Yellow Signal: New Media in China consists of six art gallery installations and one film screening to be held in Vancouver from March to September, 2012. The project was conceived by Yishu editor Shengtian Zheng and is being co-ordinated by Centre A. The first exhibit, at Centre A, features recent work by Beijing artists Wang Jianwei and Kan Xuan.
Wang Jianwei is an internationally acclaimed artist and pioneer of video and multimedia art known for his conceptually complex, multi-faceted explorations of life in contemporary China.
Chapter Four: Go to the Conference Room on the 13th Floor for Free Films was originally shown in Beijing last year, and has been reconceived as a four-channel video installation for Centre A. The artist uses elements of theatre, philosophical inquiry, artistic methodology and scripted accident to present an obscure and complex world that seeks to simulate everyday life.
Kan Xuan is a Chinese contemporary visual artist who experiments with various types of media including painting, photography and video. She is exhibiting two video works, One by One (2005) and Nothing! (2004). Kans work inverts the scale of tiny objects with precise attention to detail, giving tiny things great attention. Yellow Signal: New Media in China is the first Canadian show of these works by Wang Jianwei and Kan Xuan in Canada.
The list of venues for Yellow Signal includes the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery, Surrey Art Gallery, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Republic Gallery and Pacific Cinémathèque. Each exhibition is accompanied by a curatorial talk. Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art will launch a special issue on Yellow Signal: New Media in China in May 2012. More information can be found about the event schedule at the Centre A website.