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Simon Denny Takeover 3/3

While in Shenzhen, Simon Denny talks to the Chinese architect and urban planner about the complex ecosystem of China’s instant mega-cities.

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Simon Denny Takeover 2/3

Talking with the fellow artist and collaborator, Simon Denny keeps on exploring neoliberalism, the different guises of entrepreneurial culture, and the derivative forms of innovation.

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Simon Denny Takeover 1/3

Through an extensive conversation with the curator of his current exhibition at OCAT Shenzhen, we bring you a behind-the-scenes look at the artist’s creative process.

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Futura 89+: Luca Lum & Marcus Yee

You recently collaborated on TheatreWorks (Re)search (2015), a work presented as part of “Filter Bubble,” our 89plus exhibition at LUMA Westbau, Zürich. Was this the first time you directly…

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Futura 89+: Ho Rui An

You are both an artist and a writer, with your practice operating across many different platforms, including texts, moving images, still images and lecture-performances. How did you come to art?…

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Tetsumi Kudo

The artist’s work conjures a sense of environmental collapse with a degree of atomic anxiety that hearkens back to the height of Cold War science fiction.

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Trevor Yeung

The works of the Hong Kong-based artist are grounded in the social conditions of intra-subjectivity and collective memory, with notions of selfhood examined through the lens of botanic ecology.

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Chen Wei

Recalling the revolution of early club culture in China, a photographic series reproduces midnight’s dream-like atmosphere, when dance halls are a form of society and togetherness is love.

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On Cao Fei

Best known for a Second Life-based speculative reality created in the heyday of virtual communities, Cao Fei’s work expresses a schizophrenic present at the threshold of prosperity and collapse.

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Liu Shiyuan

I’d like to start by talking about Love Poem, currently on view as part of the group show “Unordinary Space” at Shanghai Aurora Museum. The work’s use of text and language…

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Miao Ying

In a previous interview, you mentioned that your attitude towards the “Great Firewall of China” (GFW) could be likened to the effects of Stockholm Syndrome…

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Chen Fei

As a painter, Chen Fei is one that uses “painting.” While faced with his paintings, it would appear as if a vision of Lessing had passed from the Enlightenment to contemporary times.

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Pioneers: Nobuo Sekine

Can you explain the beginnings of your career? I am especially curious about your primary sources of inspiration, as well as your interest in topology…

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Yu Honglei

Your recent video work, Take a Walk, is a great example of the surreal undertone that informs your art. It is also rich in visual references to the work of other artists, from Jeff Koons…

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Liu Wei

Liu Wei works a dense kind of magic, reconfiguring materials into strange and intriguing forms, presenting extraordinary transformations that are wonderful, impenetrable…

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Huang Po-Chih

In a recent lecture at The Getty Museum, Richard Sennett described “the craftsman” in his book of the same title as one who resides inside his work—his life, in other words…

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Beauty Complex

As academia pays little to no attention to the fleeting beauty in pop culture, societies obsess over aesthetic standards, with artists delving into the depths of the surface…

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On Xu Zhen

Out of a need for comprehension, we like putting labels on artists. But the labels of our age are not made of elegant, smooth matte vinyl lettering, shimmering in a white cube…

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Ha Chonghyun

It’s been a breakthrough year for Ha Chonghyun. Though the 80-year-old painter has been revered for decades in his native Korea, he is at last enjoying a long overdue surge…

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Ashley Bickerton

At the very beginning of your career, after studying at CalArts, you moved to New York and, together with artists Jeff Koons and Peter Halley, showed at Meyer Vaisman’s artist-run…

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Ecosystem: Adrian Cheng

With Asian cultural scenes dominated by private forces and investment, the ecosystem series brings together individuals and institutions to discuss how collecting can help promote…

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Wu Tsang

Where and how did you know about revolutionary, feminist and poet Qiu Jin? What is your new project based on this Chinese heroine? Ten years ago I went to China on a youthful quest…

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Renaissance Man: Free Photography

When I asked Banksy, through an intermediary, to participate in the Art in the Streets exhibition at MOCA in 2011, he wrote that he would consider being part of the show…

