Timur Si-Qin at 2019 Asian Art Biennial: The Strangers from beyond the Mountail and the Sea

2019 Asian Art Biennial: The Strangers from beyond the Mountail and the Sea
Curators: HSU Chia-Wei |  HO Tzu- Nyen

Magician Space artist Timur Si-Qin will attend 2019 Asian Art Biennial. The exhibition plans to stra from September 5th 2019 to Feburary 9th 2020. Taiwanese artist Hsu Chia-Wei and Singaporean artist Ho Tzu-Nyen are invited to curate this prestigious exhibition. The museum’s expectations regarding the two “artist-curators” are threefold: (1) bringing the process of artistic production into the curatorial horizons; (2) advancing research at different levels and introducing transdisciplinary curatorial practice through a more flexible and adaptive exhibition installation; and (3) carefully exploring the cultural issues and formal hybridization exclusive to Asian arts from multiple dimensions and perspectives.

Both curators jointly developed a conceptual matrix diagram (as shown below), and searched for the links between them, based on the concepts of two pairs of relatives in the diagram, as the thinking method and conceptual model of the biennial exhibition.

Both curators focus their respective oeuvres on excavating, encrypting and reconstructing critical events in Asian history, in which a diversity of issues are touched upon. Hsu’s artistic practice has revolved around Asian history in the Cold War era. Featuring the imperceptible agency of images, Hsu’s works tend to recount events beyond the scope of his camera lens, thereby making themselves connected with the figures, things and places excluded from official records. Hsu’s recent curatorial projects included the 2018 Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, ThaiTai: A Measure of Understanding, and so forth. Based on rigorous historical research and relying heavily on extensive references from literature, philosophy and art history, Ho’s works are intended to inspire alternative narratives and imaginations about Southeast Asia’s culture, history and geopolitics via a riotous profusion of media and vocabulary ranging from film,  video, animation and theater to installation, sound and text.

Against the background of the Anthropocene and the information society, this biennial will investigate the possibility of the intersection between technological issues and politico-historical propositions, thereby addressing the question as to how contemporary artists re-interpret humanistic and technological issues simultaneously in terms of politics, history and economy. By virtue of its non-human orientation, this biennial will also shake off the shackles of mainstream narratives, insofar as to spark broader imagination and discussion. We plan to invite a total of 30 artists/artist groups from Asia to accomplish this great achievement with concerted efforts.

About the Artist

Timur Si-Qin (b. 1984) is an artist of German and Mongolian-Chinese descent who grew up in Berlin, Beijing and in a Native Indian community in the American Southwest. Growing up in a multi-cultural environment helped inform Si-Qin’s unique sensitivity to the relationship between nature and culture. Now living in New York, Si-Qin has become a leading figure in a Post-internet generation of artists who reference new developments in science and technology to challenge the separation between the human world and the biological laws of the natural world.

Exhibitions include major solo shows at: Magician Space, Beijing (2018/2015); Spazio Maiocchi, Milan (2018); Société, Berlin (2018/2015/2013/2011); Art Basel Hong Kong (2018); Konfuzius Institut, Berlin (2017); Team Gallery, Los Angeles (2016); Art Basel Statements, Basel (2016). He also participated in the 9th Berlin Biennale in 2016.