD) emerged as early as the mid-1980s. Collectives such as “Videotage" in Hong Kong and “Southern Artists Salon” in Guangzhou were pioneers and galvanizing creative forces in the field. This movement was carried forward, in the 90s, by the rise of certain collectives and individuals, including the “Big Tail Elephants Working Group”, the “Borges Bookstore”, “U-theque”, JIANG Zhi and CAO Fei.

A highly specific part of China with its distinct cultural characteristics and traditions, the PRD has been closely related to international influences and interwoven with popular culture from the beginning. Frequent exchanges between Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao, the impacts of Hong Kong’s popular culture, film, television and pop music concerning visual culture, coupled with a sensitivity for and references to international new media art, led to rapid experimentation in video art across the entire PRD. The art communities in the region have continuously developed their own aesthetics, merging individual independence, freedom, cultural hybridity, humour and irony with avant-garde experiments in open, diverse, fluid and natural manners.

At the same time, video art of the PRD has also been integrated into the process of high-speed urbanisation. It utilises strategies of witnessing and intervention to open up spaces for criticism and alternatives while paying close attention to the “supra-political”, bottom-up social expressions generated in the realms of everyday life. From the perspective of visual culture, video art of the PRD reflects the culture of this region and individuals’ singular involvements in the globalisation.

By adopting the medium of moving images, artists from the Pearl River Delta are looking for freedom and forms of resistance against dominant ideology and powers, turning ordinary gestures into artistic strategies to construct diverse personal utopias. Their video practices represent the most ground-breaking and powerful visions of experimental art and culture in the PRD. As a result, the PRD has become a creative hub for international exchange and art activities, as well as a deviating model which inspires artists from other regions.

The development of the Guangdong Times Museum was informed by these singular cultural explorations and artistic expressions. As a parallel institution and the first international branch of an Asian art institution, namely, the Guangdong Times Museum, Times Art Center Berlin is pleased to present its inaugural exhibition The D-Tale, Video Art from the Pearl River Delta which introduces the shifting cultural landscape and visions of the region in an era of globalisation. The exhibition is part of the Operation PRD curatorial framework following the exhibition Big Tail Elephants at the Guangdong Times Museum in 2016.

Participating Artists


01.12.2018 - 12.01.2019

ART JONESCAO Fei 曹斐, CHAN Chui Hing Nose 陈序庆, CHEN Shaoxiong 陈劭雄, CHEN Tong 陈侗, CHOW Chun Fai 周俊辉, HO Tzu Nyen 何子彦, HUANG Weikai 黄伟凯, JIANG Zhi 蒋志, LIANG Juhui 梁钜辉, LIN Yilin 林一林, LIU Chuang 刘窗, OU Ning 欧宁, João Vasco PAIVA, Ellen PAU 鲍蔼伦, SONG Ta 宋拓, TANG Kwok Hin 邓国骞, TSANG Kin-Wah 曾建华, Morgan WONG 黄荣法, WONG Ping 黄炳, WONG Wing Sang 黄永生


18.01.2019 - 23.02.2019

CHEN Shaoxiong 陈劭雄, CHEN Tong 陈侗, CHENG Chi Lai Howard 郑智礼, Isaac CHONG Wai 庄伟, Simon DENNY, HUANG Xiaopeng 黄小鹏, KWAN Sheung-Chi 关尚智, Linda LAI 黎肖娴, LEUNG Chi-Wo 梁志和, LI Liao 李燎, LIN Yilin 林一林, LIU Chuang 刘窗, Phoebe Ching Ying MAN 文晶莹, PAK Sheung-Chuen 白双全, Eric SIU 萧子文, SONG Ta 宋拓, TSANG Kin-Wah 曾建华, YANG Yong 杨勇, Samson YOUNG 杨嘉辉, Ming WONG 黄汉明WONG Ping 黄炳, ZHOU Tao 周滔


01.03.2019 - 13.04.2019

ALLORA & CALZADILLA, CAO Fei 曹斐, CHEN Shaoxiong 陈劭雄, CHOI Sai-Ho 蔡世豪, FANG Lu 方璐, May FUNG 冯美华, HO Sin Tung 何倩彤, KWAN Sheung-Chi 关尚智, LI Xiaofei 李消非, Natalie LO Lai Lai 劳丽丽, Anson MAK Hoi Shan 麦海珊, MAP OFFICE 地图署, QIN Jin 秦晋, SHI Qing 石青, Koki TANAKA 田中功起, Jalal TOUFIC & Graziella Rizkallah TOUFIC, WONG Wai Yin 黄慧妍, XU Tan 徐坦, ZHU Jianlin 朱建林