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Beauty In Motion

The image of Buddha went through continuous transformations as it synthesized with cultural contexts over time, revealing a nomadic, plural and progressive notion of beauty. Your form…

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Lieko Shiga

The series “Rasen-Kaigan” (2012), to be exhibited in “Oceans Of Images,” consists of 250 pictures taken in the village of Kitagama in North East Japan, documenting ceremonies…

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Zhang Ding

My first encounter with Zhang Ding’s work was The Great Era (2007), a video that looks like a Fellini film but feels more like a Bruce Springsteen song. In a series of dream-like scenes…

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An Interview with Xu Zhen

Let’s begin by discussing MadeIn, the “contemporary art creation company” you founded in 2009. How is it structured? What makes the company different…

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PRO

(Re)Union is a conceptual project without a specific function, aimed at achieving a balance between mechanical production and visual logic: a design in which line, curve, surface…

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Sàn Art

The lack of free spaces for artists and curators to present and discuss art is an ongoing issue in Vietnam. Sàn Art, an artist’s initiative established in 2007 in Ho Chi Minh City…

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Benwu Studio

The work of Beijing-based Benwu Studio, formed in 2011 by young graduates Wang Hongchao (b.1989) and Peng You (b.1989), combines conceptual and material vocabularies…

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Wong Kar Wai

In the films of Hong Kong’s most international filmmaker, the ravishing beauty of characters, costumes, and interiors reimagine the real and replace it with a collective fantasy…

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Futura 89+: Zou Zhao

Earlier this year 89plus presented your work as part of a Filter Bubble-themed Prospectif Cinéma event at Centre Pompidou. You suggested that platforms like YouTube and Instagram…

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Tanat Teeradakorn

My project “Dance Non-Stop Mix” is inspired by the teen gangsters hustling in the decayed residential area in Bangkok, Thailand, where my house is located. They were always…

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Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho

Over the course of the last several years, Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho’s itinerant practice has threaded through such outposts as New York, Manila, Hamburg, Berlin, Milan…

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Makoto Azuma

Situated in the tradition of ikebana yet using unconventional methods, the flower artist addresses the dialectic of beauty and decay, artificiality and nature. CT: Balance in Japanese…

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Pablo Bartholomew

Pablo Bartholomew started experimenting with photography at a very young age; fascinated by his father’s darkroom, his interests arose at a time when becoming a photographer in…

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Lin Ke

Lin Ke is an artist of gestures. Even his early series “Drawings,” which dates back to 2011, confirmed the paramount role of action prevailing upon the images themselves. From the…

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Producers: Aric Chen

The former journalist, currently curator of architecture and design at M+ in Hong Kong, interprets both curating and writing as ways of communicating research to a wide audience.

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Tromarama

Write the words “animation” and “animism” next to each other and you might think that one was a misspelling. Common etymological roots enhance the impression: while animation…

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Aki Sasamoto

“Skewed Lies/Parallel Stare” (2015), Aki Sasamoto’s recent series at Luxembourg & Dayan, emerges from a previous performance, Skewed Lines (2010). Having delivered the…

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Yanyan Huang

Rampant bad taste and sexual repression are fighting against it, but for the Chinese artist/designer, beauty’s revolutionary potential is that it can be found anywhere…

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Issey Miyake & Irving Penn

The Japanese fashion designer and the American photographer were a match made in heaven, redefining beauty with a signature aesthetic that injected popular culture with a shot…

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Lee Bul

The Korean artist’s sculptures and installations explore the processes that form representations of femininity, questioning the myth of technological perfection. In works like Majestic…

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Panorama: Manila

Anarchists in a museum. Celebrities mingling with artists. The “young and emerging” artist you just met at the opening of her massive solo exhibition is rushing to pack up her costume…

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Firenze Lai

When I paint these situations, I always ask myself: What is space to the figures inside the frame? What exactly is the situation I am trying to paint? How does a character…

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Samson Young

Like many densely populated cities, going about one’s daily business without everyone hearing about it seems impossible in Hong Kong. The reasons for this run the gamut from multiple…

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Yan Xing

A perverse nostalgia seems to inflect queer bodies. Of course, our remembrances are perverse only because the memories we attempt to exhume are too distant and traumatic to be…

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