Cong Wu

She is thinking of her cat, 2020, two-channel video (color, sound), 03’48”.

Fancy a call later tonight?, 2020, video (B&W, sound), 4’14”.

The sun rises, and the sun sets, 2020, video(color, sound), 02’56”.

Statement

Cong Wu is a visual artist whose works concentrate on the purely spiritual experience generated within alternations, that is, a kind of unspeakable, specific spiritual status producing a ‘mental jump’ which leads the audiences to a point beyond their rational thinking and the limit of our knowledge.

His two-channel video work She is thinking of her cat focuses on the inherent ambivalence and the eternal conflict within one’s inside world. In this work, the image of a hand appears accompanied by a knocking sound but soon fades away, suggesting a permanent loss, an enigmatic whilst immanent void or emptiness in our internal world: If the hand’s action symbolizes the illusion and impulse of those seemly attainable desires, the fading of the image of the hand implicitly breaks the unachievable illusion above. The video plays on a loop in which there is no such thing as a beginning, climax, or end, which implies humanity’s endless yet fragile relationship with reality.

Fancy a call later tonight? explores how a dramatically shifted external world impacts one’s internal world and thus evokes a sense of confusion, shock, hesitation, and awe beyond the realm of reason. It reflects the complex whilst subtle true experience of a Chinese lady living in Birmingham, UK under the effect of city lockdown. The text in the video is collected from her chat records with others (friends, strangers, relatives) on social media where the audience can view many kinds of opinions on her, even including sexual allusions and offensive messages. 

In The sun rises, and the sun sets which is a sentence extracted from the Old Testament, Ecclesiastes 1:5, several scenes of normal behaviours such as eating and sleeping are abstracted to uncanny elements in a melancholic tone. This work seeks a way of alternating the experience of universal human behavior into a transcendent status beyond the boundary of everyday thinking. What the audience experiences is a mysterious, sublime moment that engenders a disruption of our cognitive capacity dismantling the sense of the continuity of time, thus prompting a contemplation within the audience in which they can reintegrate the existing frame of meaning.

For more information about Cong Wu’s work, please view his website here.

Contact

wucongart@yahoo.com

Artist Website

Degree

Contemporary Arts China

Wenyi Ma

Merry-go-round series

2020. Five-channel video installation with three projectors, wooden board, 1023 x 300 x 40cm.

Tension is the subject of my research. On the one hand, I concentrate on the tension in the physical world: Subtle tension grows in the conflicts and comparisons within the physical movements by the form of a multi-screen where the audience can rotate around the work and watch all the videos. In my expectation of the exhibition, the viewers can gaze at the ephemeral movement and slight changes in the balloons in several screens.

On the other hand, my focus on the physical tension has gradually moved to the tension within the language of image and video art themselves. For me, image and video are more than just a tool for recording objectively. For example, I juxtaposed two videos in which two balloons move in different periods, and evokes an effect that the two balloons seem to encounter when the audience view the two videos together, and evokes an effect created by viewing the videos together. Thus this intriguing combination of these videos makes themselves generates a wonderful and subtle tension. Based on that, in the Merry-go-round series, I pay particular attention to the interactive effects caused by the combination of videos.

White

2020. Video, color, sound. 24’44”.

Galaxy

2020. Video, color, silent. 39’17”.

Contact

Artist website

1063971518@qq.com

Degree

Contemporary Arts China

Jiayi Xu

Personal website: http://jiayiiiiiii.wixsite.com/mysite

14 Days

This is one of 14 panoramas I created and shot.I also made a video of the 14 panoramas. Video available at:
https://jiayiiiiiii.wixsite.com/mysite/%E5%89%AF%E6%9C%AC-explore-the-boundary-materials-1

In the wake of the COVID-19 scare, China is tightening its aviation policies. International students will also have to accept higher fares in cases that are almost equivalent to losing their flights.The mood among international students has almost collapsed, and the comments of the forum of the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China is full of criticism. So I tackle the diverse experiences of Chinese students during lockdown in the UK. The work is entitled “14 Days” (14 days in isolation becomes an indicator for COVID-19 surveillance), a direct reference to the quarantine period in which the student has undertaken a personal and collective diary written onto the walls of my student dormitory in Birmingham.

The work investigates the idea of confined space, transferring my practice onto my surrounding walls, demonstrating how creativity has been adapted during the pandemic. Through this work, I hopes that calligraphy can have a direct contact with life and society.

Written record available at: http://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1ch411o7JP/ http://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1Hf4y1Q7Wi/ http://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1hv411i7Zd/ http://www.bilibili.com/video/BV17i4y1g7nX/ http://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1C64y1c7Xy/ http://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1aD4y127sE/

Character Doubt

A work that explores the literal meaning of “Modern Calligraphy”

Statement

Contemporary Art China is my second master’s degree, and I am also studying for another major of calligraphy and in China. I have always been interested in contemporary art, and I think calligraphy, as one of the characteristics of China, must be a unique style to be integrated into contemporary art. During this year, I have also been exploring the relationship between traditional and modern calligraphy.

Contact

jiayi xu@mail.bcu.ac.uk

Degree

Contemporary Arts China