Wu Meichun


Wu Meichun
b. 1969, Xiamen, Fujian
Art critic, curator
Graduating from the Department of Oil Painting at the China National Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou in 1994, Wu Meichun found her mission as a curator with an interest in new media in 1996. That year she organized at the gallery of her alma mater the first major Chinese video art exhibition, ‘Image and Phenomena’, which helped to create a heightened attention for video works in China. Most of the fifteen artists participating in the show were novices in this medium but have since become well-known videomakers. In the same period she co-wrote a thoughtful essay with artist Qiu Zhijie, providing the theoretical terrain and a broad international context for this emerging art form.
Curating and writing have since been her major activities, resulting in the organization of as many as four exhibitions a year, including ‘Demonstration of Chinese Video Art 97’ at the Gallery of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing; the Chinese participation at the Eleventh Video Festival ‘Transmediale 98’ in Berlin; and ‘Beijing in London’ at the ICA London in 1999. Wu also masterminded a number of events in alternative spaces, including the one-day controversial exhibition ‘Post-Sense Sensibility: Alien Bodies and Delusion’ in a Beijing basement in 1999 that displayed dead animals and human corpses as art objects.
In autumn 2001, just after being appointed Curator and Professor of Art Theory at the new-born New Media Art Research Centre at the China National Academy of Fine Arts, she organized a new media festival entitled ‘Non-Linear Narrative’ at the Academy’s gallery.
Wu, Meichun (1999). ‘Yixing yü wangxiang’ [Alien Bodies and Delusion]. In Post-Sense Sensibility. Alien Bodies and Delusion (exhibition catalogue). Beijing, 1–4.
——(2001). ‘Electronic Conscience—Cultural Awareness in Chinese Video Art’. In Johnson Chang Tsong-zung (ed.) (1999), Fast Forward New Chinese Video Art. Hong Kong: Hanart T Z Gallery.
Wu, Meichun and Qiu, Zhijie (1996). ‘Luxiang Shixue: Wenhua, Xinli, Jishu, Zhuangzhi’ [The Poetics of Video Art: Its Cultural, Psychological, Technical Context and Installation Context] Art Gallery Magazine 58/59:27–31.
TANG DI

Encyclopedia of contemporary Chinese culture. . 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Sensationalism — Artistic trend Sensationalism, or Shock Art, appeared in embryo form as an alienated mutation of body art, in the first performances by Zhang Huan held at the Yuanming Yuan artist community since 1993. Zhang used his own body to inflict and… …   Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture

  • Shock Art — Artistic trend Sensationalism, or Shock Art, appeared in embryo form as an alienated mutation of body art, in the first performances by Zhang Huan held at the Yuanming Yuan artist community since 1993. Zhang used his own body to inflict and… …   Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture

  • Nanping — This article is about the city in Fujian province. For the Ten Kingdoms era kingdom also known as Nanping, see Jingnan Nanping 南平 闽北   Prefecture level city   南平市 …   Wikipedia

  • Campeonato Mundial de Taekwondo de 1999 — Anexo:Campeonato Mundial de Taekwondo de 1999 Saltar a navegación, búsqueda El XIV Campeonato Mundial de Taekwondo se realizó en Edmonton (Canadá) entre el 2 y el 6 de junio de 1999 bajo la organización de la Federación Mundial de Taekwondo (WTF) …   Wikipedia Español

  • art academies — have played a fundamental role in the development of contemporary Chinese art, and to this day the majority of contemporary artists are a product of the academic system of art education. In the early twentieth century, the education reformer Cai… …   Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture

  • art exhibitions — experimental, 1980s The 1980s saw a surge in exhibitions showing innovative experimental art which fell outside the accepted political and ideological conventions. This art drew on an ongoing link with a pre 1949 modernism that had subsequently… …   Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture

  • chinese-art.com — The site at http://www.chinese art.com (officially titled Chinese Type Contemporary Art Magazine) is a non profit bimonthly online magazine initiated and managed by Robert Bernell (Luobote Bonaou), an American resident in Beijing. Launched in… …   Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture

  • Nanping — 南平市 Nanping …   Wikipedia Español


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.