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41 Reasons We Still Need Superman
Group Exhibition TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth, U.K.
Date: 02.22, 2013 - 03.07, 2013

Artists: YANG Zhenzhong 杨振中 | 

Exhibition in TheGallery for curator Tim Crowley / for touring exhibition / for ucca / for video art

Video Art Touring Exhibition from China
Curated by Tim Crowley
22 February – 7 March 2013

41 Reasons We Still Need Superman has taken Jake and Dinos Chapman, Paul McCarthy, Dash Snow and 37 other artists around Asia, South East Asia and South America.

TheGallery, AUB is the first venue in the UK and Europe to host this international touring exhibition.

41 Reasons We Still Need Superman is an extensive overview of video work from the last 15 years. In true Myspace/Facebook fashion, the selection is personalised and intentionally unprivate, customised and compartmentalised yet available to all.

Tim Crowley, the Head of Historical and Critical Studies at the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing and Independent Curator from the UK, devised the touring exhibition 18 Reasons We Still Need Superman  in the spirit of a modern day Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters tour.

The exhibition was launched in 2009, in each consequent destination, one or two more works were included by locally based curators, adding to the repertoire.  There are now forty one video works that form the exhibition, hence its ever changing title while touring. We live in the era of iPod shuffle. The exhibition targets the interest of artists in investigating how images operate and construct our understanding of the world. They explore aesthetic concepts, everyday narratives, and sociopolitical realities and utopias. Contemporary reality is an assemblage of whatever grabs our attention and the exhibition proposes that these works play part of the contemporary reality collage of the viewers, informing an alternative kind of map. While some artists use video to challenge our assumptions about the mimetic nature of the medium, the curatorial focus of this exhibition is on the relationship between performance and video, the reaction that works create in the audience and the subject matter as a catalyst for dialogue.

The exhibition has toured to Beijing, Chongqing, Goa, Guangzhou, Havana, Hiroshima, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Lhasa, Lima, Montevideo, Singapore, Tokyo, Ulan Baatar among other locations in Asia, South East Asia and South America.

In Hong Kong and Beijing, the exhibition was shown in cinematic spaces; in Mumbai it was shown in a commercial gallery; in Delhi in the form of a seminar: in Tokyo in 3 destinations simultaneously and at the Mercosul Biennal as a work of art. Here at TheGallery, AUB, 41 Reasons We Still Need Superman will be exhibited within a gallery context.

Exhibiting Artists: Greta Alfaro, Xu Bing, John Bock, Olaf Breuning, Roderick Buchanan, Hoang Duong Cam, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Benpa Chungdak, Matt Collishaw, Angus Fairhurst, Emma Hart, Anton Henning, Roslisham Ismail (Ise), Christian Jankowski, Wang Jianwei, Kang Jing, Jitish Kallat, Keltse, Vincent Leong, Paul McCarthy, Jonathan Meese, Almagul Menhbayeva, Ferhat Ozgur, Dinh Q.le, Wang Qingsong, Huang Ran’s Disruptive, Salmon, Priya Sen, Tejal Shah, Ross Sinclair, Roman Signer, John Smith, Dash Snow, Zao Tao, Yaksetan Tsedal, Peter Walsh, Guido van der Werve, TJ Wilcox, Liu Zejing and Yang Zhengzhong.

Tim Crowley, Independent Curator and Head of Historical and Critical Studies,The Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing

Tim Crowley is an Independent Curator and educator based in Beijing exploring contemporaneous cross-disciplinary art in east and western cultures. Recent work includes “Reasons we still need Superman”, a touring video art exhibition currently of 4 years duration, initially compiled of 18 works and exponentially growing, exhibited throughout Asia, South East Asia and South America.

He was editor-in-chief of Tema Celeste and Art Index hosting a weekly Television programme for Bloomberg Italia in Milan between 1999-2004. He has published on a wide variety of artists and art institutions in magazines and newspapers including Tema Celeste, flash Art, Art Index, Artinvestor, Corriere della sera and la Repubblica as well as publications for Art HongKong 2012 and Artstage Singapore 2012, 2013.

He was an invited speaker at Art Basel from 2000-2004, Artbasel Miami beach 2003-2005. He is currently the co-curator of Kino der Kunst, Munich film festival 2013. Tim Crowley has a broad academic background both in Europe and Asia. He graduated from University College London with a BA in Art History specialising in photography and from Chelsea College of art with an MA in Curating. He has been Academic Coordinator of the International foundation course and Head of Historical and Critical Studies at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing for the last 8 years.

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Supported by Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

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